We can't think of a crazier thing to call a pomegranate than a "forbidden fruit." Although it's been speculated that the pomegranate may have been the fruit referenced in the story of the Garden of Eden, we can say for certain that if pomegranates were actually forbidden the world would be a far less delicious place. While Persian cuisine and neighboring food cultures have long embraced the pomegranate's sweet-tart flavor, it's just starting to make a splash in our own home cooking.
If the work of de-seeding a pomegranate is keeping these fruits out of your life you should know: it isn't nearly as hard as it sounds. And yes, you really can do it in three seconds. Just in case you've never cracked open a pomegranate of your own, check out how gorgeous they are on the inside.
Don't you want that in your life? We thought so. We've got just the recipes to help you make that happen below -- highlighting the incredible versatility of this beautiful fruit. From breakfast to cocktails and dinner to dessert, either pomegranate arils or pomegranate juice make an amazing addition of acidity, sweetness and color.