Health Benefits of Pomegranate Vinegar (With Recipes)
In the book, The Kite Runner, a story of betrayal and redemption set in troubled Afghanistan by Khaled Hosseini, the pomegranate tree is central to the two main characters' development.
Pomegranate trees and fruits are so common in this part of Asia and the Middle East that it is depicted in many of its literature, paintings, and stories.
It is also mentioned in several of the texts in the Torah, Bible, and Quran. That is because it is loaded with several nutrients and will benefit those who eat them. Just like dates, pomegranate is one of the essential ingredients in most Middle Eastern food and you can find them in many of their recipes.
Most people will eat the fruit raw but you can also take pomegranate in the form of juice, molasses, paste, tea, vinegar and even in capsule form. Pomegranate vinegar?
Yes. You may be familiar with the health benefits of vinegar, especially Apple Cider Vinegar. But not many are familiar with the health benefits of pomegranate vinegar.
As this article is for information only, please get your doctor's advice before taking pomegranate vinegar to treat any ailments that you may have. Check if it will interfere with the medication that you are now taking.
This ruby-red vinegar with a fruity sweetness and crisp acidity is packed with many benefits and are as follows:
- Aids Digestive System: Pomegranate vinegar is rich in acetic acid that helps the digestive system. This is done by increasing the body's capacity to take up essential nutrients from the food that we eat. To benefits from this, add pomegranate vinegar in salads or take pomegranate vinegar as a drink (mix 1-2 tablespoon in a glass of water) before or with meals. This will help improve the absorption of essential minerals found in foods.
- Improve Body Performance: The easy absorption of vital minerals in the food that we eat will help us fight against diabetes, cancers, and osteoporosis. Since pomegranate vinegar aids in our digestive system, it plays a part in improving our health by letting our body perform better.
- Better absorption of calcium: People suffering from dairy product intolerance (lactose intolerance) will need alternative sources of calcium. This can be from spinach, broccoli, or garlic. If you add a drop of pomegranate vinegar in these foods, your body will absorb calcium more easily.
- Lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels: Just like eating apricot seeds, Pomegranate Vinegar can lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels. This indirectly helps reduce the chances of heart diseases and strokes.
- Improves Memory and Mood Swings: Pomegranate fruit is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants that control free radicals and help improve memory and any mood swings such as depression. Pomegranate vinegar's rich ruby-red color is an indication of the large presence of flavonoids and hence, its benefits.
- Clogged arteries and HIV: It is also claimed to be a remedy for clogged arteries, hypertension, fight certain cancer cells and even beneficial to HIV patients.
Where to Buy Pomegranate Vinegar
Pomegranate vinegar is very popular and commonly used by people from the Middle East, Turkey, Iran, and the Northern African countries such as Egypt, Libya, and Algeria.
So, you will find pomegranate vinegar in the Middle Eastern/ Arab sundry shops. You can also buy it at Health Food stores and in large supermarkets that stock international foods. Alternatively, you can buy pomegranate vinegar online.
How to use Pomegranate Vinegar
There are several ways to enjoy the fruity sweetness and benefits of pomegranate vinegar. It can be taken:
- As a drink: Mix 1-2 tablespoons of pomegranate vinegar into a glass of water. Drink first thing in the morning and last thing at night. If you find it difficult to drink, add a bit of honey to sweeten the taste. You can also have it before or during meals.
- As salad dressing: Use pomegranate vinegar as the only ingredient in your salad dressing or experiment with a few concoctions such as mixing pomegranate vinegar with olive oil, garlic, or mustard.
- In your cooking: Use pomegranate vinegar to replace other vinegar in your cooking such as in barbecue sauce, soups, and salsa. It can also be used as a seasoning for fish and chicken. Marinating meat with pomegranate vinegar will give a fruitier flavor to your cooking.
- In your pickle: If you pickle vegetables such as garlic, cucumber, and gherkins, use pomegranate vinegar instead of your usual vinegar.
- As a dip: Add pomegranate vinegar to olive oil and use it as a dip.
Korean Pomegranate Vinegar
Lately, Koreans have been actively marketing the virtues of vinegar drinks and used celebrities to market their respective brands.
There are several Korean brands that specialize in fruit vinegar. Among the most popular are pomegranate vinegar, persimmon vinegar, and raspberry vinegar. You can find them at most of the Korean grocery stores.
Another way to enjoy these fruit vinegar is to freeze them as ice cubes and add it to drinks, yogurt or as a popsicle.
Pomegranate Vinegar Salad Dressing Recipe with Mustard
Freshly ground black pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
Beat together the pomegranate vinegar, molasses, honey, mustard, salt and pepper. Then slowly add in the olive oil until completely blended.
Pomegranate Vinegar Salad Dressing Recipe with Garlic
Whisk together all the ingredients until emulsified.
Homemade Pomegranate Vinegar Recipe
Before you decide to brew pomegranate vinegar yourself, let me caution you that the process is very sensitive and tends to spoil easily. For example, if part of the crushed seeds were to enter the juice, the fermentation would be spoiled.
Here is the recipe if you still want to give it a shot:
As a rough guide, you will need four kg (8.8 lb.) of pomegranate fruits to produce one liter (0.26 gallons) of pomegranate vinegar (after evaporation and filtration losses).
- After peeling the fruits, juice them and placed the liquid in a juice jar. Refrigerate for two days. This will allow all the crushed seeds to settle to the bottom.
- Filter the juice carefully, making sure the crushed seed does not enter the filtered part of the juice. Don't throw away these crushed seeds as they can be eaten and are a good source of fiber.
- After placing the filtered juice in a new juice jar, cover the jar with a cloth and fasten it properly with a rubber band. Store the jar in a dark room and allow the juice to ferment for 30 days.
- Next, filter it a second time and ferment the twice-filtered juice for another 60 days. At the end of this 90-day fermentation process, filter the vinegar one last time.
- Keep the filtered vinegar bottled, and store it in the refrigerator. It will be sharper and crisper during the next few days. Then, you can start using it.
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