Unformatted text preview: Dynasty during the inflow of Semitic people (Hyksos). The fruit is commonly illustrated in Egyptian art (Fig. 14) from the New Kingdom and widely found in Jewish and Greek art. The pomegranate is easily propagated by hardwood and softwood cuttings. Domestication is associated with increased fruit size, and sweetness, and a shift to clonal propagation. Some types have degenerate embryos and are called seedless. In Egypt, juice from the pomegranate was consumed and converted to wine. The rind was prescribed as a medicinal and the flowers were crushed to make a red dye for leather. Based on extensive iconography the pomegranate seems little changed from antiquity. Peel color varies from bright red to leathery brown. B. Central Asian Fruits 1. Pome Fruits. Pome fruits of the Rosaceae include apple, pear, quince, and medlar, of which the apple is the most important tree fruit of the temperate world. The trees require an annual period of chilling to break dormancy for proper growth, and the seeds require a period of cold...
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