Since we’re on the subject of pomegranate (sort of), one of Nora’s favorite foods lately is pomegranate seeds. I’m not surprised — they’re one of her mama’s favorite snacks, too! They are definitely tasty, but seeding a pomegranate is a messy undertaking. It just so happens that Trader Joe’s has an oh-so-convenient pack of pomegranate seeds for $3.99.
Now that we’re a single income family, however, convenience isn’t always the only factor. Somebody’s got to be Budget Betty now and then. Pomegranates — you know, the original thing — sell for $1.99 apiece just across the aisle at Trader Joe’s. Assuming you can get a fairly equivalent amount of seeds, that’s a way better deal, so I decided to try it out.
I should have known better than to buy produce at Trader Joe’s, though. There’s a reason I don’t usually. Despite picking what looked like one of the ripest fruits there, the seeds were pale and a little sour-tasting. Nora agreed — she was way less into them than usual. Worse yet, the fruit only yielded a little over 3 ounces of usable seeds. A prepared pack of seeds has 5.3 ounces in it, so at that point, it’s hardly even worth the price difference, given the extra effort it takes.
A few days later, though, a friend of mine came over with her daughter, who is a month older than Nora. She brought along some pomegranate seeds as a snack for her, but hers looked nice and red and juicy. She said she bought the fruit at Whole Foods, so I figured I’d give it another try.
I was pleased with the results. As it turned out, pomegranates were also $1.99 at Whole Foods (who knew??) and the quality was vastly superior.
The seeds were plump, juicy, and sweet, and Nora seemed to like them every bit as well as the pre-packaged kind.
Even better, one fruit yielded almost 8 ounces of seeds. Doing the math, that’s about $0.25 an ounce, versus about $0.75 an ounce for the packaged seeds. Even figuring in the inconvenience of having to seed the fruit, that’s totally worth it. It’s not like it’s that hard, once you get the hang of it. Plus they’re fresh, which is always a plus, and you can store the seeds in the fridge for ease of use later.
So it’s fresh pomegranate seeds for us for here on out, as long as pomegranate is in season, and our budget will be just a smidge happier for it!