Quesadillas with Pomegranate and Avocado (with Giveaway)

by Jennifer Sikora

You can basically stick anything between two flour tortillas and it will be a delicious snack, lunch, or dinner. I have tried everything from a BLT in a quesadilla, to pinapple and banana in a quesadilla.

Now I can say that I have tried Pom Pom Arils in my quesadilla. I found this yummy recipe on the POM website. It is full of flavor and healthy fats that your body needs.


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Quesadillas with Pomegranate and Avocado (with Giveaway)
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup arils from POM Wonderful Pomegranates or ¼ cup POM Fresh Arils
  • 2 large flour tortillas
  • 2 oz. grated pepper jack cheese or Mexican queso fresco
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sliced fresh cilantro
  • nonstick cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Prepare fresh pomegranate arils, if necessary.*
  2. Spray nonstick cooking spray in a nonstick pan and heat over medium-high heat.
  3. Add tortilla to pan and sprinkle with cheese.
  4. When cheese has melted some, place second tortilla on top.
  5. Grill until the tortilla is golden brown, then flip it over.
  6. Remove from heat when cheese is melted and tortilla is crispy on the outside.
  7. Cut into eight pieces and sprinkle with arils and fresh cilantro.
  8. Top with sliced avocado.

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1 Noreen December 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Cook with? They have never lasted long enough to cook with. My kids usually eat them before I am even finished opening the pomegranates. I just peeled one open yesterday and it was consumed within the hour, the whole thing!

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2 Anne December 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Pomegranates with brisket or with roasted veggies.

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3 Sarah Hall December 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

I have not tried them in cooking but this would be a lovely opportunity to try them.

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4 DEBIJOT December 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I have yet to try them in cookiing.

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5 Mary W December 21, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I love Pomegranates in plain Greek yogurt.

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6 Susan P. December 21, 2012 at 8:18 pm

We like to eat them as fruit!

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7 Jenny December 21, 2012 at 10:48 pm

I have not used them in cooking – but we all love them!

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8 Christina Z December 21, 2012 at 10:52 pm

I have never used them but this give me inspiration to try.

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9 BusyWorkingMama December 22, 2012 at 8:39 am

I use it in my smoothies.

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10 Tammy S December 22, 2012 at 9:26 am

I use them in a mixed fruit muffins. I put in blueberries, cranberries and pomegranates. They taste great.

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11 Madonna December 22, 2012 at 11:14 am

I’ve never cooked with them but I love to eat them raw. :)

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12 Seyma Shabbir December 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Rice Pudding topped with pomegranate seeds

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13 Heather H December 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I use them where I would use blueberries…bread…on yogurt. All yummy!

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14 Andrew P December 22, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Usually just eat them by itself or with yogurt

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15 Heather Hayes Panjon December 22, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Have Not Tried Yet, But Would Love To Use Them In Baking Recipes .

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16 christina December 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I have never cooked with them as we usually eat them pretty fast as just fruit. I am going to look into cooking with them now that you brought it up.

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17 sindy murray December 22, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I use them on salads or eat them alone!

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18 Jennifer Thomas December 22, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I made this really yummy pomegranate roasted chicken last month!

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19 Jill H. December 23, 2012 at 3:23 am

I eat them as a snack but would put them in muffins

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20 Melissa P. December 23, 2012 at 9:21 am

I have never used them in my cooking. I remember them from when I was a kid. My son and I love to eat Pomegranates.

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21 Wehaf December 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I’ve never cooked with them (although I’ve used pomegranate juice in baked goods); I love to eat them plain.

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22 Jessica T December 23, 2012 at 11:35 pm

In salads . . .or just straight up! yum!

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23 June December 24, 2012 at 10:24 am

Will have to try these.

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24 Amanda J. December 24, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I’ve only eaten them as snack, never in cooking. I’d give it a try.

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25 Amanda Rauch December 25, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Honestly, I have never used them in cooking. Just for eating when we buy a pomegranate at the store. Great idea tho!!

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26 katklaw777 December 26, 2012 at 5:35 am

I like them sprinkles on my salad…yum!

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27 JD Northwest December 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Salads and jellies.

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28 elaine w December 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I love poms with my chia puddings & use them in yummy baked goods, as well. This year i made a pom pear tart for Christmas eve dinner….. Sooo good! :)

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29 Danielle K December 26, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I’ve never cooked with them, but I love to just eat them :) This quesadilla sounds delicious though!

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30 Candace T December 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I usually don’t use them to cook, but when I do, they go into sauces for chicken. Mostly, I like adding them to yogurt & granola or green salads.

