When the pomegranate tree introduced its fruits to the world, somewhere in ancient Iran, it was immediately crowned as the king of fruits. With a Crown on its head, red color, and of course the unique shape and amazing sour sweet taste, there’s no room for doubts about the greatness of the pomegranate. In ancient times the pomegranate became a symbol of fertility and beauty in many cultures, in Judaism the number of grains represent the number of mitzvot that a person should do, and therefore is an important symbol of the Jewish holidays. Following the symbolism and its multiple meanings, it is used to adorn buildings, clothing, coins, ritual objects, and more. Since ancient times the pomegranate was used as a source of medicinal properties and used it to prevent diseases. Nowadays many studies show that pomegranate has multiple health benefits, as its number of grains.
The pomegranate was found 4000 years ago in the mountains of the Caspian Sea where it was domesticated and sent to the Mediterranean coast. The pomegranate is an integral part of the nature of the region and is used by local residents for preparing dishes, drinks and natural remedies.
One of the greatest benefits of the pomegranate fruit is its durability. The hard shell wrapped around its grains protects them from pests, weather and other damage that may impair its core. Because of its durability the pomegranate is traded in the Mediterranean area for many years. At our homes the pomegranate can be used up to half a year, plus you can peel it, separate the granules, freeze and use as needed.
Many studies conducted around the world emphasize the health benefits of this fruit. It was found that eating pomegranate or drinking half a glass of pomegranate juice on a daily basis reduces the risk of heart attacks, stroke and atherosclerosis. Pomegranate helps lower blood pressure, reducing bad cholesterol and helps as an antioxidant and raising iron levels in the blood making it essential for pregnant women who suffer low hemoglobin.
The pomegranate is the king of the kitchen as well…
Due to its sour sweet taste the pomegranate blends greatly in Mediterranean cuisine. You can find it in all its glory, Persian and Turkish kitchen where he fits in with salads and many cooked dishes. Pomegranate juice can be also found on the shelves on many different products, like pomegranate wine, pomegranate syrup, grenadine and more.
You can use a pomegranate for making stews and desserts, due to its unique taste it integrates with almost any dish. You can put the seeds into white rice that giving it a festive touch. You can combine them into a salad, meat dishes and vegetables. One of my favorite recipes that incorporate this great fruit is fried eggplant with fresh pomegranate seeds and lemon sauce, hot pepper, a little sugar, soy, garlic and bazil.
This is the power of pomegranate- the ability to adapt itself to any dish, refresh and upgrade any dish. The pomegranate will turn any dish into a dish of kings.