27 October 2010

Yogi Food: Pomegranate (Rman) Season in Egypt

Pomegranates are one of the oldest known fruits and are thought to have originated in Iran and northern India. The pomegranate appears in Egyptian mythology and art, and was carried by Egyptians in the desert because of its thirst-quenching juice.

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Mohammed once told his followers: "Eat the pomegranate, for it purges the system of envy and hatred."

Frequent references to it are found in the Bible and in ancient Sanskrit writing. Homer mentions it in his Odyssey, and it appears in the story of The Arabian Nights.

Antioxidant Rich


Pomegranates are rich in vitamin C and many different types of antioxidants. We need this to help our bodies remain healthy and vibrant and combat the pollution power of our city.

The major antioxidant activity of pomegranates come from three anthocyanidins: delphinidin, cyaniding, and pelargonidin. The polyphenol content in pomegranate juice is three times that found in green tea and red wine. Polyphenol research is most promising the in areas of heart disease and cancer prevention. Plus, you get good skin from this lovely fruit.

Selection and Storage
  • pick one that is heavy for its size, with taut, thin shiny smooth skin
  • there should be an abundance of bright red or crimson flesh with a small amount of pulp
  • a pomegranate of good quality may be medium or large in size and the coloring can range from pink to bright red
  • Pomegranates should be stored in a cool, dark place, where they will last for about a month. If refrigerated, they can keep for about two months
  • seeds can be stored in the refrigerator for about three days and can be frozen in an airtight container for about six months
  • Pomegranate juice can be kept in the freezer for about six months
  • Pomegranate juice can be used to make marinates, sauces, vinaigrettes, jelly, juice

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References:

Bhajan, Yogi "The ancient art of self-healing"

Grotto (RD, LDN), David, "101 foods that could save your life"

Jensen (Dr), Bernard, "Foods that Heal, Unlocking the remarkable secrets of eating right for health, vitality and longevity"

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"Work does not kill you; food does. God does not kill you; food does.  Food is your first and last enemy. If you take in more than you can handle, it takes all of your energy to digest it." ~  Yogi Bhajan

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