Easy way for Cyclists to improve their fitness
the Andalucian Mediterranean Diet and the Noble Pomegranate
Ancient Egypt gods presided with them and their Kings were buried with them for the afterlife
Greeks believed it was planted by the Goddesses of love, Aphrodite (or Venus in Roman mythology) on Cypress and Hera, the wife of Zeus, is often portrayed holding one representing autumn harvests and regeneration.
Where do Pomegranates grow?
Southern Spain's obsession with Pomegranates
Luckily we are blessed by the Gods, and live in the land of Pomegranate, which is what Granada Province, and city was originally named by the Moorish community for, “Granata” (the Spanish word for the fruit, being a derivative of Granada) due to its popular cultivation by them. They also developed “Morocco Leather” by using the ruby skin in the tanning process and Islamic gardens of the mid-11th century A.D. adored them including pomegranate shrubs and various other fruits in them.
To press the point home how beloved they are, they are found everywhere in this Southern Spanish city from City traffic bollards to souvenir ceramics.
The Mediterranean Diet is perfect for cyclists
It is also a perfect fruit Cholesterol free, fat free, very low sodium and a superb source of Vitamin C. Added to salads or as a garnish on meat, it makes a gorgeous and colourful addition to a elevate a meal.
Here is a lovely Mediterranean dish and a gorgeous take on the simple Spanish ensalada mixta:
Recipe for Pomegranate Andalucian Salad
300g mozzarella slices
1–2 oranges, segmented (blood oranges if possible)
1 bunch of basil ripped up or arugula
Seeds from 2 pomegranates
*The addition of Bonita tuna from Spain’s north coast if you like the salty taste, to lay over the salad makes it a real meal
For the dressing
500ml pomegranate juice
200ml orange juice
1 tbsp brown sugar
250ml extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon