The vitality of Dried Pomegranates

By: Dried Pomegranates Filed Under: General Information Posted: January 18, 2013

Pomegranates, being one of the oldest historically recorded fruit, have extensive research about its nutritional and medical advantages. Less so is the research on the dried variety. Usually, pomegranates are red, but when dried it can take any other shade, including pink, but most often white. The name derives from Medieval Latin for apple “pōmum” and seeded “grānātum”. It is native to the Western Himalayan range and the Armenian region of Persia, now known as Iran. The only edible part of the fruit is the arils, i.e. the juicy seed casings of which every fruit can contain up to 1400. They are usually embedded in the pulp of the fruit, so an easy way to get them is to cut the fruit in half and scrape the arils while submerged in water; the heavy arils will sink while the inedible pulp will float.

Being known to the ancients, pomegranate has solidified itself in both history and mythos of man. Some scholars argue that it was the pomegranate, not the apple, which led to the banishment of man from the Garden of Eden. In many cultures around the world, the fruit symbolizes longevity and prosperity, possibly due to the one fruit containing hundreds of juicy, delicious arils. It is also believed to be the cure of many, if not all, diseases. Aptly, there are many sources arguing that the pomegranate is actually the panacea of lore. Modern medical practices have caught up with this. In 2011 alone, there are 32 clinical trials registered with the National Institute of Health to examine the effects of pomegranate extract or juice against a wide variety of diseases such as diabetes, lymphoma, prostate cancer, prostatic hyperplasia, atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, rhinovirus infection, and even the common cold.

When pomegranate is dried and preserved, its nutritional contents are concentrated. Dried pomegranates, pound-for-pound, contain nearly five times the amount of energetic calories, over four times the carbohydrate, triple the fiber content, and nearly double the sugars. This makes dried pomegranates one of the best food items to use as a snack in low-fat high-energy diets.

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