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How to tell when a pomegranate goes bad

Pomegranates are a fruit that is in season during the fall months. People enjoy the seeds of the pomegranate fruit. The fruit can last for one to three months if refrigerated and unopened. Once you slice open the pomegranate, you will need to eat it within a week as the seeds go bad quickly. Store pomegranate seeds in a tightly sealed container. This will help keep the pomegranate seeds fresh as long as possible.

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Check for white mould on the seeds. The mould is probably the easiest sign of a bad pomegranate.

Feel the outside of the pomegranate for mushy spots. These spots can be brown but because of the dark colour of a pomegranate, you might not be able to see them. Soft spots mean the pomegranate has gone bad.

Smell the pomegranate. Foods have a rotting smell when they've gone bad and pomegranates are no exception.

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About the Author

Melissa Hamilton began writing professionally in 2007. She has enjoyed cooking creatively in the kitchen from a young age. In addition to writing cooking articles for various publications, she currently works in the restaurant industry as a food and beverage trainer.

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