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Video:How to Buy a Pomegranate

with Michelle Karam

Want to learn how to buy a pomegranate so that you know you're getting a good one? Here, see helpful tips for buying a pomegranate.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Buy a Pomegranate

Hi, I'm Chef Michelle Karam with Dishes By Michelle, in Los Angeles, California, for About.com. I'm here today to talk to you about how to choose a pomegranate.

Facts About Buying Pomegranates

When going to the store, you want to look for a pomegranate that is bright red in color. You want to make sure that it's firm, has no dents or bruises, and when you give it a little flick, you want to make sure that it gives you almost a metallic sound, like you'd be hitting a pan or something; verses this one that I have here, which is not ripe and it sounds hollow on the inside.

More Tips for Buying Pomegranates

Another thing that you might want to look for is you want to find a pomegranate that's heavy in weight. The reason why is because pomegranates that are heavier in weight will mean that it contains more juice, more seeds in there. As you can see, the difference between these two pomegranates is this one is ripe and this one clearly is overripe. You can see that because it's got these brown marks on it, and it's this yellowish color with lots of dents and bruises, it's soft to the touch; this one, hard, beautiful red color, no dents, no bruises, and it's just perfect. If you have a pomegranate that's under-ripe, your seeds in there are actually going to be bitter and tart; if you have a pomegranate that's really overripe, when you cut into it they're going to be mushy seeds that really don't have such great flavor to it either.

When to Buy a Pomegranate

Now, pomegranates aren't available all year long, and they definitely do have a season and that's late fall, early winter so you'll probably be finding it more in those months. You can leave it at room temperature, or you can put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold. Typically, you can keep your pomegranate in your refrigerator and it will stay ripe for up to 6 months. So you want to really look for that perfect balance of a pomegranate, that has that bright red outside, that hard shell on the outside of it, that has no dents, no bruises, and that truly is the key to picking the perfect pomegranate.

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