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The symbol of life, fertility and good luck, pomegranate can be an excellent complement to many of the dishes we make for our loved ones, offering color, aroma and flavor.

The fruit of the pomegranate is known from prehistoric times. He comes from Central Asia. It is also called the Carthaginian apple, perhaps because as Pliny says  Carthage produced the finest quality of pomegranates. Pomegranate is native in most areas of the planet .

On the Greek table, the fruit of the pomegranate is almost exclusively used as autumn and winter fruit. In the Middle East, however, it is considered an essential ingredient for too many dishes. From the fruit of the pomegranate fruit the eastern peoples produce a refreshing drink that they offer at official ceremonies and call it “sorbeti”.

Pomegranate participates in oriental cuisines as a juicy sauce containing all the flavors and aromas of the fruit. It is a kind of syrup with a strong sweet taste, called sour pomegranate. This dark sauce gives a special flavor to many meat dishes and salads with green vegetables.

We recommend to taste a salad from neighboring Turkey with chopped tomatoes, parsley, plenty of mint, caraway and pepper pulp and a dose of pomegranate juice instead of other dressing. Continue serving on a main course, for change, with chicken sticks, finely chopped walnut, saffron and butter, glazed with a sweet-sour pomegranate paste and finish the presence of the East on your table with a white cream garnished with pomegranate.  If you find it too exotic for your tastes, the next time you’ll serve a green salad, add a few pomegranate seeds for color and special flavor. You can find a lot of salad recipes made with chopped raw bitter greens (chicory, acacia) and fresh pomegranate seeds in eastern Crete

Selection and cleaning

The first rains of autumn mature the pomegranates. Choose heavy pomegranates, with glossy and tight skin. You can keep them out of the refrigerator for several days, several months in the refrigerator maintenance or in a dark place if you hang them from their sprig. They can be eaten even when their skin has shrunk.

To clean them, cut them off and remove the peel from the part of the stalk. Then helically scratch the whole peel carefully to avoid damaging the seeds. Pressing on the opening, split the pomegranate into two. Hold half of the pomegranate, with the opening down, hit the peel with your hand and you will see the seeds being released.

In medicine and cosmetics

According to Hippocrates, pomegranate juice was an excellent aphrodisiac drink. According to Dioscourides and Pliny the root and pomegranate peel decoction was suitable for intestinal parasites, while the pink decoction of pomegranate can be used in gargles for the sore throat. Decoction of dried pomegranate roots heals from gynecological diseases and relieves from nausea. A populist way of eliminating skin spots is the use of pomegranate juice mixed with olive oil. In modern cosmetology, pomegranate is used to make anti-aging products as it has antioxidant properties.

It is good to know that a glass of fresh pomegranate juice is rich in potassium, iron, selenium (antioxidant) vitamins A, B1, B2 and C and that 100 grams contain just 70 calories.

So, pomegranates help our body in many ways from curing stomach problems to improving erectile dysfunctions and many more. Let us explore some more benefits in detail.

Cure Stomach Disorders

Pomegranate peel, bark, and leaves are used to calm stomach disorders or diarrhea caused by any kind of digestive problems. Drinking tea made from the leaves of these fruits also helps in curing digestive problems. Pomegranate juice is also used for reducing problems like dysentery and cholera.

Reduce Heart Problems

A regular intake of pomegranate juice can maintain a good flow of the blood in the body. Because of this property, it subsequently decreases the risk of heart attack and stroke. The antioxidant components in this fruit help to keep bad cholesterol from accumulating and thus, keep the arteries clear of any clots. These clots are clear because pomegranates have the ability to make blood thinner.

Prevent Cancer

Pomegranates contain high levels of antioxidants called flavonoids. These flavonoids are known to be effective in counteracting various cancer-causing free radicals. People that face a high risk of prostate and breast cancer should start drinking pomegranate juice, as it will help them reduce the risk of developing cancer. Regular consumption of pomegranates can reduce the PSA levels in the body and aid in the fight against existing cancer cells in the body.

Dental Care

Pomegranates, with their antibacterial and antiviral properties, help to reduce the effects of dental plaque and protect against various oral diseases.

Prevent Osteoarthritis

Pomegranates help to reduce many illnesses, including atherosclerosis and osteoarthritis. The damages caused due to thickening and hardening of the arterial walls and in the cartilage and joints can be cured by eating these fruits. Also, pomegranates are capable of preventing the creation of enzymes that are responsible for breaking down of connective tissues within the body.

Treat Anemia

Healthy blood flow can be maintained in the body by consuming these fruits. Pomegranates supply iron to the blood, thus helping to reduce symptoms of anemia, which are exhaustion, dizziness, weakness, and hearing loss.

Control Diabetes

For diabetic patients, drinking pomegranate juice can reduce the risk of various coronary diseases. Along with this, there is a reduction in the hardening of the arteries, which inhibits the development of various heart diseases.

Treat Erectile Dysfunction

Research published in the Journal of Urology, states that pomegranate juice can be very helpful in curing erectile dysfunctions based on animal studies. Researchers from the University of California and Beverly Hills have also found that pomegranate juice improved erectile dysfunctions in a sample test conducted on 61 men.

Other Benefits
There are other benefits of eating this fruit as well, like reducing the possibility of having premature babies and avoiding low birth weight in infants.

Pomegranates also reduce the possibility of developing Alzheimer’s disease among older generations. They help to control aging problems like wrinkles as well, thus providing people with a youthful and glowing skin. Other than this, these juicy fruits can help women overcome depression symptoms during menstruation, especially post-menopausal depression.

 

 


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