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Pomegranate Tea Recipes

Updated on January 13, 2010
Gratuitous image of Pomegranate innards. Photo courtesy http://www.freedigitalphotos.net
Gratuitous image of Pomegranate innards. Photo courtesy http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Pomegranate Tea Recipes

Search the 'net for Pomegranate Tea Recipes to see almost 900,000 results. Google permits you to see only the first 1000, in increments of 10. Surely hundreds of particularly luscious recipes are buried under the weight of affiliate marketing sites flogging the Superfood that looks like a grapefruit on steroids.

Drive past a squished Pomegranate on the side of the road and you'll wonder if an irradiated tomato escaped from Dr. Frankenstein's lab. This megafood has triggered an online marketing craze second only to Nigerian Lottery riches. What exactly is a Pomegranate and can you really make tea out of it?

Caution: here be science

A free radical is any molecule with an extra electron. First year chemistry tells us that anything carrying an overabundance of electrons will posses a negative charge. Unfortunately these excess electrons cause free radicals to disrupt the functionality of human cells and DNA. First year electronics tells us that negatively charged stuff attracts positively charged stuff. Ergo, free radicals covet anything nearby with an extra proton. Aha. Anti-oxidants zoom through your body, coupling with nasty free radicals and neutralizing them. It's a match made in physics heaven.

Already bored reading about Pomegranate Tea Recipes? Don't even bother to Google "anti-oxidants"; your browser will crash.

Sadly, free radicals are unavoidable. Simply breathing polluted air gives you some. Drinking alcohol makes more, sunlight contributes a few, and your body actually produces them. Unless you're a teetotaler zombie hiding in a closet, free radicals are out to get you.

Hide the Pomegranate

When a market reaches saturation, the next logical step is to diversify. Purchasing a peck of Pomegranates has proven passe. Evidently you can't walk around nibbling on the thing like an apple. Simply juicing it would knock you off the A List in a New York heartbeat. Pomegranate squeezings cry out for innovative delivery mechanisms. Pomegranate syrup, Pomegranate steak sauce, Pomegranate sorbet, and probably Pomegranate drywall mud have emerged as avant-garde. Ingest the lucious uberfood, but don't leave peels on top of the compost heap; people will talk.

Pomegranate Tea to the rescue?

In our microwave society, we simply cannot tolerate the thought of free radicals coursing through our humanly temples. We crave an immediate solution to this molecular disaster. We insist on ultrafoods that can be consumed in mass quantities at little cost. If we can't order it online in the form of a difficult to pronounce organic growth industry, we care little for it. If free radicals could be eliminated by eating candy bars, we'd purchase designer candy bars from dingy Asian villages where septuagenarians outnumber tsetse flies. No mass produced generic free radical cures need apply. Only the exotic yet highly accessible is acceptable.

So we are left with Pomegranate added to everything. The Pomegranate boasts a concentration of free radical killers, called polyphenols, exceeding red wine, blueberries, and green tea. You gotta have this stuff. One thing we know about health-conscious online shoppers is their propensity to drink anything swimming in tea. Pomegranate juice dissolves, therefore Pomegranate juice emerges as the headliner in iced tea, lime iced tea, green tea, black tea, and probably golf tee.

Forgive the letdown, but the recipe for Pomegranate tea reduces to "dump Pomegranate juice in tea, then stir." Optionally, purchase exquisitely sculptured plastic bottles to hold the superduperfood elixir. Or pay for your kid's college. Your choice.

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      Derdriu 

      7 years ago

      Nicomp: Pomegranate is one of my favorite fruits, and the tea is one of my preferred hot beverages. So I really enjoy and learn from your humorous, intelligent and useful hub.

      Thank you for the article, and particularly for the explanation on the battle between free radicals and anti-oxidants.

      Voted up, etc.,

      Derdriu

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      Srija R Kumar 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful facts. what physics in a pomegranate!! Ha Ha.

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      dusanotes 

      9 years ago from Windermere, FL

      Nicomp, your writing is great. Your Hub is fantastic. Thanks very much. Yes, and that picture of the Pomegranate is so inviting and luscious looking. You're wonderful. Don White

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      ehern33 

      9 years ago

      I don't really like it although I understand it is a good "health food" or so they say. It use to be that chocolate was bad for you, now I hear it is good for you.. Every few years some new study comes out with different views and you never know what to believe anymore. I do enjoy a regular glass of iced tea, does that help?

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      maven101 

      9 years ago from Northern Arizona

      The mighty pomegranate weighs in...I have long been a green tea and pomegranate drinker,( the tea bags are infused with pomegranate ), in the late evening with a good book or quiet conversation...very relaxing....Larry

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      nicomp really 

      9 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @lmmartin: Yes, radicals should be permitted to wander as they see fit. The land of the free and the home of the brave and all that...

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      lmmartin 

      9 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Yes, a true wonder food, but bitter, so for most it requires addition of tons of sugar (and then call it healthfood.) I don't particularly like the fruit, so though it may truly be a wonderfood, I'll pass. My free radicals are happy living lives of freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I think I'll leave them that way.

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      breakfastpop 

      9 years ago

      Pomegranate is the new nutritional wonder! I like them as is.

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