Pomegranate color ripens to a bright red/deep red shade on the outside. The color depends on the potash availability in the soil. Usually before ripening, the skin is hard, tight and cannot be easily scratched. When ripe, the outer skin becomes bit soft. If you are able to scratch the skin using your fingernail and gentle pressure, then it is ripe.
Another sign is when the patals of the crown turn inside, it is a stage of maturity and the fruit is ready to eat.
The unripe fruit is exactly round in shape like apple. When ripe, the round shape is changed with the sides slightly become square. This happens due to the arils pressing against the outer wall as they reach maximum juice content. A pomegranate has slots inside the fruit, the round shape is stressed and the fruit looks flattened on the sides.
An easy way to remove the seeds is to cut the pomegranate in half then hold one half in your hand seed side down over a large bowl. Wallop the half with a wooden spoon. The seeds come out quite easily saving time over the old fashioned method of using a pin to remove each individual seed.
The best way to get to the seeds is to slice the pomegranate almost in half, from crown to halfway to the bottom. Use your fingers to break the two halves apart, and then tear away the connecting membranes and remove the seeds over a large bowl, half filled with water. The seeds will sink to the bottom and the membrane will float on the top. Skim off the membrane and strain the seeds of water. To juice them, put the seeds in a blender and pulse a few times, just enough to break up all the seeds. Let the mixture sit for a minute for the hard seed bits to settle and pour through a strainer. Add sugar to taste.
One of my earliest memories is that of using money my grandmother had given me to buy candy to buy a pomegranate instead. Oh, I loved them. I loved the fact that we kids had to dress up special in our worst clothes in order to eat them. We had to eat them outside, too (it's still pretty warm in November in Los Angeles where we lived when I was a kid), and spit the seeds out into the shrubbery. Messy, juicy, sweet food that involves sanctioned spitting? We were in heaven.
Now we have our own pomegranate tree and we get to hang out in pom heaven come every November. (No more seed spitting, we grownups eat them whole.) Here's the thing to know about pomegranates (other than the juice stains) - just because the fruit is red doesn't mean that the seeds inside are ripe. We don't pick our pomegranates until they begin to burst at the seams. This usually happens a few days after a rain. The seeds absorb the moisture and the skin cannot contain them anymore. Once the skin has cracked to reveal the seeds the pomegranates must be picked immediately, and used up quickly, or they will get moldy.
a deep ruby red
by picking the fruit from the tree when ripe
== == Pomegranates are ripe when the skin is a crimson color, and the fruit should feel heavy and the skin should be shiny. You should avoid fruit with cracks and splits in the skin.A pomegranate is ripe when the skin is bright red, and you are able to scratch it with your fingernail. not applying too much pressure!
You can tell that passion fruit is ripe by looking at it =)
Yes. Their just not fully ripe yet but their edible
you can eat a pomegranate when its all a bright red or if it has a little green on it
it is ripe if it is dark orange it is not ripe if it is light orange
Generally, you can tell if a melon (growing from the garden) is ripe when the stem turns brownish in color.
knock on the melon.How ripe it is depends on how high or low the pitch is.
Feel it at the point where stem was, if ripe it's starting to get soft.
The smell and the color.
One reason that fruit and blossoms fall off a pomegranate tree could be lack of water. Another reason might be that the fruit is overly ripe and should have been picked already.
One can tell that a cantaloupe is ripe by looking at the outer rind of the fruit. If the cantaloupe is ripe, this will be orange in color. If it is not, this rind will be more green.
An easy way to tell if your avocado is ripe is by flicking the small brown stem off the top. If it comes off easily and the bit underneath is green, it's ripe. If it doesn't or is brown, it's not ripe.
When it's ripe it will smell really nice. That's the best way to tell.
Check the neck, to tell if a pear is ripe press gently around the stem of the pear and, if it is ripe, it will give a little. Information regarding this and numerous other pear related facts, including what time of the year most pears are ripe and what ripe pears of different types look like, check out the related link attached to this question.
when it turns a brown and yellow.
it must be quite soft
A lemon can be used before it is ripe, but it will not have as much juice and be harder to squeeze. The ripeness of a lemon can be judged by its color, and it is ripe when no green tinge remains.
It is ripe if you slap it with the palm of your hand and it vibrates as if it is hollow. You can also pluck it and get the same responce from the melon.
the colour breaks from green to orange
By seeing its colour and by gently pushing your thumb at different locations of papaya without spoiling it . If the fruit 'gives' it is ripe.
bite into it, then you will find out :)
Smell it. The stronger the sweet smell the riper it is.