Hello friends, and welcome to this month’s Joyinmovement newsletter.
Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes and fun feedback about last month’s newsletter. True, last month I offered an assortment of information on various topics, so this month I’ll keep it focused on………the pomegranate!
It’s pomegranate season, and recently my niece’s family got us a beautiful hanging plaque with inspirational words on it in the shape of a pomegranate. It inspired me!
I enjoy pomegranates and hope you do, too. It’s messy to eat, but so much fun.
Here are 10 great reasons to love the pomegranate!
1. Pomegranates are good for you. It’s known as a superfood because it’s packed with antioxidants and vitamins. It helps stomach upsets, menopausal hot flashes, hemorrhoids, osteoarthritis, lowers blood pressure, reduces inflammation, and lowers cholesterol.
2. Pomegranate juice is heart healthy. The juice has even a higher concentration of antioxidants than other sources such as red wine, grape juice, cranberry juice, and green tea.
3. Pomegranate juice helps combat prostate cancer and diabetes.
4. Pomegranates are used to make dessert wine!
5. There are different pomegranate varieties. Some are sweeter and others keep longer.
6. Peeling pomegranates can be stain-free! This was great news for me as I always seem to make a mess when I eat one. So if peeling a pomegranate doesn’t come easily to you, there are now so many pomegranate products to choose from. There are companies that are now fresh-cutting, juicing, drying, and freezing the fruit.
7. Pomegranates keep you young. Maybe I should have made this reason number 1 !! Chinese herbology cites pomegranate juice as a longevity treatment. It’s also being used as a topical treatment to keep wrinkles at bay. It’s also being used in massage oils.
8. Pomegranates have religious history and symbolism. It’s believed to have originated in Persia and is mentioned in almost all ancient texts. Ancient Egyptians saw the pomegranate as a symbol of prosperity and ambition. In Judaism it symbolizes fruitfulness, and in Hinduism it represents prosperity and fertility.
9. Pomegranates are beautiful. Pomegranates can be found in artworks throughout the centuries. Two famous pieces are Botticelli’s Madonna of the Pomegranate (ca. 1487) and French painter Bouquereau’s Girl With A Pomegranate, 1875.
10. They taste great! They do not taste as bitter as their peel. If they did, I don’t think anyone would eat them. It is a bit tart, but deliciously sweet as well.
I’ve had fresh squeezed pomegranate juice, to which I add a bit of citrus juice, and it’s super wonderful.
Do you eat pomegranates? Have any recipes to share? Have I missed any of YOUR reasons to love pomegranates?
Let me know!
May your October be as sweet and health-giving as a pomegranate,