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TIP OF THE DAY: Pomegranate Seeds

Pomegranates are an unusual fruit. There’s no flesh, per se, inside that big red globe. Instead, there are scores of seeds, each covered with a translucent, ruby-colored juice sac.

The seeds in the juice sac are called arils, a term that refers to a specialized outgrowth that covers the seeds. The edible parts of the mangosteen and the mace of the nutmeg seed are other examples of arils.

Boxes of pomegranate arils, ready to eat, are available at many supermarkets. They’re an easy way to add sophistication to a variety of dishes.

  • Toss them into a green salad or fruit salad.
  • Garnish ice cream, sorbet and hot or cold soup.
  • Sprinkle onto dinner plates or platters.
  • Drop into clear cocktails such as Martinis.
    Two simple Easter desserts:
  • Ice cream or sorbet sprinkled with arils and a mint leaf.
  • Pound cake topped with whipped cream, arils and a mint leaf.

    A pomegranate and its arils—juice sacs
    covering the seeds. Photo by Kelly Cline |


    As with raspberries, some people enjoy the crunchy seeds and others don’t. But the seeds are wholly edible—in fact, they provide fiber. Those who don’t like them can enjoy the juice, then remove the seed from their mouth with a spoon.

  • An overview of the pomegranate: history, health benefits and how to eat a pomegranate.

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