IMG_7205Did you know Pomegranates grow on trees?

Did you also know that Pomegranates are native Iran and the Himalayas, and has since been cultivated through Europe, Asia and Africa?

In Egypt the Pomegranate was a valued food that they believed to fight intestinal worms. Pomegranate juice has also been found in Egyptian wall paintings and tombs symbolizing life after death. Apparently King Tut took a Pomegranate vase into the afterlife with him.

The pomegranate hit Rome in 700 BC where it became the “Phoenician Apple”

In AD 520 an Indian Monk named Bodhidharma who was a meditation master, founded the school of buddhism “Zen”. Pomegranates decorated his Temple.

From AD 1480-1502 Pomegranates emerged in christian art as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection and the promise of life after death.

Around AD 2000, more than 100 years after pomegranates were first propagated in California consumers rediscovered this ancient fruit, and it has since become widely available in the United Sates.

Pomegranates are my absolute favorite fruit. It saddens me that we can only get Pomegranates this time of year. I know they are an absolute pain to dissemble, so I do this process in a bowl of warm water, so it doesn’t cover my kitchen in a Jackson Pollock kind of splatter.

The pomegranate has amazing benefits with lots of antioxidants, vitamin C and anti-inflammatory properties, which is exactly what we need this time of year, especially with all the germs and illnesses going around. Pomegranates are a superfood I believe. You know the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away? I think the same goes for a pomegranate. Come to think of it, Wikipedia states that there are approximately 613 seeds in one pomegranate, I would say that’s enough for two servings, which means the dismembering process is good for two days. Easy-peasy right?

I find Pomegranates delicious, amazing, I love the vibrant color of the seeds, and the juicy effects, that’s why I felt it was necessary for me to share this with you all. I love to eat my pomegranates with a dollop of plain yogurt, just yum.  If you haven’t tried one, I would highly recommend it.

If you would like to read more about the history of Pomegranates go to http://www.foodreference.com/html/a-pomegranate-history.html thats where I got this bit of info from.

Thanks for reading my blog, until next time, your health coach.

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