West Indian – (Guyanese Style) Pomegrante Drink


I was able to find a video showing you exactly how to make Pomegranate Juice.

Pomegranate juice is a tart, but tasty drink that can be made quickly and easily. Using this easy guide, you can have your very own glass of great pomegranate juice in minutes.

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Why the Pomegranate is so Good for You!

Pomegranate fruit

This large round fruit dates back to ancient Egypt. In addition, the pomegranate has a rich biblical history and is understood to have been the fruit grown in the Garden of Eden. So let’s take a closer look at one of the World’s oldest fruits.

When is the Pomegranate Season?

Pomegranate tree

Since the pomegranate season varies from Hemisphere to Hemisphere, the fresh fruit is available fresh year round. For example, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere the season is from September to February, while it is March through May in the Southern Hemisphere.

In the Northern Hemisphere pomegranates are produced in Israel, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States. In the Southern Hemisphere they are produced in Malaysia and the Mediterranean.

However, most people in North America are familiar with the California pomegranate growing season. This season extends from October until January.

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What are the Health Benefits of the Pomegranate?

Pomegranate health benefits

Heart Health

The pomegranate helps with blood flow to the heart. The powerful compounds called punicalagins present in this biblical fruit helps to reduce atherosclerosis. This is one of the leading causes of heart disease. Atherosclerosis is also referred to a hardening of the articles. The pomegranate helps to keep the arteries flexible and reduces inflammation in the lining of the blood vessels, too. In addition, it helps to keep the arteries clear of minor blockages which may cause reduce in blood flow to the heart and brain. The compounds of the pomegranate also lower bad cholesterol or LDL, while increasing good cholesterol or HDL.

Maintain Healthy Blood Pressure Levels

According to published research conducted by Queen Margaret University in Edinburg, Scotland, individual who drank 16 ounces ofhttp://www.traversebayfarms.com/pomegranate.htm daily for four weeks experienced lower blood pressure. Thanks to the unique combination of the antioxidants, potassium, folic acid and sodium naturally found in the fruit.

Anti-aging and Helps to Heal Scars

The pomegranate contains punicic acid, which is an omega 3 fatty acid. This means is it able to penetrate the molecular structure of the skin. This helps to slow down the damages of sun exposure by reducing wrinkles and fine lines. It also helps the skin to regenerate and protect the outer layer of the skin called the epidermis.

The Parts of the Pomegranate

Pomegranate Seeds:

Pomegranate seeds

The pomegranate 613 seeds per individual fruit. The pulp surrounding the seeds is called arils. For many, this the most enjoyable part of the pomegranate.

Pomegranate Juice:

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Drinking pomegranate juice is an ideal way to get the natural benefits of this heart healthy fruit. However, drinking pomegranate juice may have side effects with certain medicines. Make sure to consult your doctor before you start consume of the pomegranate juice.

Pomegranate Capsules:

Pomegranate capsules

Pomegranate capsules combine the benefit of less than one gram of natural sugar per serving of not having to mix juice or cut the fruit to access the seeds. In addition, pomegranate capsules deliver highly concentrate amounts of the vital compounds found naturally in this fruit.

Ingredients: (option # 1)

1 Pomegranate
1 cup (240 ml) Water
Sugar, to taste (optional)

Ingredients: (option # 2)

1 cup fresh Pomegranate seeds
2 teaspoons Fresh Lemon Juice
1½ teaspoons Sugar (optional)
1/4 teaspoon Black Salt or Salt
1 pinch Black pepper powder (optional)
1½ cups Water
4 Ice Cubes

Things You’ll Need:

Ingredients
Bowl
Knife
Mesh strainer
Blender

Directions:

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1.Grind pomegranate seeds with 1/2 cup water in a mixer for 5 seconds.

2.Take small size bowl, strain pulp through sieve and extract juice. Press pulp using spoon to extract more juice and effectively get more vitamins, antioxidants and other nutritional elements.

3.Add 1 cup water, sugar, black salt and fresh lemon juice. Stir well until sugar dissolves completely.

4.Add and mix black pepper powder (if you like it) as it will add distinct flavor and aroma and enhance its digestive capabilities.

5.Add two ice cubes in each of the glasses, fill them with prepared juice and serve.

Tips and Variations: Do not discard the remains of pomegranate pulp and seeds, they rich in dietary fibers. Mix some salt and sugar and enjoy it alone. Alternatively, do not strain it at all. Just enjoy it as chewy pomegranate juice.

Taste: Natural sweet and tart with nice after taste of black salt and black pepper.

Serving Ideas: It is a perfect breakfast or after-workout drink as it packs lot of vital nutrients and prepares your body for hectic day ahead. Serve it in limited amount to infants and growing children.

Credits to familyspice.com for some pictures.

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Enjoy!

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