Pomegranates in Season | Tips for Picking, Storing, and Serving

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It’s October and that means peak season for Pomegranate. You’ll find the delicious and nutritious fruit in stores through December.   However, peak season means not only will you get the tastiest pomegranates, but also the best deal on them.  Here are some great tips to help you make the most of the Pomegranates you buy.

Pomegranate Nutrition Facts

  • Pomegranate juice is packed with polyphenols.  These antioxidant compounds are reported to help lower “bad” cholesterol.  In fact, pomegranates have more of these polyphenols then red wine, blueberry juice, cranberry juice, ore green and black tea.
  • Contain 13 milligrams of Vitamin C per 100 grams of pulp and juice.
  • Slows cell aging.
  • Increases production of an enzyme that can protect against cancerous changes in cells.
  • Excellent sources of potassium.

Tips for Choosing Pomegranates

What variety to Choose – In the US, there is mainly only one variety of pomegranates sold.  It’s the Wonderful Varieity that offers a bright red-wine juice with a great balance of sweet and sour
Lift up that Pomegranate.  It should be large and heavy.  This will ensure it’s juicy.
Check the Color – Bright Red will make the best choice
Feel the Skin – It should be thin and tough and feel as if it’s about to burst open from all the seeds packed inside.  Do not pick up a dried or wrinkled pomegranate

Storing Pomegranates

  • Keep well at room temperature for up to a month – even if they are ripe.  Keep them up to two months, stored in the fridge
  • Scraped out seeds can be packed in airtight containers and frozen for 6 months.  If you like, you can also freeze a whole pomegranate.

Prepping your Pomegranates

Enjoy the Seeds – Pomegranates aren’t the easiest fruits to eat, but here’s some steps to make it a bit easier.

  1. Cut off the crown
  2. With a sharp knife, score the rind lightly from top to bottom in several places.  Just be sure to not cut to deep to rupture the seeds.
  3. Put the whole fruit in a bowl of water and soak for 5 minutes.
  4. Holding the fruit underwater, break the sections apart.  Then separate the seeds from the membranes.  The seeds will sink to the bottom and the rind will float to the top.
  5. Skim off the rind and membranes and drain the seeds in a colander.  Pat them dry and enjoy.

Easy Way to Juice the Pomegranate: Roll the Pomegranate around a solid service (like a counter top) with the palm of your hand.  This will pop the seed sacs.  The just cut off the top and squeeze out the juice.

You could also place the seeds in a blender and puree them into a juice.  Just strain the juice prior to drinking.

So what’s your favorite way to eat Pomegranates?  I know my husband and kids love the sitting down and eating the seeds.

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