Pomegranates are known to be high in antioxidants and essential nutrients and can be eaten dried. Dehydrated pomegranates are also used for decorative purposes. Pomegranates can be sun dried, oven-dried or dried in a fruit and vegetable dehydrator.
- Choose the fruit carefully
Pick pomegranates that are ripe but not overripe. They should have smooth, firm skin and not be bruised. Make sure all the fruit are uniformly ripe, as otherwise, dehydrating times will vary.
- Place pomegranates in sunlight or oven
You will need about three weeks of direct sunlight and low humidity. Put the pomegranates on a cheesecloth lined baking sheet and place them outside in the sunlight for the most environmentally friendly way of dehydrating them. Make sure you turn the fruit every few hours so they dry evenly. Alternatively, you can place them on parchment-lined baking sheets in an oven at its lowest heat setting. Leave the oven door slightly open so moisture from the fruit doesn't remained trapped inside. Once the fruit has become dry but not brittle, the drying process is complete. You will need to increase dehydration time if it still appears moist.
- Store the dried fruit
Store the pomegranate in an air-tight box, and store it in a cool, dry place.