The Sweet Exuberance of Pomegranate Plant Magic
Author: Georgina Berbari
Photography: Aimée Auguin
Its ruby-red seeds are sweet, tangy and crunchy. Each seed is surrounded by a juicy, saccharine seed-covering (known as an aril). Its skin is inedible and its top is shaped like a vermillion flower.
The number of seeds in a pomegranate can range from 200 – 1,400. Botanically, this fruit is considered a berry, its seeds and pulp being produced from the ovary of a single flower.
The pomegranate isn’t only fragrant and delicious, it provides considerable health benefits along with formidable magical properties.
Photography by Aimée Auguin
The Health Benefits of the Pomegranate
Pomegranates boast an impressive nutritional profile, containing Vitamin C, folate, and potassium, among other essential nutrients. The fruit is rich in polyphenols which, in some studies, have been found to improve memory function.
Moreover, pomegranate’s contained two plant compounds called punicalagin and punicic acid. Punicalagins, in particular, are so powerful that their antioxidant count is three times that of green tea and red wine. This has led scientists to speculate that the fruit might actually be helpful in the treatment of cancer and diabetes, as inflammation is the leading cause of these diseases.
Punicalagins and punicic acid both cause pomegranate to be a vastly anti-inflammatory fruit. When the seeds are consumed (either straight up or as juice), both your skin and bones will benefit. For those with arthritis, pomegranate juice consumption has been proven to help relieve joint pain when compared to a placebo juice. Cosmetically, pomegranate replenishes dry, dull skin when applied topically, lending to smooth texture and glowing brightness.
Photography by Aimée Auguin
The Magical Properties of the Pomegranate
Since the pomegranate is filled with hundreds and hundreds of seeds, some consider the fruit to have fertility magic. If we open our minds and allow nature to flow through us with her divine wisdom, we might learn that this scarlet fruit holds a great deal of wisdom.
For instance, pomegranates won’t fruit if they’re not in the right conditions, but it’s not because they’re delicate. The uncompromising nature of this ruby-red fruit perhaps would remind us to be uncompromising in the conditions suitable for our individual growth. A mantra surrounding the pomegranate might say to “be aware of your space”.
Pomegranate trees may seem like a failure at first as they take their time to fertilize and produce their abundance of seeds. However, as always, mother nature reminds us to stay the course, to be patient. In turn, the pomegranate tree will stun us with its steady, majestic natural abundance. After two to three years of fruiting, pomegranates have the ability to bear up to 400 pounds of fruit for up to 15 years.
Be aware of your space, trust the process, and have confidence that you will be rewarded with abundance for your efforts: Our ruby-red friend has a lot to teach us, now doesn’t it!