Shopping at the Hollywood Farmers' Market last weekend, we were delighted by the omnipresence of brilliant rosy orbs. Although pomegranates started to appear at a couple of stands last month, this week our favorite autumn fruit finally reached peak season throughout the market. Click for more pictures and to learn what one of the farmers told us...
A couple of years ago, we asked one of the farmers how to select a good pomegranate. The uglier the better, he told us, and we've followed this advice with great success. Look for cracked pomegranates; they may not be the most attractive, but it means they're bursting with plump seeds and are ready to be eaten right away. (Just make sure there isn't any mold in the cracks.) Another sign of juiciness is weight – choose pomegranates that are heavy for their size. Do you have any other advice for selecting pomegranates?
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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