Although some exotic fruits such as pomegranates are not often thought of as ‘cooking fruits’, using pomegranates in cooking can be a great compliment of flavor, especially to red meat and salad dishes. Probably the most common reason why using pomegranates in cooking is not very common in the Western world is because of the longer amount of preparation they take. Chopping, and removing the seeds, or pomegranate arils, from the fruit’s center can be a real pain, especially when trying to avoid extracting the pulp from around the outside, but with a bit of patience, and a sharp knife, adding pomegranate seeds to your cooking can make you kick yourself for not discovering it earlier!
Not only do pomegranate seeds add an abundance of flavor to your dishes, they also add that familiar pinky-purple color to it, taking the appearance from bland to mouth-watering. Whether you are cooking for yourself, or cooking for another person, adding pomegranate seeds can be a surefire way to show off, and deem yourself as a ‘good cook’ even if you are not.
After just 2 paragraphs, I bet you are already anxious to head to the kitchen and start experimenting with some pomegranate recipes, right? Well, I haven’t even got to the best part yet. Pomegranate seeds are unbelievably good for you! Not only will you make your dishes look, and taste amazing when using pomegranates in cooking, you will also be adding tons of nutritious value to your meal, in the form of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
In my opinion, the best way to use pomegranate seeds in cooking is by adding them to Mexican, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern recipes. The tangy, sweet flavor is the perfect complement to the sometimes overpowering flavors of these types of foods. If salads or healthier foods are your forte, then try sprinkling pomegranate seeds over a tossed salad, or mix with a soft vinegar to make a gorgeous marinade for chicken or other meats. It’s easier than you think!
If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of using pomegranates in cooking, then simply opt for the juice on its own. Pomegranate juice is available from almost all stores that sell fresh pomegranates, so to save time and effort, try using just the juice. If manually chopping and serving the fruit is what you enjoy, then be sure to check the quality of the fruit before you buy it. The best pomegranates are often hard-shelled and feel heavy: Make sure there are no bruises or splits!