Making Smoothies with Pomegranates

Pomegranates are round, yellow to maroon-colored treefruits that are comparable in size to oranges. These unique fruits have a tough outer rind containing tightly packed sacs or "arils" that are sectioned off by thin, white, bitter membrane. Pomegranate arils are juicy, sweet, and tart flavored, with a crisp and crunchy texture. Each aril contains a small, white, edible seed.

Can I blend the entire pomegranate?

No, it'll ruin your smoothie and waste your pomegranate. You only want the arils.

How to de-seed a pomegranate

If you're blending a pomegranate, it can be a bit of work to get all of the arils out, but it's worth it.

There's 2 popular techniques to de-seed a pomegranate.

  1. Beating it mercilessly with a wooden spoon
  2. Ripping it apart mercilessly under water

Beating Technique

Water Technique


Pomegranate Flavor Pairings

Avocado (commercial), Cranberries, Grapefruit, Kiwifruit, Lime, Orange, Peach, Pear, Agave, Allspice (ground), Almonds, Apple, Arugula, Banana, Bell Pepper (red), Bell Pepper (green), Bell Pepper (yellow), Carrot, Cherry (sour), Cherry (sweet), Cinnamon (Ground), Cloves (ground), Coconut Meat, Garlic, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Fig, Ginger Root, Honey, Lentil, Maple Syrup, Peppermint, Spearmint, Olive Oil, Onion, Quince, Parsley, Quinoa (raw), Spinach, Squash (butternut), Brown Sugar, Sweet Potato, Thyme, Tomato, Balsamic Vinegar, Walnuts, Watermelon, Beet Root, Bitter Melon, Fennel Bulb, Lettuce (romaine),
Pomegranate Nutrition Facts
Amount Per 100g
Calories 83.0
Calories from Fat 10.53
Total Fat 1.17g
Saturated Fat 0.12g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.093g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.079g
Cholesterol 0.0mg
Sodium 3.0mg
Potassium 236.0mg
Total Carbohydrate 18.7g
Dietary Fiber 4.0g
Sugars 13.67g
Protein 1.67g
Vitamin A 0.0µg
Vitamin C 10.2mg
Calcium 10.0mg
Iron 0.3mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs.
Vitamins
Choline 7.6mg
Folate 38.0µg
Niacin 0.293mg
Riboflavin 0.053mg
Thiamin 0.067mg
Vitamin B-12 0.0µg
Vitamin B-6 0.075mg
Vitamin D 0.0IU
Vitamin E 0.6mg
Vitamin K 16.4µg
Minerals
Copper 0.158mg
Magnesium 12.0mg
Phosphorus 36.0mg
Selenium 0.5µg
Zinc 0.35mg
Other
Caffeine 0.0mg
Theobromine 0.0mg
Water 77.93g
All nutrient values are calculated from the USDA nutrition database.
Scientific NamePunica granatum
Nitrogen Factor6.25
Protein Factor3.36
Fat Factor8.37
Carb Factor3.6