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The best pomegranates are ones that are juicy and sweet. When possible, buy them in season, which typically starts in September and goes through December. You can store pomegranates, which are loaded with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, at room temperature for a few days or keep them in the refrigerator for up to three months.

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

Rub the skin lightly with your fingers to make sure it's 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.

Warning

Pomegranates, like grapefruit, can interfere with the function of certain medications. Check with your doctor or pharmacist before eating them if you're taking medications.

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A certified nutritionist who majored in health, fitness and nutrition, Traci Vandermark has been writing articles in her specialty fields since 1998. Her articles have appeared both online and in print for publications such as Simple Abundance, "Catskill Country Magazine," "Birds and Blooms," "Cappers" and "Country Discoveries."