Pomegranate Pentagonality

Never noticed the pattern of seeds before…

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

2 Responses to Pomegranate Pentagonality

  1. Hello from a botanist and follower of your blog who enjoyed seeing this post pop up here!
    Each type of fruit has a characteristic and constant number of carpels (or chambers where the seeds develop.) Pomegranates have two layers of 5 chambers. They don't also present so nicely as in the one you cut since the seeds develop at different rates and therefore warp the shape and proportion of each carpel. More nice info here:


  2. The best way to take apart a pom is to score around the outside and twist into two halves, then keeping them dunked in a large bowl of water you can quickly and without any sticky mess pick the little morsels out. All the white rind floats and can be scooped off!

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