Pomegranate

Pomegranate

Pomegranate is a tropical fruit that grow wild from Iran to northern India, but they are cultivated throughout India, the Middle East, southern Europe and California. The bright red flower of the pomegranate tree has always been considered a symbol of love and its fruit symbolizes fertility. The size of a ripe pomegranate can be as small as an orange or as big as a grapefruit, depending on its variety. It has a rounded hexagonal shape, with thick reddish rind. Within the fruit is about 700-800 tightly packed seed casings called arils(fleshy, cover of a seed), that are deep red in color when ripe. It is this abundance of seeds that gives the fruit its name, derived from the Latin pomum granatum which means "fruit with many seeds." The taste of the juice differs depending on the variety and its state of ripeness. But basically, it can be sweet, sour or tangy.

Health Benefits of Pomegranate:

  1. Pomegranate contains higher level of antioxidants than those of blueberries, cranberries and oranges and even red wine or green tea.
  2. The fruit is eaten around the world to make their skin clear and glowing.
  3. The anti-inflammatory agent in pomegranate juice significantly reduces arthritic pain.
  4. Drinking concentrated pomegranate juice may reduce cholesterol.
  5. Pomegranate juice prevent breast cancer cell from forming.
  6. The juice destroys breast cancer cells while leaving healthy cells protected.
  7. The juice may inhibit the development of lung cancer.
  8. Research show that maternal consumption of pomegranate juice may protect the neonatal brain from damage after injury.
  9. It may prevent and slow Alzheimer's disease.
  10. The juice may prevent dental plaque.
  11. Pomegranate fruit helps to remove intestinal worms in children.
  12. Drinking pomegranate juice frequently is extremely beneficial in fighting the hardening of arteries (atherosclerosis).
  13. Eating pomegranate frequently may reduce the blood vessel damage, it is found to actually reverse the progression of this disease.
  14. Pomegranate juice can help keep blood platelets from clumping together to form unwanted clots.
  15. Drinking eight ounces of pomegranate juice daily for three months improved the amount of oxygen getting to the heart muscle of patients with coronary heart disease.
  16. Studies show that long-term consumption of pomegranate juice may help combat erectile dysfunction.
  17. The high content of ascorbic acid in this fruit can help prevent and remedy some respiratory problem.
  18. Pomegranate juice can help increase your appetite.
  19. Origin: North America
  20. Scientific name: Vaccinium Angustifolium
  21. Family: Vaccinium
  22. Tree: height: 10 cm - 4m tall
  23. Fruit: ½ inch in diameter
  24. Season: May to early October. Peak season is July and large New Zealand blueberries are available in markets in the winter at a premium price.
  25. Culinary uses: Use blueberries in baked goods, jams, pies, pancakes, salads or, best of all, with a simple splash of sweet cream.