My Pomegranate Is Brown Inside: Is It Safe To Eat?

If you have noticed that your pomegranate has brown patches inside, you may be wondering whether it’s safe for you to eat the fruit or not. Pomegranates are expensive so most people don’t want to waste them when they have bought them.

Whether a pomegranate is safe to eat or not depends on which part of the fruit has gone brown. If the pith around the seeds has turned a little brown, the pomegranate will usually be okay. However, if the seeds have turned brown, it may not be safe for you to eat the fruit.

It’s important to check before eating a brown pomegranate, as there is a risk of contracting food-borne bacteria if you eat something that has gone moldy. In this article, we’ll cover what makes pomegranate moldy and how you can check if your pomegranate is still okay to eat.

What Indicates That A Pomegranate Has Gone Off?


If your pomegranate has gone brown inside, there are a few things that you should look for to check whether it is still safe for you to eat. You should avoid any pomegranates that:

  • Have a strange, sour, or alcoholic smell
  • Feel very light, as though most of the juice has dried up from them
  • Have a squashy or wrinkly exterior
  • Have dark patches on the outside or the inside, or any flecks of mold appearing on any part of the fruit
  • Have an acidic or alcoholic flavor
  • Have gone mushy inside, especially the seeds
  • Have brown seeds

Unfortunately, any of these things is a clear indication that the pomegranate has gone off and you should not consume it. Don’t ignore these signs, as you could make yourself sick by eating moldy pomegranates.

Pomegranates should feel heavy, firm, and juicy, and if they don’t feel that way, they may not be good to eat.

Why Is Your Pomegranate Brown Inside?

Two things can cause a pomegranate to turn brown inside. In some cases, it will be because the fruit has been bumped and a bruise is forming. In others, it will be because the fruit is old and has started to go off.

If the browning is just a result of a bruise, there is quite a high chance that the fruit will be okay to eat. However, if the browning is the result of the pomegranate being old, it is no longer safe to eat. You can tell the difference by checking for mold spots, or a change in taste, texture, or smell.

You may also be able to tell bruising apart from decay because bruising is likely to be more localized, whereas mold may be spread throughout the fruit. Always check before eating a pomegranate that has started to turn brown.

What If The Pomegranate Has External Bruises?

It’s quite normal for a pomegranate to have bruises or other blemishes on the outside of its skin. Lumps, spots, and small bulges are rarely signs that you need to be concerned about. However, you should check any fruits that look unusual with particular care.

Gently touch any spots that look strange. If they feel firm and waxy, the pomegranate is probably fine to eat. If they have gone soft, mushy, or slimy, the pomegranate has been damaged. You may be able to cut off the damaged section, but it’s best to avoid buying fruits that are going soft.

Can You Cut Off Bad Bits?

If only a small part of the pomegranate has been affected, you may be able to cut off the parts that have gone bad and eat the rest. However, you should be cautious about this because the contamination may have spread throughout the fruit, even if the visible signs haven’t.

If part of your pomegranate has been off, check whether the rest smells okay. If it smells acidic, alcoholic, or like nail polish remover, you should not eat it. Throw the whole fruit away.

However, if the damage is localized, you can use a sharp knife to cut away the part that has gone bad and only get rid of that. If you do this, cut generously around the area, removing a bit of good flesh too, to minimize the risk of eating bad pomegranate.

What Color Should Pomegranate Seeds Be?

Pomegranate seeds should be red and glossy for most varieties of pomegranates, although some may come in different hues. They should not be brown, so if they are, you should throw the pomegranate away, even if it smells okay. Browning seeds are a sign that the fruit is no longer safe to eat.

This applies to seeds that have been packaged separately and to whole pomegranates.

How Do You Store A Pomegranate?

Storage is a critical part of keeping your fruit fresh, and you should be particularly careful if your pomegranate has any bruising or damage. If you have not yet cut the pomegranate open, store it in a cool place away from direct sunlight. It should last for a few weeks, especially if it was fresh when purchased.

If you want the fruit to last longer, you will need to put it in the fridge, and there, it could stay good for a month or more.

Once you have cut open a pomegranate, it needs to be kept in the fridge. Place it in an airtight container in the coldest part of your fridge and aim to use it up within a week. If you need to keep it for longer, pomegranate seeds can be frozen in an airtight container for around 6 months.


A pomegranate that has gone brown may still be okay to eat, but you should check whether the seeds or the pith is brown. Brown pith is not particularly concerning unless it is accompanied by other signs of decay, but if the seeds have turned brown, you will need to throw the pomegranate away, as it will no longer be safe to consume.