Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pomegranate Fruit

Posted by Hashim Abd Ghani On 6:00 PM

Pomegranate Fruit  is a native of the Mediterranean regions and have been growing there for thousands of years. The pomegranate tree was brought into California by Spanish settlers in the 1700’s. The actual fruit is in pink color to bright red color and the estimated size is that of a softball. One pomegranate contains approximately 100 calories. The pomegranate tree is a deciduous tree and inside the pomegranate fruit, there are many small seeds, the pomegranate seeds. The attendance of these little seeds in the pomegranate fruit makes the fruit rather hard to eat but you don’t have a choice as there is not much of a flesh which can be separated from the seed. Most people like to eat the pomegranate fruit raw but some use in cooking.

Pomegranate Creation Secrets

In the Holy Quran, beautifully recorded word of Allâh SWT,  mentions pomegranates in the verses to show how great Allâh SWT creation and it is also referred to as the fruit of paradise. What are the benefits behind a piece of pomegranate? 

In the Holy Quran, beautifully recorded word of Allâh  SWT :

فِيہِمَا فَـٰكِهَةٌ۬ وَنَخۡلٌ۬ وَرُمَّانٌ۬ (٦٨)

"In them (both) will be fruits and date-palms and pomegranates". [  Ar- Rahmân verse 55:68].

If surveyed, pomegranate originated from Iran known as Pinica granatum in botanical terminology is also found in India, Afghanistan and Syria.  Pomegranate is a symbol of fertility for society weddings in the Middle East. Whereas in Christianity, pomegranate as symbol of revival and eternal life as well as in Buddhism. In China the pomegranate to be a symbol of fertility, abundant sustenance, many descendants and blessed future. However, in Islam, is one of the pomegranate fruit are in heaven which Allâh SWT as a mercy that can be enjoyed by the people who show signs as enshrined in the Holy Quran in Surah Al-An’âm verse 99 and verse 141 .

وَهُوَ ٱلَّذِىٓ أَنزَلَ مِنَ ٱلسَّمَآءِ مَآءً۬ فَأَخۡرَجۡنَا بِهِۦ نَبَاتَ كُلِّ شَىۡءٍ۬ فَأَخۡرَجۡنَا مِنۡهُ خَضِرً۬ا نُّخۡرِجُ مِنۡهُ حَبًّ۬ا مُّتَرَاڪِبً۬ا وَمِنَ ٱلنَّخۡلِ مِن طَلۡعِهَا قِنۡوَانٌ۬ دَانِيَةٌ۬ وَجَنَّـٰتٍ۬ مِّنۡ أَعۡنَابٍ۬ وَٱلزَّيۡتُونَ وَٱلرُّمَّانَ مُشۡتَبِهً۬ا وَغَيۡرَ مُتَشَـٰبِهٍ‌ۗ ٱنظُرُوٓاْ إِلَىٰ ثَمَرِهِۦۤ إِذَآ أَثۡمَرَ وَيَنۡعِهِۦۤ‌ۚ إِنَّ فِى ذَٲلِكُمۡ لَأَيَـٰتٍ۬ لِّقَوۡمٍ۬ يُؤۡمِنُونَ (٩٩)

“ It is He Who sends down water (rain) from the sky, and with it We bring forth vegetation of all kinds, and out of it We bring forth green stalks,  from which We bring forth thick clustered grain. And out of the date-palm and its spathe  come forth clusters of dates,  hanging low and near, and gardens of grapes, olives and pomegranates, each similar (in kind) yet different (in variety and taste). Look at the fruits when they begin to bear, and the ripeness thereof. Verily, in these things there are signs for a people who believe ”. (Al-An’âm 6:99).

