Learn how to pick, peel, preserve, or juice pomegranates to obtain all the benefits they offer!


How to pick pomegranates

There are three varieties of pomegranates: sweet, semi-sweet, and sour. Regardless of the flavor you prefer, opt for the heavy pomegranates with shiny, firm skin. Even if the skin appears slightly shriveled, the inside can still be edible.

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How to peel pomegranates

Peeling pomegranates takes a little time, but it's easy. Cut around the crown and remove the skin at the stem end. Score the skin from top to bottom, without applying too much pressure, similar to how you would with an orange. Then, cut the pomegranate in half and remove the seeds

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How to preserve pomegranates

Pomegranates can be kept for several days outside of the refrigerator or in a dark place if hung with their branch. If you want to keep them for several months, you can store them in the bottom of the refrigerator. To preserve them even longer, you can peel them and store the seeds in the freezer, sealed in a special container or food bag. That way, whenever you need seeds, you can simply take out as many as you want.

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How to juice pomegranates

In many recipes, besides the pomegranate seeds, the juice is also used. So there are two or three ways to extract juice from the fruit:
1. Squeeze the pomegranates in the squeezer, similar to how you would with oranges.
2. Press the fruit through a sieve. Unlike the first method, in this case, the membranes that separate the seeds and give the juice a slightly astringent taste remain in the sieve.
3. Alternatively, grind the seeds in a blender and then strain the mixture into a container by firmly pressing the mixture into the strainer.