Whole Pomegranates are not only beautiful, but delicious! Hand picked between August and late December, a whole Pomegranate is ripe when it has developed its distinctive red coloration and makes a metallic sound when tapped. Since they are only picked when they’re ripe, when you see them in your store, they are immediately ready to eat. The typical ripe Pomegranate is between 5 and 12 centimeters in diameter with a rounded, hexagonal shape, “leathery” skin and a prominent crown. Inside its thick skin, which helps the fruit travel extremely well, you’ll find up to 600 small, ruby colored seeds, also known as arils, full of juice and offering a tangy, sweet, citrus flavor.
Once purchased, a whole Pomegranate typically has a longer shelf life than most other fruits. When properly stored a Pomegranate can last up to 7 months before spoiling, actually becoming more juicy and flavorful over time.
You can take a Pomegranate intact, roll it over a hard surface to release the juice from the seeds without breaking the skin, then make a small hole and insert a straw to drink the juice just like a juicebox!
Pomegranate arils also freeze well when separated on a pan. Perfect for a cool zing in summer drinks and salads!
Pomegranate literally means “seeded apple” in Latin.
Another nickname for the pomegranate is the Chinese Apple.
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