What Do Pomegranate Seeds Taste Like?

In this article, we'll cover what pomegranate seeds taste like and whether or not they're bitter. We'll also give you a few tips on eating them and removing the seeds.

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What Do Pomegranate Seeds Taste Like? Are They Sweet or Bitter?

The taste of a pomegranate and its seeds can vary widely, depending on how ripe the fruit is, which is why it’s important to learn how to tell when the best time to cut open and deseed a pomegranate is.

Ripe pomegranates tend to be a little sour and the flavor is often compared to ripe cherries. These fruits have also been compared to tasting a little like sweet grapes.

Even ripe pomegranates aren’t nearly as sweet as other type of fruit are. They have a natural sweetness to them, but are still very tart and do not have the same sugary taste as very ripe grapes or sweet apples do.

Unripe pomegranates, however, are going to be very sour and can even be bitter. They taste much more like cranberries than cherries, and won’t have the sweet aftertaste that ripe pomegranates will.

Are You Supposed to Eat Pomegranate Seeds?

Yes, you can eat pomegranate seeds. The easiest way to enjoy this fruit is by eating the seeds at the same time as you eat the juicy arils. There are many people who actually enjoy the difference in the texture that they experience when they eat the arils at the same time as the seeds.

It’s important to note that the seeds of a pomegranate are crunchy. This can be a lovely contrast with the soft fruit of the arils.

If you do not want to eat the seeds, then you can spit them out, but this tends to be a very messy process, and since the seeds can’t hurt you, there really isn’t any reason to do this. As long as you don’t mind the crunchy seeds, eating them is faster and a much cleaner way to enjoy pomegranates.

Easiest Way to Remove Pomegranate Seeds

Pomegranate seeds are notoriously messy, which is why you’ll want to prepare yourself for removing them before you start. There are two main methods for removing seeds, but for both you will need:

  • A sharp knife
  • Towels
  • A bowl

In the above video you can see how easily you can remove the seeds and arils from the pomegranate by first cutting it in half, loosen the edges of the fruit, and then hitting it over an open bowl with a wooden spatula.

Another great way to remove seeds from a pomegranate without worrying about making a huge mess is to do so in a bowl of water. This will prevent any juice from splattering and staining and allows you to quickly separate the good arils from the bad ones and from the white pith.

Wrap up

While you do have to be willing to put in a little more effort to eat a pomegranate, it’s worth the time you’ll spend. These fruits are delicious and the arils and seeds add a bright flavor and crunch to many types of dishes and can also be eaten alone for a fast and tasty snack on the go.

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