Pomegranate, the ancient fruit of the middle east, is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and fiber with its edible seeds (aka arils). These pomegranate recipes feature pomegranate juice, pomegranate concentrate, pomegranate molasses and pomegranate arils.
If you are new to my blog, let me be 100% clear: my family and I adore pomegranates! There is something about that sweet and tangy fruit that just makes us go crazy over this amazing fruit. Sure, it could be that we are Persian and the fact that my husband and I were raised eating pomegranates.
But more people who try this delicious fruit, quickly fall in love with it, too. Whether you have one pomegranate to work with or 40, I have a variety of recipes and posts written all about this ancient fruit. Got pomegranate questions? I’ve got the answers!
Is it safe to eat pomegranate seeds?
The pomegranate fruit has been documented and written about in prose and in art dating back to ancient times. It originates from the middle east, but the tree itself is grown all over the world. Pomegranate trees love dry and arid weather and only require moderate rain.
Once you peel away the tough outer skin, you find the fruit studded with many ruby red seeds, or arils. The arils contain the fruit juice and the white seed inside is most definitely edible. Some seeds may be tougher to chew than others, so not everybody is fond of the pomegranate seed. But it most definitely is edible.
You can definitely purchase pomegranate arils separately from the fruit. But it is pretty expensive compared to just peeling and seeding a pomegranate on your own. Intimidated by the pomegranate? Don’t worry. I have written a post and have a video on how to seed a pomegranate.
What is the benefit of pomegranates?
In ancient times, pomegranates were revered and coveted by everyone. The pomegranate fruit was thought to promote fertility and fight tapeworm and other parasites. But today we have science and not old wives tales that help us study and learn the benefits of eating pomegranates.
Pomegranates are incredibly rich in antioxidants called polyphenols. Polyphenols are also found in another Mediterranean favorite, extra virgin olive oil. There are three types of polyphenols, tannins, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid. Only pomegranates contain high amounts of all three. What does this mean to you?
Antioxidants are known for their ability to fight cell damage. They are also reported to help treat digestion issues, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases (read more health benefits here).
Pomegranates are also rich in fiber Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folate and potassium. They also have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, too. There are numerous reports and tests that show the benefits of pomegranates. You can read more about that here.
How to cut a pomegranate
So now that you know how fabulous pomegranates are not only delicious but oh so good for you, you need to learn how to cut a pomegranate. There are multiple techniques touted out there, but we found the best method. And I say this with experience, because every year we cut an average of 30-50 pomegranate.
How to juice a pomegranate
If you are not a fan of eating pomegranate seeds, but prefer a tall glass of pomegranate juice, I’ve got you covered here, too. I have broken down the many ways to juice a pomegranate and share with you my favorite technique to produce the best tasting pomegranate juice.
Once you have your pomegranate juice, what should you do with it besides drink it up? I share various recipes below that include pomegranate juice. You can also reduce it down with sugar and make pomegranate molasses.
Pomegranate as a dye
In ancient times, pomegranate blossoms were crushed to make dye. The pomegranate skins were used to dye leather. Anyone who has ever peeled a pomegranate or two (or three or 20) will notice that their finger tips get stained.
But don’t expect pomegranates to make a ruby red dye. Pomegranate oxidizes and turns brown, so the dye also turns a beautiful yellowish light brown color, depending on whether you are using immature or mature fruit. You can learn more about how to use pomegranates to naturally dye fabric here.
How To Cut A Pomegranate
This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to cut a pomegranate and easily remove the seeds without getting cracked skin or stains on your clothes! Find more of my pomegranate recipes.
Yogurt Whole Wheat Scones with Pomegranate
Tender and moist, these yogurt whole wheat scones are busting with ruby red pomegranate are wholesome and healthier twist on a classic breakfast treat.
Breakfast Quinoa with Pomegranate
Pomegranates are incredible nutritious and are a wonderful way to bejewel your breakfast, especially a bowl of breakfast quinoa with pomegranate.
Pomegranate Yogurt Parfait with Blueberries
Start your morning off right with this pomegranate yogurt parfait with blueberries. Rich in antioxidants, full of protein and fiber it's the best breakfast.
Pomegranate Yogurt Pancakes
Start your day off right with these ruby studded pomegranate yogurt pancakes. They are made with olive oil and yogurt, easy to whip up and are incredibly moist and delicious.
Pomegranate with Golpar
This simple snack of pomegranate with golpar, Persian Hogwood, is a Persian favorite mixing in sweet and sour together.
Homemade jams and preserves aren't just for summer fruits. This pomegranate jelly recipe is super easy to make and takes advantage of a very beautiful fall fruit.
Persian Pomegranate Soup (Ash Anar)
This hearty, Persian Pomegranate Soup (Ash Anar) will nurture your soul with spinach, yellow split peas and just a tang of pomegranate.
