Don’t Sleep on These Amazing Pomegranate Recipes


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Don’t Sleep on These Amazing Pomegranate Recipes

December 4, 2019
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Don’t Sleep on These Amazing Pomegranate Recipes

Hungry for dinner, dessert or drinks? We’ve got pomegranate recipes for that.

Where are pomegranates grown in California?

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Central Valley farmer’s grow the majority of the Nation’s pomegranates.

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When are pomegranates in season?

pomegranates on tree | in orchard

Pomegranate season is short but sweet! Here in California, you can find whole pomegranates and arils in stores from September through December. Pomegranate juice, however, is in season year round!

Learn what’s in season in California!

What are pomegranate seeds called?

The ruby red seeds inside of the hard outer shell are called “arils” – they contain the seed & the juice.

Can you freeze pomegranate arils?

Want to extend pomegranate season? Try freezing the arils when pomegranates are at their peak. Not sure how to get the seeds out? Check out this video from our friend Jerry James Stone.

What are pomegranates used for?

Pomegranate on a tree

Pomegranates can be used whole, juiced, or made into a syrup.  From there, you can use them in virtually any type of recipes from tacos to cocktails to desserts. The sky is the limit!

On that note, let’s take a look at some of our favorite pomegranate recipes!

Pomegranate Appetizers:

Apple, Brie and Pomegranate Flatbread

Easiest appetizer ever. This Apple, Brie and Pomegranate Flatbread comes together in just minutes – and pairs perfectly with your favorite California sparkling wine.

scallops with pomegranate sauce from G-free Foodie

Seared Scallops with Pomegranate Drizzle

Speaking of appetizers that can double as a main dish – how gorgeous are these Seared Scallops with Pomegranate Drizzle from G-Free Foodie!

Endive Cups with Pancetta and Pomegranate from G-Free Foodie

Endive Cups with Pancetta + Pomegranate

Feeling fancy? These Endive Cups from G-Free Foodie are an elegant alternative to a traditional salad. Stuffed with savory cheese and pancetta, and then accented with sweet and tangy pomegranate arils, this appetizer would work beautifully with your favorite California Merlot.

Pomegranate Oysters Mignonette from Salt and Wind

Oysters With Pomegranate Mignonette Granita 

Looking for an appetizer that’s sure to impress? Keep this oyster recipe from Salt and Wind in your back pocket.

Salads and Sides Starring California Pomegranates

Israeli Salad with a California Twist

Aliza Sokolow‘s Shirazi or Israeli Salad is loaded with fresh veggies and fruit from California farms. It’s easy to put together and incredibly delicious.

Jaine Mackievicz's cucumber, yogurt and golden raisin salad

Cucumber Salad with Raisins and Pomegranates

Pomegranates add crunch, color and flavor to this delicious Persian Cucumber Salad from Jaíne Mackievicz.

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Cream and Pomegranate from Sweet Laurel

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Cream and Pomegranate

If you’re one of those folks who counts down the seconds until the official start of fall, this Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Cream and Pomegranate from Sweet Laurel is definitely your jam.

Moroccan Carrot Salad with Pomegranate

Simple, flavorful and delicious.  Three qualities of this Moroccan Carrot Salad with Pomegranate from Naturally Ella that I can’t stop dreaming about!


Autumn “Caprese” with California Grown Persimmon and Pomegranate

Sarah of The Delicious Life says that there is no absolute way to arrange the ingredients on the platter. She likes to keep each of the ingredients generally together, and everything arranged in rainbow-ish order. However, she says tossing everything into a bowl probably works, too.

Pomegranate Burrata Salad

Looking to incorporate a little green on your table?  Try this lovely Pomegranate Burrata Salad from Displaced Housewife.  Full of goodness and tossed in a tasty Pomegranate Vinaigrette, this salad isn’t just a side dish – it’s the star of the show!

Pomegranate Recipes with Main Character Energy

Veggie and Chicken Skewers with Pomegranate Sauce from Kroll's Korner

Veggie and Chicken Kebabs with Pomegranate Sauce

These Veggie and Chicken Kabobs from Kroll’s Korner feature a Pomegranate Tahini sauce for drizzling or dunking, plenty of colorful veggies and tender, juicy, flavorful chicken.

achiote beef tacos with pomegranate salsa from hola jalapeno

Achiote Beef Tacos with Pomegranate Salsa

Ever thought of using pomegranates as a taco topping? Hola Jalapeno uses them to create a sweet and crunchy pico de gallo – the perfect topping for spicy, savory Achiote Beef Tacos.

Pomegranate Chicken from Waves in the Kitchen

Pomegranate Skillet Chicken

If you’re looking to kick your chicken up a notch, try this beautiful Pomegranate Skillet Chicken from Waves in the Kitchen.  It’s easy and so delicious!

turkey burgers with pomegranate ketchup from Kroll's Korner

Turkey Burgers with Pomegranate Ketchup

This healthier alternative to traditional burgers is sure to be a family favorite! Serve Tawnie‘s turkey burgers with sweetpotato fries (dipped in pomegranate ketchup, obviously).

Delicious Pomegranate Desserts

Chocolate Crust Cheesecake with Pears and Pomegranates

Cheesecake with Pears and Pomegranate

Luscious and silky smooth, this Cheesecake with Pears and Pomegranates from Bojon Gourmet is decadent and beautifully festive on your plate!

pomegranate apple cobbler from Kroll's Korner

Pomegranate Apple Cobbler

Looking for a dessert that’s easy and delicious? Look no further. Tawnie’s Pomegranate Apple Cobbler fits the bill.

Chocolate Pomegranate Tart

Like chocolate? You’ll love this Chocolate Pomegranate Tart from Yes to Yolks.  Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate, all topped with pomegranate arils – basically a chocolate lover’s dream come true!

Chocolate Pomegranate Parfaits

Looking for an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast? Chocolate Pomegranate Parfaits from Displaced Housewife are basically fruit and yogurt cups, right?

pomegranate nice cream from Kroll's Korner

Pomegranate Nice Cream

Ever heard of “nice cream“? This recipe from Kroll’s Korner is a plant-based alternative to traditional ice cream – and the perfect summer treat.

Lemon Pomegranate Cookie Bars

How amazing are these Lemon Pomegranate Cookie Bars from Eat The Love?  Pillowy soft cookie topped with sweet icing and tasty pom arils.

Sweet Sips: Pomegranate Cocktails

pomegranate moscow mule from Kroll's Korner

Pomegranate Moscow Mule

Fact: Pomegranate juice is loaded with antioxidants. So, does that make Tawnie’s Pomegranate Moscow Mule a cocktail or a health tonic? You decide.

Pomegranate Sangria from Jerry James Stone

Persimmon & Pomegranate Sangria

When it comes to festive cocktails it just doesn’t get more beautiful than this Thanksgiving-inspired sangria from Jerry James Stone!

pomegranate martini recipe from G-Free Foodie

Fresh Pomegranate Martini

Fresh Pomegranate Martini: our favorite pomegranate juice cocktail recipe, from our friend G-Free Foodie! It’s a perfect combination of tart, sweet and refreshing.

Enjoy these fabulous pomegranate recipes – let us know your favorite in the comments below!


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