Propogated by cuttings, pomegranate is grown for its edible fruit and as an ornamental plant. It exibits many varieties distinguished by the size of flower and fruit and taste of the fruit. Cultivated here in Baluchistan and NWFP areas is “Kandahari”, originally from Kandahar, Afghanistan, for its large, deep red, mostly acid-sweet pomegranates. A common non-fruiting ornamental form is Double Red, with a large showy calyx, c. 3 cm at the mouth and many red petals.
The fruit is delicious to eat; the juice used as a tonic in fevers. Dried seeds are used for adding taste to certain foods. Bark of the root and wood is used as a vermifuge for tapeworms; also used for diarrhoea and dysentry; a number of dyes can be obtained from it; black writing ink is also made from it.
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