Pomegranate

Pomegranate

At Ashapura farm we are growing ‘Bhagwa’ variety of pomegranate which is one of the best variety with red seed. The seed of the pomegranate are consumed. The entire seed is consumed raw, though the fleshy outer portion of the seed is the part that is desired. The taste differs depending on the variety of pomegranate and its state of ripeness. It can be very sweet or it can be very sour or tangy, but most fruits lie somewhere in between, which is the characteristic taste, laced with notes of its tannin.One pomegranate delivers 40% of an adult’s daily vitamin C requirement. It is also a rich source of folic acid and of antioxidants.

The pomegranate fruit is an apple shaped fruit that is red in color on the outside. Inside the pomegranate fruit, there are many small seeds, the pomegranate seeds. The attendance of these little seeds in the pomegranate fruit makes the fruit rather hard to eat but you don’t have a choice as there is not much of a flesh which can be separated from the seed. Most people like to eat the pomegranate fruit raw but some use in cooking.

POMEGRANATE FRUIT

Pomegranate Fruit-The pomegranate fruit is a native of the Mediterranean regions and have been growing there for thousands of years. The pomegranate tree was brought into California by Spanish settlers in the 1700’s. It is mainly grown for fruit production and tree production in the drier parts of California and Arizona. The actual fruit is in pink color to bright red color and the estimated size is that of a softball. One pomegranate contains approximately 100 calories.

On opening the pomegranate fruit skin there are little fruit sacs inside that looks similar to vitamin E capsules.

Taste-Pomegranate juice, vodka, salad dressing, ice cream, salsa, lollipops and gummy bears are made from pomegranate fruits. You can put pomegranate essence on your skin. In the last few years, hundreds of new pomegranate products have come available on the market.

The pomegranate is an ancient fruit with a wealthy history, symbol, art, medicine and religion. It has always been an important part of the Middle Eastern diet until lately. However, pomegranates are something of a seasonal novelty in the West. Then medical studies suggested what the ancients believed and Middle Easterners probably take for granted: Pomegranates are really good for all human body to live a healthy life.

Pomegranate Tree

The pomegranate tree is a deciduous tree, which bears the fruits and grows to an average height of 5–8 meters in length. The tree initially belongs to the regions of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. These trees have been cultivated since the immemorial time in the Mediterranean regions including Algeria, India, Turkey, Iran and also in some parts of South East Asia, Tropical Africa, peninsular Malaysia, etc. It is available in the months from September to January in the Northern Hemisphere and from March to May in the Southern Hemisphere.

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The leaves of the tree are rectangle narrow and have a silky texture. The leaves are 3-7 cms in length and are 2 cms broad. The fruit has a strange hexagonal shape with a thick red skin and around 600 seeds. The fruit seeds range in color from white to deep red. There are also different varieties available in the market, which have a purple squash color. Pomegranate trees are drought understanding and can be grown in dry areas as well. The tree is vulnerable to root decay from fungal diseases in wetter regions. They are also tolerant to moderate frost, and can survive in a temperature of about 10 degree C.

Pomegranate Varieties

The various Pomegranate Fruits are distinguished as botanical species rather than as cultivars. The following are those most utilized for food

1. Fleshman

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This variety is large and spherical and grows to about 3 inches in diameter. The skin and the seeds of fruits are of the same pink color, and are extremely sweet to taste.

The seeds are soft and of extremely good quality with nature.

2. Balegal

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This variety is regularly found in San Diego, and the fruit is large and fruit always have round shape with 3 inches in long. Belagals varieties are larger in size than the fleshman variety.

The skin of the fruit is of a pale pink color and the flesh is extremely sweet and taste has a rich dark colored flesh.

3. Crab

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The pomegranate trees behavior like this variety are usually serious bearing trees. The fruit is large and is extremely rich in flavor and color with almond taste.

It looks like a high quality fruit variety of pomegranate.

4. Francis

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Originally pomegranate fruit is from Jamaica region; this variety is quite large, sweet and split-resistant.

This type of fruit is always highly valued by client in the quality cautious market.

