Orange Grove in the Karoo is a sustainable farm where garlic and pomegranates are grown. The variety of pomegranate grown there is called ‘Wonderful’ and has many health benefits. Try their recipe for pomegranate molasses…
- 4 cups pomegranate juice
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- For the molasses: Place the pomegranate juice, sugar and lemon juice in a 4-quart saucepan set over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the mixture has reduced to about cup (approximately 70 minutes). The mixture should be the consistency of thick syrup. Remove from the heat and allow to cool in the saucepan for about 30 minutes. Transfer to a glass jar and allow to cool completely before covering and storing in the refrigerator. The syrup mixture will keep in the fridge for up to six months.
- Serving: add a delicious helping to your favourite dessert, or salad dressing, stir in a refreshing iced tea, brush on lamb as a glaze or whizz into dips and relishes. Orange Grove likes to serve theirs with chocolate waffles.
Tip: To make a syrup instead, reduce the mixture of ingredients in the saucepan until the sugar has dissolved (as above) for 50 minutes. The mixture should be the consistency of syrup. Allow to cool (as above) and store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 6 months.
Did you know?
- Pomegranates are a powerful anti-oxidant and have potent immune supporting effects.
- Pomegranates inhibit abnormal platelet aggregation that may cause heart attacks, strokes and embolic disease.
- Pomegranates can help to lower cholesterol and other cardiac risk factors, as well as blood pressure.
- Pomegranates have been shown to promote the reversal of atherosclerotic plaque in human studies.
- Pomegranates can also help to relieve symptoms of depression and osteoporosis.