Pomegranates: Storing And Selecting

There are few worse feelings than putting in all the work of preparing pomegranate to discover a subpar fruit. The autumn fruit can be finicky if not treated properly, so storage and selection are key. Unlock the tangy-sweet flavor of pomegranate with these tips and tricks.

  • The hue of your pomegranate plays a smaller role than you may think. Rind color can range from pink to dark red, but actually indicates variety instead of ripeness. If you’re familiar with your variety, checking hue color can help, but otherwise choose anything that looks glossy and doesn’t have any cracks or bruises.
  • Texture wise, search for firm, full fruits. Additionally, large, flat pomegranates are typically the highest quality, so the bigger the better!
  • Whole pomegranates have a solid shelf life, often lasting a month or more if stored in the refrigerator. While you can keep it on the counter, the fridge is actually a better option, and will vastly extend the shelf life.
  • Pomegranate seeds will keep in the fridge for a few days. However, be sure to store them in an airtight bag.