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 forbidden 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. Although Persian cuisine and neighboring food cultures have long embraced the pomegranate's uniquely sweet-tart flavor, we're just now getting acclimated to how to use this delicious fruit in our own cooking.

Pomegranate arils (the seeds) are packed with vitamin C, vitamin K and polyphenols, just in case you need another reason to pry them out of their shells besides their incredible flavor and gorgeous appearance. De-seeding a pomegranate really isn't as tough as it sounds. In fact, Sommer Collier over at A Spicy Perspective has a quick tutorial on how to deal with a pomegranate that you should absolutely check out, if you've never done it before. Just in case you've never cracked open a pomegranate of your own, check out how gorgeous they are on the inside.

pomegranate recipes

Hungry yet? We've got some more inspiration in the slideshow below, all 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. We're off to crack a few open now.

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  • Pomegranate Chicken

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/19978-pomegranate-chicken" target="_blank">Pomegranate Chicken recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Pavlova With Pomegranate And Cranberry Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://junglefrog-cooking.com/pavlova-with-pomegranate-and-cranberry-sauce/">Pavlova with Pomegranate and Cranberry Sauce recipe from Jungle Frog Cooking</a></strong>

  • Delicata Squash Salad With Roasted Potatoes And Pomegranate Seeds

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://theyearinfood.com/2012/10/delicata-squash-salad-with-roasted-potatoes-and-pomegranate-seeds.html">Delicata Squash Salad with Roasted Potatoes and Pomegranate Seeds recipe from The Year in Food</a></strong>

  • Yoghurt with Toasted Buckwheat, Mint, Berry + Pomegranate Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/19997-yoghurt-with-toasted-buckwheat-mint-berry-pomegranate-salad" target="_blank">Yoghurt with Toasted Buckwheat, Mint, Berry + Pomegranate Salad recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Brussels Sprouts With Pomegranate Seeds

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/15192-brussels-sprouts-with-pomegranate-seeds" target="_blank">Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Seeds recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Grenadine

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://arcticgardenstudio.blogspot.com/2011/02/grenadine.html" target="_blank">Grenadine recipe from Arctic Garden Studio</a></strong>

  • Grilled Eggplant With Pomegranate Seeds, Mint, And Feta

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/19435-grilled-eggplant-with-pomegranate-seeds-mint-and-feta" target="_blank">Grilled Eggplant with Pomegranate Seeds, Mint, and Feta recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Maple Hazelnut Tart With Pomegranate Syrup

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/10329-maple-hazelnut-tart-w-pomegranate-syrup" target="_blank">Maple Hazelnut Tart with Pomegranate Syrup recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Pomegranate Roasted Carrots

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/18212-pomegranate-roasted-carrots" target="_blank">Pomegranate Roasted Carrots recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Shrimp And Scallop Ceviche Stuffed Avocado

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.foodiecrush.com/2012/12/shrimp-and-scallop-ceviche-stuffed-avocados/" target="_blank">Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche Stuffed Avocado recipe from Foodie Crush</a></strong>

  • Spiced Pomegranate and Orange Caramels

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/20005-spiced-pomegranate-and-orange-caramels" target="_blank">Spiced Pomegranate and Orange Caramels recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Triple Pomegranate Smoothie

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/19903-triple-pomegranate-smoothie" target="_blank">Triple Pomegranate Smoothie recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Fesenjan Persian Chicken Stew With Walnut And Pomegranate Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/fesenjan_persian_chicken_stew_with_walnut_and_pomegranate_sauce/" target="_blank">Fesenjan Persian Chicken Stew with Walnut and Pomegranate Sauce recipe from Simply Recipes</a></strong>

  • Pomegranate Gelato

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://redstartolonestar.blogspot.com/2012/10/naples-and-pomegranate-gelato.html">Pomegranate Gelato recipe from Red Star Lone Star</a></strong>

  • Pomegranate Rosemary Roasted Turkey

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pomegranate-rosemary-roas_n_1055154.html" target="_hplink">Pomegranate Rosemary Roasted Turkey recipe</a> </strong>

  • Grapefruit Pomegranate Champagne Sorbet

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://lemonfirebrigade.com/2012/01/16/it-feels-like-home/">Grapefruit Pomegranate Champagne Sorbet recipe from Lemon Fire Brigade</a></strong>

  • Cocoa Nib And Pomegranate Overnight Oats

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://ohmyveggies.com/recipe-cocoa-nib-pomegranate-overnight-oats/">Cocoa Nib and Pomegranate Overnight Oats recipe from Oh My Veggies</a></strong>

  • Blackberry, Raspberry And Pomegranate Cheesecake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.jocooks.com/bakery/cakes/cheesecake/">Blackberry, Raspberry and Pomegranate Cheesecake recipe from JoCooks</a></strong>

  • Raw Kale Salad With Balsamic And Pomegranate

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.runningwithtweezers.com/kale-salad-zinfandel-prunes/">Raw Kale Salad with Balsamic and Pomegranate recipe from Running with Tweezers</a></strong>

