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Why are Pomegranates Popular During the Holiday?

Pomegranates have irresistibly tart seeds called arils, and are in season until early winter, making them a delightful and popular holiday fixture. They add a sense of elegance and a complex flavor to any holiday table, with flavors rooted deep in mythology and that offer tasty pops of brightness. The fresh fruit of the pomegranate looks like tiny gems, offering any table a unique appeal. Here is how to make the most out of pomegranates at any holiday feast.  

Pomegranate Buying Tips

The Pomegranate Council recommends buying fresh fruit that feels heavy with firm and healthy skin. If the outer surface has a few scratches, don’t be alarmed, because it’s the fruit inside you want anyway. If a fruit has soft or brown spots it is most likely rotten inside, however, so avoid those. While you can by packaged arils, these are expensive and spoil very quickly.  

Smart Storage

Pomegranates are beautiful table decor, but if you are after their flavor or health benefits, refrigerate them as they spoil quickly in open air. Arils should be refrigerated for no more than 3 days, but can last around six months in the freezer.

How To Open A Pomegranate

-Fill a bowl halfway with water

-Use a chef’s knife to gently slice through the outer skin, but don’t slice so deeply that you puncture the arils  

-Pry the fresh fruit in half completely with your hands.

-Place one half in the water and pull out the seeds

-Skim away any extra white membrane

-Repeat with the other half of your pomegranate

-Drain the arils and let them dry  

Enjoying Fresh Pomegranate

The arils can be used in smoothies, salsas, and sauces, as well as a wide variety of autumnal recipes. They can even just be enjoyed on their own. Arils can be used to top autumnal stews and chilis, such as pumpkin or butternut squash. It also makes a bright pop in salads or a tasty addition to baked brussels sprouts and other vegetable side dishes.

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