The beautiful Pomegranate is actually classed as a berry and can be between the size of a lemon and a grapefruit, it is native to southwest Asia but is now cultivated widely for it’s juice production. The name is derived from Latin – Pomum (Apple) and Granatus (Seeded), The seeded apple!
The important bits of a Pomegranate are the seeds inside, which are called “Arils“, these can range in colour, but most are a bright red colour. Scoop them all out and nibble on them throughout the day, or alternatively juice them for the ruby red coloured juice – you will need at least 2-3 to get a decent cup of juice.
Pomegranate juice provides about 16% of an adults Vitamin C requirements, it’s also a good source of Vitamin B5, Potassium and potent Antioxidant Polyphenols. It is a good source of Beta-Carotene and Polyphenol Catechins, and studies have shown it has been effective in reducing heart disease risk factors and boost Prostate health for men.
I personally prefer the beautiful coloured juice as it’s easier than picking out all the seeds and it tastes amazing. I like “Pomegreat” juice and you can find this in most supermarkets, it also comes in different combinations like Pomegranate and Blueberry/Acai.
Remember to drink fruit juice through a straw to protect your tooth enamel!
For more information on Pomegranates, visit PomWonderful.com