Q I would like to try a pomegranate. Do you have tips on buying and preparing pomegranates?
When buying a pomegranate, look for fruits that are hard on the outside and feel heavy for their size; avoid fruit with cracks or bruises. The rind color ranging from bright pink to red to brick indicates variety not ripeness. Select the largest fruits as the biggest pomegranates will be the juiciest.
As for storing them: Whole fruits can be kept at room temperature for a week or in the fridge for two. Or remove the seeds and seal them in an airtight container; they’ll keep for five days in the fridge, or up to three months in the freezer.
To open the pomegranate, I’ve found you can simply cut the blossom end slight with a knife and place your thumbs at the opening and pull the fruit apart. This will expose the seeds and white membrane. At this point, place the pomegranate in a bowl of cool water and continue to separate the seeds from the white membrane. The seeds will float on the water and the rind and membrane will sink to the bottom of the bowl. The seeds are the edible part of this fruit and are now ready to use or store.