Our natural Pomegranate Juice Powder is a powerful antioxidant. High in Vitamin C, calcium and potassium, pomegranate will soon be the antioxidant that most American nutritionists recommend. Mix our Pomegranate Juice Powder with water, juice or a smoothie. Why not create your own pomegranate frappuccino juice blend, just like Starbucks!
16 oz in resealable package.
When something becomes popular, it doesn't take long for a big brand to jump on for the ride. With the rise in popularity of the pomegranate in American markets, Starbucks introduced a pomegranate frappuccino juice blend in the summer of 2006. The pomegranate, via Starbucks, had arrived in the national consciousness.
But pomegranate (Punica granatum) has been used as a natural remedy for thousands of years. It is believed that pomegranate trees were planted as far back as 6,000 years ago - one of the earliest crops grown by man, along with olives, figs and grapes. Native to the Middle East, pomegranate trees grow naturally from Afghanistan to Iran to the Himalayan Mountains. Pomegranate moved with the migration of man and is now grown around the Mediterranean and across the US, especially in California and Arizona. The bright red fruit, the size of an orange or apple, contains a sack of seeds and a juicy pulp. The name comes from the Latin for "seeded apple"; in fact many historians believe that it was a pomegranate tree and not an apple tree that tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Throughout history, healers have held pomegranate in high esteem as a symbol of health and fertility; it was believed to have many medicinal uses. The root bark (although toxic) was used as a treatment for intestinal parasites, the juice consumed as a natural remedy for diarrhea and even used for skin whitening. Today the pomegranate is held in high esteem for its antioxidant properties, due to a high concentration of polyphenols. One such polyphenol is Ellagic acid. Ellagic acid is believed to have some anti-cancer properties; it is also believed that it can help to prevent heart disease through reduction of risk factors such as atherogenesis. Much more research is required to prove these beliefs, but many American nutritionists think that the pomegranate will eventually become the world's favorite antioxidant.
Like many of our antioxidant-rich Superfood Powders our Pomegranate Juice Powder is freeze-dried; a process that removes moisture from the fruit at a very low heat. This allows the powder to retain the nutritional benefits of the raw fruit.
Research into the many health benefits of Pomegranate is ongoing, but studies have shown that Pomegranate (Punica granatum) may be:
A Persian native, the pomegranate is one of the oldest fruits known to man. Originally thought to be native to China, pomegranates were actually brought to China about 100 BC by Han dynasty representative, Jang Qian, who also introduced coriander, walnuts, peas, cucumbers, alfalfa, grapes and caraway seeds to the Far East.
The Romans called it the Punic apple. The pomegranate made its way to Italy via Carthage (Punic), and therein lies the root of its Latin name, Punicum malum (apple). Its current botanical name is Punicum granatum with Punicum recognizing Carthage as a focal point for pomegranate cultivation and granatum referring to the many seeds or grains in the fruit.
Many Italian Renaissance fabrics boasted the pattern of cut pomegranates. Ancient Romans not only enjoyed the succulent flesh of this fruit. Due to the high amount of tannic acid in the skins, they also used the skins in the process of tanning leather. Perhaps due to the fruit's princely blossom crown, it has gained distinction as a royal fruit. Chaucer, Shakespeare and Homer have all extolled the virtues of the pomegranate in literature.
It was the Moors who brought the seedy fruit to Spain round 800 AD. Granada was named for the pomegranate, which became their national emblem. The first pomegranate planted in Britain was by King Henry VIII.
The French named their hand-tossed explosive a grenade after the seed-scattering properties of the pomegranate fruit. And in 1791, the special troops formed by the French military to wield these grenades were called grenadiers.
The pomegranate reached American shores by way of the Spanish conquistadors, and has slowly but steadily gained in popularity.