Origin: Tunisia and Spain

Description: Iconic fruit quoted in the Greek mythology, the Bible and the Koran, the Phoenicians brought the pomegranate with them to Carthage in nowadays Tunisia. There are more than one thousand two hundred varieties of pomegranate worldwide. Some famous are the Mollar and Tendrar from Spain or the Gabsi in Tunisia…

The pomegranate from Gabes, or "Gabsi"

This beautiful Tunisian oasis of Gabes gave its name to its tasty pomegranate growing there for more than thousand years, in the shade of date palm trees. As big as a large orange, Gabes pomegranate is spherical or barely flattened, sometimes hexahedral. Its skin is thick and tough, topped with the remains of a resistant structure called calyx. Initially ivory and reddish, the fruit varies from yellow brown to dull red, mottled with brighter or darker points as it matures. Its seeds are bright red and offer abundant juice moderately sweet and barely acid. Glitches are tender not to say almost not existing.

Nutrition: Pomegranate contains phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron and a little vitamin C. It’s one of the most powerful natural antioxidants. It contains anti-inflammatory agents comparable to those of wine and green tea. Pomegranate juice is beneficial for blood circulation, arteriosclerosis and tachycardia. It has a positive effect against cardiovascular diseases, cancers and arthritis.

How to use: Fragrant pomegranate goes as well with sweet flavors as with salty ones. It is a perfect ingredient to combine with salads, curries, cheese, yogurts, tarts, pies, sorbet and ice creams. Pomegranate juice is super refreshing in summer time.

How to store: The pomegranate can be stored for up to 2 months at a temperature of 5 ° C. Pomegranate is very sensitive to moisture loss and should be kept in your refrigerator crisper compartment to benefit from sufficient humidity.