Pomegranate - Natural Benefits and Curative Properties
Botanical Name :: Punica granatum
Indian Name :: Ana
The pomegranate is a very delicious and semi seedy fruit. It than any other fruit. The fruit has been held in high esteem from 1 time immemorial as a food and a medicine. It is symbolic of, plenty and a basket of pomegranates was chosen as a symbol of . the 18th International Horticultural Congress held in 1970. The pomegranate is a six sided fruit of fairly large size, with tough leathery skin. It is divided inside into several cells containing numerous angular seeds. These seeds are surrounded by a succulent coating of pink or crimson color with a delicious sub acid flavour. The sweet ruby-pink and the sour varieties are most popular.
The fruit has a thin smooth skin. It is dark green in color at first, but as the Pomegranate ripens, it changes to bright yellowish or orange. Inside, the thick juicy flesh has a soft melting quality, and may be yellow or pink. It has a delicate aroma and delicious flavor.
Origin and DistributionThe pomegranate is a native of Iran and Afghanistan. It was grown in the hanging gardens of Babylon and was known in ancient Egypt. The pomegranate spread early round the Mediterranean and eastwards to India, China and Japan. In India, it is cultivated mostly around Pune, in Maharashtra a.nd Dholka in Gujarat and to a limited extent in Uttar Pradesh.
Natural Benefits and Curative Properties of Pomegranate
The pomegranate has been regarded as a food medicine of great importance. All parts of the tree, the roots, the reddish brown bark, leaves, flowers, rind and seeds, have featured in medicine for thousands of years. The medical authorities of ancient India have described it as a light food and a tonic for the heart. The ancient medical writers of Arabia regarded it as a fruit which is good for the inflammation of the stomach and pain of the heart. The sweet varieties of the fruit are considered a good laxative, while those which are intermediate between sweet and sour are regarded as valuable in the stomach inflammations and heart pain.
The juice from the fresh fruit is an excellent cooling beverage for alleviating thirst in cases of fevers and sickness. It acts on the liver, heart and kidneys and tones up their functions. It supplies the required minerals and helps the liver to preserve vitamin A from the food. It increases the body's resistance against infections, particularly tuberculosis.
The pomegranate is used as a table fruit. Its juice is regarded as a delicacy and is made into excellent sherbet and drunk with the addition of water and sugar. It is also used in preparing syrups, ice-creams, jellies and marmalades. The pomegranate has a very good keeping quality. It can be kept well for about six months in cold storage. Its thick rind protects its succulent seeds from much rough handling.
The fruit should be eaten immediately after they are cut open as the seeds lose their color quickly. Pipes should not be swal. lowed while eating the fruit. This is said to have bad effect in the intestines and may cause appendicitis.
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