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May 3, 2007 11:36 PM

Pomegranate Molasses Re-Explored/The Spice Shop

Quite awhile ago, I asked if anyone knew where to find pomegranate molasses in the London area. In the meanwhile, I visited Seattle in the States and found some there. It's come to my attention that there is a wonderful spice shop in Notting HIll - and they mail order wonderful spices, including the molasses. I've used it often and it's wonderful stuff, especially in a Persian chicken dish we found. If anyone needs to mail order spices, give the website a look-see - it's terrific. Or go visit the shop - it's next to Books For Cooks.

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  1. Thank you for this! I recently went to Syria, bought some pomegranate molasses and left the bottle in a hotel! I was quite disappointed as I had also bought a local recipte book, many dishes requiring the ingredient. So now I know where to get it I can get cooking.

    Thank you again.

    1. zuriga1, it is stocked in my Sainsbury's too. In the fancy food that costs a lot section. It may be more convenient. I ban myself from that street as I cannot go there without spending lots of money!

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      1. re: ali patts

        I remember when you mentioned Sainsbury's ali patts. I looked in my local, but their fancy food section is tiny and I didn't see anything there. I live in a small town and probably needed to explore a larger branch.

        1. re: zuriga1

          London isn't my part of the world but I would have thought that the Maroush Deli on Edgware Road would stock it (and other Middle Eastern ingredients)

          1. re: Brit on a Trip

            A good nationwide mail order supplier of spices is Seasoned Pioneers (some of their more common products stocked by the bigger Sainsburys in the "can't get elsewhere so we'll charge a lot" section)



            1. re: Brit on a Trip

              Thanks for the site, John. It looks like a good source!

      2. There are also 2 or 3 Persian food stores on Hammersmith Road which stock pomagranate molasses along with every other Middle Eastern ingredient you may require.
        Also a couple of fab Persian restaurants nearby.

        1. Persepolis on Peckham High Street sells pomegranate molasses, along with lots of other interesting stuff.

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          1. re: Kake

            Yes a footnote here for people living in the London area. Pomegranate molasses are readily available in Persian grocery stores as well as some Middle Eastern stores and this is likely to be a cheaper option than mail order. I have had no problem sourcing this item in NW London in the past.

            1. re: oonth

              I have just tried some of the nicest PM in a long time in the unlikely setting of The Embassy Electrical Supply Shop on Compton St in Clerkenwell\

              The owner of this electrical goods shop is turkish and owns orchards and olive groves in Cyprus and Turkey.

              He imports and sells ( direct to the public ) molasses, olives and a very very good olive oil.

              His next batch is due in on the 25th June and, last year FWIW, New York magazine said that his oil was the best in England.

              Not having tried them all, I don't know about that, but it is definitely worth trying out for something a little unusual!


              1. re: Simon Majumdar

                Thanks for the tip, Simon. What an unusual spot to find such things! I ran across some PM at a fete at Petworth, but I still have some left so didn't buy. Btw... we enjoyed 32 Great Queen quite a lot so thanks, too, for that.

                1. re: zuriga1

                  My pleasure

                  If you do get over to Clerkenwell after the 25th, do pop in and see memhet. He is really open to giving tastes, no obligation etc etc


                2. re: Simon Majumdar

                  Simon, quality tip from leftfield, I will check this place out when I'm next in the area.

                  I enjoyed using my PM in some kind of salad dressing/vinaigrette capacity. As I understand, it is also widely used (along with walnuts) in chicken dishes in Persian cuisine, at some point I need to sit down with my good Iranian pal in London (or better still his mum) and get full chapter and verse. How do you plan to use yours?

                  One other item to look out for - bottled pomegranate juice from Turkey which I came across and enjoyed in Manhattan. As in real organic pomegranate juice not that overpriced junk that the POM people (and their imitators) peddle.

                  1. re: oonth

                    Well, Memhet says that he uses his in a salad of grated carrot, with nothing else on it but the PM, olive oil and S&P

                    Sounds worth a try


                    1. re: Simon Majumdar

                      Done. I love all things pomegranate apart from POM and the new fizzy pomegranate drink by Rubicon, available at all good (and bad) Indian grocery stores.

                    2. re: oonth

                      oonth, I have a few recipes for the Persian dish, Fensenjen. That was my first foray into using PM, but I now use it as a simple salad dressing ingredient, too. There are lots of recipes for the Fensenjen on the web - I combined a few to get my favorite. I wonder if pomegranate growers are making more money these days. There sure seems to be a lot of it used for juices lately!

                      1. re: zuriga1

                        Thanks Zuriga, I'll google.

                        In India (and I assume Iran, Turkey and a few other places besides) it was always thus. We used to go to India regularly as kids and enjoyed drinking juices on the streets. Pomegranate juice was widely available although it was more usual for pomegranate to be one of the ingredients in a mixed fruit juice. And we used to enjoy eating the seeds, especially in fruit chaats from the streets. Even back in the day, my parents and Indian folks in general were aware of the health benefits of pomegranate, it was known to have blood thinning qualities and God knows that Indians, with their genetic predisposition to high LDL cholesterol, narrowed arteries and other conditions causing heart disease need more ingredients like this. And in recent times inevitably Western companies have picked up on the health benefits and promote it in this light and [over]charge accordingly.

                        I often adorn sashimi (and other) home crafted salads with a few pomegranate seeds, it always seems to make an impression on guests.

                        1. re: oonth

                          My son's favorite treat as a kid was to suck on pomegranate seeds fresh from the fruit. It was quite a delicacy back in NY long ago. Every other juice in the supermarkets seem to have some pomegranate juice in it now - even the perennial, Yank favortie... Ocean Spray. I didn't know it was so healthy in the ways you describe, but now I'm glad to be including more of it in my diet.

                        2. re: zuriga1

                          Try PM mixed in with tahini.

                          A long while back, the guy who runs my local middle eastern shop suggested mixing date syrup with tahini as a sort of Turkish "afternoon tea" thing to have with bread. One day, when he had no stock of the date syrup, he suggested the PM. It works - although not as much to my taste as the intense sweet/savoury of his original idea.

                3. Since you have found some, let me offer you some great recipes to use it up quickly :)

                  First Fruit Salad with Pomegranate Syrup (use the PM in replacement to the syrup suggested, thinned with a little water / lemon juice)

                  Second Pomegranate & Walnut Glazed Chicken
                  Take some boneless, skinless chicken breasts and heavily coat them in a mixture of PM, crushed walnuts, brown sugar, and a little cinnamon (should be a paste consistency). Bake as usual in a non-stick pan and enjoy.

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