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Pomegranate Recipes

Updated on February 13, 2013


Pomegranates are a favourite the world over. They are packed with vitamin C and are also a good source of fibre. The fruit is said to lower cholesterol as well as reduce the risks of heart failure. It contains a lot of potassium and is said to be a great anti-oxidant.


So what can you do with pomegranates? First of all, you have to remove the pomegranate arils or pearls from the skin – make sure you remove all the pith. Then, it’s ready for any recipe.

Pomegranate Salads

Dice and steam a beetroot, mix with the pomegranate, add a few mint leaves, chopped, mix in some vinaigrette dressing and it’s a great salad.

You can also add it to chopped, boiled chicken and walnuts mixed with mayonnaise and shredded basil.

Pomegranate Breakfasts

Great as a juice for breakfast or even eaten just as it is, it can also make a wholesome meal when you add the pearls to yoghurt with a dash of honey.

It makes a great jelly with pectin.

Pomegranate Desserts

Thicken the juice with a bit of cornflour and it makes a great topping for ice-cream.

Set the juice with gelatine, cut into cubes and top with brandy custard sauce.



Pomegranate Juice

Put it through a blender with a little bit of water, strain, and you have wonderful pomegranate juice. A dash of salt and pepper adds to the taste.

It tastes great in a cocktail with 1/3 soda, 1/3 vodka and 1/3 pomegranate juice.

Grenadine Syrup

Pomegranates are also called grenadas in some parts of the world and grenadine syrups are made with this fruit. Put the arils or pearls in a blender and strain. Add an equal quantity of sugar to the juice and bring to the boil, simmer for 10 minutes and you have a wonderful, home-made grenadine syrup. If the pomegranate is pink or red, the syrup will have a wonderful colour. If it’s white, you might want to add a bit of food colour to the syrup.

This year, we've had a great crop of pomegranates from our garden!



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      Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      I like the last Idea! Gonna give that a go some time. Great Hub!

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Thank you - it really is a great drink - so cheers to that!

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Wonderful ideas. I love pomegranates. Thanks so much!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I like your concoctions, Shalini and will give it a whirl. Thank you!

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      poetlorraine 7 years ago

      hiya i saw pom. in the shop yesterday, when i was a little girl, we used to be given a pin, to get out the pips and would sit hours eating it. The memory is enough to put me off them. Is it actually easy to get those pips out, i know i like the tast of them

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      dianacharles 7 years ago from India

      The first and last one sound good. I love pomegranates.Did you take the pix?

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      Great stuff Shalini,thanks. CC I love this fruit.

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      Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

      I had a delightful pomegranate juice-sparkling wine combo the other day - it made me sparkle! :P

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Growing up here in NYC - these were always known as 'Chinese apples.' And we loved them. I still do. Thanks for the ideas.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      This is our daily drink, and we love it! We buy the 100% juice at Costco! Enjoyed this info.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Thank you breakfastpop!

      Dohn - thanks - tell me how you like them.

      poetlorraine - I guess many children get put off with the tedious process of taking out the arils :)

      Diana - thanks for reading. Yes, I did - we've got a good crop this year from our garden.

      Charlie - thank you for coming by :)

      FP - sounds good! Hope your WineFest goes well!

      BkCreative - only in NY!! :) I've often wondered why they were called that!

      IslandVoice - thank you - it's a great antioxidant.

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      Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

      Shalini, I love pomegranates. I love just eating the pearls. When I was little, my mother would remove them from the skin for me. It's a laborious job and tends to stain one's hands. Now I do it for my kids.

      I also use pomegranate juice as a mixer in my homemade soda pop.

      I loved the photos. How did you get the juice to be so pink in the second photo?

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      I was reading your hub while you were commenting on mine!

      Yes, it is laborious and the stains are hard to get out from clothes.

      I love it with soda too :)

      That's their natural colour - our homegrown pomegranates are a lovely shade of pink.

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      LittleWhistle 7 years ago

      Oh, man, a favorite!!! I love pom and cherries in a juice.. fantastic.. or blueberries. Thanks Shalini.. it's been ages since I've bought one fresh.. how can you tell if one is ready to eat or un/too ripe?

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Here you are with 101 hubs.. you don't let grass grow under your feet, basking in the accolades of your peers! No ma'am!

