Many of us often ponder what are ornamental pomegranates? Where are they found? Are ornamental fruits from pomegranate tree edible? Do they have any medical value? You will find all the answers to such questions here in this article.
Feel free to look into the Top 15 facts about ornamental pomegranates!
1. Scientific name
The world’s most unique fruit, ornamental Pomegranate is scientifically known as Punica granatum and is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub. It belongs to the family Lythraceae and subfamily Punicoideae.
2. Its height
It is a small height shrub that usually grows to five to eight meters and is mainly found in Iran, India, the United States of America, China, and throughout the Mediterranean region.
3. Place of cultivation
These plants are now also cultivated in Afghanistan and Persia. They mostly grow in varying and different climates throughout the globe, but don’t survive in extremely cold conditions, and do well in aerated soil, with some added organic matter.
4. The way to eat!
Ornamental Pomegranate are edible fruits and are commonly eaten fresh. They have a tough and thick rind which includes many juicy dark red ceberries.
5. The seeds
All the juicy ceberries have a seed inside which can be nurtured to grow a complete plant. The arils and white seeds are the only edible portions of the plant.
6. Nutritional values
It contains essential phytochemicals such as Castalagin, Casuariin, polyphenols, Granatin A, Granatin B, Punicafolin, Riboflavin, Punigloconin, multivitamins (Vitamin B and Vitamin C), and Corilagin.
7. Medicinal properties
These phytochemicals provide it the essential medical properties making it a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticarcinogenic agent.
8. Treatment of diseases
More than the fruit, its extract is famous for its pharmacological properties and is now being used to treat many medical ailments like diabetes, obesity, brain injury, hypoxia, infertility, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension, stroke, tuberculosis, dysentery, and hyperlipidemia.
9. Cosmetic uses
Recently, the fruit has also found its use in the cosmetic industry. The powder prepared from the fruit’s rind is being widely used as a tooth powder because it is an excellent source of beta-carotene, phosphorous, potassium, and calcium.
10. Stimulation of hormones
Apart from the rind and extract, the plant’s seeds are rich in oils and have a hormone stimulating effect and thus, stimulates the release of estrogens and treats premenstrual and postmenstrual syndromes that often occur in females.
11. Dwarf ornamental pomegranates
Because of its beneficial properties, many people prefer growing dwarf ornamental pomegranates inside as the trees are of short height and sour fruits are loaded with seeds.
12. For indoor gardens
Dwarf ornamental pomegranate plants are also considered to be the best-thriving plants for indoor gardens. To grow the plant, it must be placed in a sturdy pot with a diameter of 12-14 inches or 30-35 cm.
13. Requirements to grow them
After that, fill the pot with commercially available potting mix and make sure you place the tree in a spot that receives the optimum amount of sunlight for about 5-6 hours every day.
14. Ecological conditions
There is no need to change the room temperature as these plants have a strong ability to adapt to ecological conditions and can also survive in arid regions.
15. Where are they found?
One of the reasons why they were discovered in Iran is the climatic condition. In India, they are a prominent fruit, especially in the northern belt of the Himalayan Mountains. Also, yearly dressing of compost or manure in the plant pot will be enough for its optimum growth.
So these were some unknown facts about ornamental pomegranates. They are therefore a type of essential fruit and truly glorious in every aspect you can think of! Thus, this fruit should be consumed by everybody to attain its numerous medicinal and healing effects!