Native to the Mediterranean regions, such as Iran, Pakistan, and India, pomegranate is cultivated not only for its juicy and delicious taste but also because of the potential health benefits it offers. Pomegranate is believed to be the first fruit that people cultivated for its beneficial properties. Some of the important natural and prophylactic compounds present in pomegranate seeds are Conjugated fatty acids, Non-conjugated fatty acids, Punicic Acid, Sterols, Minerals, Polysaccharides, and PNGs. Pomegranate is known as the “fruit of life” due to its countless benefits. Its seed oil is brimming with more than 65% fatty acids and it is also high in vitamin C, vitamin K, and polyphenol antioxidants. It can be added to culinary recipes as well as DIY hair and skin care remedies to achieve its benefits.
Women from small villages in the north of Jordan from September till October press pomegranate seeds with their hands to make pomegranate juice, or syrup. Finally the seeds are sold either to make oil or for heating in the winter.