Pomegranate, a Persian native, is one of the oldest fruits known
To man. 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. It was
The Moors who brought the seedy fruit to Spain round 800 a. D.
The pomegranate reached American shores by way of the
Spanish conquistadors. It is grown in the American West and
South with great commercial success.
Recent scientific studies indicate that Pomegranate juice exhibits
Powerful antioxidant properties attributed to the presence of
Certain tannin called punicalagin, identified as the active
Compound responsible for maintaining and promoting optimal
Cardiovascular health. *