Knowing how to properly dry fresh pomegranates is an important first step in using them for lasting, seasonal decorations and dried floral arrangements. In spite of being among the more succulent fruits, pomegranates tend to dehydrate well when prepared correctly. Once they are dry, you can add the pomegranates to your home's decor or decorate them for a more formal effect.
Things You'll Need
- Fresh pomegranates
- Toothpick or pin
- Wire rack or baking sheet lined with wax paper
- Metallic gold or silver spray paint (optional)
Select whole, fresh pomegranates that are smooth and firm. Make sure there is no sponginess or bruising on the rinds.
Puncture the rind multiple times with a sharp toothpick or a pin. The finished result will be more attractive if this is done in vertical and parallel patterns, rather than in a random fashion.
Place the pomegranates on a wire rack, and allow them to air dry for three weeks or more. If you do not have a rack, lay them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. If you choose this method, be sure to turn the fruit over every two to three days to ensure that the pomegranates dry evenly. Once dry, the fruits should be about one-third their original size and more brownish pink than red. They should also feel very light.