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Foodie Friday: Pomegranates
by Mitzi Dulan, RD, America’s Nutrition Expert®
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Pomegranates are in prime ripeness in early fall so, Foodie Friday this week is all about the Pomegranate. As a unique fruit, we don’t eat the outside peel, or even the inside, but the juicy pop-in-your mouth seeds with a tangy, sweet flavor are irresistible if you’re the type that enjoys when fruit “pops” in your mouth.

Many of us have never had a pomegranate, but for pomegranate lovers, and newcomers here are some fun facts I bet you didn’t know:

  • The pomegranate is also known as a Granada in Spanish and a Grenade in French, probably because of the fact that it explodes like a grenade in your mouth exuding lots of juice from just one little seed ( grenades are small as well). Other names: Chinese Apple, Punic Apple, Granatapfel, Melograno, and Melagrana.
  • The seeds are called Arils, each pomegranate contains up 800 arils! That’s a lot of juice.
  • The taste of the juice depends on the ripeness, and can range from tangy/sour to sweet.
  • The Pomegranate is native from Iran all the way to the Himalayas. It has been cultivated all through the Mediterranean since ancient times.
  • As for the nutritional aspect, the pomegranate is excellent source of antioxidants which prevent hardening of the arteries, therefore reducing the risk of heart disease.
  • Pomegranates are also an excellent source of B vitamins (Thiamin, Niacin and Riboflavin) which are also beneficial to heart health.


Assistance provided by: Christina Wolfe

One thought on “Foodie Friday: Pomegranates

  1. Thanks for writing this blog. As a teen, I knew others ate pomegranates but never knew how. I used to ditch the seeds and try to eat the flesh. It was years before I learned I was throwing away the part you were suppose to eat.

    This site will help all those people who are just like me. Except, these people will not have to wait years to find the answer.

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