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Any further tips on best time to harvest pomegranates?

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I am picking my pomegranates today!  It can be tricky to know exactly the best time to harvest, so if anyone has any extra tips, send them along.
What I am doing today is checking the color, weight and skin texture first.  The ripe pomegranates should be rich in color and feel heavy (filled with delicious, juicy arils), and its skin should be stretched tight and smooth, but a little soft at the same time.  If color and weight looks good, I do a gentle scratch test.  If it’s soft enough that I can make an actual mark (no longer rock-solid), then I harvest a couple and do a taste test!  Usually, I get it right, but occasionally it is so tart that I let the rest of them sit on the tree a little longer.  Does anyone have any further tricks up their sleeves to avoid harvesting too early?

Pomegranate harvest day!
Juicy pomegranates waiting to be harvested.

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    DrPulte_Moderator | | #1

    I'll be following this conversations. I have grown ornamental pomegranates in the Southeast.

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      FionualaModerator | | #2

      Hi there! Well, the pomegranates I picked the other day were perfect! Messy, but delicious!! f

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