This small, long living (known to live up to 200 years) fruit tree grows 30 feet tall. Its name is Latin for "apple with many seeds" and bears unique fruit with a thick, leathery rind and a white compartmentalized spongy center that holds seeds that have an edible, red, fruity outer layer. The fruit is antioxidant rich and high in vitamin E. Geography: It originated in Asia - the Middle East and India - in moderate climates with hot summers and cooler winters. Today, it is cultivated widely in the Mediterranean, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

Historical Uses

Its high antioxidant and fatty acid content and anti-inflammatory properties make it a desirable topical ingredient for skin healing, moisturizing and to restore skin elasticity. It can be found in massage oils, soaps, as well as facial and body care products.