The pomegranate is the fruit of the pomegranate tree, bushy form that can reach 4 meters in height and live for 200 years.
This fruit about 10 cm in diameter appears as a large apple with the hard shell, light colored, contains a multitude of pink and juicy kernels. In fact, this is the envelope or « aril » surrounding each of these small grains is very juicy and dark red to light pink. Known since the Bronze Age – as evidenced by a grenade found fossilized in Jordan from that period – the grenade was also offered as funerary offerings to the Pharaohs of Egypt and is mentioned in the Bible as in the Koran.
Indeed, the symbol of life and fertility since ancient times for many people, the pomegranate, because of its shape, symbolizes for the Christian Church as a community of believers and the priesthood also because it bears rich fruit under his thick skin which is reminiscent of the asceticism of the priesthood. This is also why the pomegranate is represented in many paintings of the Middle Ages. Even in China the fruit symbolizes fertility and many children because of its numerous seeds.
Originally from West and Central Asia, the pomegranate is now cultivated (as for centuries) in the tropical and subtropical regions of Europe, Africa, Asia and more recently in the Americas since the California to Chile.
The pomegranate and the juice obtained by pressing whole fruits are first used as food, but also used the peel and juice of the pomegranate for dyeing wool or silk and leather (it is used particularly to color oriental rugs). From pomegranate juice, is still made of pomegranate syrup called « grenadine ». In this regard, when buying grenadine, make sure that the syrup is a real pomegranate syrup, not corn syrup.
With regard to fresh fruit, its sweet and tangy salad will report a delicately fresh or dried fruit and enable the achievement of delicious sauces, creams, sorbets and ice creams. But we can also incorporate pomegranate seeds in a dish of meat, especially game or vegetables, as in India where fresh arils adorn many vegetarian dishes.
Also, if you want a drink pomegranate juice as fresh as possible, just drink it in its natural packaging. This requires driving with the hand grenade on a work plan to break the arils without damaging the bark and then make a hole at the end of the fruit, before sucking the juice through a straw .
Beyond its culinary uses – that add an exotic touch to our menus – Pomegranate is proving very beneficial to our health. Indeed, this fruit is rich in dietary fiber also contains B vitamins and vitamin C. As mineral salts and trace elements, their presence is significant especially in respect of the potassium, but also phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, zinc and copper.
Moreover, because of its richness in phenolic acids, pomegranate juice exerts antioxidant activity of the body three times greater than that exerted by a red or a green tea infusion. Several studies have revealed that regular consumption of pomegranate juice could improve blood circulation and thus prevent cardiovascular disease.
It could also exert a protective effect against breast cancer cells, acting on leukemia cells and be particularly effective against prostate cancer. Therefore, surprising that this precious fruit could give his name to the city of Granada in Spain, as he gave the semi-precious stone called a scarlet « garnet » and the weapon that has taken shape: the grenade.