Pomegranates have been cultivated for thousands of years throughout the Middle East, South Asia and the Mediterranean region. Today, the cultivation of pomegranates has spread to other parts of the world with a warm, dry climate, including the Americas and parts of Africa.
The pomegranate is referenced in Greek mythology, the Bible and the Qur’an (Koran), and it is also considered a blessed fruit in Buddhism.
The ripe fruit has an inedible outer husk that is orange to a deep red– and when cut open, the fruits are filled with hundreds of seeds surrounded by a red juicy pulp. The edible seeds are rich in fibre, folic acid, and vitamins C and K.
The essential oil is obtained by cold-pressing fresh pomegranate seeds, and it contains powerful antioxidants (punicalagin) and punicic acid. The oil is also stated to lower cholesterol levels and to possess antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties.
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