Pomegranate : The ’ wonder ’ fruit ! can be grown easily in pot at home. The fruit is best known to keep your skin young and shiny.
The pomegranate is known as a superfood. Its jewel-like seeds (arils) have been used for medicinal purposes.
Packed with powerful antioxidants and vitamins, this ruby-red fruit has been shown to be a cure-all for just about any ailment.
Pomegranate helps to improve stomach upsets, menopausal hot flashes, haemorrhoids, conjunctivitis, osteoarthritis, lowers blood pressure, stimulates the immune system, wards off the flu, reduces inflammation, reduces risk of heart disease and lowers cholesterol.
“The peel is good for the heart and blood vessels; the white membrane is good for stopping diarrhea and good for wounds and ulcers of the mouth and throat. The fruit also strengthens the brain, cleanses the body and blood from toxins, and is very good at expelling worms from the intestines.”
Top 10 Interesting Facts about Pomegranate !
1. In early English, the pomegranate was called the “apple of Grenada.”
**2.**The pomegranate tree only bears fruit in a hot, dry climate.
3. Each pomegranate contains hundreds of edible seeds.
4. A mature pomegranate is about the size of a large orange.
5. In Hinduism, the pomegranate symbolizes prosperity and fertility.
6. In the Qur’an, pomegranates are named as one of the fruits that will grow in the gardens of paradise.
7. Pomegranate is one of the Seven spices (shivat haminim), seven fruits and grains named in the Hebrew Bible as being native to Israel.
8. Pomegranates can be stored for two months in the refrigerator.
9. Pomegranates will make a metallic sound when tapped when ripe.
10. Pomegranates are used in cooking, baking, juices, smoothies and alcoholic beverages, such as martinis and wine also !
How to Eat a Pomegranate ?
Cut off the crown end of the pomegranate.
Lightly score the rind in several places.
- Hold fruit under a bowl of water and break sections apart, separating seeds from membrane. Seeds will sink while rind and membrane float.
- Remove rind and pith from water and discard.
- Pour seeds into a colander, drain, and pat dry.
**Recommended Planters for Pomegranates:**
As with any kind of garden, success usually starts with the soil. Most vegetables do best in moist, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter (such as compost or peat moss).
If you don’t have a good soil for vegetables, you can also buy ready to use nutrient rich soil.
In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.