Often placed in an order (genus Granateae) of their own, without any close relative, pomegranates are considered unique.
Ancient remains of the fruit have been found in the Middle East dating as far back as the Bronze Age (3300 – 2000 BCE). Early records mention pomegranates from Egypt and Mesopotamia to the Mediterranean.
For millennia, the pomegranate has been used medicinally for a myriad of Pomegranate Juiceailments. The entire fruit is utilized, from the rind and fruit to the seeds and bark of the tree! It’s been traditionally employed to cure intestinal parasites, diarrhea and dysentery, as well as a heart and throat stimulant, to halt gum and nose bleeds, tone the skin, as a remedy for hemorrhoids and a means to balance diets excess in fatty foods. Pomegranates were used in ancient Egypt as a remedy for infections and tapeworm. The rind of the fruit was formed into leather by the early Romans!
Pomegranates are actually considered a berry! They’ve long been a traditional wedding gift of the Chinese, symbolizing fertility. Moses was believed to have received the fruit as a gift epitomizing the fruitfulness of the Promised Land.
Pomegranate juice has no cholesterol or saturated fats, and is rich in fiber. It has only minimally more calories than apples. It’s rich in punicalagin, an antioxidant and high in vitamins C, K and B-complex. Calcium, potassium, copper and manganese are also present.
Juice Recipe for PomegranateVitamin K is important for blood clotting. Pantothenic acid (B-5), and other B-complex vitamins assist the digestive system. Vitamin C boosts the immune system and fights disease and infection. Pomegranates eaten daily work against the development of certain cancerous agents that cause prostate and colon cancer and lymphoma, as well as diabetes and BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia). This fruit also reduces cholesterol.
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2 Pomegranates – discard skin
10 Cherries – without pits
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3 Pomegranates – discard skin
1 Carrot – with peel
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