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How Do I Choose the Best Dried Pomegranate?

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  • Written By: A. Leverkuhn
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  • Last Modified Date: 23 November 2016
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To get the best dried pomegranate, shoppers should understand how this fruit is harvested and processed, and how specific varieties can fit the intended use. The pomegranate is a whole food that is rich in various vitamins and nutritional elements. Pomegranate seeds, whether enjoyed fresh or dried, provide a more direct nutritional option than pomegranate juice, which has been getting a lot of attention in health food communities. Although some kinds these of dried pomegranate seeds can have decent nutritional values, shoppers need to evaluate which products are best for consumption.

One of the first things to find out about dried pomegranate is related to the vague terminology of the phrase. The fact is that many retailers offer whole dried pomegranates, but they are usually offered as ornamentation and not edible in any way. For those who want to eat dried and preserved pomegranate, available products will usually be called freeze-dried pomegranate seeds. It’s important to distinguish between these two items, and some of those who shop for one item or the other may be disappointed with what they find.

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After narrowing down the type of purchase that’s desired, those who want the best quality of dried pomegranate seeds should look at what’s actually included in these products as they are presented by retailers. Some basic preservatives and additional ingredients can help pomegranate seeds last longer on the shelf, but others are considered excessive by many shoppers. The addition of excessive preservatives such as sulfites can compromise the quality of pomegranate products. Shoppers need to investigate and strike a balance between some types of preservatives, like citric acid, that can help make delivery of these foods viable, and other ingredients that may be unnecessary or unattractive in terms of health values.

Shoppers should also look at how pomegranate seeds are packaged and presented. The best methods will feature a sealed container that helps provide longevity for these foods. In some cases, manufacturers can show shoppers how unique drying methods help these products last longer, especially if handlers can avoid exposing them to high amounts of light, heat, or moisture after packaging.

Individuals can sometimes select the best dried pomegranate seed products by choosing labels like organic or natural that show these items have not been overly processed. Taste testing can be an additional way to inspect the quality of pomegranate products. It’s helpful to read all available information on packaging, or from a manufacturer’s website, to figure out which varieties of these foods are most naturally cultivated and harvested

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