This homemade pomegranate molasses recipe is very easy to make and is filled with health benefits. Pomegranates are one of life’s little wonders that we often overlook.
This syrup is actually a big part of Lebanese cuisine and goes perfectly with sweet-salty dishes. You can use it to make a marinade for fish and meat, vinaigrette to accompany salads and of course for desserts such as homemade ice cream, panna cotta, cheese cake, layer cakes and so much more.
Making pomegranate molasses at home is really simple and stores well in the refrigerator. It is as simple as extracting the pomegranate juice, adding lemon juice and sugar and cook until the liquid is reduced to a syrupy substance.
My husband is a big fan of pomegranate molasses and he often uses it to prepare us some Lebanese dishes such as baba ghanouj, hummus or Fettoush salad.
Don’t forget to wear gloves when you are extracting the pomegranate juice since as you may know it is a fruit that stains quite a lot. When it starts to get on your clothes and hands it is hard to get off.
Ask me how I know this.
If you should get some pomegranate stains on your clothes, here is a trick my mom taught me.
Soak stained clothes in a washing solution and eave it for a few hours before putting in laundry.
When working with pomegranates or cherries – or any other staining fruit, I will always wear gloves and have also invested in a black apron. It has saved a lot of stress!
Pomegranate Health Benefits
Pomegranate is a low calorie fruit with a lot of antioxidant elements. With over 100 phytochemicals you can feel good eating this fruit every day of the week and in any food form!
So, what are some of the awesome things a pomegranate can do for your body? Let’s dive in to a few of the wonders of a pomegranate!
- Antioxidants – which can help protect damage to cells, reduce inflammation, and more.
- Cancer prevention – preliminary research has shown that there might be a correlation to a reduction in the risk of getting cancer or slowing growth.
- Vitamin C – there is over 40% of the daily requirements in a single pomegranate.
- Digestion – it has been shown to aid in gut inflammation and improve digestion which makes it good for those with bowel or digestion issues.
- Arthritis – they contain flavanols which assists in blocking inflammation that contributes to arthritis and other joint issues.
- Antiviral – alleviate illnesses and infections with the vitamin E, C, and other immune boosting nutrients.
- Memory – a recent study has found drinking just 8 ounces of pomegranate juice can improve memory.
These are just a few of the many health benefits of pomegranates. If this is not enough reason to spend more time experimenting with this fruit, I do not know what is.
If pomegranate is not available we can always use pomegranate juice as I do outside the season of this fruit, The Juice 100% pomegranate is the most appropriate for the realization of molasses.
How To Make PomegranateJuice
To make pomegranate juice place pomegranate seeds in a blender and mix just enough for the seeds to be crushed. Be sure not to mix too much, you want to avoid blending the white hard piece. Those will make the pomegranate juice much too bitter.
Then pass the mixture through a fine sieve or colander, if done right you should see the white bits fall through.
Here are some recipe ideas based on pomegranate molasses or pomegranate syrup :
- Baba ghanouj
- Fettoush Salad
- Panna cotta with pomegranate
- Butter cake and pomegranate syrup
Pomegranate Molasses Recipe
You can choose to make your own pomegranate juice as shown above or if you prefer you can use a store bought juice.
Add pomegranate juice, lemon and sugar to a saucepan. Heat on medium high heat until sugar is thoroughly dissolved and juice has started boiling.
Reduce heat and let simmer for approximately 35-45 minutes or until texture of mixture is syrup like. You can dip a spoon and see how it slides off the back of the spoon to ensure it is a good consistency of smooth but yet thick.
During this time you can also taste test to see if you need to add more sugar or lemon to your taste preferences. If you add more of either let simmer for a few more minutes.
Pomegranates greatly differ in their level of acidity. sYou may need to add a little more sugar or lemon to get a proper balance of sugar and acidity.
When proper consistency has been met and the flavors are right, remove from heat and let cool. The mixture might thicken a bit more while cooling.
Pour into a jar or airtight container and store in refrigerator.
- 7 ripe mangoes
- 6 passion fruit
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- Fresh juice of 1 lime
- 1.5 vanilla sticks (optional)
- Wash mangoes thoroughly and remove the skin and seeds. Cut mango into small cubes.
- Wash and peel your passion fruit and remove the pulp of the fruit.
- Split your vanilla sticks and remove the black seeds.
- Add mangoes, passion fruit, sugar, vanilla seeds, and lime juice to a pot and bring to a boil. Be sure to stir continuously.
- Once it has reached a boil you can remove from the stove. While still hot pour slowly into a jar and take precautions to limit air gaps in your mixture. Close lid tightly and turn jar over and let cool. Doing this allows the jam to conserve better.
Would love to know if you have ever tried making pomegranate molasses or creative ways you have used it. Drop a comment and share your ideas!