Pomegranates are the quintessential Winter fruit. Arriving in the Fall,
and lasting only through Winter, they have been centerpieces and
Holiday treats for ages.
The pomegranate is an extremely old plant, believed to have originated
between 4000 BC and 3000 BC in Turkey, and domesticated in Egypt and
Mesopotamia. It’s name, however, comes from the French words “pome” and
“granate” meaning “apple with many seeds”. With beautiful but tough
reddish skin, the pomegranate is one of the unique fruits where the
seeds are sought. Cutting into a pomegranate, you’ll see a whiteish
interior filled with bright red seeds. The seeds are enclosed in a
translucent, juicy pulp, and have a delicious sweet-tart flavor. The
tough outer skin is not edible, only the juice and seeds are consumed.
The juice from a pomegranate is frequently used in jams and jellies,
added to other juices for a fruity beverage, or used in desserts. The
seeds are likewise eaten fresh from the fruit, baked in pastries or
When looking for a good pomegranate, you should always
choose fruits with bright red flesh, free from brown soft spots. They
will have a somewhat flexible though leathery skin. No need to keep
these in your refrigerator, they keep well even at room temperature for
up to two weeks.