Originally from Iran, pomegranates are perfectly adapted to the Mediterranean climate where they are grown and harvested between September and November.
Nutritional value of pomegranates
Full of water, pomegranates are fruit that contain many antioxidants (more than red wine or green tea). Several studies have proven that regular consumption of pomegranate juice helps prevent certain heart disease risk factors. It has only 62 kilocalories per 100 grammes, but a substantial amount of vitamins C and B.
There are over 2,000 varieties of pomegranate tree which are categorised depending on the type of fruit they bear:
- pomegranate fruit trees (Roja, Sweet, Pentiflora…);
- ornamental pomegranate trees.
Opt for heavy fruit which are ripe when their colour turns from red to orange-brown. Ripe fruit emits a metallic sound when you hit it with the flat of your hand.
Pomegranates are refreshing fruit that are rich in antioxidants. © Fir0002/Wikimedia Commons