Every holiday season, pomegranates make an appearance on grocery aisles commencing with Thanksgiving and extending through Christmas.
But do you know the healthful punch the festive pomegranate fruit packs? Many shoppers may disregard a pomegranate when they see one because it’s just plain intimidating. Few know what do with a pomegranate, how to clean one, eat one or its significant health benefits.
The name “pomegranate” is derived from the Latin pomum (apple) and granatus (seeded). The pomegranate fruit represented life, regeneration, marriage and fertility in both Greek and Persian mythology. The pomegranate is the passion fruit, also called the fruit of love. Hades tricked Persephone, the goddess of innocence, into eating pomegranate seeds, which forced her to retreat to the underworld for winter each year. Grown since ancient times, the pomegranate is native to the regions from Iran to northern India.
Jewish scholars believe it was a pomegranate not the apple that led to Adam and Eve being cast out of the Garden of Eden.
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