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Pomegranate juice

Taster's Choice | Pomegranate juice

Popular for ages in the Middle East, when its health benefits became widely known pomegranate juice started lining local grocery stores shelves. Studies have shown the reddish, purple-tinted juice may lower blood pressure, cholesterol and reduce arterial plaque. Taster's Choice panelists said they would drink the juice for its taste.


Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent
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Product/Score
(out of 100)
POM
Wonderful /
69
Albertsons/
63
Apple & Eve
Organics/
55
How did
it look?
Deep, dark purple with a slight brownish tint. It almost looks like
Dr Pepper.
Clear and pink, perhaps like a French wine. This one was very pale, almost like a see-through raspberry. Pleasing purple color. Looks like grape Kool-Aid.
Judges' comments "This has a nice, tart/fruity flavor," said one judge. "It would make an excellent Cosmopolitan." Another liked the bold, rich texture. He called it necessary and said, "This has a royal color and taste that would be fit for the Windsors and the Tudors or even Oprah herself." Judges didn't detect much pomegranate in the flavor. Instead, they liked the mixed berry kick of the sample. "This would be perfect for a cocktail," said one. "It has a good, complex taste," said a panelist who especially liked the thick texture of the juice." Another raved about the sweetness of the sample, saying it was a bit like a sugary children's drink from a box.
Would they buy? Four of the five judges said yes. Two of the five judges said yes. Two of the five judges said yes.
Shopping information Widely available. $5.49 for 24 ounces at Publix. $3.29 for 64 ounces at Albertsons. Widely available. $3.59 for 48
ounces at Publix.
Product/Score
(out of 100)
POM
Wonderful /
69
Albertsons/
63
Apple & Eve
Organics/
55
How did
it look?
Deep, dark purple with a slight brownish tint. It almost looks like
Dr Pepper.
Clear and pink, perhaps like a French wine. This one was very pale, almost like a see-through raspberry. Pleasing purple color. Looks like grape Kool-Aid.
Judges' comments "This has a nice, tart/fruity flavor," said one judge. "It would make an excellent Cosmopolitan." Another liked the bold, rich texture. He called it necessary and said, "This has a royal color and taste that would be fit for the Windsors and the Tudors or even Oprah herself." Judges didn't detect much pomegranate in the flavor. Instead, they liked the mixed berry kick of the sample. "This would be perfect for a cocktail," said one. "It has a good, complex taste," said a panelist who especially liked the thick texture of the juice." Another raved about the sweetness of the sample, saying it was a bit like a sugary children's drink from a box.
Would they buy? Four of the five judges said yes. Two of the five judges said yes. Two of the five judges said yes.
Shopping information Widely available. $5.49 for 24 ounces at Publix. $3.29 for 64 ounces at Albertsons. Widely available. $3.59 for 48
ounces at Publix.


Also sampled: Pomegranate juices from R. W. Knudsen ($9.49 for 32 ounces at Sweetbay); Langers ($3.99 for 32 ounces at Sweetbay); Lakewood Organic ($4.99 for 32 ounces at Sweetbay); Old Orchard ($5.99 for 64 ounces at Publix); Archer Farms ($3.99 for 32 ounces at Target); and Northland ($3.88 for 32 ounces at Wal-Mart).

Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian with Pinellas County Cooperative Extension; Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620; Jim Yockey, aesthetician at Anu You Institute; St. Petersburg Times food critic Laura Reiley; and consumer/foodie John Hehn, owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc. All foods were tasted blind.

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