The Red Indian Pomegranate
The word pomegranate is old French name – for seeded Apple – a fitting name for this apple sized fruit filled with jewel like clusters of red seeds. Pomegranate fruit (often misspelled as “pomegranate”) has gained a great deal of popularity over the years. Originally from the Middle East and Asia, the pomegranate fruit is also known by the name Granada or the Chinese apple. These days, the fruit is mostly grown is India, The best place for pomegranate fruit to grow is in hot climate areas. There are many types of pomegranates cultivated around the world. Indian Red Pomegranate available from fall to early winter.
Pomegranate have a leathery deep red to purplish rind. The interior is brusting with hundred of tiny edible seeds packed into compartment called arils & separated by bitter cream coloured membranes.
Selection of the Fruits
Fruit should be plump & round heavy in size with a rich fresh colors and should be tree of cuts & blemishes.
They are reddish – Orangish in colour – (Indian RED Pomegranate).
The fruit dose not ripen once picked, so once harvested they will not continue to develop sugar.
It is often consumed in form of Juice hence it is categories as the best fruit for juicing. The fruit can be stored for a month in a cool, dry area or refrigerated up to 2 months. Fresh juice should be refrigerated & consumed within a day.
Juice can be done by the removing the sacs and put through a basket press or the juice can be extracted by reaming the halved fruits on an ordinary juice squeezer or slice the fruit into two & tap it by a pestle or knife handle and then grind the seeds gently for juice without crushing the seeds.
The juice can be used to make jellies sorbets or sauces, flavor salads, ice cream, caked apples etc .
The fruit can also be eaten out of hand by deeply scoring vertically & then breaking it apart. The clusters of juice sacs are then lifted out & eaten.
Besides the delicious juicy fruit has numerous health benefits too.
•A Good source of fibre, vitc & It si rich in plant chemical
•They are good source of potassium, One fruit contains about 400 mg of it.
•They & their juice are rich in anthocyanins and ellagic acid both have antioxidant porperties.
** Research has shown that pomegranate juice has 2 or 3 times the antioxidant capacity of equal amounts of red wine or green tea. Besides anthocyanins make an important contribution to the pomegranate antioxidant power.
** Drinking as little as one quarter up to pomegranate juice daily improves cardiovascular health by significantly reducing oxidation of LDL cholesterol.