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All you need to know about pomegranate seeds

Let’s dive into the world of pomegranate seeds together with Poppin’ Poms – our supplier of pomegranate seeds to Ocado Own Range. These ruby-resembling seeds are now in season and there’s a lot you can do with them (check out the recipes further down in this post). Don’t worry, we’ve got the basics covered too. Such as how to open a pomegranate and how to peel a pomegranate. And if you ever ask yourself “is pomegranate good for you?” or “where do pomegranates grow?”, you’ll soon be wondering no more.

Working with the best pomegranate growers, recipe creators and health experts, Poppin’ Poms are here to help you learn more about your new favourite fruit.

Four great things about prepared pomegranate seeds

  1. Versatility – there are numerous meals to have throughout the day. Each of them can be brought to life through inspirational recipe ideas.
  2. Prepared – using pomegranate seeds straight from the pack means maximum convenience in and out of the home.
  3. Availability – all year round and fridge-fresh for 5+ days.
  4. Health – lots of flavour, low in calories and filled with vitamin C.

What are the key nutritional benefits of pomegranates?

  • A 100g portion of fresh pomegranate seeds provides half of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C. This contributes to the normal function of the immune system.
  • The calorie count of pomegranate seeds is 89kcal per 100g, making pomegranate seeds a low-calorie fruit.
  • Pomegranate seeds are a source of fibre, including soluble fibre. Studies show that consuming soluble fibre leads to reduced hunger and feeling more full.
  • Pomegranates are also a source of vitamin K, some B vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium and iron.

When’s the best time to buy/eat pomegranates? And how do you know when they are ripe?

Pomegranates are grown world-wide, meaning that in-season pickings are available year-round, which in turn means that you don’t have to put up with tasteless, watery, out of season fruit. Your pomegranate seeds are always going to pack the same perky punch.

Where are pomegranates traditionally grown?

The pomegranate’s roots have a Persian past and the fruit has been cultivated since ancient times. However, this delicious and nutritious pomegranate fruit is now grown across the globe.

Do you have any interesting facts about pomegranates?

Often referred to as the ‘jewel of winter’, the pomegranate is a winter-bearing fruit and can brighten up even the coldest day.

What’s the best way to prepare a pomegranate and what’s the easiest way to get the seeds out?

  1. First, roll the fruit on a flat surface to loosen the seeds.
  2. Then use a sharp knife to cut the pomegranate in half.
  3. Grab a bowl, and hold one half of the pomegranate over the bowl, seeds facing down and use a wooden spoon to bash the seeds into the bowl, gently squeezing the pomegranate at the same time to remove the seeds.

Of course, you can also buy packs of prepared seeds instead. Try these Ocado Pomegranate seeds supplied by Poppin’ Poms.

Feeling inspired? Try the below pomegranate-packed recipes

Chicken Spinach Salad with Pomegranate

Why not try this chicken spinach salad with pomegranate? It’s packed with flavour and goodness and the zingy dressing is the cherry (or pomegranate) on top.

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Roast Chicken with Sticky Pomegranate

Serve up this roast chicken with sticky pomegranate for your next Sunday lunch – we promise it’s a real crowd-pleaser.

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Pomegranate and Chia Pudding

Made with in-season pomegranate seeds, this creamy pomegranate and chia pudding is the perfect healthy, vegan and gluten-free breakfast or dessert.

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Hungry for more? Check out these delicious summer recipes.


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