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.
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