Pomegranates (Punica granatum) are round fruits with a tough outer skin and many small bright red fleshy seeds held together in the matrix of a white pith.
Health Benefits of Pomegranates
- Increased Immune Function
- Protection Against Heart Disease
- Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
- Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Osteoporosis Protection
- Stroke Prevention Pomegranates are high in polyphenol antioxidants which could be linked to a decreased risk of heart disease.
*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Pomegranates, and may not necessarily be related to Pomegranates.
How to choose Pomegranates
The trick to picking a good pomegranate is to be sure you are not picking a dry pomegranate. Avoid pomegranates that have indentions, and check the top portion of the stem to be sure it doesn't look dry and withered.
How to store Pomegranates
Keep pomegranates in a cool humid environment like your fridge. To create this you can keep them in a plastic bag with a wet paper towel. Kept this way pomegranates can last for 2-3 months.
Climate and origin
Pomegranates originated somewhere between the south of Iran to the Himalayas in Northern India. Favoring sub-tropical climates, pomegranates do well in zones 8-10, with some varieties able to survive in zone 7. (Zones are for the U.S.)
Pomegranates have lightly fragrant sweet taste and a crisp juicy texture. Due to the amount of seeds, pomegranates can be a bit of a challenge to eat.
Pomegranates are seen as a holy symbol in the Abrahamic religions, and can often be seen depicted in iconic works of art.
Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Pomegranates + Complete Nutrition FactsCarbohydrates | Vitamin C | Potassium | Click here to compare these nutrition facts with other fruits.
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