[NAFEX] POMEGRANATES pack a healthy punch (Newsday)

Brungardt, Sam Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Wed Apr 21 14:32:57 EDT 2004

Here's some info from the California Pomegranate Council:
The Spanish are credited with bringing pomegranates to California some
200 years ago, and today most of the commercially grown pomegranates in
the United States come from the San Joaquin Valley. Fresh pomegranates
are available from September through the end of December but the juice
and concentrate are available year-round. Imports are sometimes
available at other times of the year. 

The outside of a pomegranate is a beautiful dark red color, and the rind
is very tough.  The prize inside is juicy red flesh that is loaded with

Only the seeds of the pomegranate are edible, and they are also the
source of the juice. When you're looking for a pomegranate at the
market, make sure that the skin is thin, tough and unbroken. It should
feel heavy for its size since the seeds make up more than half of the
weight of the fruit. When you get it home, it can be stored in the
refrigerator for up to two months. 

A lot of people avoid pomegranates because it takes some effort to get
to the seeds, but we think it's worth it. The California Pomegranate
Council (http://www.pomegranates.org <http://www.pomegranates.org/> )
has developed a quick, six-step process for removing the seeds from a

1. Cut the crown end off the pomegranate. 

2. Lightly score the rind in several places. 

3. Immerse the fruit in a bowl of water and soak for five minutes. 

4. Hold the fruit under water and break the sections apart, separating
the seeds from the membrane. The seeds will sink while the rind and
membrane will float. 

5. Skim off and discard the membranes and rind. 

6. Pour the seeds into a colander and drain them. Pat dry. 

The seeds can be refrigerated for up to three days and can be frozen in
an airtight container for up to six months. When the seeds thaw they
will no longer be good for eating but are perfectly fine for making

To get the juice out of the seeds, put them in a food processor or
blender until they turn to juice. Then strain the juice through
cheesecloth or a fine sieve. Juice can be frozen for about six months in
an airtight container. Bottled juice is widely available and comes in
two forms, unsweetened (quite tart) and "cocktail" which may have as
little as 20 percent juice.

--Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn. (USDA Zone 4b) 

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Lon J. Rombough
Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2004 11:48 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] POMEGRANATES pack a healthy punch (Newsday)

Have you ever gone to a place like Orange Julius or Jamba Juice, with a
machine for juicing oranges?  You can juice pomegranates in a device
like that, squeezing them, though I personally don't care for the juice
that way because it gets a lot of tannins from the rind and albedo (the
white material the seeds are embedded in).  
-Lon Rombugh

Has anyone found a convenient way to consume Pomegranates?

They are among the more difficult fruits to consume.

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