Pomegranate : fountain of youth, aphrodisiac & nutrient bomb
Jan 6, 2022
Kalimera Crete Traveller
If you are in Crete in October, you are lucky enough to experience the harvest time of one of the most delicious fruits, the fruit of late summer, fountain of youth, aphrodisiac & nutrient bomb.
A true elixir of beauty is hidden under the robust bowl.
Pomegranate juice is said to have even more antioxidants than red wine or blueberry juice! Calcium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, B vitamins, and vitamin E make it a real bomb for minerals and vitamins.
The pomegranate has been a symbol of prosperity, youth, fertility, and happiness since ancient times, which has only become a superfood in recent years. It is not possible to say exactly where the fruit came from, but it is believed that its original homeland is in modern-day Iran and that it was already widespread in Asia and the Mediterranean region in ancient times.
The pomegranate played a major role in Greek mythology and in the Christian Middle Ages as a food of Gods and as a symbol of power and the virtues of rulership on coats of arms and paintings. After the Spanish colonization, the pomegranate found its way to the Caribbean and South America at the end of the 16th century.
There are around 500 different types of pomegranate, but many of them are unsuitable for consumption. Since they need plenty of sun and warmth to thrive, they are grown in all regions with tropical, subtropical, and temperate climates such as Iran, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Israel, Turkey, Spain and Italy.
And maybe you don't know this: Smashing a pomegranate on New Year's Day is an Ancient Greek custom that continues to this day, as the red fruit is considered a symbol of life and good fortune!