Roasted Acorn Squash Soup with Sage, Pomegranate and Sour Cream
Full of fall flavors, this vibrant roasted acorn squash soup with sage, pomegranate and sour cream studded with pomegranate will certainly liven up any dinner table.
Pomegranate Cheese Ball
This mid-century classic appetizer gets an elegant face lift in this ruby red studded pomegranate cheese ball, made with garlic and fresh herbs.
Persian Pickled Eggplant with Pomegranate (torshi bademjan ba anar)
Persians love their pickled vegetables and this pickled eggplant with pomegranate (torshi bademjan ba anar) is thick, incredibly delicious and super easy to make.
Stuffed Grape Leaves | Persian Beef and Pomegranate Dolmeh
Whether for an appetizer or a light lunch, these Persian Stuffed Grape Leaves, Beef and Pomegranate Dolmeh, are delicious and satisfying.
Persian Dolma Stuffed Grape Leaves with Raisins (or Dolmeh/Dolmades)
Persian dolma (or dolmeh/dolmades) comes in all varieties of stuffing and vessels. These stuffed grape leaves with raisins are meatless and offer a a wonderful sweet and sour combination.
Pomegranate Brie en Croute
By wrapping your brie wheel in some puff pastry along with fruit and nuts, your Pomegranate Brie en Croute is very simply elevated into a very elegant and unforgettable appetizer.
Grilled Caesar Salad with Pomegranate, Pepitas and Shallots
Celebrate fall and the cooler weather with a warm salad, like this Grilled Caesar Salad with Pomegranate, Pepitas and Shallots.
Cranberry Quinoa Salad with Orange, Mint and Kale
A fresh twist on a classic combination. This Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad with Orange, Mint and Kale is an easy Thanksgiving side dish for your holiday turkey or weeknight chicken.
Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce
Start a new tradition for the family Thanksgiving table by adding another fall fruit with this easy and delicious pomegranate cranberry sauce.
Fesenjoon: Persian Pomegranate and Walnut Stew (khoresh fesenjan)
Fesenjoon is a Persian stew made with ground walnuts and pomegranates. It can be made with chicken or duck, or you can leave the meat out and keep it vegan.
Roast Turkey with Pomegranate Gravy
Whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other special occasion, try something different this year for your holiday turkey, like this scrumptious roast turkey with pomegranate gravy.
Lamb Meatballs with Tomato Pomegranate Sauce
Think you are not a fan of lamb? These lamb meatballs are plump, juicy and served with a sweet and tangy tomato pomegranate sauce to mop up with a baguette.
How to Juice a Pomegranate
This post explores four different methods on how to juice a pomegranate. These instructions are how to juice one or a large batch of pomegranates.
Pomegranate Iced Tea
With pomegranate juice readily available any time of the year, why not try a new refreshing drink and enjoy some in this Pomegranate Iced Tea?
No-Dye All Natural Purplicious Potion
Serve up this all-natural drink for your Halloween party or any other festivity, all with no artificial colors.
Pomegranate Strawberry Drink with Kale
Need a pick me up full of antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and low on sugar? This pomegranate strawberry drink with kale is easy to throw together!
Pomegranate Mulled Wine
Celebrate the Winter Solstice (Shabe Yalda) and the longest night of the year with this warm and spiced Pomegranate Mulled Wine. Keep it warm in a crockpot and serve it at your next holiday party!
Fresh pomegranate juice combined with tart apple cider vinegar makes this shrub a ruby-red delight.
Homemade foodie gifts are a real treat to giveaway, and fruit infused vodka, like this homemade pomegranate vodka, is perfect for the bartender on your list!
If you don't have time to infuse your alcohol with fruit, here's a quicker way to add pomegranate flavor to your favorite liquor!
Pomegranate and Condensed Milk Fudge with Pistachios
This pomegranate and condensed milk fudge is a slightly fruity fudge, topped with pistachios and makes a great holiday treat to give as foodie gifts.
Whether you like it coarse (made by hand) or more smooth (made by machine), this pomegranate granita is a delicious and refreshing treat for everyone to enjoy!
Whole Wheat Pomegranate Banana Bread with Pistachios
Love pomegranates? They add so much flavor and crunch in this whole wheat pomegranate banana bread with pistachios. A perfect way to get a jump on your fall baking!
Pomegranate and Red Wine Poached Pears
Two of autumn's favorite fruits are paired to make these stunning and elegant pomegranate and red wine poached pears dessert.
Homemade Pink Marshmallows with Pomegranate
Homemade marshmallows are incredibly fluffy and full of flavor, and these homemade pink marshmallows with pomegranate produce an amazing sweet and sour combination.