The product is of excellent quality and exceptional to squeeze, but it has some streaks on the outer husk
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50The product is of excellent quality and exceptional to squeeze, but it has some streaks on the outer husk.
By measuring around 7-8 cm in diameter, the pomegranate has a thick and rough peel, which is not edible. The skin of pomegranates is usually bright red, although some varieties may be yellowish.
Potassium-rich pomegranate juice is used in the preparation of cocktails and has antioxidant effects. The wine of pomegranate, according to recent scientific studies , has been shown to have strong beneficial activities on the cardiovascular system.
The New York Times has compiled a special list of 10 foods that should be eaten regularly, because many scientific studies have proven its effectiveness in improving the state of health; 3rd place of this special list shows the pomegranate for its antihypertensive and anti-aging.
Properties and Benefits of Pomegranate
The pomegranate fruit is particularly rich in minerals such as potassium, manganese, zinc, copper and phosphorus, in smaller quantities also iron, sodium and calcium. Abundant also the presence of vitamins: A, B, C, E and K. In addition to water, which of course is the main element, there are sugars, fibers and fats.
The pomegranate is characterized by the presence of benign substances for the body such as the flavonoids, antioxidants, various types of acids, including ellagic and gallic acid, quercetin and other active principles that are very healthy and made the fruit earn the name of "fruit of the medicine."
Its most important virtue is the presence of substances with a high antitumor activity as ellagic acid, flavonoids and other substances with antioxidant properties, which together cooperate actively in the treatment of various cancers (prostate, skin, breast , lungs).
The pomegranate has also vermifuge properties, very useful against the famous tapeworm (Taenia solium), a very annoying parasite for mankind. Thanks to the presence of tannins (ellagic acid), the pomegranate juice also has astringent properties and is therefore useful in cases of diarrhea.
According to recent studies drinking its juice for prolonged periods would help protect the heart from the formation of atherosclerotic plaques, not only that, also the disorders caused by menopause (depression and brittle bones) seems to gain good benefits from drinking pomegranate juice.
It is believed that the pomegranate tree originates in Persia and have been cultivated 4,000 years ago. The name of this fruit granatum derives from the Latin, meaning " fruit of many seeds ." The fruit of the pomegranate has given its name to the Spanish city of Granada and has always been considered a symbol of fertility.
At the time of ancient Greece , the tree was sacred to Juno , wife of Jupiter and Venus , goddess of love . Roman brides used braiding their hair with sprigs of pomegranate. In the Asian tradition, it has always been the fruit to open the abundance and good luck. In Vietnam, it narrates the legend of a pomegranate that opens and lets out a hundred children. In Turkey the past brides threw it to the ground because, they said, it would have given as many children as the beans come out of the split fruit were. According to the ancient Egyptians, the pomegranate was the food of the dead, often found in the tombs of the pharaohs. Popular in the wizarding world, the rods of pomegranate served to indicate where they had hidden the treasures, but it was also important to handle it where people who knew their fingers crossed and who sold their soul to the devil once, in fact, the pomegranate was white and was the result of Lucifer, because when he was plunged into hell its flesh turned red.
Originally from Persia, Afghanistan and the Caucasus , pomegranate can reach 5 m high and has spread from the Far East to the Mediterranean.
It grows in tropical and subtropical climates. Although the tree can adapt to climatic conditions and to different types of land, is best developed in regions with cold winters and very hot summers. The pomegranate tree can reach 6 or 7 feet high, but the domestic varieties are usually pruned to a height of 2 to 3 meters . It produces large trumpet shaped flowers and its fruits are usually harvested 5-7 months after flowering, when they are fully ripe, since they do not continue to ripen after harvest.
The main producers of pomegranates are Iran, India and the United States, but also Spain, Israel and the Mediterranean basin.
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