The pomegranate is one of the oldest fruits known to man. The fruit was grown in Ancient Egypt and Rome and even has a place in Greek mythology. The pomegranate has deep roots in both biblical and Judaic history, In fact, many scholars debate whether the apple in the Garden of Eden was in fact a pomegranate!
Here are some great pomegranate recipes:
Selecting a Pomegranate
Pomegranates are picked and shipped ripe, so they are ready to eat at the time of purchase. They are available fresh from September through January. Each pomegranate yields 3/4 cup seeds and 1/2 cup of juice. When shopping for pomegranates, look for these characteristics:
- thin, yet tough skin
- unbroken skin
- a deep red color
- heavy for its size
- crown that is free of mold
Pomegranates stay fresh for about two weeks when stored in a cool, dry place that is out of direct sunlight.
In the refrigerator, they can be safely stored for up to two months.
While it is not recommended to freeze the whole fruit, the seeds can be frozen for up to a year.