There are several ways to tell if a pomegranate is ripe, including weight, color and texture of the surrounding outer skin. Most pomegranates arrive at grocery stores fully ripened, but there are several ways to make sure they are ready to be consumed. The ripest pomegranates generally have firm, smooth skins and are heavy, which means that they are full of juice.Continue Reading
Pomegranates are unique among many fruits because their skin becomes firmer and less pliable as they ripen, instead of softening. Pomegranates are also unique in the sense that unlike many other fruits, they do not produce a sweet and distinct smell when at their peak. The color of pomegranates varies, and ranges from a medium solid red color to dark red shades, such as crimson and cherry red.
Although relatively hardy, these fruits, as with other produce, may be damaged during the process of shipping and handling. They may have small surface abrasions, such as bruises and nicks, which appear unsightly but do not mean that the fruit is bad. Pomegranates are produced by trees that grow primarily in hot and arid climates and require very little water. These trees, as with the fruit, are quite durable. It generally takes pomegranate trees 3 years to begin producing fruit, and their subsequent production depends on the species and local environmental conditions.Learn more about Fruit
Green bananas can be eaten, although they are harder to peel, have a bitter, starchy flavor and the texture is firmer than a yellow banana. A green banana is simply an unripe banana that turns yellow and then brown as the fruit matures.Full Answer >
Baking, frying and microwaving are a few ways to cook apples. Baking requires the longest time, but is a healthier alternative for an apple-based dessert or side dish than frying. Microwaving apples is the most convenient option, taking only minutes to prepare and cook, without peeling or chopping.Full Answer >
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Some ways to cook fresh rhubarb include mixing it with hot water, sugar and gelatin to create a jam or dessert cups; pureeing and turning the rhubarb into compote for use in chocolate chunk brownies; and grilling the rhubarb before frying it with other ingredients in a skillet for rhubarb Brown Betty. These cooking methods produce very different textures, but preserve the flavor and nutritional content of the vegetable.Full Answer >