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Fresh California Pomegranates

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(NC) - In season only from October to December, fresh California Pomegranates are perfect for the holidays.

Fresh California Pomegranates
How to Select a Pomegranate:

Picked when ripe, pomegranates are ready to enjoy when you see them in stores. The heavier the fruit, the juicier it will be.

How To Open A Pomegranate:

Score the pomegranate so that it opens easily and submerge in a bowl of water. Break open the pomegranate underwater to free the arils (seed sacs) which will sink to the bottom of the bowl while the white membranes float. Discard membranes, sieve and put the arils to one side.

Which Part Do I Eat?

The glistening red arils inside the pomegranate are delicious and heavy with juice. Each aril contains a tiny edible seed. The white membrane is bitter and not recommended for eating.

How to Juice a Pomegranate:

Cut the fresh pomegranate in half as you would a grapefruit. A hand press citrus juicer is recommended. If you use an electric juicer, be careful not to juice the white membrane, so that the juice remains sweet. Strain the juice through a cheese cloth lined strainer or sieve.

How to Store Pomegranate Arils:

Arils can be preserved by placing in an air-tight container and either refrigerating or freezing them. Arils will keep for a few days if refrigerated or if frozen, will last for several months.

How to Store Fresh Pomegranates:

Fresh unopened pomegranates can last for many weeks, even months, when kept in a non-humid environment. Refrigeration is optional.

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