A whole pomegranate and a half pomegranate

How to select

Choose plump, round pomegranates that feel heavy for their size.

How to prepare

Roll the pomegranate to loosen the seeds. Cut around the middle of the pomegrante just enough to be able to rip it in half; don't cut into the seeds. Hold each half over a bowl and shake/squeeze/tap the seeds out of each half. Put both halves into a bowl of water to release the remaining seeds, then drain the seeds.

How to store

Store whole pomegranates at room temperature for up to 1 month or refrigerate for up to 2 months.

Peak season

Fall, winter

Ways to use

  • Eat pomegranate seeds right out of the fruit. 
  • Top yogurt, oatmeal, salad, or dessert with pomegranate seeds. 
  • Drink pomegranate juice by itself or use to flavor tea or ginger ale.

Fun facts

  • Pomegranate means "apple with many seeds". 
  • A pomegranate tree can live for more than 200 years. 
  • Pomegranates originated in the Middle East. 
  • Pomegranate trees need hot, dry climates to grow.

Nutrition info and facts

Pomegranates are high in antioxidants, which help fight heart disease and many cancers. Eating pomegrantes promotes a healthy immune system.

1 pomegranate = 234 calories, 5 g protein, 52 g carbohydrate, 11 g fiber, 32% DV vitamin C, 27% DV folate, 13% DV potassium