This Middle Eastern super fruit was first introduced to Latin Americans by Spanish settlers in 1769, and is now cultivated in parts of Chile. Chilean pomegranates are in season from March through May. Pomegranates store rich flavor in their red flesh and crunchy jewel-like seeds. Used widely in cooking, baking, juices, smoothies, and even alcoholic beverages, the possibilities for enjoying pomegranates are endless.
Pomegranates are known for their heart-healthy nutrients, aiding in the prevention of heart disease, high blood pressure, and inflammation. Pomegranate juice has been found to have three times the antioxidant activity of red wine and green tea.
The skin of a pomegranate is thick and inedible, but there are hundreds of seeds, also called arils, within the fruit that can be consumed raw, or processed into pomegranate juice. One cup of arils contains 7 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, and 30% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
How to Select, Store and Handle Pomegranates
Select a heavy pomegranate. The weight determines how juicy it is.
Pomegranates should be hard, with no mushy spots.
A pomegranate can last up to 2 months when refrigerated!
After removing the seeds, you can store them in the refrigerator for about 5 days. Store them in a plastic bag or container. You can also freeze the seeds for about a year.
Total Volume Exported
- North America 75,77%
- Europe 23,53%
- Latin America 0,37%
- Far East 0,33%
- Middle East 0%