Pomegranates

Pomegranates

I remember loving pomegranates as a kid. They were fun to tear apart and the fruit was perfect, both sweet and sour at the same time. But as an adult, if you’re like me, facing the seeding process makes me pass them by when they show up in our US supermarkets near Thanksgiving.

So, here is one of the reasons I enjoy doing this blog. I get to discover cool things. This week, I found a great blog on how to get the wonderful pomegranate seeds out of a pomegranate. There’s even a video. So before I share FunFacts, check this out! Love it!

FunFacts about Pomegranates (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • Pomegranates originated somewhere between modern-day Iran and northern India.
  • It’s a fruit that grows on deciduous shrubs and trees that range from 16 to 26 feet tall.
  • Pomegranates are one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
  • Some of their nutritional benefits are: (Source)
    • Pomegranates are loaded with powerful antioxidants.
    • They act as an anti-inflammatory.
    • Pomegranates can help fight prostate and breast cancer.
    • They can lower blood pressure.
    • They can provide relief from arthritis and joint pain.
    • Pomegranates can help lower the risk of heart disease
    • They can improve memory. 
  • The word pomegranate means ‘apple with many seeds’.
  • Pomegranates belong to the berry family.
  • They can be stored up to 2 months in the refrigerator.
  • Pomegranates grown in the United States are typically in season from September to December.
  • Pomegranates do not contain saturated fats.
  • Pomegranate trees grow in hot and dry climates.
  • Pomegranate trees can live for over 200 years.

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29 thoughts on “Pomegranates

  1. Beautiful pictures! I didn’t realize they had so many benefits. Haven’t had any since I was a child. Will have to try them again.

  2. Since I grew up in the rather cold climate of Michigan, I never heard of the lofty sounding pomegranate until I moved to Southern California. Then it was “what do I do with this?” It looked like a mess with a pretentious name. Thanks to your very informative information, I will have to rethink my opinion. It actually sounds like something I need to include in my diet. A natural food to help with the arthritis pain and inflammation, lower my blood pressure and – what was that last one? Oh yes! Improve my memory. This is a “super food.” Thank you for the information.

    • Pansy, I had a similar reaction, that I’d like to try them again because they’d be good for me, especially the inflammation. My knees give me trouble. I’ve found watching what I eat is super important. I’m hoping they’ll help as well.

      Caris from Buckeye Arizona USA

  3. I can’t wait for them to start arriving in stores this season! I have missed them. I love to get a few and clean them all at once then store in the fridge to put on various dishes/salads.

  4. I have never tried them before. I’ve saw them in the grocery store but have been a little leary of them.The photo of the bloom is very pretty

  5. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten the actual fruit before. They are kind of weird looking in shape. But I love pomegranate juice!

  6. I like picture #11 with the bloom. I’ve never seen them in bloom and the flowers are pretty! I love Pomegranates and get them whenever I can. Use them for salads and just eating as a snack!

  7. My lifelong love of pomegranates started with my grandparents’ neighbor. Every Halloween, Mr. Hickman would save a pomegranate for each of my brothers and I. They didn’t like them, so I got all six of them! I was in heaven for a few weeks.

  8. I can’t be bothered trying to get the seeds free. None of the “tips” ever work for me ;). I like to drink the juice and the tea.

  9. I love pomegranates, but man they take way too much work 🙂 They are my daughters favorite. I enjoy pomegranate flavored anything. I really enjoyed the fifth photo. I think they are great in salads.

  10. I have never eaten a pomegranate, but after reading your blog post, I want to try one. They certainly seem to be packed with nutritional benefits.

  11. I don’t try and seed them, love the tartness to add to salads. If I need one since they are grown in this area when packing starts,sometimes a relative of someone who works in packing shed brings a container of them seeded already. I live in an area that grows raisins, all different kinds of nuts and citrus and pomegranates. In fact the first raisin ranch was started right outside of Fresno by 3 women. Years and years before it was really thought of that women could do something like that and be success!

    • Patricia,
      I love the side-note about three women starting the first raisin enterprise! Thanks for the info. Love it!

      Caris from Buckeye Arizona USA

  12. I can still remember my Dad eating pomegranates when I was a kid. So of course, if Dad was eating them, they had to be good! I pick one up once in awhile at the grocery. It is a lot of work eating them, but they are oh so good!

  13. In my next life, when I have my little cottage farm, I will grow pomegranates and all kinds of things. I’ll have Valais blacknose sheep, some goats, and encourage the bunnies to ravage my garden.

    Life is just too short to get to do all the things I want to do. Fortunately, I get to write my books, sketch dragons in my sketchbook and do some blogging so I’m very satisfied. But oh, I have longings. As for my bucket list, it’s an awfully big bucket.

    Thanks, Everyone, for sharing your stories. They are dear to my heart!

    Hugs all around,
    Caris from Buckeye Arizona USA

  14. You know I was thinking on this, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten an actual pomegranate! I’ve drank the juice, but haven’t cracked one open for myself. I’m going to have to do that!

  15. I remember the first time I tried the seeds from the pomegranate. My second grade teacher brought one to class. We all sat in a circle and watched while she removed the seeds. I remember being so intrigued. I was a very picky eater when I was little, but I always loved fruit. I believe a was one of only a few who were willing to try it and I have been hooked ever since lol. I too groan when I see them, debating whether or not I have time to remove the seeds lol, but I usually do. I just can’t resist those yummy juicy seeds.

  16. I grew up eating them, and had forgotten childhood memories of picking them from our Aunt’s tree until I read your post. Thank you for bring back happy memories!

  17. I do love pomegranates. I don’t eat them often. If you open them in a bowl of water, the seeds will drop to the bottom and you’ll be less likely to stain your hands.

    New Yorkers sometimes refer to them as Chinese apples–it’s my understanding this is an acceptable term.

    Denise from Maryland

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