Jumat, 16 Maret 2012

Secrets of the Pomegranate

Pomegranate (punica granatum) fruit is a plant that can grow up to 5-8 m. This plant is thought to have originated from Iran, but has long been cultivated in the Mediterranean area. Moors gave the name of one of the ancient city in Spain, Granada is based on the name of this fruit. This plant is also widely planted in southern China and Southeast Asia.
Pomegranates originated from the Middle East, spread to tropic subtropical areas, from lowlands to below 1,000 m asl. These plants prefer loose soil that is not submerged in water, ground water is not deep. Pomegranates are often planted in gardens as ornamental plants, medicinal plants, or as an edible fruit. The form of shrubs or small trees with a height of 2-5 m. Woody stems, twigs sided, branching much, weak, spiked at the armpit leaves, brown when young, green and dirty after dark. Single leaf, short-stemmed, located in groups. Leaf blade is oval shaped to lanceolate, base tapering, blunt edge, flat edge, bone pinnate, shiny surfaces, 1-9 cm long, 0.5 to 2.5 cm wide, green color.
Single short-stemmed flowers, out in the end of the branch or in the armpit leaves on top. Typically, there are one to five flowers, the colors red, white, or purple. Flowering throughout the year. The fruit Buni, round shape with a diameter of 5-12 cm, color variety, such as green-purple, white, reddish brown or blackish purple. Sometimes, there are patches of color tebih rather prominent parents. Seeds many, small, round-cornered long-terms rather flat, hard, irregularly arranged, the color red, pink, or white. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Pomegranate fruit has many health benefits, among others, as an anti-virus and anti cancer. but it also has the function as a source of vitamins such as vitamin A, C and E and folic acid. This fruit can be used as an antioxidant to prevent oxidation of LDL or bad cholesterol in the body.
Other benefits of pomegranate are very effective in curing problems related to heart, keeping blood silkulasi, cure stomach disorders, cancer, and diabetes animea
how the consumption of pomegranate fruit is very easy, can be consumed directly or can be consumed in the form juss, paste or syrup. Pomegranate syrup is useful for treating cartilage damage, and protecting infants from brain damage in childbirth.

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