STOOD THE TEST OF TIME

Pomegranates are believed to have originated in the region from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India. The fruit has been cultivated since ancient times, throughout the Mediterranean region of Asia, Africa and Europe.

Pomegranates...Fruit of life.

Pomegranates…Fruit of life.

The word pomegranate is derived from middle French, and is means “seeded apple” (pomme  garnete). It has stood the test of time, because of it’s life giving properties. CLICK HERE for additional anti-oxidant support.

The potent fruit is featured in Egyptian mythology and art, and is referenced in the Bible’s old- testament. Its reverence is associated with life and fertility, prosperity, abundance and hope.

It is believed that King Tut and other ancient Egyptians were buried with pomegranates in hopes of a second life.

If you are a Bible scholar, you may recall that when Moses sent his spies to survey “the promised Land” a bounty of pomegranates was all the proof they needed.

Homer’s Odyssey and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet also mentioned the pomegranate.

The fruit has been such an important part of the culture of ancient and middle age civilizations,  that it has been  been incorporated into  wedding ceremonies in countries such as China, Persia and Turkey.

There are probably about twelve known varieties of pomegranates but the tree itself is unique. The only other plant that is closely related is a small tree found only in a small island in Yemen.

Ancient cultures used the pomegranate in a variety of ways. For example, the pomegranate blossom was crushed to make a red dye and the peel was used for dyeing leather.

Because the pomegranate has been around from early civilizations, it has become a part of the culture of many Mediterranean and south European nations.

NUTRITION

In recent years the pomegranate has found its way into the medicinal and culinary habits of the western world.

Pomegranates are now touted as one of the modern SUIPERFOODS.

Research and clinical studies have revealed that pomegranate can be used for conditions of the heart and blood vessels. It is strongly believed that consuming pomegranate can greatly assist in regularizing

  • Circulatory conditions, including high blood pressure, congestive heart failure (CHF), heart attack, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis),
  •   High cholesterol.
  • Conditions of the digestive tract, including diarrhea, dysentery, and tapeworm and other intestinal parasites.

POMEGRANATES CONTAIN:

  • An ample amount of Vitamin C and Vitamin K, Potassium, Folic Acid and iron, and Flavonoids
  • High levels of  three different types of polyphenols (potent anti-oxidants)  tannins, anthocyanin’s, and ellagic acid  are present in many fruits, but fresh pomegranate juice contains particularly high amounts of all three.
  • Phytochemical compounds that stimulate serotonin and estrogen receptors, and are thought to improve symptoms of depression and increasing bone mass.
  • Punicalagins: which are compounds found only in pomegranates, and provides much of its anti-oxidant abilities.

 

For thousands of years, the various parts of the pomegranate had been used to treat a variety of diseases.

  • The rind of the fruit is often used in medicines.
  • Both the rind and the root bark are rich in tannins and are use as natural tanning agents adding sturdity and aesthetic beauty to leather production.

If I knew then what I know now….

Pomegranate is one of those fruits that we enjoyed occasionally as children. Even though there was no commercial selling of the fruit or juice, pomegranates blossomed and matured once a year and we had fun sucking on those pearls. It was not one of those fruits that you ate when you were hungry, as the volume of juice derived was minimal. It was just that it was available and tasty, and lots of fun to eat.

I really can’t say if others ate the seeds. I sure didn’t. That may have been a good decision as I am learning that the seeds were used for contraception in earlier times.

Pomegranates are cherished for the beauty as much as for their taste and nutrition.

The seeds are edible and contain useful amounts of fiber.pomegranate cocoktail

 

 

pomegranates add flair to culinary preparations

pomegranates add flair to culinary preparations

 

Modern chefs make use of pomegranates for their beauty, and color.

Pomegranate juice and/or seeds can add a dash of flair to some dishes and makes beautiful and exotic cocktails.

Pomegranate cocktail

Pomegranate cocktail

 

 

 

 

 

Even though fruit bearing is seasonal, juice is available for sale throughout the year.

 

The pomegranate, is considered a “king” in the fruit world, and even appears to wear its own little crown.

Add some royal flair to your nutritional routine.  Choose a good brand of pomegranate juice, or have fun with the fruit when it is available.

This super anti-oxidant blend contains pomegranate as well as other SUPERFRUITS.

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