How to select for best flavor:
Choose pomegranates that have very a good color and are free from cracks and breaks in the skin. The color will vary with variety from pale yellow blushed with pink to deep red.
Peak of the season:
Most domestic pomegranates come from California and are harvested between September and December. The peak month is October, just in time for Halloween.
Pomegranates are eaten more for pleasure than for nutrition, although they do provide some vitamin C, iron and calcium. They are very low in calories and sodium and, of course, have no cholesterol.
Pomegranates are usually picked unripe for shipping, because they tend to split when fully ripe. They ripen well at room temperature and can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks.
Pomegranates are a symbol of fertility, and the seeds have often been called an aphrodisiac. Eating a pomegranate can be a very sensual experience. Do it with someone you love. Children like pomegranates a lot because it is so intriguing to dig out and eat the beautiful jewel-like seeds.