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Wednesday, August 15, 2007


  • Common Name: Pomegranate
  • Vernacular Names: Grenade, Granada
  • Scientific Name: Punica granatum
  • Specimens from: Spain
  • Specimens Weight: 313 gm (average weight per fruit)
Pomegranate, the name derives from the Latin language, meaning "fruit/apple with many grains/seeds". Yes, the name says it all. If you bother to count the seeds, it is usually between 300 to 700. This is a fruit from the ancient world. It is native from Iran to northern India and has been cultivated and spread throughout the Mediterranean region since biblical times.

The rind of the fruit usually ranges from yellowish-orange, pink to full red.
The taste ranges from juicy sweet, acidic sweet to tangy sour but it is usually somewhere in-between. This is definitely one of the most troublesome fruits to eat.

First, use a sharp knife and cut it into half or quarter. Then, use a small spoon to scoop out all the red pulps but the internal yellowish-white membrane will follow along, just let it be. Throw everything into a bowl of water and they will separate by itself. The edible pulps will sink to the bottom and the lighter, bitter membranes will float to the top. Pour away the water together with the unwanted membranes but leave the pulps in the bowl.

Scoop a spoonful of the delicious red pulp and chew it all at once. In this way, you can really feel all the sweet juice down your throat, minus a few precious drops that may drip from your mouth. The red translucent flesh, surrounding each and every seeds, is the one we are going for.

Even though the seeds are edible, I prefer not to eat it. Just don't fancy the idea of having a few hundred seeds floating around in my stomach. Yes, it is very troublesome having to spit out all the seeds. Some seeds are hard but some are soft, so the best idea is to chew in the soft seeds but spit out the hard ones. Try it, you may like it, as long as you are not a lazy eater :)

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Dana said...

WOW. Our pomegranates are much more red on the outside and more whitish on the inside. These are quite pretty, I've never seen them look quite like this.

Fruity said...

Oh yes, I had seen those full red ones, it's nice too. There's just too many types of culivars.

Anonymous said...

We call it Delima in Malaysia :) My grandfather has a delima tree planted at the back of his house :)

Fruity said...

Now I am beginning to learn 'Malay' language from you.

Anonymous said...

This is a spectacular special admired fruit in India. Besides its good for health.

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Katya said...

It is very unusual. I love this fruit!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this blog. I brought some pomegranates a couple of days ago and was confused by their apperance ( they are yellow with pinky blemeshis) now i can eat them with a peace of mind that i wont keel over in disgust lol.

Anonymous said...

yellow rind is tropical version?