The Pomegranate (Punica granatum) is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 5–8 m tall. The pomegranate is native from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and has been cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region and the Caucasus since ancient times.
===I only knew the pomegranate by its Greek name, "Rodthi," (ροδι) for many years. I first had a pomegranate while staying in a small room on the island of Crete. The home owner cut one up and put it on a small plate for me while I was swimming, so when I came in from the sea I saw this odd thing on the table. It wasn't quite clear (to me) how to eat it, but with anything uncertain, sometimes it is best just to dive in. The seeds were like little pink raindrops and though the taste isn't as great as, say, a strawberry, I give this little fruit credit for presentation.
But apparently, it was good enough for Eve. Also from Wikipedia:
It is more likely that the Forbidden fruit from the Judaeo-Christian story of Genesis was a pomegranate rather than an apple, given its etymology and the location's assumed habitat.
So Eve would have had to work a lot harder to get Adam to take that first bite. Or it would have taken him awhile to get it all opened up. I hereby surmise that he had time to think about his decision, and thus we of women-kind are absolved of all fault. What a relief.
I made the above-pictured Pomegranate tea using tea bags given to me by a kind person. I boiled down some sugar, and let the tea bags steep in that. Then, I added some lemon for an extra layer of flavor. It was just the right thing for heat stroke.