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Pomegranate Bush



Punica granatum

Revered by ancient peoples and one of the first fruits cultivated in the world, pomegranates are packed with antioxidants, which prevent free radicals from damaging cells. Modern studies have shown that just 2 ounces of pomegranate juice daily keeps the cardiovascular system, including arteries, healthy. Additionally, it has been proven that diets rich in fruits and vegetables that contain antioxidants, along with regular exercise, might slow or help prevent the development of cancer. This is a small ornamental yard tree, with brilliant red flowers in the late spring and red fruit in the late fall, reminiscent of Christmas ornaments. The edible portions are the fleshy seed coverings which add tang to salads or fruit drinks. The varieties we offer are all self-fertile, low chill (150 hours), and hardy to 15?? F. When shipped, pomegranates are 2 years of age, approximately 3 feet in height unless noted otherwise.

Harvest Tips:  Harvest season for pomegranates in September for early ripening varieties and continues through October for later ripening cultivars. Fruit will typically ripen about 6-7 months after flowering and will produce on new growth. When harvesting pomegranate fruit, pick when the fruit is fully ripe and a deep red in color since it does not continue to ripe post-harvest. Begin picking pomegranates when the fruit makes a metallic sound when you tap it with your finger and looks heavy for its size. But sure to pick the fruit as it appears to be ripe otherwise, the fruit will split open. If the fruit has split open, the arils will have lost their flavors since the split is a result of fungal pathogens.  When you are ready to harvest, cut the fruit from the tree, don’t pull it off. Cut the fruit as close as possible to the branch, taking the stem with the fruit. Fruit does not ripen off the tree. Store pomegranates in the refrigerator for up to 6-7 months. Pomegranates are great for juicing, baking, cooking and eating raw, however the peel is inedible.