How to tell when pomegranate is ripe?

In the brief guide, we are going to answer the question ‘How to tell when pomegranate is ripe’ with depth analysis of what safety measures to keep in mind when preparing it.

How to tell when pomegranate is ripe?

As pomegranate fruits ripen, their skin changes from smooth and hard to slightly rough and softer. Ripe fruit skin should be scratchable with a fingernail. As arils swell or in response to rain and high humidity, mature fruits crack. Fruits that have cracked skin are usually ready to harvest.

Which indicators tell about the ripeness of pomegranates?

1. Weight 

One of the most effective ways to determine pomegranate ripeness is to weigh the fruit. A ripe fruit will be plump with delicious juice and thus much heavier than an unripe counterpart. So the next time you’re at the grocery store, weigh your options (literally) and bring home the heaviest pomegranate for the best return.

2. Shape

The shape of the fruit is another indicator of ripeness. The stem and blossom ends of a ripe pomegranate will be flatter, and the sides will be more squared. To put it another way, the more perfectly round a pomegranate appears, the less ripe it is.

3. Color

Almost any piece of fruit you see in the produce section was picked when it was relatively ripe. As a result, judging the fruit’s color will only get you so far when it comes to selecting the best pomegranate at the store.

If you’re picking fruit from the tree, keep in mind that an unripe pomegranate will have some green on it, whereas a ripe and ready-to-pick pomegranate will be uniformly medium to deep red in color.

4. Texture of the skin 

Pomegranates’ skin becomes soft and leathery as they ripen. If you’re still not sure, try scratching the fruit with your fingernail; the skin of a ripe pomegranate will be easy to scratch. Minor abrasions on the fruit’s surface should not deter you for the same reason. In fact, cracks in the skin of pomegranate (also known as splitting) are a good sign, as they indicate pressure exerted by the abundant juice within.

5. When tapped sound

When tapping a pomegranate, sound, like color, is more useful for someone checking on the ripening progress of fruits that are still on the tree. Unripe pomegranates, on the other hand, have a hollower sound than ripe, juicy pomegranates.

Is it safe to keep pomegranates in the refrigerator?

If you’re storing pomegranates as whole fruit, keep them cool, dry, and ventilated away from direct light, or keep them in the refrigerator. If you’re not going to use your pomegranates right away, keep them in the refrigerator at a lower temperature to keep them fresher for longer.

Is pomegranate fruit healthy?

Pomegranates are considered a powerful superfruit, and studies have shown that eating them regularly can improve heart and artery health. Pomegranates have been shown to improve blood flow and thus reduce clogging in studies on their health benefits.

Recipe of pomegranates

Ingredients

  • cauliflower
  • onion
  • olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • parsley
  • mint
  • tarragon
  • Seeds from pomegranate
  • pistachios
  • ground cumin
  • lemon juice

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Place a third of the cauliflower in a bowl and coarsely grate it. Break the remaining cauliflower into florets about 114 inches wide and set aside with the cauliflower leaves, if any, and the onion in a separate bowl. Spread on a large parchment-lined baking sheet after tossing with 2 tablespoons oil and half teaspoon salt. Roast for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and set it aside to cool.

3. Toss the roasted vegetables with the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil, the grated cauliflower, parsley, mint, tarragon, pomegranate seeds, pistachios, cumin, lemon juice, and 14 teaspoon salt in a large mixing bowl once cool. Toss gently but thoroughly to combine and be ready to serve it.

How should pomegranates be stored?

When you’ve found a deliciously ripe piece of fruit, you’ll need to know how to keep it fresh until you’re ready to eat it. Your fruit will stay fresh for up to three months if kept whole and stored in plastic bags in the fridge. 

You can also keep your pomegranates on the counter for short-term storage—just keep them out of direct sunlight and they’ll keep for up to four days.

Finally, if you’ve already cracked open a pomegranate and mined the treasure within, any uneaten arils can be refrigerated for up to three days—which is plenty of time to use them up, given that these gems can be enjoyed at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Conclusion

In the brief guide, we discussed answering the question ‘How to tell when pomegranate is ripe’ with depth analysis of what safety measures to keep in mind when preparing it.

Citations

https://www.purewow.com/food/how-to-tell-if-a-pomegranate-is-ripe

https://www.myrecipes.com/extracrispy/how-to-pomegranate-ripe

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