The pomegranate, or Punica granatum, is a shrub that produces a red fruit, which is categorized as a berry. The pomegranate fruit is about 5-12cm in diameter and is round. When you look at it, it looks like a red apple with a flower-shaped stem. The skin is thick and edible and there are hundreds of edible seeds called arils. The arils are what people eat, either raw or processed into a juice.
As more people have started looking to superfoods for nutrients and health benefits, many have come to be well known names. Pomegranates have become increasingly popular both in their natural and juice forms. They are popping up on trendy salad and drink menus everywhere, quickly becoming one of the most popular superfoods. With their health benefits and taste, it's easy to see why.
They are Super!
Pomegranates contain strong antioxidants, called Punicalagins, and properties that can help prevent fatty deposits from building up around our arteries. The buildup may lead to heart attacks and other heart related problems. Consuming pomegranate juice can help in reducing the development of these fatty deposits in our arteries.
Pomegranates seeds contain a good amount of fiber. This is also essential for proper digestion and heart health. This is in part to the anti-inflammatory properties found in the seeds.
Due to the anti-inflammatory properties and the polyphenol found in pomegranates, they can assist in fighting a variety of cancers, including breast and prostate cancer. Just one glass of pomegranate juice has the same polyphenol content as two glasses of red wine, four glasses of cranberry juice, or 10 cups of green tea.
In addition, pomegranates can help give you an energy boost for exercise performance with how rich in dietary nitrates. It's also an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and calcium.
Have we mentioned how tasty pomegranate is? It is. The flavor is unique in that it is sweet AND tart. Whether it has already been juiced or if the seeds are being eaten on their own, the flavor is magnificent. Even more so, for some pomegranates, the flavor is individual to each seed. Literally popping with flavor, each seed can be very sweet, both sweet and tart, or very tart. All in one fruit! Talk about a surprise in every bite.
But the best way to experience pomegranate is to open one up and try it out. Why not learn how to open a pomegranate.