The grenade is the fruit ofgrenadier (Punica granatum L.), a shrub of the Punicaceae family.
Native to Iran, Afghanistan and the Mediterranean Basin, this fruit is one of the oldest. It offers many health benefits and virtues, including certain medicinal properties which have been recognized for a long time.
Pomegranate and its health benefits
- Very rich in vitamin C and in polyphenols as well as vitamins B6 and B9, the pomegranate is presented as the antioxidant fruit par excellence to include in its diet. Its positive effect on cardiovascular illnesses, thearthritis and certain cancers is well-known.
- Pomegranate juice also helps fight against aging cells and delays the development ofatherosclerosis.
- The pomegranate flowers (called balaustes) areastringent. They are recommended for treatingleuchoreaand to stop the hemorrhages.
- The infusion of pomegranate flowers (30 g per liter of boiling water) is effective against diarrhea, at the rate of one cup every hour.
- Gargle, pomegranate juice is effective in calming thecough thanks to its soothing power.
- Rich in fiber and slightly diuretic, pomegranate is used in cures of detox, to cleanse the body and facilitate weightloss.
- The pomegranate could also haveanti-inflammatory properties, antibacterial and antivirals that would relieve rheumatism.
- Thepomegranate peel has a good deedvermifuge against the ascaris.
- Warning, thealkaloids contained in pomegranate bark are toxic. We therefore advise against the medicinal use of the plant which is also prohibited for children, pregnant women and breastfeeding women.
Growing pomegranate for its benefits
- To flourish, the pomegranate needs plenty Sun and enough exposure hot. The ground must be rich, deep, chalky and must not dry out.
- The fruits of the pomegranate tree cannot reach maturity than in regions with a mild climate.
- If you want to cultivate pomegranate in a jar, choose the "Nana" variety with double red mini flowers. Be aware, however, that it does not bear fruit.
Pomegranate in cooking for its benefits
- In general, we taste the raw pomegranate, in salty or sweet salad. You can also cook it in syrup or in jam, even if its flavor is less important.
- Pomegranate juice is a energy booster ideal for breakfast.
- You can also addfresh pomegranate seeds in a fruit salad, an arugula or lamb's lettuce salad.
Pomegranate nutritional intake
70 kcal / 100 g. Pomegranate is rich in iron, potassium, and vitamins B and C.