Edible Parts of a Pomegranate

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Edible Parts of a Pomegranate
Edible Parts of a Pomegranate (Image: faeryboots, jpockele, geishaboy500)

The pomegranate is a berry between 5 and 12 centimeters in diameter. Although its name derives from the Latin word for apple, it is not to be eaten like an apple.

Seeds

The pomegranate has about 600 seeds inside. The seeds and surrounding pulp are called arils, and this is the only part of the fruit that is edible.

Arils
Arils

Removing the Seeds

Seeds can be removed by cutting the fruit open and separating the arils from the skin and white membrane in a bowl of water. The membrane floats but the arils do not.

Seeds in Membrane
Seeds in Membrane

Pomegranate Juice

Pomegranate juice has been popular in Middle Eastern and Indian cultures for centuries, but only distributed widely in the United States in the 21st century.

Pomegranate Juice Use

The juice of the pomegranate is used in sauces, dressings and syrups in Middle East and Mediterranean cultures.

Fun Fact

The pomegranate is the symbol of the city of Granada in Spain because "granada" is the Spanish word for pomegranate.

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