Monday, September 20, 2004


Please see the real pomegranate here

When I was young, I used to see pomegranates as ingredients in recipe books and I've always wondered how they looked like. I am not sure if this is now available in the Philippines but I've never seen one myself in the Philippines. I've been here for over a decade now and I have never thought about buying them. Last weekend, curiosity got the better of me.

I bought one and tasted it. My husband who is always afraid to taste something foreign did not even touch this. My kids did. Well it tasted like kiwi. The seeds are like kiwi's. However, I think I liked kiwi better.
"The wide fruit is crowned at the base by the prominent calyx. The tough, leathery skin or rind is typically yellow overlaid with light or deep pink or rich red. The interior is separated by membranous walls and white, spongy, bitter tissue into compartments packed with sacs filled with sweetly acid, juicy, red, pink or whitish pulp or aril. In each sac there is one angular, soft or hard seed".
I would not want to buy this like I buy apples and oranges. It's just not my kind of fruit.


JMom said...

I don't think this is Pomegranate. It looks more like passion fruit. Pomegranate is usually red inside, with seeds segmented individually surrounded by reddish/pink pulp.

ting-aling said...

You think so? Safeway charged me for the cost of pomegranates. Now you have me thinking of going back to the grocery store to find out what it really is.

ting-aling said...

JMom, this is definitely a pomegranate. I went to the store to take a second look. I thought I was going to be in trouble.

Lise Silverwolf said...

Sorry to tell you, but you've been duped. The fruit you have pictured here is called a dragon fuit. Safeway must have it mislabeled (not surprising). Completely different tastes. Dragonfruit is a type of cactus fruit. Promegranates grow on trees.

Sorry you got duped by the store. However, it might have been a good thing. Dragon fruits are usually about twice the price of pomegranates!

Dolly said...

This is what we call Dragon fruit in Malaysia. The dragon fruit is more like a cousin of the kiwi. It's from a cacutus looking plant. The promegranate is more like custard apple in that it has many seeds individual pips inside with each with an individual seed. Unlike the custard apple which is a little fiberous, the promegranate pip has water inside.