MedSNAIL in Lebanon exposes the high nutrient content of pomegranate molasses.
The MedSNAIL project's goal is to protect and promote local agri-food products that are strongly linked to the territories and their respective communities in order to preserve agrobiodiversity, empower local farmers and promote more sustainable rural development. For this reason, the Lebanese partner, the American University of Beirut, has identified this product, in order to raise awareness of its quality and benefits and rekindle public interest in it, while supporting small local producers.
The American University of Beirut presents the following product in the frame of the "Heritage Guardians" campaign: the pomegranate molasses. Pomegranate is a fruit native to the Middle East that was popularized by the Roman Empire. It has played a significant symbolic role in many myths, legends and cultures. Despite its reputation for keeping well after harvest, it’s often used to make pomegranate molasses in Lebanon. This dense, sweet and tangy syrup is more commonly used in savory dishes and is perfect as a base for salad dressing, as a sauce to coat meat like liver and sausages, or to flavor stews and drizzle on Lebanese “Mezza”. Pomegranate is an excellent source of vitamin, C, and K as well as folic acid. It is full of antioxidants that benefit the heart and fight inflammation. It is also a great source of fibers that is known to aid in digestion.