The pomegranate, (punica granatum), is an ancient fruit that is still prized today. The origin of pomegranates is around Persia and Afghanistan. Pomegranates have been in our diets since the beginning of time. Some people believe that they are supposively the forbidden fruit (one of several possibilities). Pomegranates are depicted in ancient Egyptian art, dating from 16th century B.C. The Egyptians also took the seeds of the pomegranate and fermented their juice to make wine. They were also buried with their dead. They are also mentioned in ancient Sanskrit writings. The prophet Mohammed said pomegranates will purge the body of longing. In the Renaissance, the pomegranate was used as a medicine.