Pomegranate, considered as one of the oldest fruits known to man also symbolizes fertility and eternal life. Artifacts and writings from many religions and cultures have cited a lot of stories about this incredible fruit. Carbonized pomegranate fruits have been found by archeologist in 3000 BC in Jericho and even preserved in King Tut's tomb. In medieval Latin, pomegranate means “Apple with many seeds” but actually looks more of a tomato.
This superfood is native to Persia (present day Iran) and in western Himalayas. It is cultivated in Iraq, the Mediterranean region, Afghanistan, Russia, Pakistan and India. The fruit was brought to America by Spanish settlers. They can grow to a height of 50 feet and can live for a hundred years or more. This tree can only bear fruit in a hot climate and the fruit can last for more than a month in the refrigerator. Their peak fruiting season is between September and January. The shape of the fruit is both spherical and hexagonal with a protruding calyx at one end with the seeds cuddle up among spongy white pulp. The pulp is edible and the seeds, which delivers the actual treat, are all individually coated in bright red sac. Remember not to expose the seeds to sunlight or air for an extended time as it will destroy the vitamins in it.
Pomegranate may be difficult to eat and a bit pricy, but it’s nothing compared to the amazing health benefits this nutrient packed fruit can give. It is filled with powerful antioxidants, fiber, micronutrients, unsaturated oils, a host of essential minerals and vitamins (C, B5, A and E).
This super fruit can seem to cure just about any ailment there is. It can take on hemorrhoids, osteoarthritis, upset stomach and flu. Even the bark can relieve dysentery, bladder problems, mouth ulcers and get rid of intestinal parasites. Check this out… only pomegranate contains a compound called punicalagin that can lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and best of all, speeds up the melting of atherosclerosis! That’s not all! It has also been used in beauty products like body lotions, moisturizers and hair care.
Some people may have allergic reactions to this fruit, so it’s best to stay away. Pomegranate is generally safe when taken as a juice. Even safe for pregnant and nursing women. The stem and the roots has poison.
Taking pomegranate in the raw is still the best, but if they’re not in season, you can still enjoy them in juice. Let’s drink to that!
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