Punica granatum (Family Lythraceae) is found and cultivated in many parts of the world including the tropics and the Mediterranean. But, it is said to originate from Iran, Himalaya, Northern India.
The common name of the palnr is Pomegranate,. In Malay it is called delima. Delima has good connotation in figurative language of Malays.
The fruits of the plant possess nutritional values and have been exploited as supplemental health food.
Pomegranate plant/fruit is special in that it is one of the few fruits being mentioned in the Al-Quran. It is more special considering that it is one of the fruits that will be available in Heaven. This is mentioned in Verse 68 Sura Ar_Rahman (55): "In both of them are fruit and palm trees and pomegranate"
For complete reading of the Sura please click Sahih International at http://quran.com/55.
The photos used to illustrate the description were taken in Rome, Italy.