The pomegranate is native to Central Asia and Persia where its history starts. It was first discovered and exploited as a wild plant; only later people who lived in the hills and valleys of the region learned to domesticate the fruit.
The first record of pomegranate cultivation in about 2200 B.C comes to us from the ancient civilization of Sumer, located in the lower Tigris and Euphrates valley, approximately the area of present day Basra, Iraq
Ancient traders in Central Asia and the Middle East referred to the pomegranate as the “fruit of paradise.”. Containing up to 80 percent water, the fruit supplied liquid and minerals – sodium, potassium, calcium, iron and phosphorus.
Pomegranate fruit has a high content of riboflavin – the B2 vitamin that normalizes the nervous system and is used against radiation sickness.
It contains folic acid, steroidal estrogens, polyphenols, anthocyanins (having high capillary-strengthening activity), coumarin (responsible for hypertension,) anti-ulcer, anticoagulating, pain-killing, adrenalin-like bactericide, as well as antitumor action.
It contains oxycoumarine (valuable in preventing strokes, thrombosis, clots, fractures in blood vessels); betatine (an anti-ulcer organic compound); tocopherol or Vitamin E that has antiradiation and anti-mutation activity; phenolcarbon acids, amino acids, pectin, small amounts of two alkaloids, 17 micro-elements (including potassium, calcium, magnesium, molybdenum, copper, iron, cobalt, chrome, selenium, etc.). Iron and copper and chrome are valuable treating cardiovascular diseases.
Cut your pomegranate in half if you have a large citrus press and press out the juice as you would an orange. If you have the standard citrus press you may need to cut the pomegranates into quarters and then press out the juice. This is by far the fastest and easiest.
When you have finished juicing your pomegranates let the juice set in the refrigerator a few hours. There will be a small amount of cloudy material in the bottom of the container that needs to be discarded and you will then have beautiful tasty pomegranate juice ready for drinking or any use. A warning: Do not use a citrus reamer as it will get some of the tannin from the skin and partition material into the juice and that is not desirable.
Take the pomegranate and roll it around a little, until it gets soft, then cut apart the pomegranate under water. Remove the arils. Wrap them in cheesecloth or jelly sack then use your hands to squeeze out the juice into a bowl, squeezing gently as you do not want to squirt yourself. It is best to use small amounts of arils each time.
Follow the instructions for removing the arils and then process the seeds in a food processor or blender. Strain the juice through cheesecloth. Let the juice settle a few hours and remove any cloudy material from the bottom of the juice container.
Pomegranate juice is good for treating arteriosclerosis and hypertension. It is well known as an excellent treatment for anemia. You’ll find references to pomegranate treatment for kidney stones, arthritis, mouth, eye and ear diseases, night-blindness, rashes on the head, baldness, eczema and skin problems of all sorts, fractures, hernia, small pox, leprosy, burns, malignant tumors, infertility.
This makes a fine addition to any meal, especially breakfast. Just spread on toast for a great treat.
Ingredients: 4 cups of pomegranate juice
7 ½ cups of sugar,
¼ cup of lemon juice
6 fluid ounces of liquid fruit pectin (this is one bottle of any brand of pectin)
Combine all ingredients except pectin in large saucepan. Bring to boil over high heat and immediately stir in liquid fruit pectin. Bring back to full rolling boil and boil for 30-40 seconds.
Remove from stove and skim off the foam. Spoon into hot sterilized jars to within ½ inch of top. Put on sterilized lids and rings, according to manufacturers instructions.
Process in a water bath canner for 10 minutes. Remove from canner and cool undisturbed for 24 hours. Label and store for later use. Makes 5 pints.
The most useful for disease fighting are Polyphenol antioxidants, found in pomegranates in great numbers, making our fruit a great food product for your health.
The list of harmful occurrences that some people think are positively affected by pomegranates include:
1. Certain types of cancer. The connection is still being tested but malignancies thought to respond to what the pomegranate offers are cancers of the skin, prostate, colon, breast, pancreas and esophagus. We make no claim to the benefits of pomegranates juice but researchers appear to be very interested in the useful effects of the fruit’s properties.
2. Cardiovascular health, Heart Disease and Stroke. (This seems to be the area where most of the studies have been completed)
3. Aging (under study, but there are very positive signs of pomegranate help here.)
4. Alzheimer’s (under study
) 5. Chromosome damage during radiation therapy and radiation damage by other causes. (known by the Russians for some time) 6. Diarrhea (folk medicine)
7. Liver Fibrosis 8. Promote wound healing (folk medicine)
we think is that preventive medicine is best. So drink your pomegranate juice with pleasure and stay in better health.