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197 × 120 mm
152 pages
68 illustrations, 58 in colour
15 May 2017

Pomegranate A Global History Damien Stone

Juicy, crunchy, tart: with its multitude of seeds and juice akin to blood, it’s not hard to see why the pomegranate has so appealed to the imagination. After being held in high esteem in the rituals of the polytheistic religions of the ancient world, the pom-­egranate came to be revered in Christianity, Islam and Judaism. This book explores how people throughout history interacted with pomegranates, featuring a cast of well-known characters from the Ashurnasirpal to Anne Boleyn, from Sandro Botticelli to Salvador Dalí. It is a cornucopia of strange and fascinating anecdotes about this very special fruit whose health benefits are so highly regarded today.

‘Bursting with taste, this book is a cornucopia of fascinating stories about a very special fruit. It explores how people over the centuries have used pomegranates, and looks at the timeless appeal of this unusual, alluring and ornamental fruit.’ – Gardening Australia

‘this delightful small book encapsulates the significance through history of the juicy, crunchy, tart and currently oh-so-trendy pomegranate. Popular for thousands of years they graced tables in Ancient Greece, the civilisations of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Persia and the stories of Arabian folklore in A Thousand and One Nights. Superb photographs and illustrations demonstrate how these fruit were commemorated in the art of diverse cultures. Pomegranate is another in the Edible series from Reaktion Books that celebrates the rich history of cuisine. It’s perfect for food, garden and history nerds.’ – Organic Gardener Magazine

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Damien Stone is an archaeologist based in Sydney, Australia.