Thursday, September 20, 2007

Like The Seeds Of A Pomegranate

How many seeds does a pomegranate have? A Jewish tradition places it at 613, like the number of commandments in the Torah. This is an obvious approximation, because the seeds in any given pomegranate vary.

Menachem Butler directed me to the website of someone who has been unsystematically sampling pomegranates from around the world and counting their seeds (link). The website contains detailed data and more statistical analysis than you probably want. Interestingly, the average seed count is currently at 613, although with a wide variation.

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