I have been in love with pomegranates for years. In the last few years have become a little trendy due to the potential health benefits. For me, though, they’re just the delicious tart jewels that my grandmother always served from a bowl during the holidays.
After gathering up the courage to try one as a very picky teen I was immediately hooked. Since then I look forward to pomegranates coming into season each fall so that I can stock my refrigerator with the dark red fruits. Getting all the arils out of the pomegranate was never my favorite part, but now you can even buy containers of fresh pomegranate arils from the refrigerated case at the grocery store.
A few years ago I was experimenting with different recipes to find new ways to include either the arils or the juice. I sprinkled them on salads, used a few to garnish cupcakes, and would use the juice to make a delicious glaze for chicken. But my favorite discovery came when I was putting together my yearly food gift baskets for our friends and family.