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Everything You Need To Know About Pomegranate

Information surrounding the symbolism of pomegranates in religious association and mythology are extensive. Beliefs in its powerful properties, and its depictions in art, have abounded since prehistory. The contexts of ancient pomegranate art are religious and/or elitist. You will be surprised where the pomegranate shows up, from a painting by Botticelli to Salvador Dali’s surrealism.

We talk all things pomegranate and take you on an explorative journey to help you learn more about these multi-cultured berries through the podcast.

 

 

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Did you know that in Japan, the pomegranate plant is often used for bonsai due to the way its bark can twist. The tree can also live for up to 200 years!

We also talk through modern medicine and science and how the pomegranate has shown through various studies that this nutrient-dense fruit can provide a range of health benefits. Not only is is incredibly good for you, it has a place in multiple civilisations as a religious symbol from Christian to Muslim and Buddhist. 

In this episode, you’ll learn more about pomegranate and become an overnight expert, with the ability to grow your own and incorporate this wonderful berry and it’s juice into your daily life. Allowing you to reap the benefits of these historic plants.

 

 


Key Takeaways

History

  • It seems the pomegranate was domesticated, in around Iran, the Levant and Near East, possibly starting about 8,000 years ago.
  • Beliefs in its powerful properties, and its depictions in art, have abounded since prehistory. The contexts of ancient pomegranate art are religious and/or elitist.
  • It can be found taking a prevalent place in the religious history of over 10 belief systems.

Nutrition & Medicinal

  • Pomegranate has been used for thousands of years to cure a wide range of diseases across different cultures and civilizations. Pomegranates have been used as a treatment for osteoarthritis, cancer, heart disease.
  • Commercial pomegranate juice has been pasteurized for safety, which destroys the vitamin C. You may recall from previous podcasts that Vitamin C is water-soluble and, as such, is easily degraded by heat.

Cooking

  • Wild pomegranate seeds are sometimes used as a spice, most notably in Indian and Pakistani cuisine. In Turkey, it is served in salads and is fermented to make high-quality wine. In Greece, pomegranate is used in many recipes, as a glaze, in a relish, as a dip, or made into a liqueur for popular Greek sweets.
  • It is commonly served as a drink in the Middle East, as a syrup used in cocktail mixing, and ground up to be used in traditional recipes.

Growing

  • If you leave your pomegranate in a warm sunny spot and it is protected from any spring frosts, you should have no trouble at all growing your tree to fruit. 

 


Full Transcript of Podcast about Pomegranate

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References:

https://www.sgaonline.org.au/pomegranates/ 
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-proven-benefits-of-pomegranate#section13
https://examine.com/supplements/punicalagins/
http://www.phytojournal.com/vol1Issue5/Issue_jan_2013/6.1.pdf
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-before-judaism-the-8-000-year-old-history-of-pomegranate-reverence-1.6461970?v=1594335473742
https://hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/pomegranate.html
https://www.nytimes.com/1979/10/31/archives/pomegranates-rich-in-history-and-taste.html
http://www.foodreference.com/html/a-pomegranate-history.html

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