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Trader Joe's sighting: pomegranite seeds

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. 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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    1. re: LindaWhit

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

      1. re: cooknKate

        Well, West Coast and Midwest then. :-)

        1. re: LindaWhit

          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!

          1. re: MichaelB

            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!

            1. re: LindaWhit

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

    2. 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!

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

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        1. re: HillJ

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

          1. re: HillJ

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

          2. 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.

            1. Safeways in the Bay Area have them also.