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How do you know when a pomegranate is ripe?

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The pomegranate—a fruit with a crown—has played a role in human history for millennia, and we still love them today. Some of us look forward to indulging in these fruits all year long, while others are just beginning to explore their unique flavors. The big question: How do you know when these gorgeous fruits are ready to eat?

Farmer Al says he looks at the color of the fruit, but the best sign of a ripe pomegranate is a cracked skin. That’s when you know it’s ready. When a few pomegranates on the same tree are showing cracks in the skin, he picks the whole tree. Farmer Al says pomegranates don’t ripen much more once you pick them—they should be ready or very close to ready. While we love them for their bursting sweet seeds, pomegranates also have incredible nutritional properties. The University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center reports that pomegranates are high in polyphenols, which work as antioxidants, reducing oxidation in our bodies and protecting our cells from certain kinds of damage. Experts say these chemicals can also reduce inflammation and may even have anti-aging properties. Pomegranates are a source of folate, potassium and vitamin K, and they are rich in vitamins E, B6, and pantothenic acid. To learn more about pomegranates’ amazing attributes, visit the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center here: http://www.crec.ifas.ufl.edu/extension/pomegranates/health.shtml

The challenge with pomegranates is separating the sweet-tart seeds from the white pith. Ask your kids to take the job—it’s super messy and fun! Give them a special “pomegranate-eating t-shirt” to commemorate the season. This shirt is just for the gloriously delicious and messy task of cleaning and eating pomegranates.

Be sure to have them work on a clean surface that is easy to wipe clean. Vibrant red pomegranate juice can stain!

Did you know?
Frog Hollow Farm grows the Wonderful variety—it’s the most popular variety around. Farmer Al is currently experimenting with 19 different pomegranate varieties that should be ready to produce fruit in about three years. Stay tuned!

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5 comments

  • Very nice and helpful review about the the pomegranate.

    Tina
  • My Pomegranate tree is now 4 years old. Last year it had many small fruit, they were good but not fantastic. This year my tree has huge, dark, & beautiful poms on it! My neighbor asked me a couple weeks ago if he could have one but i knew they were not ripe, as my other neighbor had just tried one.
    I just saw the first cracks showing up on three of my poms today. I wondered if i picked them too soon last year and if that was why they were not as sweet as they should be. Tomorrow im going to try one to see if they are really ready. I cant wait to share and juice them! I plan on making pom ice cubes then shrink wrapping them so we will have some for later. I’m now thinking of growing another tree! I hope all your poms are sweet and yummy this year!

    Jul Gap
  • Thank You- this is my first year of a really good crop and am so looking forward to enjoying my pomegranites. I’ve found two that were cracked open but thought they also had some mold on them so didn’t know it that was the sign.

    Portia Harloff
  • I am 84 years old in September 2016 – Today a strange happening occurred – Having recently moved some few miles, I visited my new Doctor by means of my electric wheelchair. By chance it transpired that it was also Market Day in Portchester. My state of health is to say diabolical and includes a Heart which is working at around 25 percent. By complete accident, when pointing out choices of fruit to the Greengrocer I accidentally pointed to a box of Pomegranites and it wasn’t,t until I returned home that I realised my error – as far as I can remember the only time that I indulged in eating a Pomegranite was as a very young child. However , I asked my Internet to explain any knowledge regarding the fruit and discovered , amongst other values the possible effects on the heart and circulation. Time will tell if it helps me as it has the Humans for thousands of years.

    Gustavious Rundle Mr
  • I love pomegranates:) Not as much as my Daughter Gina. She has loved them since she was a child:) She had a pomegranate shirt available for her messy enjoinment:) I had fun watching her get messy:)

    Esther

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