Scientific Binomial Name: Punica granatum
Juiced and eaten raw.
Also called Chinese apple, good-quality pomegranates will be large, firm and smooth-skinned. The coloring will be an even deep-red and there will be few skin blemishes.
Avoid product with dry, rock-hard or wrinkled skin. Numerous brown or scarred areas on the skin or soft spots indicate old product. Small fruit will mean smaller, less juicy seeds with more waste.
Available from California from August through December, peaking in October.
Pomegranate Nutritional Information
Serving Size: 1 Pomegranate (282 g)
Amount Per Serving
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Source: PMA's Labeling Facts
Pomegranates are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They're also a good source of Dietary Fiber and Folate, and a great source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K.
Pomegranate Tips & Trivia
- Known to the ancients, pomegranates were cultivated in the Near East and North Africa, eventually winning the greatest favor in France.
- Pomegranates were brought to America by European settlers and are now grown primarily in California.