Everything You Need To Know About Pomegranate
Superfood, nutrient bomb, refreshing snack – the pomegranate is a real winner among the fruits. The fruit is known not only as a healthy snack but also as natural medicine. Only one thing at a time …
The pomegranate, also known as punica granatum, is counted among the family of the weeping hedge plants. Botanists like to call it a dried berry because the skin dries out leathery as soon as the fruit becomes more mature. But what makes the pomegranate so special? The inside! Countless seeds are very close together in the fruit bags. And it is precisely these sweet and sour seeds that form the edible pulp that makes the pomegranate so juicy and delicious.
The seeds can be drunk neat as well as pomegranate juice. For this you can simply cut the fruit in half and squeeze it with a classic citrus press. But beware of splashes! Because the juice of pomegranates has a very intense color and can cause the necessary stains.
Where does the fruit come from?
It is not entirely clear where exactly the pomegranates come from. It is believed that the origins lie in West and Central Asia, but over the years the fruit has come a long way. Today they are grown in Iran, Turkey, Israel, India, China, Tunisia, Spain and Italy, among others. The pomegranate feels most at home in a tropical or subtropical climate.
The history of this special fruit also goes way back. For example, the pomegranate is mentioned in Greek mythology, the Quran, and the Old Testament. Over time, the historical fruit has become a well-known superfood, which can no longer be ignored.
The pomegranate, is that healthy?
Anyone who is already convinced of the taste of the pomegranate will be all the happier with the ingredients. The fruit is very healthy. It contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which are important for the heart, nerves, and muscles. The exotic fruit is also rich in trace elements such as iron and zinc, fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins.
For example, pomegranate provides a lot of vitamin B, but vitamin C content is often overestimated. About 7 grams of this vitamin C are in 100 kilos of pulp. For comparison: 100 grams of orange contains about 45 milligrams of vitamin C. But that does not make the pomegranates less healthy!
The absolute boost for your health is the secondary plant substances that are in it, such as polyphenols, that protect the cells against harmful influences. These would have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, even anti-cancer effect. Some doctors suspect that these bio-active substances in the pomegranate lower your blood pressure, protect and strengthen the heart and circulation, prevent cardiovascular disease and help against arthritis.
Another plus: the pomegranate is very digestible and low in calories. However, pomegranate juice can affect the effect of some medications. You should therefore consult a doctor or pharmacist before taking certain medicines.
Here you will find a small overview by our nutritional value table :
|Energy (kcal)||78 g|
Pomegranate food: Hacks for peeling and pitting
The tough pomegranate skin might not be very inviting at first, but with a few tips and tricks, you’ll be done in no time – even without making a huge mess! All you need is a little feeling and the right technique.
With this technique you should in principle be safe for splashes, but with pomegranates you never know. So wear an apron and go for it! To start, use a small knife to cut a circular opening at the top of the fruit.
Now remove this lid and take a look inside: You usually see 4 to 6 white walls that divide the fruit – along these layers you now cut through the skin to the bottom of the pomegranate. Now pull the fruit apart, remove the individual parts and place them in a bowl of water so that the skin can come off.
The knock trick
The name may suggest otherwise, but this technique works quite thoroughly. First, place the pomegranate on a plate and roll it back and forth with the palm of your hand a few times. Then carefully cut the fruit in half. For this you put a kitchen knife on the skin and make a circular cut. Then push the two halves apart.
Now keep half above a bowl so that the seeds can fall down – and the beating can begin. Use a simple wooden spoon to tap the skin vigorously until the seeds gradually fall out. In the next step, pour some water into the bowl with the pomegranate seeds so that the skin floats upwards and can be removed with a sieve. Now drain the water, put the seeds in a small bowl and beat them with a spoon.
Their tasty mix of sour and sweet makes pomegranate seeds the perfect ingredient for both sweet and savory meals. They refine oriental and Mediterranean dishes, for example, but can also be easily added to pudding, yogurt or cottage cheese. Especially when you think of a protein pancake with chocolate Protein Cream and pomegranate seeds as a topping, your mouth watering starts immediately.
To help you on your way, we have listed 3 simple dishes for you here. Have fun tasting!
Ingredients: 1 pomegranate, 150 g cranberries, 150 ml low-fat yogurt, 250 ml low-fat milk, ice cubes
- Remove the pomegranate seeds from the fruit using the beating technique and set a tablespoon of seeds aside.
2. Put the pomegranate seeds with cranberries and yogurt in a bowl and puree with the hand blender until a fine porridge form.
3. Now add the milk and ice cubes, puree again and now pour the smoothie into a glass and serve with the remaining pomegranate seeds.
Ingredients: 1 pomegranate, 300 g couscous, 1 tbsp softened butter, 2 tbsp chopped parsley, cinnamon stick, a little salt and pepper
1.Remove the pomegranate seeds from the fruit using the beating technique.
2.In a saucepan, bring 300 ml water to the boil and add the couscous and cinnamon stick.
3.Remove the pan from the heat and let it rest with the lid on for three minutes.
4.Then mix the butter, parsley, and pomegranate seeds through the couscous and season with some salt and pepper.
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Eggplant with Pomegranate seeds
Ingredients: 1 pomegranate, 2 aubergines/eggplants, 10 g chopped parsley, 1 clove of garlic, 3 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, a little salt and pepper.
- Cut the washed eggplant in half, add a little salt and let it steep for 10 minutes.
2. Remove the pomegranate seeds from the fruit using the beating technique.
3. Finely chop the garlic and mix with olive oil.
4. Brush both halves of the eggplant with the garlic oil.
4. Grill the aubergines for 10 to 12 minutes. Turn every now and then and brush with the rest of the garlic oil.
5. Serve the aubergine with pomegranate seeds, chopped parsley, and some sea salt. Finally, drizzle some balsamic vinegar over it.
The seeds of a pomegranate are not only tasty, but also very healthy
They contain many important minerals, trace elements, vitamins and secondary plant substances
The polyphenols present in pomegranate protect our cells against harmful influences
The sweet and sour pomegranate seeds can be used neat and as a juice
The seeds of the pomegranate are very tasty in both sweet and savory dishes
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