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Here’s How to Pick Out a Ripe Pomegranate

Healthy pomegranate fruit with leaves and open pomegranate on an old wooden board.

Do any of your holiday recipes involve pomegranates? If not, they probably should! This versatile fruit is packed with nutrients and is a beautiful addition to many seasonal comfort foods. They also make for gorgeous holiday decor!

But how do you know if a pomegranate is perfectly ripe? You don’t want to look at the color of the fruit—but the skin and shape.

Since pomegranate trees thrive in heat and need plenty of it to grow their pomegranates, they are in season, and the ripest once fall hits. This is likely why you see them at every supermarket once the summer ends.

And picking out a ripe one may sound like a daunting task, but it’s simpler than you think!

Crystalia Pomegranate Deseeder

Get the seeds out of your pomegranate without hand picking each one or staining your fingers.

To pick a ripe pomegranate, take a look at the skin. You want one that is smooth but not perfectly round. Look for one that is slightly flattened with angular sides.

And like most fruits, you may think that the color of a pomegranate has something to do with its ripeness. But nope! Pomegranates vary in hue. The ripeness comes from its smooth, tough skin, not how dark or light it is.

One final way to test your pomegranate’s ripeness is by feeling its weight. Is it heavier than it looks? Chances are that the pomegranate is juicy on the inside—an indication that the seeds are full and ripe.

After you pick the perfect pomegranate, you’re one step closer to creating a mouthwatering fruit dessert perfect for your holiday party.

Lindsay Ray Lindsay Ray
Lindsay is a lifestyle and beauty writer currently living in Arizona. She has several years of experience as a freelance writer and reporter, with a specialized interest in the beauty and lifestyle space. From beauty hacks to DIY home décor and everything in between -- Lindsay has a passion for crafting stories that entertain, educate, and inspire. Her writing has appeared in Thought Catalog, The List, Drink Me Magazine, the Auburn Examiner, and Litro Magazine in the United Kingdom. Read Full Bio »
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