The fruit's connections to medicine stretch back much farther. The ancient world used the pomegranate-one of the world's first domesticated crops-to treat a range of conditions. In India it was considered a heart tonic, Greeks and Egyptians believed it boosted fertility, and Hippocrates thought it aided digestion.
The fruit's name combines the French words pomme and garnete, meaning: seeded apple. A single medium-size pomegranate (154 g) has 100 calories and provides vitamins C and E.
Try this pomegranate punch at your next festive gathering.
Holiday Pomegranate Punch
Makes 20 8-oz. servings
4 cups pomegranate juice
8 cups light lemonade (such as Minute Maid Light Lemonade)
2 cups orange juice
2-liter bottle diet ginger ale
1 orange, sliced into rounds
1. Add the pomegranate juice, light lemonade, and orange juice to a large punch bowl and stir. Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours.
2. When ready to serve, pour the ginger ale into a punch bowl and gently stir. Add the orange slices and large pieces of ice (if desired) and serve.
Per 8-oz serving: 40 calories, .2 g protein, 10 g carbohydrate, .1 g fat,0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, .1 g fiber, 1 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 0%.
More Flavonoid Fixes
Fall and winter is pomegranate season. The rest of the year, fuel up on flavonoids with green tea, red wine, apricots, pumpkins, or carrots.