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Pomegranate molasses in SF?

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SouthToTheLeft Jan 17, 2011 07:55 PM

Hey there,

I'm beginning to experiment with some Middle Eastern dishes, and need pomegranate molasses for one of my recipes. Any ideas to find it in the Bay?

Thanks!

  1. mariacarmen Jan 17, 2011 08:06 PM

    I just bought some of this at Samiramis Imports on Mission between 26th and Cesar Chavez. they had 2- 3 brands. Haven't used mine yet, but tasted it and it was pomegranate-y goodness! (sorry, not at home, so i can't tell you the brand, but I'll bet they're all good.) You'll find a lot of good spices there, too, and affordable, for your experiments!

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/samiramis-imp...

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    Samiramis Imports
    2990 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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      SouthToTheLeft Jan 17, 2011 08:13 PM

      Thanks! Will check it out soon!

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        mariacarmen Jan 17, 2011 08:23 PM

        Note: They are not open on Sundays.

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          SouthToTheLeft Jan 17, 2011 10:24 PM

          Good to know! Fortunately, my plan was to check them out tomorrow.

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        BernalKC Jan 18, 2011 07:52 AM

        I also got mine there after striking out at my normal haunts. The brand name on mine is Tazah and the english label calls it "pomegranate concentrate juice". I recall discussing the choices with the owner, but I don't clearly recall what the options were. I think there may be a choice among syrup, concentrate, and molasses with different levels of cookedness - and I would have opted for the less cooked down, fruitier choice. I've mostly used mine for sauces, especially for fowl - with good results.

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        bigwheel042 Jan 17, 2011 10:51 PM

        I'm unclear on the difference between pomegranate concentrate and pomegranate molasses, but I got some of this at Royal Market in the Richmond for $6.99: http://www.sadaf.com/store/product518...

        It made a very tasty first attempt at fesenjoon.

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          mariacarmen Jan 18, 2011 08:34 AM

          sadaf is the brand i bought from Samiramis.

        2. CarrieWas218 Jan 18, 2011 05:16 AM

          Haig's is my go-to place for Pomegranate molasses.

          1. eatzalot Jan 18, 2011 08:31 AM

            I've not usually seen it called pomegranate "molasses," but I've done some Persian cooking and a pomegranate concentrate is used often there, it has been characterized by some Persian cooks as filling a role very roughly comparable to tomato sauce in Europe. By the way, it makes some extremely lively and unique dishes unlike anything in European cuisines.

            The stuff is available in bottles (from Iranian or Lebanese manufacture) throughout the Bay Area in middle-eastern markets. The Yellow Pages may be your best reference. I've bought it in Berkeley on San Pablo Avenue and in Sunnyvale in a small market on a strip mall at El Camino somewhere around Hollenbeck. I believe I've seen it at Rose Market near downtown Mountain View and just about every other market I've looked into that carries middle-eastern products.

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            Rose International Market
            1060 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94040

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              kzukor Jan 18, 2011 09:41 AM

              Pomegranate molasses is available at Berkeley Bowl (east.)

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              Berkeley Bowl
              2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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                boris_qd Jan 18, 2011 10:38 AM

                This may not be what you're looking for but I've bought pomegranate juice and reduced it to make molasses. It's available in many area farmer's markets - Pom %100 or other %100 juice would probably also work.

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                  Windy Jan 18, 2011 11:05 AM

                  Probably healthier, but considerably more expensive. Pomegranate molasses is $2-3 a bottle.

                  It's sold in most Arab markets (22nd and Irving or 15th and Taraval both good if you aren't near Semiramis).

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                    SteveG Jan 18, 2011 11:09 AM

                    The "Farmer's Market" vegetable store on Geary at 4th ave has a Middle Eastern flavor to the dry goods, and I've bought pomegranate molasses there too. This is probably the closest source to the middle of the city rather than out in the Richmond/Sunset or outer Mission.

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                    4th Ave & Geary Farmers Market
                    3931 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA

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                      Robert Lauriston Jan 18, 2011 11:15 AM

                      Pom is concentrate diluted with water, so there's no reason it would be healthier.

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                        Windy Jan 18, 2011 11:21 AM

                        I thought pomegranate molasses had added sugar. But the ingredients on the bottle in my fridge list the first ingredient as pomegranate molasses, so who knows.

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                          Robert Lauriston Jan 18, 2011 11:47 AM

                          The traditional Persian and Turkish products are just cooked-down pomegranate juice, and that's what I buy. I would avoid any brand that contains sugar.

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                            SouthToTheLeft Jan 18, 2011 05:13 PM

                            I went to Samirami's today and they had pomegranate molasses by a brand called Cortas, which is Lebanese. Any experience with it?

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                              gordon wing Jan 18, 2011 06:21 PM

                              I like the Cortas brand - it has a nice balance - sweet with some tartness and no unpleasant after bite. There are several other brands around - can't say I've tried them all ...... I like it over one other that I have tried but the name escapes me - might be the Sadaf ? Hopefully someone else will have know more about several different brands and how they compare.

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                                Melanie Wong Jan 18, 2011 06:47 PM

                                Here's a rec for Alwadi al Akhdar
                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5168...

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                                Robert Lauriston Jan 18, 2011 06:25 PM

                                I currently have a Lebanese brand called Indo-European. I don't pay much attention to the brand so long as it's pure pomegranate.

                    2. twocents Jan 20, 2011 06:58 PM

                      Whilst you have recommendations in SF, I thought I'd note that both Pomegranate Molasses and Pomegranate concentrate are available at Berkeley Bowl West. Two brands of each are available: Carlo and Sadaf. There were some additional variations available as well; I don't quite recall what.

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                      Berkeley Bowl West
                      920 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA

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                        Robert Lauriston Jan 21, 2011 07:44 AM

                        In Berkeley, Indus Foods has at least half a dozen brands and their prices are generally lower than the Bowl's.

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                          Glencora Jan 21, 2011 07:57 AM

                          I bought the Carlo brand at Indus Foods. It's not pure pomegranate -- also contains citric acid, caramel and sodium benzoate. I never thought to look at the ingredients, assumed they were all the same.

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                        originalfig Jan 21, 2011 04:47 PM

                        Per CarrieWas218's post, here's the address for Haig's. I love this store...Save room for lunch and pick up a sandwich and some dolmas at the deli counter while you're there....

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                        Haig's Delicacies
                        642 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

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