Perhaps no other fruit in the world is so steeped in culture and history as the pomegranate. For 4000 years the Pomegranate has been depicted as a symbol of prosperity, hope, and abundance in every time period, and part of the world inspiring artists, authors, and world leaders. Scholars maintain that the forbidden fruit of the “tree of knowledge” eaten by Eve was in fact not an apple but a pomegranate. The name is thought to come from the French; pomme garnete, literally “seeded apple” or more likely the Latin p?mum “apple” and gr?n?tum “seeded”. It has figured in many ancient religious texts including the Bible and the Quran, and figures prominently in Greek Mythology. It is native to modern day Iran and is widely cultivated throughout the Middle East, Mediterranean, southern Europe, tropical Africa, Latin America, and in the United States much cultivation in California and Arizona. Its multi-seeded deep red arils (seeds) symbolize fertility and prosperity in several cultures.
Pomegranate juice is high in three different types of antioxidants; tannins (Punicalagins), anthocyanins, and ellagic acid. Ancient cultures used the juice and seeds primarily as a food, but one cannot overlook the historical importance of its use for health purposes. In India in Ayurvedic practice the rind of the fruit and the bark of the pomegranate tree is used as a traditional remedy for supporting multiple digestive functions. The seeds and juice are classified as a bitter astringent (pitta or fire) and considered a healthful counterbalance to a diet high in sweet-fatty (kapha or earth) components. Modern research has found it to support healthy prostate function, cardiovascular function, a healthy digestive environment and supportive to immune function.
Uses of Pomegranate
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