Good-quality pomegranates will be large, firm and smooth-skinned. The coloring will be an even deep-red and there will be few skin blemishes.
Avoid product with dry, rock-hard or wrinkled skin. Numerous brown or scarred areas on the skin or soft spots indicate old product. Small fruit will mean smaller, less juicy seeds with more waste.
Available from California from August through December, peaking in October.
Pomegranates were cultivated in the Near East and North Africa, eventually winning the greatest favor in France. They were brought to America by European settlers and are now grown primarily in California.
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