For many years the pomegranate has been a favorite food of many cultures, and its healing goodness and high nutrient value make it a very powerful health food indeed.
The pomegranate is found throughout the Middle East, as well as throughout India and Iran. Wherever it is found, the pomegranate plays an important role not only in the cuisine but in traditional medicine as well.
The fruit of the pomegranate has been used for centuries as a folk medicine, and it has been used to treat ailments ranging from inflammation and rheumatism to the pain of a simple sore throat. And of course the pomegranate is loved for its sweet and tangy flavor.
The pomegranate is thought to contain nearly three times as many antioxidant vitamins as either red wine or green tea, and the fruit is also a rich source of such vital nutrients as potassium, niacin and dietary fiber.
The fruit of the pomegranate is also being studied as a potential anticancer food. It is thought that the strong antioxidant content of the pomegranate make it a good food for preventing many kinds of cancer, so eating a fresh pomegranate or enjoying a glass of pomegranate fruit may have a strong impact on future health.
The pomegranate is widely available. The best and most nutritious pomegranates are those with the richest color, and those which have a heavy and substantial feel. A refrigerated pomegranate will keep for up to three months, while an unrefrigerated fruit has a shelf life of a mere two to three days.