Pomegranate is a large, round fruit with blood-red skin when ready to harvest. They’re usually grown in hot climate while ripe in early winter and exported world-wide. Going back to ancient times, pomegranates were introduced in the US by Spanish however originated in Iran and India. Pomegranates of Qandahar are renowned for their amazing taste and bigger fruit size. These are also treasured for numerous medicinal properties while many companies are actively conducting health studies revealing that the fruit has tendency to fight major diseases.
Types & Functions
Out of 14 different kinds of trees, four are considered best from which pomegranates are picked in abundance and consumed swiftly. Each piece bear the name of the tree it’s plucked from whereas “Wonderful” is first-class among all. Fruit extracted is large, round and pure red from both inside and flesh. “Grenada” is identical to the latter but smaller yet deeper red in colour. Appearing on number three is “Sweet Pomegranate” with pinkish seeds and named after its taste and last is “Angel Red”, having brilliant red hue, softer and juicier seeds as compared to others.
A research report from National Institutes of Health revealed that pomegranate helps a body fight several diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and prostate cancer. Though new to Western world, pomegranates have always been a mark of healthy diet in Middle Eastern diet with some of the best bars use to prepare scrumptious juice with other fruits in season. Its seeds are the best bird feed ever while also used in many recipes for savoury tang.
Features & Benefits
As mentioned earlier, pomegranate species vary from light pink to deep red, each having a remarkable taste, shape, size and weight. A few people don’t like eating it directly as edible part is the seeds, clustered inside the membrane from all sides. Cutting the fruit is quite tricky like removing the crown first, dissect it from the middle and hit the skin with spoon to remove seed or pick them separately with hands. Juice released from it often blackens finger nails due to antioxidants but is washable. Another way to remove seeds is to roll or gently hit the circular body from all sides before cutting so that seeds are loosened.
Pomegranates are bursting with antioxidants that strengthen the immune system, keep your skin healthy and circulate energy throughout a body. In contrast to other fruits, pomegranate spoils rather slowly and stays fresh for as long as the outer skin isn’t peeled or cut. Best taste comes from seeds which are a mix of sweet and sour with juicy pulp that’s more enjoyable. Reduces bad cholesterol and artery plaque are other benefits of eating it.
“Too much of anything isn’t good” and the term holds true for pomegranates as well. Consuming many in a day or daily can result in stomach ache and loose bowels whereas in ancient time, fruit was also used to make poison; unbelievable but true! Consume in a balanced way, avoid food additives or medicines immediately after eating one. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that there’s no previous experiment over such facts so it can pose danger. Also, eating too many can swell tonsils, causing sour throat and cough.
Pomegranates are widely available nowadays being in season so why not bring home a bunch and enjoy. You’ll definitely like it!