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Can You Eat Pomegranate Seeds?

While most people opt for the fruit and lack patience for any other part, you can eat the seeds of a pomegranate if you are willing to take the time to do so.

Pomegranate seeds are edible and can be eaten.  Each pomegranate fruit contains hundreds of seeds that are surrounded by a thin skin or membrane like sac that contains deliciously tart juice.

The most popular way to eat the seeds is to chew on the white membranes that surround the seeds, exposing them and releasing the juice. The membrane and the seeds can be swallowed and the pomegranate juice enclosed inside should wash the seeds down nicely.

In the Middle East, pomegranate seeds are considered to be a delicacy, but they have not caught on with the mainstream in the US as of yet.  The seeds of a pomegranate contain a good source of fiber and roughage to assist in cleansing the digestive tract and keeping things regular.  In India, the seeds are used in meat and as seasonings for a wide variety of dishes after grounding them to a fine powder.  Pomegranate seeds can eaten alone or ground as seasonings and their use is quite versatile.

While some prefer to eat only the fruit and spit out the pomegranate seeds, those with patience find that savoring the seeds offer a great reward.

Suzanne Somers

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