The goal in choosing the best pomegranate is to find one that’s juicy and sweet. This is especially important if you plan to make juice from the pomegranate. When possible, buy pomegranates in season, which typically starts in September and goes through December. Pomegranates ship and store well, but you’ll still want the freshest fruit you can find. You can store them at room temperature for a few days or keep them in the refrigerator in a plastic bag for up to three months.

Pick up several pomegranates, one after the other, and feel their relative weight. Select one that is heavy, which indicates it’s juicy.

Rub on the skin lightly with your fingers to make sure the skin is tight and doesn’t pucker or ripple. The skin of the pomegranate should be a dark or bright red.

Make sure there are no cracks or bruises on the skin. This ensures the arils inside are still moist.