Pomegranate,”the miracle fruit”!

Growing up, my mother used to break open the fruit, fill up a bowl, and we would eat it with a spoon. Till this day, whenever i’m back home, i always find a bowl in the fridge; my father has been eating it all his life, maybe this is why he looks so young?

The pomegranate is an original native of Persia, and has been revered as a symbol of health, fertility and eternal life; ancient Egyptians buried their dead with pomegranate, believing it offered eternal life!

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-Pomegranates are rich in potent antioxidants offering protection against heart disease, cancer and hardening of the arteries.

-In some studies, these potent antioxidants have shown to reduce platelet aggregation and naturally lower blood pressure, factors that prevent both heart attacks and strokes.

-Research has also shown that drinking pomegranate juice can increase oxygen levels to the heart.

-The juice also contains phytochemical compounds that stimulate serotonin, improving symptoms of depression.

-A glass of pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, blueberries and cranberries. My cousin was right when she told me  she and her husband both drink a glass everyday!

You can find pomegranate from September through January. When refrigerated in a plastic bag, they can keep for up to 2 months.

Pomegranate is often used in Mediterranean dishes, as is the pomegranate molasses sauce, that is used in marinades, salad dressings or as a dipping sauce (i always buy it ready made, and you can find it in middle eastern speciality stores).

I sprinkle pomegranate seeds on salads, quinoa, grilled Halloumi cheese, or try it mixed with some cooked wheat, almonds, pine nuts, rose water and sugar. Delicious!!

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