Granada = Pomegranate

As many of you know, the word for pomegranate in Latin is Punica granatum, but it may come as a surprise to learn that in Spanish the word for pomegranate is granada.   In Granada the symbol of the pomegranate can be found almost anywhere.  The origin of the city’s current name comes from a Jewish settlement originally located on the right bank of the Rio Darro, situated under the hill of the Alhambra, called in Arabic Garnata-al-Yahud, Granada of the Jews.

 It appears that when the Jews were forced to leave Spain during the Middle Ages, they were forced to take the name al-Yahud with them, leaving the simple title Granada in its place. 

Just one of many pomegranates featured in a city called Pomegranate.

Coat of Arms of Granada: Just one of many pomegranates featured in a city called Pomegranate.

We have yet to grow tired of pomegranates, though they have been placed in public view as if they were members of the Kim family of North Korea.  It is true they feel like guardians, benevolently watching over us in our rambles through the city.

But they also give us confidence in the Ayuntamiento of Granada, since the city has deemed it good and well that the pomegranate be molded into almost every public utility.

 The locals have learned the value of the pomegranate and have chosen to place it where ever they can and as often as possible.

Thus, in Granada, all roads lead to pomegranates.


Tart, sweet, juicy, and fun. Stains your fingers if you eat a lot of them.

Tart, sweet, juicy, and fun. Stains your fingers if you eat a lot of them. (Please do not eat the rind.)

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