The superfruit - Pomegranate!Pomegranate is a genuine king of fruits. Unique by its composition, it has been used in medicine and cosmetology since the ancient times. The benefits of pomegranate are commonly recognised and are not questioned — it is one of the most useful fruits! And here is why:
Since ancient times the pomegranate has been called the king of fruits. According to the legend it was pomegranate with its rim on top that gave people the idea of a royal head peace — the crown. Nowadays, the kingly title has been joined by the «superfruit» status for its extremely useful properties.
Pomegranate is one of the most useful fruits existent on Earth. It has been mentioned even in the Bible. Pomegranate (lat. Punica granatum) grows in South America and Middle East. Pomegranate trees live for almost 100 years. But the fruit itself is a size of an apple or an orange hidden in a dense dark-red shell, separated by a thin film.
Pomegranate is not just a delicious fruit it is also a complex of essential vitamins and minerals. Pomegranate juice contains 15 amino-acids, 6 of these are found only in meat and are irreplaceable for human organism. Thus, if you are a vegetarian and eat only plant and dairy products, then pomegranate is a compulsory fruit for your nutrition. It also contains 4 main vitamins: С, Р, B6 and В12. You may ask why these are the main vitamins? Well, Vitamin C strengthens the immune system, vitamin P — the vessels, Vitamin B6 — the nerveous system and Vitamin B12 improves the blood formation. And that's not all! Pomegranates are perfect for fasting — 100 gr of its pulp contain 62 -79 calories, but 100 ml of its juice - 42-65 calories. Pomegranates are also rich in such minerals as iodine, calcium, potassium, iron and silicium.
The proper pomegranate is dry outside and juicy inside. This means that the crust of the ripe fruit should be slightly dried and slightly wrap the grains. If the shell is smooth — the pomegranate has been plucked early. Besides the shell pay attention to the «bun» of the fruit — the place where the flower grows — there should be no herbs. And finally: it must be hard, otherwise it means it has been bitten while transported, it is rotten or defrosted. Discard such fruit immediately as it brings no joy, nor use.
The pomegranate tree ain’t call royal for no reason: its scarlet flowers and dark-green leathery leaves are extraordinarily beautiful. Absolutely all its parts are used in medical applications: from the rind of the fruit and finishing with the trees branches.
The pomegranate juice has an anti-inflammatory effect (for example, for gargling in case of stomatitis and laryngitis), as well as on burns. And here we would like to pause. The burns moisten with diluted juice, and then dust with a powder from dried husk. Afterwards, the crust will form on the burned area. Beneath it the healing process happens much quicker. The pomegranate juice contains numerous vitamins and is recommended to drink when exhausted, when there are anemia, vascular disease, respiratory infections, bronchial allergy, tonsillitis, radiation exposure.
The sweet pomegranate juice has proven itself as a reducing agent in the cases of infectious sicknesses and operations, renal colic and gastrointestinal disorders. The sour fruits juice helps with diabetes. Unless advised otherwise, the pomegranate juice is recommended one glass with a spoon of honey three times a day. Attention: the juice is contraindicative in case of gastric ulcer and high acidity gastritis! The most popular notable property of the pomegranate — fighting anemia. In such case drink half a glass of diluted pomegranate juice three times a day 30 minutes before each meal during 2 months.
You have oily skin, acne or purulent eruptions? Make a mask from lightly roasted pomegranate crust powder with butter or olive oil. Keep it in the fridge and apply no more than 2 times per week. You can effectively treat burns, scratches and scars with dried crust powder.
Pomegranate seeds gently lower the blood pressure and thus are recommended for the hypertensive.
Dried pomegranate fruits membranes if added to your tea will help to calm down the nervous system, relieve from anxiety, and improve your sleep.
Pomegranate fruit seed contain oils that restore hormonal balance. Thus, do not spit them out – eat them, especially if you have painful periods, you suffer from headaches or menopause.
And now, how to peel the pomegranate properly!
1. Make an Х-form cut on the top of the fruit.
2. Place it in a big bowl with water and your fingers in the centre of the X-cut. Remove the crust.
3.When the pomegranate is in the water, use your fingers to peel the membranes off the berries. Place it with berries downwards. The berries will “drown”, but the membranes will remain afloat. The water will help you to avoid scattering the berries all around the kitchen floor.
4.Afterwards, use the sieve to eliminate the membranes and drain the water.