Pomegranate Primer

REFER to these pointers when buying, storing and working with pomegranates.

Pomegranates are available from late September to November. Select those with fresh leather-like skin free from cracks and splits. Skin color varies from bright to deep red.

The crimson juice of this flavorful fruit stains skin and clothing easily, so be careful when cutting it open.

Whole pomegranates keep well in a cool dark place at room temperature for several days. They will last for 3 months in the refrigerator.

You can refrigerate pomegranate seeds for up to 3 days. To freeze them, place in a single layer in a baking pan. When frozen, transfer to an airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 months.

Pomegranate juice can be refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for 6 months in an airtight container.

There are two ways to juice a pomegranate. One way is to cut the pomegranate in half and juice it like an orange. Or remove the seeds and mash with a fork or process in a blender; strain, reserving juice.