How to Choose a Pomegranate
Pomegranates are high in iron, a mineral which plays a critical role in the formation of red blood cells. An iron deficiency may affect the body's ability to transport oxygen to the cells and tissues and could cause anemia, symptoms of which include fatigue, weakness, irritability, depression, and restless leg syndrome. Also, the high amounts of antioxidants found in pomegranates have been found to play an effective role in the prevention of heart disease and cancer in clinical trials. To help you always choose the tastiest pomegranate, follow the simple guidelines below.
What to look for: Always choose a pomegranate that seems heavy for its size. A larger pomegranate typically has juicier seeds. The color of the peel can vary greatly from pink to dark red without affecting the quality of the pomegranate. Pick out the deepest colored fruit for the variety you are choosing from. The skin should be leathery in appearance, but not dry-looking. Dry skin signals the fruit is drying out, and will be mushy inside. Also check that there are no blemishes. A damaged exterior suggests a smashed or spoiled interior. Select a very pretty looking round fruit for optimal quality. Pomegranates will never be perfectly round, but any flat spots indicate that one of the inner membranes of the fruit has failed to reach maturity.
What to avoid: Avoid the pomegranates with cracks on their skin, as well as shriveled, lumpy looking ones. Both of these qualities indicate over-ripeness.
Storage: Pomegranates will keep up to two weeks in a cool, dry place. They may also be refrigerated for up to three weeks.
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