Pomegranate is a versatile ingredient. It can be used in anything whether it is a starter, soup, baking, salad or smoothie.
But sometimes it’s not available at the store or it’s not in season, so it becomes very difficult to use them in our recipes. So, we need a substitute for this superfood so that we won’t feel like something is lacking in our recipe.
Some of the well-known substitutes for pomegranate are cranberries, raspberries, dried cherries, red currant, blackberries and pomegranate juice or syrup.
It’s because of the taste of pomegranate. Its seeds have a sweet, sour, tangy and quite acidic taste.The above-mentioned berries are close enough to the flavour of pomegranate. They are sour, tangy and slightly sweet. That’s why they are on the list of substitutes for this superfood.
Apart from this pomegranate is a rich source of vitamin C, dietary fibre, folic acid, vitamin K and full of antioxidants which helps to slow down the ageing process.
Cranberries are easily available in the dried form if you don’t get fresh then you will always get the dried ones.
You can use them in dried form or else if you want puree then add some dried cranberries in little hot water and let them sit for 20 minutes. Your juicy and plumpy puree is ready to use.
Raspberries are very soft when compared to pomegranate seeds but both of them are very similar in colour.
If you are willing to use them in salads or any of the decorations then always go for fresh raspberries rather than frozen or dried ones.
If you are cooking something and need raspberries then you can use frozen raspberries. It will work great here.
You can use dried or sour cherries too. They have a taste similar to cranberries – sour and less sweet.
Its puree or sauce tastes amazing.
If you are using fresh or raw cherries then be sure to remove its seeds properly else it will taste bitter.
They are sour and less sweet which makes them a great substitute for pomegranate. Also, they don’t have bigger seeds which makes them easier to crunch. You will mostly find them in fresh form in markets. They are too small in size and glossier at the surface that could easily resemble something like pomegranates.
You can also try frozen or fresh European blackberries in your recipe. They are packed with vitamin C, antioxidants, fibre, vitamin K, vitamin A and are good for brain functioning which is also similar to the pomegranate nutritional profile.
You can easily substitute them in desserts, smoothies, yoghurts, cereals or wherever your recipe calls for pomegranate.
Even if you don’t find any of the above-mentioned fruit in any form whether it is dried, fresh or juice then you always have an option to buy pomegranate syrup or juice.
Remember that pomegranate syrup is sweeter than its actual seeds so always add them in moderate amounts. If your recipe calls for flavour then add this syrup over the dish it will give nice colour and flavour to your dish.
This is going to be better with fruit juices or smoothies that you are making. It will fill the lack of pomegranate seeds which were missing in juice if you spread some roasted nuts on top too.
You can make your syrup by yourself and use them without worries.
For this, you will need plain pomegranate juice.
You have to reduce the juice at low flame to the consistency you want.
All the substitutes are great but one thing which lacks is the crunch. To fill that crunchy gap add some roasted nuts like almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts or any other nut that you like.
Pomegranate is mostly the size of an orange and has leathery skin of red or brownish yellow colours.
Those red seeds found inside are also known as arils and within they are divided into several chambers.
It can grow in a wide range of climates but for a good quality pomegranate, the climate needs to be high in temperature with a dry atmosphere during the ripening period of the fruit.
It contains more antioxidants than green tea and red wine.
A single pomegranate juice has more than 40 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin C.
Just by drinking eight ounces of pomegranate juice daily one may improve learning and memory power.
Modern science has also found that it can help to protect your heart and even prevent cancer.
It is also good for people with anaemia and indigestion.
36% DV of vitamin K
There are many methods to incorporate them into your diet but some of the below-mentioned ways are must a try at least once:
- You can add them to a quinoa salad with other fresh fruits and vegetables
- You can add pomegranate seeds directly into a plain salad to give them a rich and tempting look
- Use them in your cocktails to give them a good tangy flavour
- Add some pomegranate seeds to your yoghurt
- You can do something new by giving a pomegranate flavour to your delicious ice creams.
- Cut the pomegranate fruit into two halves.
- Now pull the seeds away from the membrane and skin.
- Allow all the seeds to fall into a bowl.
- You can wash the seeds so that it doesn’t stain much.
- Try to avoid some pomegranate-flavoured drinks because they have many calories, more sugar, artificial preservatives and little nutrition.
If you want to store a whole pomegranate then you can store them outside for several days at room temperature or else store them in the refrigerator for a couple of days in a plastic bag.
You can also store its seeds in an airtight container for a few days in a refrigerator or freeze them in the freezer section in a freezer-safe container.
Always go for a pomegranate that has a deep, vibrant colour, heavyweight with few scrapes and is a bit lumpy.
Lumpy pomegranates have perfectly juicy seeds inside.
A lightweight and hollow sound of pomegranate when tapped hints that the fruit is unripe.