  • Chocolate Mousse Cake With Pomegranate

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://whatsheshaving.com/2011/10/24/chocolate-mousse-cake-with-pomegranate/">Chocolate Mousse Cake with Pomegranate recipe from What She's Having</a></strong>

  • Cranberry-Pomegranate Margarita

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.mylifeasamrs.com/2011/11/cranberry-pomegranate-margarita.html">Cranberry-Pomegranate Margarita recipe from My Life as a Mrs.</a></strong>

  • Honey-Coconut Quinoa With Pomegranate

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://edenkitchen.com/honey-coconut-quinoa-with-pomegranate/">Honey-Coconut Quinoa with Pomegranate recipe from Eden Kitchen</a></strong>

  • Pomegranate Panna Cotta

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/01/pomegranate-panna-cotta_n_1467842.html">Pomegranate Panna Cotta</a></strong>

  • Pomegranate Pear Crumble

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/12/pomegranate-pear-crumble-cups/">Pomegranate Pear Crumble recipe from How Sweet Eats</a></strong>

  • Pearled Barley Salad With Apples, Pomegranate Seeds And Pine Nuts

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pearled-barley-salad-with_n_1058606.html" target="_hplink">Pearled Barley Salad with Apples, Pomegranate Seeds and Pine Nuts recipe</a></strong>

  • Pomegranate Poached Pears

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://honestfare.com/pomegranate-poached-pears/">Pomegranate Poached Pears recipe</a></strong>

  • Cumin Seed Roasted Cauliflower With Salted Yogurt, Mint, And Pomegranate Seeds

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cumin-seed-roasted-caulif_n_1062589.html">Cumin Seed Roasted Cauliflower with Salted Yogurt, Mint, and Pomegranate Seeds recipe</a></strong>

  • Grapefruit And Pomegranate In White Tea jelly

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.tarteletteblog.com/2009/11/recipe-grapefruit-and-pomegranate-in.html">Grapefruit and Pomegranate in White Tea Jelly recipe from Tartelette</a></strong>

  • Roasted Lamb In Herbs And Pomegranate Marinade

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.melangery.com/2011/12/roasted-lamb-in-herbs-and-pomegranate.html">Roasted Lamb in Herbs and Pomegranate Marinade recipe from Cooking Melangery</a></strong>

  • Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/sparkling-pomegranate-pun_n_1058701.html" target="_hplink">Sparkling Pomegranate Punch recipe </a> </strong>

  • Baby Kale Salad With Pomegranate Seeds And Spicy Candied Pecans

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.theendlessmeal.com/baby-kale-salad-with-pomegranate-seeds-and-spicy-candied-pecans/">Baby Kale Salad with Pomegranate Seeds and Spicy Candied Pecans recipe from The Endless Meal</a></strong>

  • Pomegranate Tarts

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.piggyscookingjournal.com/2008/11/crazy-over-pomegranate.html">Pomegranate Tarts recipe from Piggy's Cooking Journal</a></strong>

  • Vegan Pomegranate Oats White Chocolate Chip Muffins

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://buttercreamchantilly.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/my-vegan-pomegranate-oats-white-chocolate-chip-muffins/">Vegan Pomegranate Oats White Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe from Buttercream and Chantilly Factory</a></strong>

  • Pear And Pomegranate Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.acouplecooks.com/2011/11/pear-and-pomegranate-salad/">Pear and Pomegranate Salad recipe from A Couple Cooks</a></strong>

  • Vegan Rose Water Almond Milk Pudding

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://mayihavethatrecipe.com/2012/10/19/vegan-rose-water-almond-milk-pudding/">Vegan Rose Water Almond Milk Pudding recipe from May I Have That Recipe?</a></strong>

  • Pomegranate, Basil And Queso Fresco Salsa

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.lifeandfoodblog.com/?p=1845">Pomegranate, Basil and Queso Fresco Salsa recipe from Life and Food</a></strong>

  • Pomegranate Meringue Tarts With Spicy Chocolate Ganache

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://lisamichele.wordpress.com/2009/04/10/pom-is-wonderful/">Pomegranate Meringue Tarts with Spicy Chocolate Ganache recipe from Parsley, Sage and Sweet</a></strong>

  • Apple Pomegranate Crumble

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/apple-pomegranate-crumble_n_1059933.html" target="_blank">Apple Pomegranate Crumble</a> recipe</strong>

  • Veggie Burgers With Pomegranate Ketchup

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/veggie-burgers-with-pomeg_n_1061058.html" target="_blank">Veggie Burgers with Pomegranate Ketchup</a> recipe</strong>

  • Spiced White Wine Sangria With Pomegranate Seeds

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://spoonforkbacon.com/2011/11/spiced-white-wine-sangria/">Spiced White Wine Sangria with Pomegranate Seeds recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon</a></strong>

  • Pomegranate Caipirinhas

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pomegranate-caipirinhas_n_1058619.html" target="_blank">Pomegranate Caipirinhas</a> recipe</strong>