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840 seeds

840 seeds

The pomegranate is one of the oldest fruits and has deep roots in both biblical and Judaic history. In fact, many scholars debate whether the apple in the Garden of Eden was in fact a pomegranate. They are a fascinating fruit since every pomegranate is composed of exactly 840 seeds. Each seed is surrounded by a sac of sweet-tart juice contained by a thin skin. The seeds (arils) are compacted in a layer resembling a honeycomb around the core.

The challenge is to de-seed them. Here is the trick. First, you cut off the ends of the crown and discard them. Second, you score the outside red membrane in quarters. You want to make sure you do not penetrate the core when you are scoring because you will break open the seeds and lose the juice which can be very messy. Third, you submerge the pomegranate in water and start to break loose the honeycomb membrane with your fingers. The seeds will naturally fall to the bottom of the bowl. They seeds are a great accent for a green or berry salad and they are full of antioxidants so eat up!

Thank you, Karen, for the introduction to this exotic fruit. Pomegranates originated in tropical Asia and they are grown throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East. In the United States, commercial producers grow pomegranates in the San Joaquin Valley of California and their peak season is November and December.

Thompson & Morgan Onion ‘Tonda Musona’

Large, fleshy, round, white-skinned onions. Ideal for autumn and winter storage. Indispensable in many dishes.

Italian Stuffed Onions:

  1. Cook the onion without its skin.
  2. Let it cool down.
  3. Cut both ends off..
  4. Remove and finely chop the inner onion, leaving the outside for stuffing.
  5. Mix with garlic, grilled pancetta, diced bread, Parmesan cheese and parsley.
  6. Fill the onions with the mixture and bake until golden brown.
Brands: Thompson & Morgan
Where to plant: Greenhouse
Available As:: One portion of seeds
Light Requirements: In a sunny, wind-protected location

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Which of the following contains exactly 840 seeds?

Pomegranate is a member of the berry family and belongs to the ‘Punicaceas’ family. It is one of the most popular fruits, which is cultivated for food, juice, flavor and color. The name pomegranate is derived from the French words ‘pomme garnete’, which means seeded apple. Pomegranate is believed to have originated in Iran over 4000 years ago.

Every pomegranate fruit is composed of exactly 840 seeds. The inner membranes and rind is not consumed due to the high acid content, but are often used by the cosmetic companies as an active ingredient in the skin care products. The pomegranate tree bears numerous bright red colored, spherical shaped fruits of different colors like red, orange, yellow and purple, depending upon the cultivar. The fruit has a thick, leathery, red skin, which protects the pinkish red arils and seeds. The inside is separated by thin, white spongy membranes. Each section is packed with tiny, edible, sweet and juicy pink arils. Not just the arils, but the leaf, fruit, rind, bark, seed and root are also edible and have potential medicinal benefits.