The availability of pomegranate all around the year can, of course, not be guaranteed; which can be a problem if you want pomegranate juice, molasses, or seeds for cooking. In that situation, what you can do is find the best possible substitute for pomegranate products so that you can still continue with cooking recipes where you need pomegranate items.
There are quite a few fruit juices that can act as a pomegranate juice substitute, which includes cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, raspberry juice or blackberry juice. These fruits also have an exotic taste similar to that of pomegranate which will add a tart flavor to your dishes and can also be good alternatives for making fresh juices.
Alternative Fruits for Pomegranate:
Some of the fruits that can act like reasonable substitutes of pomegranate are:
- Passion fruit
- Red currants
or even guavas and lemons. Most of these picks have a similar tart taste like pomegranate (and have seeds too) but passion fruit is a bit more on the sweeter side and doesn’t have a tart taste.
Guavas also have a similar refreshing flavor like that of pomegranate and can be used in a similar way for cooking; as they have edible, crunchy seeds too, they can be used in making granola bars or toppings.
However, the most suitable or best replacements for pomegranate, both taste and nutrients wise, are cranberries, raspberries and red currants.
Substitute for Dried Pomegranate Seeds:
Pomegranate seeds are widely used in Indian and Iranian cuisines, however, they are not certainly limited to these two. Pomegranate seed are used in cakes, breads and different recipes for topping or adding a tangy and tart flavor.
If you can’t find pomegranate seeds near you or you simply want to try different alternatives for them you can try tamarind juice, red currant syrup or jelly, dried cranberries or pomegranate syrup (if available) for adding a similar refreshing, tart and tangy flavor in your dishes.
To sum it all up, we can safely say that there are a bunch of options available to use instead of pomegranate which includes cranberry, red currants, raspberries, guavas, grapefruits and blackberries.