Pomegranate- bright red, with ruby colored, jewel like seeds/arils embedded within it, has been revered as a divine fruit. Believed to have flourished in the Garden of Eden, Pomegranate finds itself as a part of ancient symbolism, rituals, beliefs and folk practices.
Vedas – the most ancient texts of Hindu Philosophy, consider Pomegranate as a symbol of fertility and prosperity. In Chinese symbolism, pomegranate with its bright red skin and tasty seeds, is a symbol of abundance, passion, happiness and fertility.1 Its beauty and mouth refreshing flavor also comes with equally amazing health benefits. The flowers, leaves, bark, peel and off-course the arils or seeds of pomegranate are all edible and have potent medicinal qualities.
Pomegranate peels left to dry in an old brass plate, near smoldering ‘chulha’ (cooking stove that uses wood as fuel) or in the sun, was a common sight at my maternal home in Goa. Pomegranate peels were one of the most precious ingredients of my grandmother’s medicine box. Throwing away peels of pomegranate was criminal according to her! With so many health benefits under its ‘skin’, wasting peels of fruits like pomegranate is indeed a crime.
Ayurveda holds pomegranate fruit in high regards due to its ability to pacify all the three doshas. It has been considered useful and wholesome in many diseases ranging form anemia, dysentery, diarrhea, heart disease, intestinal worms and many more. Peels or rind of pomegranate which is astringent and bitter in taste can be used in treating many disorders. Due to the Kashaya- tikta i.e. astringent- bitter taste of the peel, it helps in curbing swellings, inflammations, diarrhea, dysentery, bleeding etc. It promotes healing, boosts digestion and is a tonic for the liver. It is packed with antioxidants and can be used as a potent preservative in foods as well as in pharmaceutics.2 In fact, pomegranate peel has more antioxidants than the arils.3 Pomegranate peels also have anti-bacterial activity.4
How to dry pomegranate peels?
- Choose only organic pomegranates for saving the peels.
- Score or give longitudinal cuts on the peel of the fruit. Then, gently remove the peels with hands or by using a paring knife.
- Once all the arils/ seeds are collected, cut or tear the pomegranate peel into pieces of about one inch size.
- Arrange thinly in a plate or a cookie sheet so that no peels are overlapping each other.
- Place in a sunny spot every day till the peel gets hard and loses all the moisture.
- Once the dried peels have completely cooled, place them in a zip-lock bag or an airtight container.
A must have home remedy in your medicine cabinet; pomegranate peel can be used for giving relief in following conditions:
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