Discover the superfood power of the Pomegranate!

Commonly used for cooking, baking, and mixing drinks, people have been talking about this sweet and tangy fruit ever since Biblical times (#adam&eve). Even now though, in slightly more recent times, scientific studies have a lot to say about pomegrantes, their nutritional value, health benefits, and their general worthiness of an excellent reputation. Dr. David Jockers of NaturalNews.com tells us there are a few things we need to know about pomegrantes that effectively earn them a place among the "superfoods".

1. Pomegranates are loaded with nutrition, especially vitamin C, potassium, & pantothenic acid.
Pomegranate arils provide 12% Daily Value of vitamin C and 16% DV for vitamin K per 100 g serving; also plenty of dietary fiber!

2. Pomegranate is rich in anti-oxidant phytonutrient polyphenols such as tannins & flavonoids.
The most abundant polyphenols in pomegranates are ellagitannins, punicalagins, catechins, gallocatechins, and anthocyanins.
These nutrients have incredible free-radical scavenging effects that are just now being studied by scientists.

3. The antioxidant capacity (ORAC) of pomegranate is 2,860 units per 100 grams making it one of nature's
richest sources of free-radical scavenging anti-oxidants. This potent defense against oxidative stress makes pomegranate a
powerful tool for preventing degenerative and inflammatory based diseases like cancer, heart disease, & arthritis.


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Pomegranate blossom!


Pomegranate Taxonomy

Kingdom
Plantae – Planta, Vegetal


Class
Magnoliopsida


Superorder
Rosanae


Order
Myrtales


Family
Lythraceae – loosestrife


Genus
Punica


Species
Punica granatum

(2008) Pomegranate Juice
Ranked # 1 "Healthiest Juice"
By the Journal of Agriculture & Food



What do we know about Pomegranates as members of the Lythraceae Family?

They actually recently changed families, but that's a topic for a different page! Belonging to the Lythraceae family, pomegranates, along with 620 other species are a part of a family of flowering plants, including mostly herbs, with some shrubs and trees. Traits shared by species within the Lythraceae that distinguish them from belonging to other plant families are the petals being crumpled in the bud and the many-layered outer integument of the seed. The flowers are bisexual, radially or bilaterally symmetric, with a well-developed hypanthium. Other genera include: Cuphea, Lagerstroemia,Nesaea, Rotala, and Lythrum.

Where Are Red Pomegranates Grown & Distributed Around the World?

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Pomegranates are native to western Asia, but are now grown widely in Mediterranean countries, as well as China and Japan.
Pomegranates grow best in well-drained soil, though they are able to thrive in a wide variety of soils from acid loam to alkaline soil.
The pomegranate shrub is drought tolerant, though irrigation is needed for proper fruit production. [California Rare Fruit Growers.]
Spanish settlers introduced the pomegranate tree to America in 1769. They are currently grown in various warm regions throughout the United States.
California is among the world’s leading commercial producers of the fruit (along with Spain and Turkey).

Anywhere in the US?

WILD CARD = Pomegranates + World Religions**

Judaism
Christianity
Islam
In Genesis, the first book of the Torah, the fruit that prompted Adam and Eve's expulsion from Eden may have been the pomegranate, some scholars say. It's not likely, they argue, that apples flourished in that first garden.
The Bible consistently uses pomegranates with their many seeds to symbolize the blessing of fruitfulness. Pomegranate seeds were often compared to individual believers,gathered into one community of faith.
According to the Quran, the gardens of paradise include pomegranates. It is important, tradition says, to eat every seed of a pomegranate because one can't be sure which aril came from paradise. The prophet Mohammed is said to have encouraged his followers to eat pomegranates to ward off envy and hatred.
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Resources:


http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=27278
http://www.beliefnet.com/News/2005/11/A-Pomegranate-For-All-Religions.aspx?p=2
http://www.naturalnews.com/031068_pomegranate_superfood.html
http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/2011/kruse_sara/habitat.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lythraceae