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Fall Fruits: The Pomegranate

This is the season when proudly display their round red fruits that almost look like Christmas ornaments. I took this photo of one I saw a block from home on my November 1 walk. You can expand it by opening it in a new tab.

A lot of people in my county grow these trees. There is even a grove of neglected pomegranate trees on our church property beside an old house that isn't used much anymore. The trees still produces . This fruit adds color to the fall season, in which most of the color begins to come from trees, rather than flowers.

I have been tempted to get a tree myself, but I don't know how to eat the nutritious fruit. It's full of antioxidents, one of which is Vitamin C, and I like the flavor of the pulp around the seeds. I hadn't realized until now that the seeds are edible and add fiber to one's diet. But you still have to remove the seeds from the bitter white membrane to enjoy them. I'm pretty lazy about doing that.

Do you enjoy eating pomegranates?

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Kasman wrote on November 4, 2014, 3:32 PM

My mother loved pomegranates and as a child she got me hooked on them too. Then one day I cut one in half and found a small red thread-like worm inside. I have never eaten a pomegranate since! :)

maxeen wrote on November 4, 2014, 3:57 PM

I don't like the sound of having that red worm inside the pomegranate. I found a worm inside a walnut I had collected .

MegL wrote on November 4, 2014, 4:36 PM

I love pomegranates. they don't grow in our country, so they were a seasonal delicacy. We used to cut them open and remove the juicy seeds individually with a pin. As a child, that was a good way of eating them, because it took effort and time and so there was no risk of overeating. The seeds can also be eaten by using a teaspoon but this tends to be more messy. There are companies nowadays juicing pomegranates and selling the juice.

MegL wrote on November 4, 2014, 4:37 PM

That's a shame. I have found the occasional caterpillar in apples but I still eat them.

Scorpie wrote on November 4, 2014, 6:00 PM

I have a family member in Phoenix who has these trees in their yard. I was there too early to enjoy the fruit.

bestwriter wrote on November 4, 2014, 7:12 PM

You mean to say you have never eaten a pomegranate? You have to remove the outer skin and separate those seeds that look like pearls. They are sweet as honey. Only bother is the pith of the seed which is not eaten. You can have it in the form of juice as well. Here we get two varieties red and colourless on the inside.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on November 4, 2014, 11:13 PM

I think I've only tasted one actual fresh pomegranate, but I do like the flavor in other products. They're not very common here, and pretty expensive.

BarbRad wrote on November 6, 2014, 12:49 AM

Little worms just show me that a fruit hasn't been sprayed. They are easy to cut out.

BarbRad wrote on November 6, 2014, 12:51 AM

Unless you spray trees, they may have nuts and fruits that are inhabited. Again, the beasties can be removed or that nut can be discarded.

BarbRad wrote on November 6, 2014, 12:52 AM

A pin! That's a clever idea. I might try that.

BarbRad wrote on November 6, 2014, 12:53 AM

Time to go back now.

BarbRad wrote on November 6, 2014, 12:54 AM

I have opened them and dug out a few seeds to eat, but I've never methodically eaten a whole one.

BarbRad wrote on November 6, 2014, 12:55 AM

I enjoy the rather sweet tart flavor, and I know the pulpy seeds are good for me, but I'm too lazy to attempt to eat the fruit very often.

bestwriter wrote on November 6, 2014, 3:22 AM

You should open them and patiently collect those seeds in a bowl and then relax and eat them as you would peanuts (lol). If the fruit is tender then the pith will not pose a problem.

tinamarie wrote on November 6, 2014, 11:06 AM

Pomegrantes are one of my favorite fruits. They are especially good in salads.

Feisty56 wrote on November 7, 2014, 7:54 PM

I didn't know there was anything to eat in a pomegranate other that those juicy seeds! I enjoy eating them, but here the fruit goes for $1 apiece or more, so they are an occasional treat.

JanetJenson wrote on November 8, 2014, 10:42 PM

I love to eat em but seldom have time. This week they had some nice ones at the 99 Cents Only store. The seeds are not edible in my view, but they are surrounded with delicious sacs of juicy pulp which I just suck off and then spit out the seed. It is a messy business.

BarbRad wrote on November 9, 2014, 4:32 AM

I can imagine they would be.

BarbRad wrote on November 9, 2014, 4:32 AM

The juicy seeds are it, as far as I know.

BarbRad wrote on November 9, 2014, 4:33 AM

Exactly. That's why I rarely eat them, and I'd never buy one.