I have always loved fruit and it has never been lacking in my diet. But I confess that when I was little I had feelings of love and hatred towards the pomegranate tree. That is to say, I was very attracted by the intense color of its juicy fruits, but I could not stand the woody and slightly bitter consistency that its seeds left in my mouth. Perhaps because of this, I have continued to undervalue this fruit until a few years ago, but now I have learned to appreciate the properties of this gift of nature. With today’s post, I want to redeem that girl who sometimes hates the seeds of pomegranates and present all the properties of a fruit that takes advantage of everything, even the shell!
A small tree with a long history
The pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) is a fruit with a long history. It seems that the origin of this beautiful fruit tree is oriental and then it has spread to the rest of the continents. It prefers temperate climates and is currently grown mostly in northern India, the Mediterranean region, and California.
Already in ancient times, the juice of the fruit was appreciated. The Egyptians, for example, made a light wine with this fruit. For many civilizations, from the Greeks to the Chinese, it was a symbol of fertility, prosperity, and love.
It is represented in many reliefs and paintings in different eras and cultures, and remains of the fruit have been found in archaeological excavations dated around the year 3000 a. C.
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Properties of the pomegranate
When I studied phytotherapy, I remember being very surprised by the properties not only of the seeds but also of the peel of the pomegranate fruit.properties of the pomegranate, natural notes
- The fruit and juice are an important source of antioxidants, vitamin C, and tannins. In addition, it is highly nutrient and indicated against cellular oxidation and to prevent diseases such as diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension.
- The peel from ecologically grown fruits, dehydrated and chopped can be used in infusions. Its bactericidal and astringent power makes it ideal for relieving sore throat and soothing diarrhea.
The pomegranate and its juice rich in properties have aroused the interest of scientists, who in several cases have detected its positive effects in tests on patients with prostate cancer and, in other studies, good results in the treatment of hypertension.
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The properties of pomegranate peel for adults are multiple, you can prepare an infusion with 2.5-4 g of shredded skin and use it to gargle against a sore throat, rinses to cure gingivitis and take it as an anti-diarrheal.
If you did not know the properties of the pomegranate, probably now you will want to use it more often in your sweet and salty dishes, juices or take it pure. It is a natural source of antioxidants that is worth including in the diet this season.
Have you also gone from declaring eternal love to some fruit after knowing its benefits? Tell me in the comments!