Thursday, October 20, 2011

What Are The Health Benefits Of Pomegranate Trees? by Rudy Silva

Do you know why pomegranate trees should be in your garden? This kind of tree is easy to plant. It needs plenty of sunlight. It will also grow in a dry soil. You can make your backyard more attractive with pomegranate trees. Read this article, to discover how nutritious this fruit is.

In ancient times, pomegranate trees were held sacred by different religions. For these religious believers, this tree represents life, marriage and regeneration. The fruit was used in ritual and domestic observances in some religions. It has been revered for the beauty of its flowers, shrub and fruits.

The fruit symbolizes sanctity, fertility and abundance. In our times, thanks to innovations in science and technology, pomegranate has many medicinal uses. The tree’s flower, fruit juice, rind and bark are used as a cure for many medical conditions, especially gastric conditions. The rind and root bark of this tree is used to treat tapeworm infestation and diarrhea.

The pomegranate fruit is given heraldic use. The British Medical Association and three Royal colleges include this fruit in their coats of arms. It has become part of Catherine of Aragon’s coat of arms.

Cultivating pomegranate trees in your garden will have many uses. The fruit itself is juicy and delicious. Just be careful in not getting on your clothes, since it has a strong dye effect. It is among the fruits rich in vitamin C and other phytochemicals that help strengthen the immune system and fight diseases.

The juice from this fruit is rich in fiber, potassium, and vitamins B and C. It juice is deep red which indicates it is an antioxidant fruit which fights free radical. Studies have shown that pomegranate can help reduce the effects of heart disease, systolic blood pressure and the effects of dental decay.

In Turkey, juice is extracted of the seeds. The juice is used to marinate meat. In Eastern Asia, the juice is used in cooking chutney and curry. The seeds are added as decorations in salads in most Western cultures. It is also used in making ice cream, cocktails and deserts.

Planting pomegranate trees will enhance the beauty of your yard. You can manipulate the growth of the tree against a wall or supporting a trellis. You can also plant them in a row or in cluster. Depending on the variety of the tree, the fruit can have many colors. But the most common is red. There are light pink and purple too. The color of the seed can vary from light pink to ruby red.

A pomegranate is among the organic fruit trees being promoted this time. Growing organic fruit trees has more benefits. The taste and nutrition are pure. Growing this tree is not difficult. It can adapt to any space conditions. It can even grow through espalier method. Espalier is a process of pruning and manipulating a young tree and its branches. You can train the young tree and its branches to bend according to your design and style.

Also, these trees require less water because they can survive drier soil types. The sunlight it needs is great. It should be planted in an area where it gets the most sunlight. Under the right conditions, the tree can live for many years providing delicious, juicy and nutritious fruits every season.

Pomegranate trees can be grown from seeds or from clippings of its branch. Regardless of the method, it will take a few years before it begins to produce fruit. However, there are cultured dwarf trees which provide fruit in fewer years.