Pomegranate is available in the autumn months. It is usually eaten as a raw fruit (the deep red pips are sucked of their juice and then usually discarded) though the juice can be used as a flavouring in sweet dishes and drinks. Look for even-coloured, firm fruit with red and juicy-Iooking seeds. Cut a thin slice off the stem end, cut the fruit into sections, then peel back the skin to free the pips. To release the juice, press the seeds in a sieve over a bowl.