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31 Pamela December 27, 2012 at 11:08 am

I don’t think I’ve used them in cooking–although the juice can be reduced to make a nice sauce for chicken cutlets or pork. I love breaking apart a pomegranate and eating the arils directly.

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32 Lori D. December 27, 2012 at 11:19 am

I bet these would be good in a salad.

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33 tami bates December 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Never thought of them as anything but juice

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34 Staci A December 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I love adding them to salads.

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35 nannypanpan December 29, 2012 at 11:58 am

i might try them on yogurt, but currently just eat them plain
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36 Betty C December 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I haven’t ever tried them in cooking. I just love to eat them right out of the skin.

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37 Brittany December 29, 2012 at 11:11 pm

I have never cooked with them but would love to try.

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38 rachel December 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm

We use them on salads!

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39 AMANDA D December 30, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I love them and eat them all the time…

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40 Giveaway Gal December 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I usually just eat them straight.

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41 Caitlin McClure December 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Haven’t thought of cooking with them, want to try now

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42 jo December 30, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I don’t cook with pomegranates – I like them straight up

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43 Shannon Baas December 30, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Have never tried to use a pomegranate.

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44 pu ye December 31, 2012 at 3:17 am

i have never tried it, but would love to use it for salad

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45 Cynthia C December 31, 2012 at 5:49 am

I like to sprinkle them on my fruit salad.

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46 debbie December 31, 2012 at 7:36 am

With the juice I have made pommegranite molasses.
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47 Sarah S December 31, 2012 at 10:56 am

I use them in salads.

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48 Tamra H December 31, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I will eat them in salads, or mix them in during the holidays when making cranberry sauce.

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49 terri moore January 1, 2013 at 8:16 am

I have tried them in smoothies and would love to bake with them in chocolate!

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50 Kerrie Mayans January 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm

I like them in muffins

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51 Kaila January 1, 2013 at 7:50 pm

On a salad.

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52 lisa bolduc January 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm

i have never tried cooking with them.

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53 Karen Gonyea January 1, 2013 at 10:08 pm

I haven’t yet :(

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54 Shelly Leatham January 2, 2013 at 12:38 am

I have never cooked with them, but I do add them to my yogurt or salad!

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55 My Baby Pajamas January 2, 2013 at 11:00 am

I will definitely try this recipe. My older son just loves to eat them by themselves.

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56 Valerie Taylor Mabrey January 2, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I have not used them yet
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57 Meaghan F. January 2, 2013 at 2:24 pm

I never have. I eat them by themselves or in yogurt.

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58 Scott January 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I’ve never thought to cook with them or to add them to any dish. This looks good and I’m sure it will taste even better. Will try out tonight!!

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59 Missy L January 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I’d try them in muffins

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60 Jackie January 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I love them as a healthy topping on ice cream for dessert!

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61 diane Baum January 2, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Yum, I love just the seeds to eat or use with my baking

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62 Cori Westphal January 2, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I’ve honestly never even touched a pomegranate! I’d love to give them a try though!

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63 sheila k January 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I use them in salads or alone as a snack. They are helpful for people with diabetes to combat neuropathy.

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64 kathy pease January 2, 2013 at 5:04 pm

I have never used pomegranates in cooking

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65 Tim January 2, 2013 at 6:34 pm

I have never tried these, but my wife likes to add raisins to casseroles and these would be a good substitute.

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66 Danielle Lima January 2, 2013 at 6:50 pm

I have not baked with them before, but I would love to try them in cookies

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67 Chandra January 2, 2013 at 7:07 pm

I do not use them in my cooking. I like eating them right out of the fruit.

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68 Samii Meyer January 2, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I’ve never used it in cooking – but I would like to try

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69 Kylie C January 2, 2013 at 7:18 pm

I’ve only used them in desserts like cheesecake bites before.

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70 Ttrockwood January 2, 2013 at 7:23 pm

I have never cooked them, but i often use in my juicer and ontop of yogurt

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71 Mary DeBorde January 2, 2013 at 7:35 pm

So far only in salads or right out of the container lol

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72 Nicole D. January 2, 2013 at 7:56 pm

I’ve mixed them with cranberry sauce and it was delicious!

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73 meredith January 2, 2013 at 8:08 pm

I use them in my morning yogurt/granola

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74 Charlene Shaver January 2, 2013 at 8:10 pm

I put them in salad :)

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75 Christine January 2, 2013 at 8:31 pm

use them on salads

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76 kellie January 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm

i like it in my smoothies

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77 Michelle S January 2, 2013 at 10:04 pm

I don’t “cook” with them but add them ice cream.