      I adore pomegranates.. used to eat them in class in Jr. High when someone would smuggle one in! I need to start making juice again.. that time of year for extra vitamins and antioxidants! Thanks Shalini!

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      Peter 7 years ago from Australia

      Hi Shalini, I cannot recall ever having tasted pomegranates.

      I must hunt them up and try them. Could they possibly have another name?

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Hi LittleWhistle - the ones you get in the stores are ready to eat. To tell if it's ripe, tap it - it makes a hollow, drum-like sound. We usually pluck them before they're fully ripe and leave them to ripen otherwise the birds get them. We do leave some on the tree for them though :)

      Candie - I must remember to stock the place with pomegrantes if ever you do come :)

      Ag - they are called Chinese apples as Bk said - in NY mainly. They're also called grenadas and you can make grenadine syrup or liqueur with them. Thanks for reminding me - I'm going to add that up there too :)

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      Godslittlechild 7 years ago

      When I was 2 years old, there was a pomegranate tree right beside the house we lived in, in Glendale, California. I have loved them forever. Good recipes, I'll give them a try for sure!

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      dusanotes 7 years ago from Windermere, FL

      I love your hubs, Shalini. Absolutely the best. And where you come up with all these recipes, I'll never know. But I do enjoy seeing the great photos and writing. Don White

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Leave to Ag to help you better your already great hub! Oh, that man! LOL! I didn't know that's what grenadine syrup was made from! I'll add it more often!

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      The Californian ones are definitely larger and juicier than ours - good to hear from another pomegranate fan :)

      Don - may I return the compliment? Thanks as always for reading!

      Yes, Candie - he's really something! Thanks to him - I'm making some today.

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      Artemus Gordon 7 years ago

      I love pomegranates. I was so happy to find out that I can have a pomegranate tree on my property since it is just warm enough for them here.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      There's nothing like home-grown pomegranates, Artemus!

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      Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

      Hi Shalini, how lucky you are to grow these in your garden. whenever I eat pomegranates I'm always reminded of the story of Persephone and the pomegranate seeds. I love their juice, and they're great in salads.

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      quicksand 7 years ago

      Hi Shal,

      We had a pomegranate tree but the fruits were bitter to taste. They were different from the ones available in the supermarkets.

      Someone said pomegranates contains a rare type of phyto-nutrients. Was it you?

      Cheers!

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Someone gave me 2 pomegranates yesterday, and I was wondering what to do with them. Just found your hub - thanks.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Hi Amanda - thank you! I love that legend - somehow it makes the Underworld a nice place to be in! :)

      Quicksand - yes, that does happen at times. What you need to do is snip off all the flowers during the first flowering and start harvesting the crop from the second time around. It works - now why it works, I haven't a clue!! :D

      Must have been stevemark - I remember reading a great hub by him.

      2patricias - thank you for reading - hope you liked what you made with them!

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      Mitch King 7 years ago from Wilsoville, OR, USA

      I had no idea you could do so much with pomegranates.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Thanks for coming by, Mitch!

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      eyeofh 7 years ago from New Jersey

      My daughter (five years old) has recently become absolutely infatuated with pomegranate. Thank you for the ideas...she will be so excited!

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      eyeofh - that's really great - it's packed with so much goodness! I do hope she enjoys some of these!

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      Bukan 7 years ago from India, Kolkata

      Love this recipe Shalini

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Thank you bukan - hope you try some of them!

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Never thought about using pomegranates in recipes. Usually I eaten them raw. I will have to try some of your suggestions.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Hi Coolmom - hope you like what you try!

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      jenniferhughs 7 years ago

      Pomegranates is such a heart healthy food, thanks for the great recipe ideas. We should all add more Pom into our diets!

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      How true - it's a great antioxidant - here's to more poms!

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      BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

      I love this fruit. In Turkey it is used as a dressing for your salads. Wonderful hub. You have made me very hungry.

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Hi BJBenson - yes, I've heard it's used a lot in Turkey. Thanks for reading!

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      Nyesha Pagnou, MPH 6 years ago from USA

      I really like the flavor of pomegranates. Thanks for sharing these ideas Shalini!

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Hi Journey* - glad you like it!

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      dinkan53 6 years ago from India

      i just love pomegranate and have it as whole. Interesting to make it by the above recipes. thanks for sharing and gonna try it

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Thanks dinkan53 - yes, it's great any which way!

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