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  • The pomegranate (Punica granatum) is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 58 m tall.
  • The name "pomegranate" derives from Latin pomum ("apple") and granatus ("seeded").
  • Pomegranate extract is primarily composed of alkaloids and polyphenols.
  • The pomegranate is equal to the apple in having a long storage life.
  • The bark of the pomegranate tree is light brown with red buds and young shoots.
  • It is a small deciduous tree attaining 2 to 6 m in height having oblong or ovate leaves with a shining surface.

Growth & Cultivation

  • The pomegranate originated from Persia and has been cultivated in Georgia, Armenia and the Mediterranean region for several millennia.
  • The pomegranate thrives on calcareous, alkaline soil and on deep, acidic loam and a wide range of soils in between these extremes.
  • The most important work in commercial cultivation of pomegranate is plant protection mainly against fruit insects.

  • Pomegranates are used for decorative purposes. Therefore the most important criteria for beginning of harvesting is the external appearance, mainly the colour but also the "fullness" of the fruit.


  • Pomegranate aril juice provides about 16% of an adult's daily vitamin C requirement per 100 ml serving, and is a good source of vitamin B5.
  • Pomegranate extracts potential use as a chemo-preventive agent.
  • Additional phenolic compounds found in pomegranate known as anthocynadins (also well known scavengers of free radicals) combine synergistically with Ellagic acid to greatly augment pomegranate's potency as an antioxidant.
  • Pomegranate juice is a mild astringent, used to treat diarrhoea, and reduces some fevers.
  • The pomegranate juice is used for the production of grenadine.


  • Pomegranates are available in the market at Rs 50-Rs 60 per kg.
  • The total area under pomegranate is 1,20,000 hectare, out of which 90,000 hectares is in Maharashtra.
  • India contributes around 70 per cent to the world pomegranate market.
  • There are very good opportunities for investment, to satisfy a growing world market demand, and to develop competitive a profitable and sustainable Pomegranates business.

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