December 13, 2005

Anar aka pomegranate

Anar aka pomegranate (biological name - Punica granatum) is a round Indian fruit with a red leathery rind and many seeds covered with red, juicy, and edible flesh rich in sugar and citric acid.

Few facts:
  • Pomegranate juice is a popular drink. The juice is also used as an antiseptic when applied to cuts.
  • It is also used in Iranian and Indian cuisine.
  • Pomegranate concentrate is used in Syrian cuisine.
  • It is used in cocktail mixing.
  • In traditional middle-eastern recipes, pomegranate is used instead of tomatoes.
  • Pomegranate seeds are sometimes used as a spice in Indian and Pakistani cuisine.
  • One pomegranate delivers 40% of an adult's daily vitamin C requirement.
  • It is also a rich source of folic acid and of antioxidants.
  • The juice of the pomegranate is being tested for its efficacy against prostate cancer. Facts courtesy - wikipedia.

Ayurvedic medicinal properties - the white/red pulp if eaten with the seeds is good for diarrhoea. The red variety is very rich in iron.

We have already eaten some of the pomegranate seed casings (arils) with seeds as raw. The entire seed is eaten, though the fleshy outer portion of the seed is the part that is desired. Do not cut open the fruit unless they are to be eaten at once or used in preparations as the seeds become discolored quickly.

We may prepare some pomegranate juice later in the evening along our today's evening snacks. Has anyone used this with any food recipes? I am looking out to find some interesting recipes to try which we may be adding later at this space. How do you consume these?



Blogger மதி கந்தசாமி (Mathy) said...

'cooking with amy' Amy wrote about pomegrante seeds a while back.

u can also do this.

Blogger vkn said...

Thank you Mathy. We will choose some recipes tomorrow for this, looking out from something Indian.

Blogger Marc said...

Very interesting, I'm looking forward to your recipes. In my kitchen I like to add them to fruit salad in whole form or as a juice.

Do you know if the whitish-translucent seeds in the fruit are immature or too old? It is not obvious to me.

Blogger megha said...

It look nice and your recipe looks delicious too.Looking forward for your blogs, like these saw many parenting tips,cooking recipes,tips which is going to be very helpful for women and mothers.


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