Pomegranate

Cultivated since ancient times, the pomegranate is native to Iran as well as the Himalayas in Northern India. The fruit has been spread all around the Mediterranean area and into California. Derived from the French "pome garnete," it literally means seeded apple. The pomegranate is a symbol of fertility in many cultures and is beloved the world over. An excellent source of potassium, the pomegranate is very low in sodium and a medium fruit contains about 105 calories. When you split a pomegranate open, you'll find a white membrane and a mass of bright red arils (fleshy growth covering the seeds). Only the sweet-tart arils are edible. The pomegranate has all the nutritional punch of a superfruit!

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  • Nutrition Info
  • Serving Size: 1 pomegranate, 154g
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories: 105
  • Calories from fat: 4
  • Fat: 0.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 5mg
  • Total Carbs: 26.4g
    • Fiber: 0.9g
    • Sugars: g
  • Protein: 1.5g
  • Vitamin A: 3%
  • Vitamin C: 16%
  • Calcium: 0%
  • Iron: 3%

Availability

Handling & Storage

Varieties

Available August - January

Also Known As

  • Chinese apple
  • Melograno

The pomegranate has a long storage life. They can be kept in storage for up to seven months at around 35° F. The arils (seeds)can be refrigerated or frozen in sealed plastic containers. In order to remove the arils from the thick shell of the fruit without splashing and squirting the juice (it stains), try submerging the cut fruit in a bowl of cold water. Use your fingers to "work" the arils free of the white membrane. Discard the shell and the menbrane, simply strain the arils and water through a colander and enjoy!

 

  • White
  • Red

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