Reedley, Calif.-based Youngstown Distributors Inc. has developed a process ensuring year-round availability of pomegranate arils, the seeds in the fruit.
Courtesy Youngstown Distributors Inc.
“We’re all fresh and use no preservatives,” said Mike Forrest, president.
Even without preservatives, shelf life of the arils, nearly all of which are from the wonderful variety, is up to 16 days from date of shipment, he said.
Youngstown began offering the arils three years ago, he said, after more than seven years of processing pomegranate arils and developing packaging. Along the way, the company established grower sources in South America and India, complementing domestic supplies.
Youngstown markets to retail and foodservice.
“For foodservice, knowing the product is available year-round eliminates any concerns about including arils in menu items,” Forrest said.
Redesigned retail and club packs are new to Youngstown’s aril line this year, he said. The company also is working on providing year-round supplies of whole pomegranates.
Youngstown also distributes persimmons, quince, table grapes and stone fruit.