Pom 101: How to Store a Pomegranate

Unopened pomegranates can last up to one month on the counter or two months in the refrigerator. Fresh arils can last two weeks in a sealed plastic container in the refrigerator and frozen arils can last for many months in the freezer.

To freeze pomegranate arils, spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Place in a freezer for two hours or until frozen. Transfer frozen arils to a resealable plastic bag or container. Frozen arils can be enjoyed well after the season has ended. (Photo by Krista Simmons)

How To Open A Pomegranate

1 Cut: With a sharp paring knife, cut off the top about a one inch below the crown.

2 Score: Once the top has been removed, four to six sections of the pomegranate divided by white membrane will be visible. With the knife’s point, score the skin along each section.

3 Open: Using both hands, carefully pull the pomegranate apart in a bowl of water, breaking it into smaller sections.

4 Loosen: Under water, loosen the arils and allow them to sink to the bottom of the bowl; the membrane will float to the top.

5 Scoop: Use a spoon to scoop out the pieces of white membrane that have floated to the top of the water.

6 Strain: Pour the arils and remaining liquid through a strainer.