Pomegranates originated from tropical Asia and spread throughout the Mediterranean region and the Middle East. The name 'pomegranate' comes from the French words pom grenate, or 'seeded apple.'
Pomegranates in the Kitchen
The edible red seeds are called arils. One-half cup of arils offers potassium, vitamin C, folate, phytochemical antioxidants and fiber, for about 72 calories. Fresh pomegranates should be red with a smooth unbroken covering. Cut open the pomegranate and remove the fleshy arils. They can be eaten as a snack, added to salads and side dishes, or used in recipes like a Creamy Pomegranate Parfait.
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"Pomegranates, raw." USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. Accessed November 28, 2010. http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/.