Pomegranate Fruit: About Pomegranates

pomegranate fruit on branch Pomegranate Fruit: About PomegranatesPomegranate fruit (often misspelled as “pomegranite”) has gained a great deal of popularity over the years. Originally from the Middle East and Asia, the pomegranate fruit is also known by the name Granada or the Chinese apple. These days, the fruit is mostly grown is India, Africa and the United States. The best place for pomegranate fruit to grow is in hot climate areas.

The great thing about pomegranate fruit is that the trees on which it grows can live for many years. Aside from being a great décor for a backyard… it produces the delicious pomegranate fruit. Pomegranate fruit have a round, spherical shape. Inside, you’ll find dozens of small ruby-colored seeds. The pomegranate fruit has a citrus flavor and is very juicy. There are many drinks and even foods that are made with the pomegranate fruit.

The pomegranate fruit is now becoming more commercialized and can be found in supermarkets in a variety of forms. The most popular is pomegranate juice but there are also pomegranate jellies, pomegranate wine, and even pomegranate salad dressing. The wide adoption of the pomegranate is due to recent studies that have shown that the fruit contains a high amount of antioxidants that are beneficial to our health in many ways.

Its great flavor and health benefits have made it a great candidate for those who seek natural health foods.

common misspellings: pomagranate, pomegranat, pomegranite, pomegrante, pomegrenate, pomengranate, pomerantz, pommegranite, pomogranate

Pomegranate Tree

pomegranates on tree Pomegranate TreeFor many, planting a pomegranate tree in their backyard is something on their “to-do” list. Having a wonderful and health beneficial pomegranate tree can be a great thing.

However, if you are planning on planting a pomegranate tree, take notice that the tree is best grown in hot, Mediterranean climates. Fortunately, you don’t need a large amount of space for a pomegranate tree. These usually tend to grow about 4 or 5 meters high and are ideal for a small backyard.

If you have some free time or love gardening and taking care of your plants, then a pomegranate tree might well be for you. While growing this tree may not be difficult compared to other plants, it does require maintenance and care. Keep an eye on your pomegranate tree and take out dead stems… pruning around the end of the cold season.

The branches of the pomegranate tree are not short. They should grow in an downward arch. Keeping the pomegranate tree free of fruit flies and pests is a bit of work as well, but its worth all the care in the end.

Two great reasons to consider planting a tree: For the health benefits of the pomegranate fruit or because the tree looks wonderful and is a great natural decor to your backyard.

Plant trees 6 to 8 feet apart. Dig a hole larger than the planting container. Break up the soil around the planter. Place the container in the hole so that the top of it is sitting roughly at ground level. Fill in the space around the planting container…then pile it up higher and pack it down to get rid of gaps and air holes. Hopefully, the tree will produce fruit in the second year. Pick the fruit off immediately and let the tree put all its energy into growth rather than production.

You’ll know when the tree has not yet reached fruit-bearing maturity because, until then, it will flower and then drop the flowers instead. Pomegranates ripen in the fall (between early August and late September). When the fruit has reached full color, pick one off and open it up. If there are fully-colored seeds and juice inside…then it’s reached ripeness.

common misspellings: pomagranate, pomegranat, pomegranite, pomegrante, pomegrenate, pomengranate, pomerantz, pommegranite, pomogranate

Pomegranate Seeds

When you cut open a pomegranate you will be amazed at the number of ruby-colored seeds inside.

Many are doubtful about eating the pomegranate seeds whole, since most just extract the juice. However, most of the fiber and antioxidants actually come from the pomegranate seeds.

It really comes down to personal preference… but eating pomegranate seeds is completely safe and allows you to enjoy the full benefits of the pomegranate fruit. Many just chew on all the seeds to get all the juice and then spit the seeds out.

If you don’t like the pomegranate seeds then you can make pomegranate juice… or there’s another nice method I use a lot. Take the pomegranate fruit, intact, and roll it over a hard surface just enough to release the juice from the seeds inside but not breaking the fruit’s skin. Then make a small hole and with a straw drink the juice!

Pomegranate seeds are easily separated from the white membrane that surrounds them by putting it all in a bowl of cold water, then carefully separating the pomegranate seeds. You’ll notice the white membrane floats to the top.

If you’re interested in buying pomegranate seeds to grow a pomegranate plant, be sure you have plenty of space for planting. Pomegranates grow on large trees and require time and patience. Smaller pomegranate trees that can be grown in small gardens. Make sure you buy the correct pomegranate seeds.

common misspellings: pomagranate, pomegranat, pomegranite, pomegrante, pomegrenate, pomengranate, pomerantz, pommegranite, pomogranate

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