Winter Is Coming: 5 Unexpected Ways To Use Pomegranate

Winter menus just wouldn’t be the same without an ample dose of pomegranate. The seeded fruit is in season from September to February, making it onto plenty of holiday and winter plates during its shorter season. While everyone has their favorite standbys, pomegranate can be used in ways that may surprise you. Here are a few of the most interesting ways to use the winter favorite.

Pomegranate Tea

Did you know that you can brew tea using whole pomegranate? This heart warming beverage is extremely simple to prepare. Just slice a whole pomegranate into quarters and steep in boiling water for 15-20 minutes, dependent on taste. Then strain to remove any pith or seeds and sweeten if needed! Alternatively, you can add pomegranate juice to your favorite tea if you prefer a subtle pomegranate flavor.

Pomegranate Syrup

Equally delicious in marinades or on top of ice cream, pomegranate syrup should be a mainstay in your kitchen during the winter. While this sauce is particularly popular in middle eastern cuisine, it can be used in an extremely wide variety of dishes. To prepare, simply heat up pomegranate juice with sugar in a saucepan until you reach your desired consistency. Cooking with fresh lemon juice is key here, as it will help keep that sweet/tart balance.

  • Pro Tip: This dish works equally well as a molasses. Cook as you would with a syrup, but simply lengthen your cook time to get a thicker consistency.

Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Staying healthy during the winter season doesn’t have to be chore. Crafting you own pomegranate vinaigrette is a great way to appeal to customers with dietary restrictions, as it’s paleo, gluten-free, and vegan. There are a lot of different twists on this vinaigrette, but you should always include olive oil, vinegar, and some type of mustard. Without the latter, you’ll run the risk of the dressing separating. To prepare, deseed your pomegranate and blend alongside your chosen ingredients.

  • Pro Tip: If you want to maintain the bright color of your pomegranate, consider   using white balsamic vinegar.

Pomegranate Sangria

Sangria doesn’t have to be a summer beverage. We love swapping in seasonal fruits to create a unique cocktail. Luckily, both pomegranate seeds and pomegranate juice make excellent additions, as their sweet/tart flavor adds a pleasant bite to the drink. For best results, pair with other winter fruits like fuji apples, citrus, and anjou pears.

Pomegranate Relish

Relish in your creativity by adding pomegranate seeds to the classic condiment. Using the winter fruit adds color to your relish and will make it better-suited to middle-eastern dishes like chicken kababs or roasted lamb. Additionally, pomegranate relish keeps well in the refrigerator, so feel to prep it the day before.