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Pomegranate - Punica granatum
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Uses are numerous, especially in oriental tradition. Pomegranate juice is a common drink, rich in fiber, potassium and vitamin C. This juice is called granatina thick and sweet, syrup used in the past for the preparation of cocktails. Juice is also used as an antiseptic and if light is applied to wounds.

Pomegranate represents in many countries the fertility symbol because of the fruit that contains a large number of red and flashy seeds. The inhabitants of Babylon believed that chewing pomegranate seeds before a battle makes them invincible.

The Koran is quoted three times the pomegranate fruit, twice as an example of the good things created by Allah, and once found in the fruit garden of Paradise. Hebrew tradition pomegranate symbolizes the original design for the true crown. In Turkey pomegranate juice is used as a condiment for salads and marinating meat. Greek tradition to break a pomegranate fruit during the marriage, new year and when buying a new house (pomegranate is the first but you bring guests) so that is a symbol of wealth, fertility and luck.

Pomegranate juice is used as a paint for natural materials, stain clothes permanently. Punica granatum was personal symbol of Roman Emperor Maximilian I.

Source www.scienzenews.it

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