A True Delicacy
At one time everyone had a pomegranate tree in their yard. Nowadays this fruit is a rare curiosity, with most of its uses forgotten. Pomegranate juice is a true delicacy, a cross between the flavor of raspberries and strawberries. It’s great just by itself, with a little sugar and shaved ice, or it can be made into a jelly or even a fantastic fruity wine. Mediterranean cooking uses it in complex sauces for meats and vegetables. In ancient times, this was called the nectar of the gods!
POMEGRANATES AS A COMMERCIAL CROP IN FLORIDA. As in all things, what is old comes back as something new. The pomegranate is making a comeback as a potentially new commercial fruit in Florida. Thanks to the hard work by Dr. Bill Castle at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agriculture (IFAS) a new study is showing many cultivars have the potential for commercial juice production. Click Here to learn more at the IFAS pomegranate site.
Remember, Pomegranates prefer well-drained soils and part to full sun.
- Loosen and break apart the seeds of 6 ripe pomegranates. Place in a bowl and crush lightly with a spoon. Squeeze the pulp through a jelly bag. Alternatively, use an old fashioned lever-style citrus juicer which is really great for extracting the juice. These show up at yard sales all the time.
- Sweeten lightly with honey or sugar to taste and pour over shaved ice for a cool, refreshing late summer drink.
- Willowy, shiny, emerald green plants that are quite showy when in bloom, with large, red, trumpet-shaped flowers. That’s a pomegranate!
- Flowering begins in May and continues for several weeks. Hummingbirds love the flowers, which are followed by a colorful show of pomegranate fruit that hangs on the trees like Christmas tree ornaments `til frost.
- Pomegranates may be pruned into graceful, small trees, trained to a wall in espalier, or planted four feet apart to make one of the most colorful hedges around.
- You may plant pomegranates in a large container to enjoy in a patio setting. Fall color is a gorgeous bright yellow.
«Not sure what to do with Pomegranate Trees or how to grow them? Click here for Just the Facts on planting and care.
Pomegranate Trees - Pomegranate Fruiting Varieties (Pumica granatum)
Buying and Growing Tips…
There are such things as sweet and sour varieties in the pomegranate world. The sweet are best for eating out of hand, unless you are a lover of lemons and other such sour fruits. The sour varieties really are the best for cooking, and beverages. Its their tangy complex flavor notes that are necessary for some of our favorite cocktails and meat sauces.
AFGANSKI POMEGRANATE$35.99 Zone: 7-9
CHRISTINA POMEGRANATE$35.99 Zone: 8B-10
GAINEY SWEET POMEGRANATE$35.99 Zone: 8B-10
LARKIN POMEGRANATE$35.99 Zone: 8B-10
RUSSIAN #8 POMEGRANATE$35.99 Zone: 8B-10
SHARI’S POMEGRANATE$35.99 Zone: 8B-10
WONDERFUL POMEGRANATE$32.99 Zone: 8B-10
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