Pomegranate

POMEGRANATEpomegranate

Punica granatum

 GENERAL INFORMATION

Α symbol of life and fertility, pomegranate is a source of  valuable nutrition offering health and welfare. Wise Solomon described pomegranate as the «Song of Songs», as a symbol of nice feelings hidden under a ruff cover.

It takes its origins from Asia and is cultivated in many Mediterranean areas and of course in Crete since the ancient times.

It is the fruit Hades used to bewitch Persephone and managed to kidnap her and transfer her to the Under World.  It is an emblem of EleusinianMysteries. The pomegranate tree was dedicated to Hera,  patron of marriage and was considered as a symbol  of fertility and love.  Ancient Egyptians buried it with their dead, while it consists one of the three «blessed fruits» of Buddhism. It has been used for decorative purposes in the temple of Solomon and the mantles of priests and is also mentioned in the Song of Songs in the  Old Testament .

In the Greek lore it is found as a symbol of fertility and eternity (although it is related to death too), therefore it is a custom to break a pomegranate in marriages and New Years Eve. Furthermore Spanish city Granada has taken its name after it. Initiate yourself into the secrets of pomegranate and find out why so many civilizations and religions have pomegranate as a symbol of fertility and good fortune.

INDICATIONS -USE

It contains high concentrations of polyphenols  such as  anthocyanins, gallotannins, and Ellagitannins with strong antioxidant and astringent action.

Contains vitamins especially C and B-type, minerals, citric acid and sodium citrate,

Through the centuries It  has been a traditional remedy for even  for skin diseases .

It is recommended as an astrigent.

It has antioxidant action.

Supports skin protection against UV radiation.