5. Cloud

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‘Cloud’ grows well and bears sweet taste but white-fleshed fruit that is not as appealing as the red-fleshed fruit in-between the seasonal time. It is a medium shaped fruit, with the flesh having a greenish-red color. The juice is sweet and white in nature.

Squeeze the brownish crown on top of the pomegranate fruit. The cloud of powdery puff coming from the crown of the pomegranate fruit.

6. Granada

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This variety is the result of the bud alteration of the Wonderful varieties of pomegranate fruit. The fruit has a red crown, even when it is green otherwise. This variety is less tartlet than the wonderful variety.

The fruits of the Granada grown well and ripen a month earlier than the wonderful variety.

Pomegranate Seeds

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  1. When you cut the open a pomegranate fruits skin you will be amazed at the number of ruby-colored seeds inside.
  2. Many do not prefer to eat the pomegranate seeds rather they extract the juice from it, though, most of the fiber and antioxidants actually come from the pomegranate seeds.
  3. If you do not like the pomegranate seeds to eat then you can make pomegranate juice… or there is another nice method I use a lot. Take the pomegranate fruit, unopened, and roll it over a hard surface just enough to release the juice from the seeds inside but not breaking the fruit’s skin. Then make a small hole and with a straw drink the juice!

Pomegranate Juice

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  1. Pomegranate juice is one of the most delicious juices. There are many brands of pomegranate juice to choose from. If you look in your local grocery stores, you will find a decent selection of pomegranate juices. Some of them taste better than others and even have better health benefits.
  2. When looking for the best pomegranate juice products, the pomegranate juice reviews will come in handy. There are many pomegranate juices and pomegranate juice concentrate products on the market
  3. Some are cheap and reasonable while the others are more expensive.

Health Benefits of Pomegranate

  1. The pomegranate fruit shows presence of rich beneficial antioxidants, like polyphenols, tannins and anthocyanins. The antioxidant level of pomegranate juice is higher than in other fruit juices, red wine or green tea.
  2. Recent research has shown that pomegranates can help fight osteoarthritis, as regular consumption of the juice always reduces down the corrosion of the cartilage.
  3. Pomegranate juice is also believed to increase blood flow to the heart, and is extremely beneficial for people with ischemic heart disease and some other diseases.
  4. It is also a good source of vitamins C and B, antioxidant polyphenols, pantothenic acid and potassium.
  5. Juice of the pomegranate have been found effective in curing atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease
  6. The juice of the fruit also has antiviral and antibacterial effects against dental plaque
  7. Consumption of pomegranate juice has proven to help hugely in cases of prostate cancer or prostatic hyperplasia, diabetes or lymphoma
  8. Pomegranate juice has also shown to reduce systolic blood pressure by inhibit serum of angiotensin-converting enzyme

Pomegranate Recipe

Recipe Name : Pomegranate Tossed Salad

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Ingredients:

  1. 1 md Head lettuce; torn or chopped
  2. 1 md Cucumber; diced
  3. 1 lg Tomato; diced
  4. 1 lg Avocado; diced
  5. 2 tb Chopped onion
  6. 1 c Pomegranate seeds

Method:

Toss ingredients and top with favorite dressing. Serves 6. (Note: Garnish your traditional Waldorf salad with pomegranate seeds; add 2/3 cup pomegranate seeds to Fattoush – Arabic bread salad; mix in the seeds with a variety of lettuces, such as radicchio and endive, topping with olive oil and fresh lemon juice.

Recipe Name : Waldorf Pomegranate Salad

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Ingredients:

    1. 2 c Apples or pears; diced
    2. 1 c Celery; chopped
    3. 1/2 c Nuts; chopped
    4. 1 c Seedless grapes; halved
    5. 2 Pomegranates

Citrus Dressing

  1. 1 Peel of one lemon or lime; grated
  2. 1/3 c Lemon or lime juice
  3. 1/3 c Honey
  4. 1/2 c Salad oil
  5. 1/2 ts Salt
  6. 1/2 ts Paprika
  7. 1/2 ts Prepared mustard

Directions:

Mix the first four ingredients.Blend with chilled citrus dressing. Spoon into crisp lettuce cup. Halve pomegranate. Spoon out flesh-covered seeds and sprinkle over salad.