Spanish Missionaries brought pomegranates to California over 200 years ago and today they are grown on shrub-like trees mostly in Southern California’s San Joaquin Valley. Long the inspiration for poets and painters, pomegranates symbolize fertility and prosperity in Chinese, Greek, Persian, Roman, and Hebrew lore. In Christian art they often represent hope.
Muhammara is a classic Syrian and Turkish spread that is delicious on toasted flat breads or as an accompaniment to salads.
2 red peppers, roasted and peeled
1 cup rustic bread, lightly toasted, shredded
2 small cloves of garlic
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon Pomegranate Molasses*
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
Place the roasted peppers bread, garlic and walnuts in a food processor and pulse a few times until integated. Add the remaining ingredients and process until relatively smooth. Taste and season with additional salt and lemon juice as necessary. Makes about 2 cups.
*You could also use Kumquat Ginger Syrup from La Vigne Products. This specialty company’s organic and biodynamic citrus grove in Southern California is also the source of wonderful Preserved Morrocan Lemons for your next cous cous.