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Interesting facts about Pomegranates

September 22nd, 2009

Mother Nature has bestowed innumerable fruits, vegetables and vast resources for the living beings in this Universe. One of the many such fruits is Pomegranate. Apart from the health and nutritional benefits this fruit offers to the consumers, the really fascinating or amusing fact is the very structure of the fruit and the interiors of the fruit. One cannot explain in any meaningful way but just be astonished and amused by the typical construction of the fruit.

The word “pomegranate” in old French language means “seeded apple”. True to the french meaning, pomegranate look similar to apples. The fruit is a very rich source for a number of plant chemicals and also contains Vitamin C, fiber and niacin.

Pomegranate has a leathery deep rind either of deep red color or purple color.. Beneath the rind lies the interior containing hundreds of tiny edible seeds that are packed in a number of compartments. These compartments, called arils, are separated by bitter membranes that are of cream-color.

The fruit can either be consumed directly by carefully removing the tiny edible seeds one by one from the membrane or else juice can be prepared by halving the fruit and using a juice squeezer. One average sized pomegranate can yield about one and a half cups of juice. Pomegranate juice can be consumed directly by adding some flavors and sugar. The juice can be used in other ways as well. For instance, pomegranate juice can be used to add extra flavor to the cakes as well as baked apples. The juice can also be used to make delicious sauces, jellies and sorbets as well.

Pomegranate yields many benefits to the person consuming it. It is a rich source for potassium. A single fruit is said to contain as much as 400 milligrams of potassium, much more than any type of orange or other fruits offer to a person. Apart from potassium, the fruit also contains Vitamin C and fiber content in it.

The juice extracted from Pomegranates contains ellagic acid as well as anthocyanins – both having antioxidant properties. It has been found in research of this wonderful fruit that the antioxidant capacity in the form of ellagic acid and anthocyanins in one cup of pomegranate juice is two to three times more than the capacity one can derive by consuming a cup of green tea or red wine.

In yet another recent study of this fruit and its innumerable benefits, it has been discovered that consuming as little as one quarter of a cup of pomegranate juice on a daily basis can improve the health of the cardiovascular system in the body by significantly bringing down the oxidation levels in the body caused by LDL cholesterol.

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