Description of Pomegranate Seeds
In each pomegranate fruit, there are a large
number of pomegranate seeds. Each pomegranate seed is
surrounded by a sac of sweet, red pom juice. This sac of
pomegranate juice is called an aril. The pomegranate seeds and
the arils are all inside the fruit.
What are arils?
The arils are sacs of
pomegranate juice, each containing a
pomegranate seed. The arils are embedded in a
bitter pith that usually people do not eat.
When eating the pomegranate, people discard the
skin and pith.
The arils, however, can be used fresh
or dried. People use the arils for cooking such as in
Indian food or Iranian food.
How many seeds are there in a pomegranate
There are over 600 seeds in the wild variety
of pomegranate fruit.
What are the pith?
The pith are inside the pomegranate fruit,
holding the arils. The pith is not edible and should be
discarded when eating the fruit.