APPRECIATE THE POMEGRANATE!
What is a pomegranate?
The pomegranate is also named Chinese apple but does not originate from there. In fact, it is not an apple but a kind of berry. The fruit is usually red and contains hundreds of shiny little pits.
So, where does it come from?
The pomegranate originates in Iran but is currently grown in South America (mostly Peru), South Africa, the United States, the Middle East and Spain
How is it grown?
The pomegranate grows in a bush of one to six metres high with long thorny branches. In dry times it loses its leaves. The pomegranate bushes deliver the first fruits seven to eight years after being planted but can supply yearly fruit for decades.
What does it taste like?
The skin of the pomegranate is not edible and the flesh of the fruit tastes sour and is not the tastiest. The pits are the part of the pomegranate you can eat. It contains antioxidants, many fibres and is good for your health in general! Spread the healthy pits over green salads, add them to different dishes or for garnish on your chocolate cake or ice creams. A bowl of yoghurt with these pits is also recommendable.
How do you keep it fresh?
Pomegranates can be kept in the fridge for weeks. You can keep its pits in the freezer for up to three months.
What more is there to know about the pomegranate?
There are many myths and stories about pomegranate. They say it helps the fertility, works against cancer and one glass of granate juice has the same amount of polyphenol (antioxidant) as two glasses of wine (that delays inflammations and lowers blood pressure). Places as Granada and the Island of Grenada are named after this product.