The Pomegranate: a forgotten fruit


Pomegranate fruit is native to Asia Western Punicaceae units within the family, scientific name "Punica granatum", and its trunk can reach up to 5 meters.
The fruit is a berry with a thick skin, containing numerous seeds inside fleshy prismatic.



The fruits of pomegranate, rich in vitamins A and B, have astringent and diuretic properties: they are usually consumed fresh
and are often used to make refreshing drinks (Granitina, sherbet, sorbet). In some countries the fruits are used for decorating salads served in special glasses and also
the fruits can be used by the canning industry for the production of juices, jams and syrups. The peel of the fruit contains over 30% of tannins from which you can obtain a
yellow dye used to dye fabrics. The fruit ripening occurs in the fall. In some areas it is also cultivated for ornamental purposes.

He gave his name to the city of Granada and has always been regarded as the fruit of fertility, for all cultures that are left to captivate by its fruits, rich red seeds, expression of the exuberance of life. No coincidence that the painters of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries often put a "pomegranate" in the hand of the Child Jesus, alluding to the new life brought by Christ.

Coptic art meets the pomegranate tree as a symbol of resurrection. Its roots lie in ancient Greece from where this plant was sacred to Juno (wife of Zeus) and Venus (goddess of love). Roman brides were using braid, the hair, branches of pomegranate. The large number of its branches has inspired many legends in Vietnam "pomegranate" is opened and leaves come in two hundred children, the wives of the Turkish cast on the ground because they say it will have as many children as there are grains
split out from the fruit, in Dalmatia, however, tradition has it that the husband transfer from the garden of his father-in-a pomegranate tree, of Indian origin is the belief that the juice of this fruit combats infertility. In floral language could not express "burning love". Recently, the journal "American Journal of Cardiology", were published the results of a study that showed antioxidant properties and protective of the cardiovascular system, typical of the juice of "pomegranate", rich in polyphenols, tannins and anthocyanins.

A sample of 45 heart patients took three months for 240 ml juice per day of "pomegranate". After three months, who had taken the juice of "pomegranate" showed an improvement
function of the coronary arteries and a reduction in cardiac ischemia.

On what should meditate for a moment and said we should also reflect on why these wonderful fruits have disappeared from the markets,