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What's In Season: Pomegranates

In Season: Pomegranates

Just as the holiday madness begins to come around, so do fresh pomegranates. Enjoying these tart, tannic red globes, with their garnet-hued, jewel-like arils, is a festive way to celebrate the end of the year. Want to know more about buying, preparing, and enjoying pomegranates? Then read on.

Depending on the harvest, pomegranate season typically runs from October through January or February. When selecting pomegranates, look for a ripe, deep-colored fruit with a red to reddish-brown outer rind that is heavy for its size. The fruit, when stored in the refrigerator, will last three to four weeks unopened. But once seeded, pomegranates should be enjoyed within two to three days; they can also be frozen in a sealed bag for up to a year.

Pomegranates don't offer the most instant gratification of all fruits. Their tough, leathery shells open to reveal clusters of seeds, or arils that are plump with juice — but covered in inedible pith. Since they can be a mess to seed, the best way to open a pomegranate is to submerge it in water to avoid splattering juice.


Aside from snacking on the satisfying arils out of hand, you can also:

Have you ever had pomegranates before? What are the different ways you enjoy them?

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AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
My tree was overloaded this year (2nd year I've had it) and we made lots of juice. Since I don't buy them I let them open on the tree then hubby helps me remove all the seeds and we juice them. Very time consuming, but oh so tasty. We add vanilla syrup and mix with vodka - to die for!
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 7 years
Yummy! My mom used to make homemade pomegranate jam from our neighbor's freshly-picked supply. Great memories as a little kid. I really enjoy these over a little bit of yogurt (frozen or otherwise). The sweet-tart combo is excellent!
michlny michlny 7 years
I buy them seeded and eat one a day! YUM!
zacatecanita zacatecanita 7 years
One of my Favorite fruits!!! So good, i eat as many as can while they're in season. I just eat them alone!
zeze zeze 7 years
I love them raw, they're amazingly good!
aimeelove aimeelove 7 years
I've never had a pomegranate! I guess because I had no idea what they tasted like, or how to eat them. Thanks for this great article!
Angelica Angelica 7 years
I LOVE pomegranates! I buy a package of seeds each week from Trader Joes and eat them on my morning oatmeal. It's seasonal fruit heaven!
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