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