Friday, August 15, 2008

California Pomegranates

Origin: California
Pack Size: 2 Layer
Availability: 5 months

Origin: The pomegranate is native from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and was cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region since ancient times. It is widely cultivated throughout India and the drier parts of southeast Asia, Malaya, the East Indies and tropicl Africa. The tree was introduced into California by Spanish settlers in 1769. In this country it is grown for its fruits mainly in the drier parts of California and Arizona.

Adaptation: Pomegranates prefer a semi-arid mild-temperate to subtropical climate and are naturally adapted to regions with cool winters and hot summers. A humid climate adversely affects the formation of fruit. The tree can be severely injured by temperatures below 12° F. In the U. S. pomegranates can be grown outside as far north as southern Utah and Washington, D.C. but seldom set fruit in these areas. The tree adapts well to container culture and will sometimes fruit in a greenhouse.

DESCRIPTION A pomegranate ranges in size from an orange to a large
grapefruit. It has a rich red, tough, leathery rind that must be
peeled to reveal the hundreds of tiny seeds. The layer of
seeds is separated by paper-thin white membranes. Each
seed is enclosed in a translucent brilliant red pulp that’s
sweet & juicy. The seeds are entirely edible, crunchy, sweet
and berry-like in flavor. The seeds can be eaten as is or
used to make juices, syrups and sauces. This wonderful fruit
is rich in potassium, full of nutrients and high in antioxidants.

Fresh Pomegranates are available in September through January. Pomegranate concentrate is also available throughout the year.

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