French: pomme grenade
Middle English from the Old French pome grenate, from the Latin "granatus," meaning "having many seeds."
The pomegranate is a round smooth-skinned fruit, attractively deep red in color, that can measure up to 10 cm in diameter. When halved, it reveals a multitude of seeds arranged in rows, partitioned by thick walls. The seeds are surrounded by a gelatinous pulp. Only the seeds and pulp are edible, i.e., about 55% of the fruit's total weight.
The pomegranate is mentioned in very ancient documents, since it was once carried by caravans. Its thick skin protected it from drying out and its thirst-quenching juice was much appreciated.
Pomegranate - grenadine... you see the connection! Grenadine syrup is made from pomegranates. What child hasn't had a Shirley Temple while the adults have their cocktails in a restaurant? It makes its ways into a large number of drinks.
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