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POMEGRANATE (PUNICA GRANATUM)

The Turkish word for pomegranate, nar, entered the language of the Central Asian Turks from the Persians, who call it anar or enar. The word entered Turkish as nar. Pomegranates were cultivated over an extremely wide area of Central Asia, to Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Himalayas. There are wild pomegranate stands in the Eastern Black Sea area. It has been raised since prehistory in the Mediterranean, the Caucasus, Southeast Asia and Malaysia and tropical Africa. Reaching South China and Southeast Asia via the Silk Road and marine trade, the pomegranate came into cultivation in these areas as well. In Turkey, pomegranates are raised in the Aegean and Southeaster Anatolian regions.

Reference:  Meyve Kitabı (Τhe Fruit Book, Emine Gürsoy Naskali, dilek Herkmen, eds.), Istanbul 2006.

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