Six Ways to Use Pomegranates

Persephone's pick for a wintertime snack got her an e-ticket to Hades, but these bejeweled fruits have many applications that will take you straight to the heavens. In syrups and liqueurs, jams and jellies, pomegranates are the season's most alluring fruit. 

How to Open a Pomegranate
How to Open a Pomegranate
First thing's first: Before you can get the good stuff out, you gotta get in. Canning with Kids shows you how to crack open a pom without turning yourself into a bloody mess.
Grenadine
Grenadine
Skip the stuff that's made with corn syrup and red dye. True grenadine is a syrup made from the juice of pomegranates, and its sweet-tart tang brings brightness and life to cocktails. (Image via Arctic Garden Studio.)

Pomegranate Molasses
Pomegranate Molasses
Cook down that syrup to a thicker texture, and you've got pomegranate molasses, commonly used in Middle Eastern dishes like muhammara. Or, try it in pink grapefruit and pomegranate marmalade or tomato pomegranate jam. (Image via Simply Recipes.)
Pomegranate Jelly
The lurid red juice of the pom makes for a jelly that delights the eyes as well as the palate. You can even use it in lieu of the traditional cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving. (Image via Hitchhiking to Heaven.)
Pomegranate Jam
Pomegranate Jam
Leave those arils in (that's what the seeds are called) for a jam with a striking presentation and robust flavor. (Image via Cafe Fernando.)
Pomegranate Liqueur
Pomegranate Liqueur
Booze up those poms for a liqueur that makes a delicious and very welcome holiday gift, or use it in a Meyer lemon pamalade. (Image via Wildcraft Diva.)

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