I had a fresh pomegranate for the first time today. I've never bought one because, honestly, they intimidated me. They seem like such a complicated fruit—too much work for seemingly little fruit. But, I couldn't have been more wrong. Fresh pomegranates are delicious and easy to eat (see tips below). I like them plain, but I'm willing to bet they'd be a wonderful topping on yogurt or a leafy green salad.

Pomegranate

4 reasons why pomegranates are good for you:
1. High in antioxidants and nutrient-dense
2. Rich in vitamins A,C, E, and folic acid
3. May help lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and raise HDL (good cholesterol)
4. Packed with fiber and potassium

3 tips for buying pomegranates:
1. Skin should be plump, bright in color and blemish free
2. They will keep at room temperature for a few days or up to 3 months in the refrigerator
3. You can freeze the seeds in an airtight container for 3-6 months

Pomegranate sliced open

How to eat pomegranates: I like to cut it into pieces and put them in a bowl of cold water. The arils/seeds gravitate to the bottom and the white part will float to the top. The arils/seeds are what you eat. There is a hard inner seed that is also edible, or you can suck off the juice and spit out the hard seed.

Pomegranate seeds