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Pomegranates range in size from 6-12 centimeters in diameter and are spherical with a pointy calyx opposite their stem-end. Their thin but tough, leathery exterior is deep magenta and houses a spongey white membranous tissue packed with edible seeds. The seeds, technically called arils, are each enclosed in a translucent, bright red pulp. They have a sweet-tart flavor with hints of red currant, tart cherry, raspberry and rhubarb. The edible seeds make up roughly half of the pomegranates entire weight, which should feel heavy for its size when fully ripe.
Pomegranates are available in late summer, fall and winter.
Pomegranates are botanically classified as Punica granatum and are native to Iran and the Himalayas. They are known as “grenade” by the French and “granada” by the Spanish, both words are closely related to the syrup we call grenadine, which is derived from the juice of pomegranates.