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5 Things You Never Knew About Pomegranates

They’re here! Remember the first time you had a pomegranate? Remember how strange it was to crack it open and see the layers and layers of seeds inside? It turns out, this fruit holds even more secrets than meets the eye.

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  1. This fruit is versatile. 

Bet you thought the only way to enjoy a pomegranate involved picking the seeds out one by one. Nope! There are many others, including juicing them, cooking with them and making holiday decorations. To juice a pomegranate, simply place the seeds in a food processor or blender and blend until liquefied. Then pour the liquid through a cheesecloth-lined strainer or sieve.

Whether it’s the bittersweet flavor or the crunchy texture you crave, there are scores of great pomegranate recipes out there. Here are a few of our favorites:

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2.  It’s good for your body to eat these seeds. 

For a fruit that’s mostly pith inside, you might not think there’s much to gain from digging in for a bite. On the contrary, the arils (the crunchy seeds and the juicy part that surrounds them) are a powerhouse of antioxidants and vitamins. They contain an antioxidant compound known as punicalagin, which is only found in pomegranates and is said to have more powerful antioxidant properties than cranberry juice or green tea. Here are just a few of the ways eating pomegranate can benefit your bod:

  • A half-cup serving of pomegranate seeds contains 3.5 grams of fiber, which puts you well on your way for daily intake to keep your bowels in great shape. They also contain significant amounts of vitamin K, E and potassium. (Source)
  • The antioxidants help keep cholesterol in a form that is less damaging, and reduce plaque buildup in your blood vessels. Studies have shown that patients who drink pomegranate juice daily have a much better blood flow to their hearts. (Source)
  • The antioxidants can also help and repair DNA damage that can lead to cancer. Pomegranates, with a unique blend of antioxidants, may slow the growth of prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and leukemia. (Source)
  • The phytochemical compounds stimulate serotonin and estrogen receptors, improving symptoms of depression and also increasing bone mass. (Source)

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3.  It’s easy to separate the seeds and store pomegranate.

Pomegranates are technically berries, and the number of seeds in each fruit can vary from 200-400. That’s a lot of goodness to dig out of the pith! Luckily, there are a couple of methods that make it much easier. Find both the water method and the whacking method here. Of course, if you’re in for a juicy, crunchy, leisurely snack all afternoon, just tear one open and take it seed by seed!

You can always store the whole fruit, some of the seeds, or the juice for later. Here are some guidelines…

  • Whole: store at room temperature for a few days or refrigerate in plastic bags up to 3 months.
  • Seeds: refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze in a single layer for up to six months (they may lose shape after being frozen).
  • Juice: refrigerate up to three days or freeze for up to six months.

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4.  Pomegranates have a rich and colorful past.

People have eaten pomegranates since the early Bronze Age, and cultivating them for beauty and symbolism is an Ancient tradition. Many Greek mythical figures are closely tied to this fruit, as well as many other early names of Egyptian, Judaic, Christian, Muslim and Hindu cultures. The pomegranate shrub has grown for millennia in a region that stretches from modern-day Iran to the Himalayas in northern India.  The shrub itself is grown for ornamental, symbolic, medicinal and food purposes. (See the full history from period to period with beautiful pomegranate art here.)

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5.  Stockbox carries the juice year round, and the fruit all season!

Enjoy fresh pomegranate fruits from our produce section until the end of the season, and quench your thirst with POM Wonderful juice from our drink cooler.

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