It is a fruit of Punica granatum, a bush or small tree. The plant may attain 5 or 7 metres (16 or 23 ft.) in height, has elliptic to lance shaped bright green leaves and handsome axillary orange-red flowers borne toward the ends of the bracelets. The fruit is the size of a large orange obscurely six-sided with a smooth, leathery skin that ranges from brownish yellow to red; within it is divided into several chambers containing many thin, transparent vesicles or reddish juicy pulp each surrounding an angular and elongated seed. It is said, 'Eat pomegranate for it purges the system of envy and hatred. 'Though the pomegranate grows in a wide range of climates, good fruit is produced only where cool temperature and dry atmosphere accompany the ripening period.
The fruit contains vitamins B and C along with citric acid. The acid saccharine juice from the fresh fruit is of great value in dyspepsia and also forms an excellent cooling beverage in cases of fevers and sickness, quenching thirst. The syrup prepared from the fruit is also a cooling drink and very useful in all sorts of bilious complaints. The fruit juice mixed with clove or cinnamon is prescribed in acute bronchitis, sore throat and typhoid. It is also used in uterine ulcers and uterine disorders. A fluid extract of the fresh bark is also useful in expelling worms. The flower juice is sometimes used as snuff in nosebleeding. The fruit juice with honey is sometimes given in loss of memory. The fruit juice increases memory and for this reason, it is very useful for students.
Benefit and uses of pomegranate juice.
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