Pomegranate fruit is widely used to extract juice from the arils that have a sweet and tart flavor. Some people chew these arils, ingest the juice of the casings and spit out the inner hard seeds, while others ingest them in whole. Some others do not eat this fruit, as they find it cumbersome to remove the arils and extract the juice.
It is safe to eat the inner seeds along with the fleshy covering. These seeds are rich in fiber and are said to be very healthy. In fact, health experts recommend consumption of arils, along with the hard seeds. But, again, it is a personal choice and if you are averse to the seeds, discard them.
In India and some of the neighboring countries, the hard, inner seeds are dried and powdered, and are used as a spice in various food recipes. Even the juice and arils of the fruit are used for culinary purposes.
Once the ingredients reach a full boil, add the sugar and stir for another two minutes. After two minutes, remove the pan from heat and skim off the foam. If you want the jelly to be stored unrefrigerated, you have to opt for canning. Otherwise, fill the jars and refrigerate them.
Pomegranate Seed Nutrition
As mentioned earlier, pomegranate is one of those fruits that is popular for its health benefits. This fruit is rich in nutrients too. Half cup (around 90 grams) of arils amounts to 70 calories. It contains 12 grams sugar, 3 grams dietary fiber, 16 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fat and 1 gram protein. The fruit has no cholesterol and trans fat.
● Pomegranate is highly valued for its antioxidant content, that is said to be much higher than that of blueberries and oranges. The level of antioxidants in this fruit is said to be 3 times higher than that of red wine or green tea. These antioxidants are believed to be beneficial in preventing a wide range of ailments, including cancer and heart diseases.
However, there is only very limited evidence to prove these health benefits. So, moderate consumption is always preferable.
In short, pomegranate seeds are believed to be healthy and nutritious. It is always better to have fresh fruits rather than ready-made juices. Take some efforts to extract the seeds and enjoy them, and at the same time reap its health benefits. If you are interested, you may try growing a pomegranate plant in your garden.