ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Pomegranetes, Ancient Fruits with a Wealth of Nutrients

Updated on June 7, 2012
thoughtfulgirl2 profile image

I have a deep interest in nature, gardening and sustainability. The local arboretum is my universe of learning, and my garden is my lab!

What a sophisticated interior structure!
What a sophisticated interior structure! | Source

How Old Are They?

Pomegranate trees have been around since at least 4,000 years ago. Wild uncultivated pomegranates turned up in different regions in the Mediterranean. They were first cultivated by the Sumerians, more than 4,000 years ago. They are an intriguingly chambered fruit with sacs of seeds which have a slightly sweet gelatinous covering. Some people just strain the fruit and drink the juice, but the seeds are edible and are good to eat. Connoisseurs also just suck the juice from around the seed to get a tangy taste sensation.

They are drought tolerant long lived trees with few problems. Some have been known to live at least two hundred years. Treat them well (but no need to pamper them) and they will reward you with many years of fruit and flowers. The fruits are big and the flowers are beautiful. The flowers are tubular and are a warm orange red color, warm like the Mediterranean areas where they originated from.

The pomegranate was an integral part of the nomad's life. Wherever they travelled, the pomegranate went with them. It kept very well in a self contained leather like covering. This covering kept insects out (as long as the skin wasn't cracked open) and the invaluable water and juice in. Pomegranates are actually 80 percent water and juice. The fruits (seeds or arils) make up the weight of the pomegranate. One pomegranate can yield numerous arils to enjoy, and I am sure these kept the nomads very healthy. The pomegranate has a variety of vitamins and minerals. These minerals were absolutely necessary to replace fluids lost while trekking out in the blazing sun. As the nomads travelled across the desert in search of better lands, they may have traded pomegranates for other items that they needed, and by doing so, spread the range of the pomegranate.

Some Interesting Facts

  • The tree bark has tannins that are used in the aging of leather, the pomegranate tree bark tannins are a favorite of Moroccan leather makers. The tannins age the leather beautifully and impart a full rich color.
  • Dried pomegranate flower buds can be crushed and used in a tea to ease bronchitis.
  • Anardana is an Indian spice made by drying the seeds out in the sun for about 15 days. The slower the drying process, the richer the flavor. They can be mixed into marmalades and are also used in sauces to deepen the flavor of many meat dishes. Some dried seeds are chewy and some are tougher. The harder seeds can be dried, crushed, and used as a sprinkle on spice. The flavor is bright and complex and earthy, which blends well with hearty autumn dishes. Anardana goes well with cloves, meats and mixed into sauces. Experiment, you'll probably come up with some exotic dish that is quite heavenly.
  • Pomegranate juice is used to make grenadine syrups which are used in mixed drinks. It has a rich red color that gives some mixed drinks their ruby color.
  • Mexican natives use the flowers in a decoction (which means to boil the flowers down to their essence) and then make a drink or liquor for mouth and throat inflammations.
  • Jewish lore says that the 613 seeds found in a fruit coincide with the 613 commandments of the Torah. This is an ancient fruit, as is the Jewish religion, so their thoughts about the seeds make sense to me.
  • The Chinese are said to believe that the seeds represent male babies who will go forth in the world and do many great and wondrous deeds.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • thoughtfulgirl2 profile image
      Author

      thoughtfulgirl2 6 years ago from East Coast

      We always seem to forget how much of a role food has played in the advancement of civilization. I love the history of food!

    • thoughtfulgirl2 profile image
      Author

      thoughtfulgirl2 6 years ago from East Coast

      Thank-you, glad you enjoyed it!

    • thoughtfulgirl2 profile image
      Author

      thoughtfulgirl2 6 years ago from East Coast

      You're welcome!

    • thoughtfulgirl2 profile image
      Author

      thoughtfulgirl2 6 years ago from East Coast

      I had no idea it was known as the fruit of the dead, it is an ancient fruit, though.

    • thoughtfulgirl2 profile image
      Author

      thoughtfulgirl2 6 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks for the link!

    • thoughtfulgirl2 profile image
      Author

      thoughtfulgirl2 6 years ago from East Coast

      To Art Girl 27:

      Thank-you for your thoughts, and it definitely is frondilicious!

    • Art Girl 27 profile image

      Art Girl 27 6 years ago from East Coast USA

      Nice article...they are pretty...interesting facts!!!! Frondilicious!

    • thoughtfulgirl2 profile image
      Author

      thoughtfulgirl2 6 years ago from East Coast

      To hush4444

      Thank-you for checking out this hub. I always liked pomegranates and the facts behind them makes them even more interesting

    • profile image

      JeffdiMontone 6 years ago

      Here's a link to our blog post with the recipe for my perfectly balanced drink the Pomeranian:

      http://aromacucina.typepad.com/aroma_cucina/2010/1...

      Try it. I think you'll like it!

    • motherhubbard profile image

      motherhubbard 6 years ago

      One thing that I know about pomegrantes is that don't get the juice on your clothes, or it will stay there forever.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      What a great information! I love eating Pomegranate. It is good to know about this fruit. Thanks for sharing.

    • profile image

      Ingrid 6 years ago

      Some believe that the forbidden fruit in the Bible was the pomegranate & it was known as the "fruit of the dead" in Greek Mythology.

    • profile image

      JGYeo 6 years ago

      As a chef this is something I did not know. Thanks for the info

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Great article good information.. love the article. My husband has been eating Pomegranate fruit.. they are so messy,.. but he loves them.. this is a ancient fruit... but I didn't realize the trees could last 200 years.. wow.. thanks for writing this and researching it.. good job..I voted up and interesting..

    • hush4444 profile image

      hush4444 6 years ago from Hawaii

      What an interesting hub about a fruit that I love! I particularly enjoyed the information about the 613 seeds representing the commandments of the Torah.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)