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What Do You Know About Pomegranates?
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What Do You Know About Pomegranates?

What Do You Know About Pomegranates?

Nutrition – Pomegranates are high in vitamins B6, C, flavonoids, potassium and many micronutrients. This is a high fiber fruit that supplies unsaturated oils. Pomegranates are being tested for anti-viral health benefits and may even lower blood pressure. Clinical trial are currently underway concerning the benefits of pomegranate for coronary artery disease, prostate cancer, diabetes and even the common cold.

Growing Season - Originally, pomegranates grew in Iraq and Iran although the fruit has now spread to Europe, Asia, Africa and even California. Pomegranate season begins in September in the Northern Hemisphere and in March in the Southern Hemisphere.

Juice – A juice may be made from the seeds with a blender. Strain the juice to remove the outer seed. Most people prefer to sweeten the juice.

Freeze – Dry pomegranate seeds completely. Place on a cookie sheet in a single layer in freezer until froze. Remove frozen seeds and place in a freezer bag.

Ayurvedic Medicine – Remedy for diarrhea, intestinal parasites, sore throat, treating hemorrhoids, stopping nose bleeds and as an astringent.

Removing the Seeds - Slice the pomegranate from the stem down about half way through the fruit. Pull the remainder of the fruit apart beginning at the cut with your hands over an open bowl to catch the seeds. Be aware that pomegranate juice stains! Utilizing a sharp knife, quarter the fruit half down and again pull the remainder apart by hand this preserves the seeds.

Fill a bowl with water. Remove the seeds from the membrane under water utilizing your fingers. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl, while the membrane floats to the top. Discard the membrane. Stain the seeds from the water. Eat immediately or store in an airtight container for up to three days.

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  1. Akanksha
    Akanksha
    #1 I love them! It is very good for women to take one pomegranate a day..for good health because it supplies the much needed iron to the blood. And it doesn't hurt to eat the seeds, unless of course if you think it is ethically wrong.
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks for the vote and comment!
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  2. kristo
    kristo
    voted 2! They are also beautiful to look at! I could stare at a bowl full of pomegranate seeds for hours. shiny, edible rubies. hahaha.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      ha ha...you surely know how to love your food :D
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      1. SnakeWitch
        I actually heard that 'loving' your food like that makes it work better for you than if you send bad vibes towards it. There's something in the book Celestine Prophecies that talks about that. Anyways, I love the seeds because they taste good and the fact that they take so long to eat makes me savour them longer. ;)
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    2. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Kristo! They taste good too!
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  3. Sheila Ray
    They are yummy! Wish I could afford them more often. Voted
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Yes, in the U.S. they can be very expensive. Thanks for the vote and comment Sheila!
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  4. Veganara
    Veganara
    Voted. Great info. I love pomegranate juice, but I don't eat the whole fruit as I find it so messy with all the seeds! (Although, as Kristo says, they do look like rubies - I would rather look at them than eat them!) I have just submitted a recipe for French Onion Soup you might like, please check that out if you have time.
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Veganara! I appreciate the vote and will definitely check out your recipe!
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  5. Roopam
    A very healthy fruit...I have also heard the iron content helps maintain haemoglobin levels in the blood...voted!
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Roopam for the vote and the information about hemoglobin levels in the blood.
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  6. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    Vote #11. This one is going to the top page, fast. I like drinking Pomemgranate juice. I get a lot of energy from it.
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  7. SnakeWitch
    I didn't know most of the things here except that I love pom syrup in an alcoholic drink. ;) So, a Sex on the Beach has all those benefits, eh? Voted, even though you're already on top. Good artiicle! Good research!
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    1. SnakeWitch
      Oh, and here they have a different species of pom. They're not so pretty to look at. The shell is yellow and the seeds are grey, and the liquid the seeds sit in looks like snot. But they taste almost exactly the same. The first time I tried it I had to shut my eyes and tried not to think of the slimey feel of the thick juice!
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  8. moregreensplease
    moregreensplease
    Love to make my own pomegranate juice, squeez some orange in there and add a little bit of natural sugar and you have a great topping for waffles or pancakes. This week I have lots of pomegranates.
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