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Trader Joe's sighting: pomegranite seeds

MichaelB Nov 5, 2006 11:47 AM

I don't know if I've just missed these in the past, but they seemed like a brilliant idea: a container of pomegranite seeds; no need to struggle with the whole fruit itself. They were in the refrigerated section, and I think the small tub (8 oz.?) went for 3 or 4 bucks. I looked at the label and there didn't seem to be any preservative mentioned. I didn't get them, as I didn't actually need any; has anyone tried them? Are they good?

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  1. LindaWhit RE: MichaelB Nov 5, 2006 12:49 PM

    I think this is a West Coast-based item only - I've asked in my local TJs (Burlington, MA) and they won't be carrying them.

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      cooknKate RE: LindaWhit Nov 5, 2006 01:21 PM

      Ahhh... no it's not as the TJ's in St. Louis Park, MN has them. Saw them Friday

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        LindaWhit RE: cooknKate Nov 5, 2006 01:57 PM

        Well, West Coast and Midwest then. :-)

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          MichaelB RE: LindaWhit Nov 5, 2006 03:38 PM

          Nope, I'm in Boston -- I meant to mention that I saw them at the Cambridge store (on Memorial Drive). I'd say it's time to hound the Burlington store into keeping up with the local competition!

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            LindaWhit RE: MichaelB Nov 5, 2006 04:17 PM

            SERIOUSLY!?!?!??? Thanks Michael - I will definitely check it out the next time I'm at the Burlington TJs, and if they don't have them, tell them to get it!

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              gini RE: LindaWhit Dec 11, 2006 08:54 PM

              LindaWhit - I bought this item at the Burlington TJ's the week before Thanksgiving....

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      ziggylu RE: MichaelB Nov 5, 2006 01:18 PM

      I bought these all through the season last year! A great item...so handy and no mess for all that. Keep them in the fridge and toss them in all kinds of stuff or just grab and eat out of hand without the mess of cleaning a whole fruit.

      thanks for posting about this, i'm goign to pick some up today!

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        HillJ RE: MichaelB Nov 5, 2006 07:31 PM

        Any idea how long the seeds stay stay fresh, juicy when removed from the whole fruit?

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          silverbear RE: HillJ Nov 5, 2006 08:27 PM

          I find that anytime within 3-4 days is always fine, and sometimes they last as long as a week.

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            LindaWhit RE: HillJ Nov 5, 2006 08:28 PM

            You can always freeze them in 1-cup increments in ziplock bags - I've kept them for 6+ months that way.

          2. silverbear RE: MichaelB Nov 5, 2006 08:33 PM

            The pomegranate arils (a word for pomegranate seeds I learned in another CH thread last week) at Trader Joe's are a wonderful convenience item. I enjoy pomegranates, but after working with whole ones, my kitchen always looks like a crime scene. The packaged arils at TJ are generally quite fresh and can be used in any way that you would use arils you would normally remove painstakingly from whole pomegranates.

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              Janet RE: MichaelB Nov 6, 2006 10:48 PM

              Safeways in the Bay Area have them also.

              1. davinagr RE: MichaelB Dec 6, 2006 11:09 PM

                Didn't see them at my local Sherman Oaks TJs, after juicing the poms from our 20+ trees, we were still jonesing for more. Our backyard indeed looks like a crime scene as does the bucket of left over juiced pom shells that we dubbed "bucket 'o chum". My fingers and cuticles have been stained for two weeks.

                1. mizinformation RE: MichaelB Dec 7, 2006 01:09 AM

                  costco (at least the one I shop at) has them too, if you are looking for a large quantity. I didn't look closely (i.e. no idea what the price was) but the package had two fairly large bowls of the arils.

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                    Cathy RE: mizinformation Dec 7, 2006 07:48 PM

                    $7 for two 16 ounce bowls at Costco

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                    dinnerout RE: MichaelB Dec 9, 2006 03:54 AM

                    I'm so happy to hear this, I love them and just can't face the idea of trying to dismantle a pom myself. I have found them in the fruit/veg stores in NYC and I have to admit that I don't know how long they keep because I wolf them down within a day!

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                      kimlien RE: MichaelB Oct 25, 2010 09:49 AM

                      Hi MichaelB - did you know that you can get the pomegranate seeds all year round in a dried version? I've seen other kinds, but Trader Joe's definitely has the best kinds! They have regular Dried Pomegranate Seeds and the have CHOCOLATE covered pomegranate seeds. Both are deliciously addicting and very convenient! Check them out and let me know what you think!

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                        foodiemom10583 RE: kimlien Oct 25, 2010 11:37 AM

                        I'm eating some now. SO good.

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