For thousands of years the pomegranate has been revered throughout the Mediterranean as a food and medicine, as well as a symbol of fertility in Greece, associated with Aphrodite. As one of our native fruits, how could we not include our amazing Pomegranate Dark Balsamic Vinegar in our gallery? This rich, sweet and tart balsamic elevates the taste profile of salads, steamed greens. Use as is or in a reduction to raise the ordinary to the exotic!
Let your inner chef out to play!
Pomegranates enhance any dish with a distinctive sweet tartness. Think about pairing Pomegranate Dark Balsamic with one or more of the Laconiko Infused Olive Oils, like Greek Seasoning, Garlic or Meyer Lemon. Complement this tangy fruit with another infused dark balsamic, like Chocolate, Coffee, Black Walnut or some of the berry infusions like Blackberry Ginger or Blueberry.
Trace elements are the tiny cogs in the working wheels of an efficient immune system. Vitamins are necessary for energy production, immune function, blood clotting and other functions, while minerals play an important role in growth, bone health, fluid balance and several other processes. Small but mighty, these trace vitamins, minerals and polyphenols are only needed in minute amounts to support health and growth, but are often missing from our meals. Getting them from multiple sources ensures that your daily meals are truly health supporting.
Pomegranates: This ruby seeded fruit is rich in antioxidants fighting cell damage from free radicals – toxins in the system. The antioxidant activity of the pomegranate is largely attributed to phenolic compounds called punicalagins, which have been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Pomegranates are anticancer and may slow tumor growth. They are rich sources of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), folate (vitamin B9), calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. High in polyphenols, pomegranates may reduce blood pressure and inflammation in the arteries. Antioxidant polyphenols help reduce kidney stones. Anti-microbial properties fight off potentially harmful bacteria, fungi, and yeasts and prevent tooth decay. Studies have shown that ellagitannins present in pomegranates may help protect the brain from developing Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease by reducing oxidative damage and increasing the survival of brain cells. Studies have also found that pomegranates are prebiotic and can increase levels of beneficial gut bacteria, supporting a healthy microbiome.
Dark Balsamic Vinegar Traditional Modena dark balsamic vinegar is made from reduced grape juice and has all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in the grape, one of the healthiest and most nutritious fruits. The antioxidants in this vinegar have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer Traditionally aged balsamic vinegars have many health benefits. Acetic acid is its main constituent. It is antimicrobial and antioxidant and is known to regulate blood sugar with its antiglycemic or antidiabetic effect. Acetic acid in balsamic vinegar has strains of probiotics that promote digestion and gut health, supporting the microbiome and the overall immune system. Balsamic vinegar can lower cholesterol, regulate blood pressure and aid in weight loss. Inhalation of steamed vapor can clear congestion. Polyphenols from the grapes may promote blood circulation. Some use balsamic vinegar to treat acid reflux and heartburn. Acetic acid also aids in belly fat loss, and the probiotic chemicals found in it help to promote a sense of fullness, which helps to reduce overeating. In addition, balsamic vinegar is fat-free and has an anti-obesity effect.