I’m a sucker for things that are shaped like hourglasses, like board game timers and Victorian women with very tight corsets. It was this attraction that made me notice the hourglass-shaped bottle of POM Wonderful Pomegranate in one of the refrigerated cases at the national grocery store chain I shop at.
There were only two flavors in stock, mango and cherry (They also come in tangerine, blueberry, and, of course, pomegranate). I decided to pick the mango, because I love mango and itâ€™s considered to be an aphrodisiac. However, I donâ€™t know about that aphrodisiac part, because every time Iâ€™ve eaten mango, Iâ€™ve been aloneâ€¦so alone. (tear)
The thing most noticeable about the POM, besides the hourglass-shaped bottle, was the fact it may have been labeled mango-flavored, but it surely wasnâ€™t mango-colored. Instead it was a dark, cola-like color. For a moment I thought to myself, â€œThe only time mangoes look dark like that is when theyâ€™re rotting.â€
Then I thought, â€œSure itâ€™s not mango-colored, but Iâ€™m positive itâ€™s got to taste like mango. What company in their right mind would produce a product labeled mango-flavored and it not be mango-flavored?â€
(One 16 oz. POM Wonderful Mango Pomegranate bottle later)
Apparently I have found what could possibly be the ONLY mango product on the face of the Earth that isn’t mango-colored and doesnâ€™t taste like mango. Instead it has this tart cranberry-type of flavor to it, which is probably the pomegranate overpowering the mango.
Now youâ€™re probably asking yourself, â€œWhat’s pomegranate?â€ Well sit back boys and girls, here’s your health food lesson for the day.
Pomegranate is a red fruit and its juice is considered to be one of the healthiest around. Itâ€™s a wonderful source of potassium, vitamin C, polyphenols, flavonoids, antioxidants, and a bunch of other healthy things with long names. A glass of it has more antioxidants than a glass of red wine. Of course the real big difference between the two is when you drink large amounts of pomegranate all you get is a big dose of antioxidants, and when you drink large amounts of red wine you may end up with a hangover, unwanted pregnancy, photocopies of your buttocks at work, or all three.
Sounds healthy? Yes it is, but so is the price.
At $4 a bottle, it will be very hard to drink it daily like the Beanie Babies-type tag around the neck of the POM bottle suggests. I think itâ€™s probably cheaper to get a health club membership, which will probably do you more good and get you that hourglass figure you’ve always wanted.
Item: POM Wonderful Mango Pomegranate
Purchase Price: $3.99
Rating: 3 out of 5
Pros: Very healthy. Attractive bottle.
Cons: Doesnâ€™t taste like mango. Very pricey.