Monday, March 12, 2012

Falling in Love With Pomegranate Wine

Lately I have been pondering the making of pomegranate wines. Normally, my scope of production is larger scale for commercial markets and I know that the potential for well made pomegranate wine is huge. This is true, not only because it can taste great, has an "exotic" attraction to it but also because it is a very healthy wine too. But today I wish to look at making this wine for personal use as well because I think everyone should try some of this wonderful elixir!

The word pomegranate is derived from French "pome garnete" and means "seeded apple." There are over 800 seeds in one pomegranate, they're tasty but difficult to eat with all the layers between the seeds. I think the wine version can be more fun!

The history behind the pomegranate is also quite interesting. The fruit has been used throughout history as symbols of fertility, hope, and royalty. In Greek Mythology, they believe that Aphrodite, the goddess of love, planted it on the isle of Cyprus. Due to the number of seeds in each pomegranate the fruit was connected with procreation and abundance.

Pomegranate's health benefits are almost legendary. Basically, a 100 ml of pomegranate juice has 3 times the antioxidants of 100 ml of red wine or 100 ml of green tea. Research has stated that if you eat pomegranates on a daily basis, the fruit's antioxidants can help prevent hardening of the arteries.