Pomegranate is not just a spray of juice and a deep bloody color. And not only vitamin C. It is also amazing traditions and customs, and even a cocktail "Tequila sunrise".

Fact No. 1

During the opening of the Egyptian pyramids, it was discovered that the deceased rulers were put in a sarcophagus with grenades. This fruit was considered sacred and able to give new life. And the pomegranate tree was called"the tree of life."

Fact No. 2
Mention of the fruits of the pomegranate tree is in the Koran. The first is that the pomegranate tree grew in Paradise. The second is that the prophet Muhammad advised his followers to use the fruits of pomegranates as a means against envy and hatred.

Fact No. 3

Pomegranate syrup-grenadine-is used in a variety of alcoholic beverages as a sweetener and natural dye. One of the most popular cocktails with grenadine – "Tequila sunrise": 45 ml of tequila, 15 ml of grenadine, 90 ml of orange juice.

Fact No. 4

In Russian the word "garnet" came from Latin. This is a tracing paper from the word "granatus", which translates as"seed".

Fact No. 5

The pomegranate contains 15 amino acids, 5 of them are essential. In addition, pomegranate is rich in vitamins C, A, B, PP and potassium. And another 100 grams of pomegranate contains only 70 calories, so it is ideal for people who watch their weight.

Fact No. 6

Conventional pomegranate has a maximum diameter of 18 cm and contains up to 700 seeds covered with a juicy shell. And in the province of Sichuan in China managed to grow pomegranates, the diameter of the fruit of which was 48.7 cm. this is by far the largest pomegranate, and it is listed in the "Guinness book of records".

Fact No. 7

Pomegranates grow on low trees or shrubs covered with scarlet flowers. The yield from one tree is about 50-60 kg.

Fact No. 8

Pomegranate is one of the most popular heraldic signs. For example, the emblem of Spain shows the lands that are part of the state. Andalusia symbolizes the cracked fruit of pomegranate. Interestingly, this symbol is not native Spanish. Spaniards from 8 to 15 century waged wars of conquest for the right to possess the Iberian Peninsula. Pomegranate was the emblem of the Emirate of Granada-the last Arab state in Europe. After the Spaniards "took Granada", the symbol passed to them.

Fact No. 9

The weapon was called "grenade" because of its similarity to the fruit-grains and flying grenade fragments.

Fact No. 10

Pomegranate has the ability to increase hemoglobin. Therefore, it is prescribed during anemia. Diluted with water pomegranate juice should be consumed 0.5 cups 3 times a day for 30 minutes before meals for 2 months.

Fact No. 11

Pomegranate is contraindicated for people with gastric ulcer and gastritis, because it contains malic and citric acid, which violate the acid-alkaline balance.

Fact No. 12

On October 26, the annual pomegranate festival in Azerbaijan. It is in the last day of the month are the days of harvest. The whole country is tasting different varieties of pomegranate, juices, jams and having fun at dances and exhibitions. Azerbaijan is considered to be the only country where all sorts of pomegranate grow.

Fact No. 13

Almost the whole year the pomegranate tree is covered with fruits. This is due to the long period of maturation. From summer to autumn the tree blooms, but most of the flowers are completely barren. The fruits also Mature for a long time-120-160 days.

Fact No. 14

To make only 1 liter of pomegranate oil you need 500 kg of fruit. The oil has unique cosmetic properties: it stimulates collagen production and skin regeneration. In addition, due to the content of vitamin E and antioxidants it is used to treat eczema and psoriasis.

Fact No. 15

In Armenia, there is a tradition for girls who get married: before the wedding, they throw grenades against the wall to find out how many children they will have. And in China there is a tradition to give a picture of a pomegranate to a wedding-the fruit symbolizes well-being.

Fact No. 16

Pomegranate inhibits genes that contribute to the development of atherosclerosis. But the useful gene that regulates the production of nitric oxide, it stimulates. This protects the vessels from atherosclerotic plaques, preventing the development of heart attacks and strokes.

Fact No. 17

In many languages pomegranate is called"pomegranate Apple". Dutch-garnet – "granaatappel", where "appel" – Apple. In Italian, pomegranate means "melogranato", "melograno", "pomo granato", or "pomo punico", where "melo/pomo" is an Apple; in German, "granatapfel", where "apfel" is an Apple.

Fact No. 18

Pomegranate juice has long joined the Greek mythology. According to mythology, the pomegranate was cultivated in Cyprus the goddess of love, Aphrodite, therefore, pomegranate juice in Greece called "love potion."

Fact No. 19

Pomegranate juice is sold in Turkish coffee houses as the strongest aphrodisiac.

Fact No. 20

American researchers From the University of Ohio found that pomegranate is able to prevent the development of breast cancer. The pomegranate contains useful substances that block the excessive synthesis of estrogen, which provokes cancer.