Throughout history, the pomegranate has served as a powerful symbol in many cultures. Some believe it was the pomegranate that Adam and Eve consumed as the fruit of temptation. Ancient Egyptians were buried with pomegranates in the hope of rebirth. With its abundance of seeds, the pomegranate has long been a symbol of fertility, and even used to predict the number of offspring.
And of course, the pomegranate is also a tasty fruit.
Buying and storing pomegranates: – Look for fruits that are firm on the outside and feel heavy for their size; pass on any that have cracks or bruises. Rind color, which can range from bright pink to brick red, indicates variety rather than ripeness. Choose the largest fruits you can find – the bigger the pomegranate, the juicier it will be.
Keep ’em cool – Ripe pomegranates will stay fresh for about two weeks when stored in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. In the refrigerator, they can be stored safely for up to two months. While freezing is not recommended for the whole fruit, the seeds can be frozen for up to a year.