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Pomeganates in Turkey by Alex SkellyPomegranit (spelled, “Pomegranate”)

In the functional food industry, the pomegranit (pomegranate) (Photo Left are Pomeganates in Turkey by Alex Skelly) is labeled a superfruit. The fruit is between a lemon and a grapefruit in size. The shape is a rounded hexagonal, and the inside contains about 600 seeds. The seeds and the pulp that surround it, are called arils, and are edible.

Pomagranites are drought-tolerant, and grow in dry areas with either summer rainfail climates or a Mediterranean winter rainfall climate.

Pommegranate juice can be very sweet or sour. It has long been a popular pomegranate supplement in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines.

Pommegranate aril juice provides about 16% of an adult’s daily vitamin C requirement per 100ml serving. It is also a good source of vitamin B5, potassium, and antioxidant polyphenols.
The most abundant polyphenols in pomegranate juice are the hydrolysable tannins, called punicalagins, which have free-radical scavenging properties.
In laboratory research and human pilot studies, pommegranate juice was effective in reducing heart disease risk factors. Pomegranate juice has also been shown to reduce systolic blood pressure, and may have antibacterial effects against dental plaque.

The pomegranate is ideal for dieters on a restricted-calorie meal plan since it’s low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

Pomegranates are available in the United States from September through December. Select fruit that is heavy for its size, with bright, fresh color, and blemish-free skin. Refrigerate whole pommegranates for up to 2 months, or store them in a cool, dark place for up to one month. Pomegranit seeds packed in an airtight container –and stored in the freezer – will keep for up to 3 months.

There are many ways to add pomegranates into your daily meal plan. You can sprinkle pomegranit seeds over salads, or desserts. Use a pommegranit extract in marinades, or as a glaze for poultry. You can eat the seeds by the handful, or sprinkle on top of waffles, pancakes, or ice cream sundaes.

The list of pomegranate supplements available for purchase is substantial. Pomegranate powder, pomegranate molasses, and pomagranite juice are just a few that are commonly found.

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