Buying tips: Look for fruits that feel heavy for their size. The heavier it is, the juicier the arils will be. The tougher the outer skin, the better.
Storage: At room temperature, the whole fruit will keep for about a week, two weeks in the fridge. The arils will last five days or so in an airtight container.
How to free the arils for a recipe: Either cut the pomegranate in half or dissect the fruit into parts, working the arils free over a bowl of cold water. The arils will sink, while any of the inner membrane that breaks off will float, making for easier separation.
Ideas for use:
- Top a wintertime salad of lightly cooked hearty greens (like kale, collards, etc.) with arils. The sweet and slightly tart juice will liven up the greens and the seeds will add some nice crunch.
- Top roasted squash, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, or other winter time veggies with arils.
- Make a relish or salsa with arils and a medley of herbs, like parsley or mint, to serve alongside meats or other rich dishes,
- Add arils to cooked grains, like rice and quinoa or your morning porridge for a bit of wintertime brightness.
- Top desserts like cheesecakes and other sweets for a nice pop of color and texture.
Note: Pomegranates do not ripen after being picked!