Presenting... the Pomegranate!!!

Pomegranate. Ruby red pearls. Some people think of them asnothing less than little bites of heaven. Why, you might ask, would we need to tell you about the benefi ts of such a magnifi cent fruit, when they’re something that you would eat anyway? Well, a little knowledge never hurts anyone!

Originating in Persia and native to Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and the Himalayas in Northern India, the pomegranate has throughout history been a fruit of fascination.

In the Greek myth of Persephone, the pomegranate is known as the fruit of the underworld, yet in the Muslim Qu’ran it is referred to as the fruit of paradise.

The aesthetic beauty of the pomegranate has inspired design since Biblical times, and there are some who believe it may be the fruit on the tree of life!

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty…what does it do for you?! Starting with being a great source of vitamin B, C and folic acid, pomegranate juice has been found to be effective in reducing blood pressure and risk factors for heart disease. It has antiviral and antibacterial properties that help combat dental plaque. And some preliminary studies suggest that pomegranate may slow the onset or development of prostate cancer. Some of these benefi ts may relate to the fact that pomegranate has three times the amount of antioxidants as either green tea or red wine.

Pomegranates are also said to be good for digestion, and will give you a healthy sweet fi x after your meals. If that doesn’t tempt you to make this part of your daily diet, perhaps the fact that pomegranate helps prevent premature aging and can leave you with clear and glowing skin will do the trick!

For centuries, pomegranates have been used in folk medicine in the Middle East, India and Iran. And whoever said medicine has to tastebad?! There are numerous ways to incorporate pomegranates into your everyday diet, aside from drinking pomegranate juice or eating the fruit plain. Toss them into a salad, with some yoghurt or with a little bit of cream on top as dessert. Personally, we think they’re delicious with feta cheese, avocado and balsamic vinegar, though not necessarily all together!

You can also add pomegranate to raita, which gives it an unusual, yet subtly sweet twist. These are just a few healthy ways to add pomegranate to your diet. But we just couldn’t resist this not-ashealthy, yet equally delicious tip: Try boiling pure pomegranate juice on a stove until it turns thick and syrupy, and use it as a glaze for lamb, duck or pork! The fact is that with this fruit, your options are practically endless. So go on… get creative!

We can’t say whether it really was the fruit on the tree of life, the fruit of the underworld or the fruit of paradise. But we do know this about pomegranates – they’re healthy and scrumptious, and they’ve defi nitely earned our stamp of approval!