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Susanne Kuehne, Decernis
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Plant A Seed For Real Pomegranate

By Susanne Kuehne
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Susanne Kuehne, Decernis
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The Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program published a bulletin on the adulteration of pomegranate, with descriptions on methods on adulteration detection. Pomegranate fruit, juice, bark, extract and oil from seeds is believed to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant and even anti-tumor properties, and more. Over the past two decades, increasing demand for pomegranate products has instigated a wave of fraudulent activities. Added polyphenols, anthocyanins, sugar, other juices, water and ellagic acid are used as adulterants.


  1. Cardellina, J.H. and Gafner, S. (August 24, 2021). “Adulteration of Pomegranate Ingredients and Products”. Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program.