pomegranate seeds

The inside of the pomegranate fruit is filled with seeds, technically called arils. Pomegranate arils are a source of vitamin C.

How to extract the arils: Score it with a knife to break it open. The seeds are separated from the peel and internal white pulp membranes. Separating the seeds is easier in a bowl of water because the seeds sink and the inedible pulp floats. The seeds may simply be eaten raw as a snack or added into salads, relishes, garnishes or desserts.


Pomegranates come from the Punica granatum, a fruit-bearing shrub (botanically a berry). Pomegranates can range in color from pink, white, yellow and purple, the most common being the red variety. It is estimated that there are some 500 different cultivars of Pomegranate grown world-wide.