Pomegranate molasses in SF?
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?
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!
2990 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
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.
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.
Rose International Market
1060 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94040
Pomegranate molasses is available at Berkeley Bowl (east.)
2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703