This week we bring you the recipe for a refreshing and delicious drink that is packed with two very nutritious ingredients: pomegranate seeds and tender coconut.
Native to the area of modern day Iran, pomegranate is widely grown in several parts of the world today. It is typically in season from September to February in the Northern Hemisphere and March to May in the Southern Hemisphere. A 100 ml serving of this delicious fruit is said to provide about 16% of an adult’s daily Vitamin C requirement. It also contains nutrients like Vitamin B5, potassium and fiber. Modern laboratory research shows that pomegranate helps reduce the high risk factors of heart disease.
The pomegranate plant has been used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine. Its seeds and juice are considered a tonic for the heart and throat, while the rind of the fruit is used to treat dysentery, diarrhea and intestinal parasites. The consumption of pomegranate juice is said to help counter-balance a diet that is heavy in fats and sugars.
Coconut water, the juice of young tender coconuts, is nature’s solution to help replenish the potassium, other electrolytes and water that you need when dehydrated. This natural, low-calorie energy drink also reduces body heat. According to Ayurveda, coconut water helps in digestion and clears the urinary path. It is used to treat urinary stones as well as certain intestinal disturbances. When applied externally, it effectively prevents rashes and other skin conditions, especially those due to heat.
Recipe – Coconut and Pomegranate Seed Juice:
- Tender Coconut – 1
- Pomegranate Seeds – a handful
- Palm Sugar/Jaggery – to taste
- Blend the pomegranate seeds in a blender until they are broken up.
- Add the water and flesh of the tender coconut and blend.
- Add palm sugar or jaggery to taste.
- Filter and serve cool.
Did you know that the Tamil name for pomegranate, maadulampazham, is a metaphor for a woman’s mind? The word is derived from three terms: maadhu – woman, ullam – mind, and pazham – fruit. The seeds are hidden, which symbolizes the difficulty of deciphering a woman’s mind.
Do let us know if you enjoyed the drink!