Pomegranate trees with pomegranates hanging off during harvest season at a pomegranate field
The Top Way To Tell When A Pomegranate Is Ripe
To find a perfectly ripe pomegranate, there are a number of factors to look for, starting with its shape. It should have flattened, angular sides rather than a spherical shape.
Also, the texture of its thick outer skin should feel firm and leathery. Test it by running your nail across it to see if it will scratch easily, which indicates it’s ready to eat.
Finally, you’ll want to consider the pomegranate’s weight in your hand. The heavier it is, the juicier the seeds are, meaning it’s good to go.
Enjoy pomegranate seeds as is for a snack that’s equal parts crunchy and juicy, or you can try one of the many ways to incorporate the robust flavor into dishes.