Good Morning Gentle Readers.
What are they good for?
Like artichokes, pomegranates are difficult to eat and there is a mess to get through before you get to the delicious seeds. Technically, pomegranates aren't quite as difficult to eat as artichokes. Mess? Si! Noisy? Si! Yummy? Si! Don't get the juice on a white shirt. Dude, worse than red wine.
And, get this: The odds are eight to one that Eve was offered a pomegranate from the Tree of Life by the serpent. Scoff if you will, but apples need at least 700 hours of winter chill to thrive, something you won't find in Mediterranean climates.
Just so you know: Most commercial grenadine syrup is no longer made from pomegranate juice. It is icky old corn syrup with artificial flavors. Don't bother.
Sidebar: Israel is way ahead of the curve, having developed two apple varieties which have little or no winter chill requirement. Anna, a Golden Delicious style apple, and Ein Shemer, a yellow/green variety, both tolerate climates with 300-400 chilling hours.