The nutrient loaded pomegranate is unparalleled to any other fruit. The red round shaped fruit contains edible seeded berries inside known as arils. The skin is thick and leathery, a unique in the world of fruits. Pomegranate is scientifically known as Punica granatum, belonging to the Lythraceae family. This deciduous fruit originated in Persia and sub- Sahara Himalayan regions. The red juicy fruit has tremendous health value and is known as ‘super fruit.’ The color and shape of the fruit are beautiful both inside and outside.
Specialty of pomegranate plant
Pomegranate fruit plants are shrubs that are perennial i.e. if you plant a year you can expect to get fruit every year. The plant prefers warm temperature, bright sunlight, and irrigation during the dry months. The plants may grow to a height of about 30 feet. Blooming starts after at least 4 years. The blooms start at the end of May and continue. The flowers are at the tip of the stem. The lovely round fruit hangs down from the edge of the stem. There can be one or more flowers per twig. The flowers elf of cross pollinate. The flowers are beautiful, red in color which grows into a fruit. The fruit is a berry, the size of 2 to 5 inches in diameter. The ripening of fruits occurs 5-6 months after flowering. So if you have this great fruit plant start caring from the month of May-June so you get fruits in November and December, However, some plant bear fruit three times so no worries.
The pomegranate fruit
The fruit is a berry mostly with seed but some have soft seed. The fruit can be cracked and split the skin with your or knife. The seed inside the fruit is held together by white, soft membrane. The juice can be extracted with a hand blender.
Nutrients in Pomegranate
Pomegranate contains good proportions of calorie (75 in ½ cup serving), fat, dietary fiber and sugar. These provide a source of nutritive healthy fruit.
Benefits of Pomegranate to health
The benefits of pomegranate are innumerous. The color, juiciness and taste out-weigh the tremendous benefits of pomegranate. It has 3 times the anti -oxidant of green tea. The major anti -oxidants are Punicalagins and Punicic Acid, also known as seed oil. Pomegranate contains a number of vitamins, minerals that help to control a large number of diseases (Figure). It controls body fat, reduces blood pressure, prevents cancer, relieves from arthritis and many, more sicknesses. Therefore, pomegranate has therapeutic properties.
How can you have pomegranate?
Pomegranate is just good with the seed as soon as you take out the outer skin. But a glass of this juice is really soothing. Here is how you can make:
- Take out the seed and put in a blender.
- Blend a few times and let the juice come out.
- Strain the juice into a jar with a mesh strainer
- Place crushed ice and drink
- You can also keep some whole seeds to give a crunchy, juicy taste.
Enjoy a healthy and refreshing day with pomegranate juice!