A friend from work, Aiden, asked me the other day if I knew of any wineries that produced Pomegranate wine, I told him I'd look into it because I hadn't heard of one.
The word pomegranate is derived from French pome garnete and means "seeded apple." There are over 800 seeds in one pomegranate, they're tasty but so hard to eat with all those layers between the seeds.
Interestingly enough, there are a few places around the world that produce pomegranate wine. There is a winery in Armenia that produces a semi-sweet pomegranate wine, which I would really like to taste.
The history behind the pomegranate is also quite interesting. The fruit has been used throughout history as symbols of fertility, hope, and royalty. In Greek Mythology, they believe that Aphrodite, the goddess of love, planted it on the isle of Cyprus. Due to the number of seeds in each pomegranate the fruit was connected with procreation and abundance.
One article I found was particularly interesting shows the super-health benefits of pomegranates. The article says that 100 ml of pomegranate juice has 3 times the antioxidants of 100 ml of red wine or 100 ml. of green tea. Researchers say that if you eat pomegranates daily for a long period of time, the fruit's antioxidants may help to prevent hardening of the arteries. If only they weren't so hard to eat! I better get some pomegranate wine.
The wine is said to be similar in taste to something between a blush and a dessert wine.
There is a winery in Israel that produces pomegranate wine as well called the Rimon winery. Rimon is hebrew for pomegranate.