When to Buy/In Season:
September to December.

How to Select:
Fresh-looking fruit, heavy for its size. Avoid shriveled fruit or fruit with broken peel, dried out or wrinkled.

Organic Issues:
Organic pomegranates are available. Organic pomegranate juice is becoming very popular, and driving the availability

Pesticide Issues:
EWG 2009 Dirty Dozen, not listed

How to Store:
Keep for several weeks at room temperature, or store in the refrigerator.

To Freeze Fresh Pomegranates:

Select fully ripe pomegranates. Wash and

  1. cut the top off, about ½ inch below the crown
  2. score the pomegranate into it’s sections, which are divided by the internal skin (similar to orange sections)
  3. separate the pomegranate at the score mark into each section
  4. use your fingers to loosen the seeds, over a bowl of water. The seeds will sink to the bottom, and the fleshy bitter membrane will float on top.
  5. Use a spoon to scoop out the pieces of membrane that have floated to the top
  6. pour the remaining liquid through a strainer. The seeds (arils) will collect in the strainer. From here, they can be used, frozen, made into juice, etc.

Pack juice and pulp into containers. Cover with a cold 30 percent syrup, leaving headspace. Seal and freeze.

Store frozen pomegranates up to 6 – 12 months

Photo Source: Joe M500

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