Pomegranates are typically available in our stores August through December. We are in the middle of the California season so it is a really great time to give them a try. Pomegranates contain red arils that are delicious and heavy with juice. Inside each aril is a tiny seed that is edible and can provide valuable fiber. The white membrane that surrounds to arils is bitter and I do not recommend eating it. It’s very easy to choose a good pomegranate at the store. They are picked ripe, so go ahead and enjoy it as soon as you get home. Pick out a pomegranate that has firm, tout skin that feels heavy for its size. The heavier the pomegranate, the juicier the fruit will be. Pomegranates score and almost perfect score of 91 on the Nu Val nutritional scale which makes this fruit a healthy choice. Pomegranates are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. They are also a good source of dietary fiber and folate, and a very good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K. I’ll be the first to admit that pomegranates are kind of a chore to eat. The juice can stain your hands or clothes and the arils can be a bit stubborn at times. I found has a “3 step- no mess” procedure that looks like it works pretty good on the website http://pomegranates.org.
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