Backyard Treats -Pomegranate

Backyard Treats - Pomegranates

The Pomegranate tree is an ornamental shrub producing fruit with a hard, leathery deep red or yellow rind. When opened the fruit exposes shimmering translucent kernels. The juicy flesh is tart-sweet and surrounds nutlike seeds that are edible and add a bit of a crunch to the overall texture. Pomegranates store extremely well in a cool dry place and continue to sweeten off the tree. The plant itself is very hardy and highly ornamental, it has large showy flowers and is suitable for use as a feature plant, for hedges and container growing.
A shrub or small tree to about 4 m, the pomegranate is multi stemmed, spiny and extremely long lived. Pomegranate is not fussy about soil condition, in its native environment in Northern India and Iran it is found growing in rocky gravel.

Health Benefits of Pomegranate Juice
Several recent studies have shown significant potential health benefits from drinking pomegranate juice. From preventing cancers, heart disease and Alzheimers plus many more.
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Punicagranatum 'California Wonderfull'  - A large, deep purple-red fruit. Flesh is deep crimson in colour, juicy and of a delicious vinous flavour. Seeds not very hard. Good for juicing and eating out of hand. Plant is vigorous and productive. Best commercial variety in California.

Punicagranatum 'GalushaRosavaya'  - A winner on flavour, even if not the most elegant fruit. GalushaRosavaya fruit tends to be slightly elongated, pink and angular - but the arils are large and the flavour is exceptional.

Useful YouTube Links:
How to seed a pomegranate
Making pomegranate and orange juice

Try these delicious recipes with your very own home-grown pomegranates...

Backyard Treats - edible plants for the home garden