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78 Kyl Neusch January 2, 2013 at 11:11 pm

use it in my smoothies

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79 janice January 2, 2013 at 11:33 pm

I use them in muffins.

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80 Julie Jones January 2, 2013 at 11:53 pm

I’ve never tried. I eat them out of their skin. So delicious. The juice is great too. I’ll definitely be checking out their recipes.

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81 Dora G January 3, 2013 at 12:09 am

i just love it

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82 Brittney House January 3, 2013 at 12:15 am

I like them in my salad

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83 renee walters January 3, 2013 at 12:24 am

I bake them into muffins. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway and happy New Year!

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84 Tara A. January 3, 2013 at 12:25 am

I make muesli out of it.

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85 Jessica Rolewicz January 3, 2013 at 12:27 am

I used to think pomegranate was too tart. Now, I’m obsessed! Pom and blueberry is my favorite juice combination!!

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86 Samantha January 3, 2013 at 12:31 am

In my chicken salad

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87 David January 3, 2013 at 12:37 am

We have not used pomegrante while cooking

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88 charlotte January 3, 2013 at 12:42 am

would love to try Pomegrante this year.

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89 Renee G January 3, 2013 at 1:08 am

I’ve never used them in cooking, but I’d love to give it a try.

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90 Melanie N. January 3, 2013 at 4:15 am

I haven’t tried them in my cooking, but I love to eat them fresh!

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91 jen gersch January 3, 2013 at 4:53 am

i use them with watercress and chickpeas

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92 Holly W January 3, 2013 at 5:32 am

I use them on pork chops & salads

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93 Theresa Shafer January 3, 2013 at 6:19 am

I like in salads. For cooking I can see how it would be yummy with chicken.

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94 Kathryn C January 3, 2013 at 7:36 am

wow, I never tried these straight as berries before- I have always bought the juice (which I love!) so I guess I would try them in muffins or in pancake mix first lol

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95 Denise S January 3, 2013 at 9:08 am

I’ve never used them, but I want to start.

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96 tina page January 3, 2013 at 10:50 am

i throw them in a salad

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97 Linda Lansford January 3, 2013 at 11:03 am

I don’t use pomegranates in my cooking

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98 shanta spradlin January 3, 2013 at 11:20 am

I dont cook with the, we like to eat them plain.

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99 shaunie January 3, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I use the seeds in stuffing (turkey)

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100 Samantha January 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm

We love to just cut them open and eat them raw!! Messy but the kids love them!!

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101 kelley c January 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I have never had a pomegranate.

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102 Cody Anderson January 3, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I use them in salads and smoothies.

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103 ELIZABETH C. January 3, 2013 at 1:58 pm

I buy the fruit, take the seeds out & eat them OR….I drizzle some in my salad.

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104 valerie January 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm

love them on salads

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105 susan smoaks January 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm

i haven’t ever used them before but it’s a great time to start because they are so healthy

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106 Michelle Tucker January 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I’d use them to make stuffed poblanos. We had some in a restaurant once and it was awesome.

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107 purplelarkspur January 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm

I put them in salads all the time!

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108 kay wolter January 3, 2013 at 4:28 pm

My 16 year old Son would eat them all in 2 days He would be extremely happy

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109 Emily January 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm

I put them in a bowl….and eat them!

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110 Jblanton January 3, 2013 at 6:49 pm

never tried cooking with pomegranates before

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111 Aaron Bretveld January 3, 2013 at 7:06 pm

I’ve never actually cooked with them before, I usually just put the arils on a salad or yogurt.

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112 mary gardner January 3, 2013 at 7:23 pm

i have only used them in salads and chutneys so far.

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113 Beth C January 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm

i jsut eat them but i think they would be good in some sort of dessert

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114 Ed Nemmers January 3, 2013 at 7:35 pm

We use them in muffins!

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115 Michelle Gregory January 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm

I’ve never tried cooking with pomegranates before. It’s something I will have to try!

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116 Gianna January 3, 2013 at 9:35 pm

I’ve never used them in cooking. I just pick them apart for snacking on their own.

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117 Michelle January 3, 2013 at 10:12 pm

We eat pom seeds often as a snack or put them as a garnish in alcoholic drinks. Yum!

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118 jessica schueler January 3, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Never have, yet..

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119 Sand January 3, 2013 at 11:09 pm

I use it in my chicken recipe.

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