Pomegranate Flavored Water
Punica granatum L., is steeped in history and romance and almost in a class by itself, the pomegranate,
Punica granatum L., belongs to the family Punicaceae which includes only
one genus and two species, the other one, little-known, being P. protopunica
Balf. peculiar to the island of Socotra.
Despite its ancient background, the pomegranate has acquired only a
relatively few commonly recognized vernacular names apart from its many regional
epithets in India, most of which are variations on the Sanskrit dadima or
dalim, and the Persian dulim or dulima. By the French it is
called grenade; by the Spanish, granada (the fruit), granado
(the plant); by the Dutch, granaatappel, and Germans, granatapfel;
by the Italians, melogranato, melograno granato, pomo granato, or
pomo punico. In Indonesia, it is gangsalan; in Thailand, tab
tim; and in Malaya, delima. Brazilians know it as roma, romeira
or romazeira. The Quecchi Indian name in Guatemala is granad.
The Samoan name is limoni. The generic term, Punica, was the
Roman name for Carthage from whence the best pomegranates came to Italy.