Pomegranates are rich in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. The majority of that fiber is found in the white seeds, or arils, hiding beneath the pockets of juice. In addition to vitamin C and potassium, pomegranate juice is a good source of folate, vitamin E and vitamin K. They are categorized as a berry. •
Pomegranate seeds contain a high number of antioxidants, which help protect the body against inflammation and free radical damage. There are also antioxidants in the peel, though few people eat pomegranate peels. These antioxidants, referred to as polyphenols, include tannins, flavonoids, and anthocyanin. •
In North America, you're most likely to find pomegranates in late summer to early winter, when the fruits are in season. However, some grocers import pomegranates from the Southern Hemisphere, offering them throughout the year. •
Choosing ripe pomegranates is relatively easy, as those found in local grocery stores are picked when ripe. The fruit should be heavy, and the skin should be firm. Small scratches on the surface don't affect the fruit inside, so don't judge a pomegranate by its scarred skin! •
You can add the seeds to salads, yogurt, oatmeal, desserts, or whatever you want!