۞ وَهُوَ ٱلَّذِىٓ أَنشَأَ جَنَّـٰتٍ۬ مَّعۡرُوشَـٰتٍ۬ وَغَيۡرَ مَعۡرُوشَـٰتٍ۬ وَٱلنَّخۡلَ وَٱلزَّرۡعَ مُخۡتَلِفًا أُڪُلُهُ ۥ وَٱلزَّيۡتُونَ وَٱلرُّمَّانَ مُتَشَـٰبِہً۬ا وَغَيۡرَ مُتَشَـٰبِهٍ۬‌ۚ ڪُلُواْ مِن ثَمَرِهِۦۤ إِذَآ أَثۡمَرَ وَءَاتُواْ حَقَّهُ ۥ يَوۡمَ حَصَادِهِۦ‌ۖ وَلَا تُسۡرِفُوٓاْ‌ۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ لَا يُحِبُّ ٱلۡمُسۡرِفِينَ(١٤١)

“ And it is He  Who produces trellised and untrellised, and date-palms,  and crops of different shape and taste (their fruits and their seeds) and the olives and the pomegranates , similar (in kind) and different (in taste). Eat of their fruit when they ripen, but pay the due thereof (its Zakat, according to  Allâh Orders 1/10th or 1/20th) on the day of its harvest, and waste not by extravagance. Verily, He likes not Al-Musrifûn (those who waste by extravagance). (Al-An’âm 6:141).

The pomegranate is an ancient fruit with a wealthy history, symbol, art, medicine and religion. It has always been an important part of the Middle Eastern diet until lately. However, pomegranates are something of a seasonal novelty in the West. Then medical studies suggested what the ancients believed and Middle Easterners probably take for granted: Pomegranates are really good for all human body to live a healthy life.

Uses of Pomegranate

Ø  Pomegranate juice is a popular drink in many regions of India and the Middle East. The juice is also used to prepare curd (yoghurt) rice in many Indian states.

Ø  Thick and sweet pomegranate juice named Grenadine syrup, is widely used in cocktails.

Ø  This syrup was used in place of tomato by the Iranian countries to make a traditional recipe called fesenjan, which is a thick sauce, which is complete from pomegranate juice and ground walnuts, and often had with duck, chicken and rice.

Ø  In India and Pakistan, the seeds of the fruit, are used as a spice called anardana. The spice loan a tangy taste to the dish it is added to, and is often used when making chutneys or curries.

Ø  Pomegranate seeds are also used in salads and also used in dressings for various desserts

Health Benefits of Pomegranate

The pomegranate fruit shows presence of rich beneficial antioxidants, like polyphenols, tannins and anthocyanins. The antioxidant level of pomegranate juice is higher than in other fruit juices, red wine or green tea.

Ø  Recent research has shown that pomegranates can help fight osteoarthritis, as regular consumption of the juice always reduces down the corrosion of the cartilage.

Ø  Pomegranate juice is also believed to increase blood flow to the heart, and is extremely beneficial for people with ischemic heart disease and some other diseases.
Ø  It is also a good source of vitamins C and B, antioxidant polyphenols, pantothenic acid and potassium.

Ø  Juice of the pomegranate have been found effective in curing atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.

Ø  The juice of the fruit also has antiviral and antibacterial effects against dental plaque.

Ø  Consumption of pomegranate juice has proven to help hugely in cases of prostate cancer or prostatic hyperplasia, diabetes or lymphoma.

Ø  Pomegranate juice has also shown to reduce systolic blood pressure by inhibit serum of angiotensin-converting enzyme.

Thus, the benefit of pomegranate cannot doubt that it is not just a fruit that contains a lot of nutrients to be consumed but the overall creation of a pomegranate tree to benefit humanity. Thus it reflects on us, how great the power of Allâh SWT. Reflect and see how the branch creates pomegranates hanging neatly and strong and not fall fruit before the time came. This demonstrates that Allâh SWT created each event has its own secrets and privileges that enable mankind to benefit and evaluate the gift.

Ref :

a.            Translation of the meanings of The Noble Qur’ân in the English Language by Dr Muhammad Taqî- 
               ud-Dîn al-Hilâlî and Dr Muhammad Muhsin Khân.
b.            http://www.fruitsinfo.com/Pomegranate-Exotic-fruits.php
c.            http://www.lamankongsi.com/2012/02/kelebihan-buah-delima.html
d.            http://anizyn.blogspot.com/2009/12/khasiat-delima.html#ixzz2DINXI1JD



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