POMEGRANATE

The pomegranate is a leathery skinned, round fruit, similar in size and shape to an orange, which ranges in colour from a warm yellow-brown to a deep, true crimson. Inside are hundreds of sweet and juicy red seeds, packed into compartments that are separated by bitter, cream-coloured membranes. At the top of the fruit is a distinctive crown-like calyx.

Though pomegranates originate from the Middle East, the Moors brought pomegranates to Spain, where they became the national emblem.

POMEGRANATE are classed as a fruit.

Tips

Pomegranate seeds may be eaten alone, or used in desserts. They make a particularly beautiful garnish and are often used in this way to decorate middle-eastern stews and rice dishes. The juice, extracted from the seeds, is valued for its sweet flavour and vibrant ruby red colour.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g (raw): energy 44 kcal, 185 kJ; protein 0.6g; carbohydrate 11.2g; fat 0.2g.

Preparation

Only pomegranate seeds are edible. To remove the seeds, score the skin into quarters and pull back the outer peel to reveal the membrane enclosing them. The seeds can then be picked out with a clean pin. Alternatively, slice the fruit in half, hold the cut side over a plate and bash the rounded sides with a wooden spoon, until the seeds rain out.

Storage

Store in a refrigerator for up to 2 months, or in a cool, dark place for up to a month.

Choosing

Pomegranates should be firm and feel heavy for their size. Sometimes their skin is quite scruffy, but as long as it isnt damaged or cracked in any way this is fine.

Fun Fact

The sweet juice is used to prepare Grenadine syrup, for alcoholic and fruit drinks.

Availability

Shown below is where this item grows in the world and where it may come from when you buy it at your supermarket or local shop.

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India
Peru
Spain