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Ayurveda and Pomegranates

Pomegranates are hailed as a kind of wonder fruit and this is something Ayurveda has been aware of for centuries.  The Sanskrit name for the pomegranate is Dadima. The main taste is considered to be astringent, but it also may contain the taste of sweet, sour, and bitter.  While the pomegranate is excellent for improving digestion, the beauty is that it doesn't increase Pitta.  Best of all, the pomegranate is an aphrodisiac!  Ayurveda says that it is a remedy for impotence, eat one pomegranate every night for fourteen nights and you're good to go!  They're also great for helping to overcome nausea.  I found this wonderful recipe for pomegranate salad you can serve your sweetie when you want a romantic evening:

Pomegranate Salad

½ cup garbanzo beans
all the seeds from 1 fresh pomegranate
2 cups watercress leaves (heat in a skillet to wilt)
1 Tablespoon pine nuts, toasted

Toss all of the above with a dressing of lemon juice and olive oil and a little sea salt.  Yummy!

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