How to Grow Pomegranate
The pomegranate /ˈpɒmɨɡrænɨt/, botanical name Punica granatum, is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub or small tree growing between 5–8 meters (16–26 ft) tall.
The pomegranate is considered to have originated in Iran and has been cultivated since ancient times. Today, it is widely cultivated throughout the Mediterranean region of southern Europe, the Middle East and Caucasus region, northern Africa and tropical Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia and the drier parts of southeast Asia. Introduced into Latin America and California by Spanish settlers in 1769, pomegranate is also cultivated in parts of California and Arizona.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the fruit is typically in season from September to February. In the Southern Hemisphere, the pomegranate is in season from March to May.
The pomegranate has been mentioned in many ancient texts, notably in Babylonian texts, the Book of Exodus, the Homeric Hymns and the Quran. In recent years, it has become more common in the commercial markets of North America and the Western Hemisphere.
Pomegranates are used in cooking, baking, juices, smoothies and alcoholic beverages, such as martinis and wine.
How to Grow a Pomegranate Tree
Three Parts:Planting Your Pomegranate ~ Caring for Your Pom ~ Pruning and Maintaining Your Pom
There are few things more delicious in this world that a juicy pomegranate. The glistening insides of the fruit sparkle like so many edible rubies. If you love pomegranate, or Punica granatum, try growing your own plant. While the plant is more shrub-like than tree shaped, you can train your pom to take on the shape of a tree. Scroll down to Step 1 to learn how you can grow your own pomegranate plant.
Historically, the pomegranate has been associated with fertility and ripe health. From the latin phrase “grained apple,” the pomegranate is mentioned in Ancient Egyptian documents, the Bible, as well as Ancient Roman recipes for love. Belonging to the myrtle family of trees, the pomegranate has long been revered as a both a life-giving and aesthetically pleasing fruit.
HERBAL PROPERTIES AND USES:
This fruit is extremely rich in disease-fighting antioxidants. Currently the extracts, juice and oils of this fruit are being studied for their potent anti-inflammatory agents, as well as their ability to reduce muscular aches and pains. Pomegranate seed oil, as well as pomegranate juice, is known to fight free radicals, reduce swelling, prevent aging, and act as an overall protectant for sunburned and ultraviolet-damaged skin.
Pomegranate Cultivation and Growing Methods Here
Pomegranate trees (Punica granatum) are especially suited for growing in containers. The dwarf trees are easier to care for than a full-size tree, while still producing a good harvest of fruit. Full-size trees grow up to 20 feet tall. Dwarf varieties such as “State Fair” grow to be about 5 feet tall and “Nana” is only 2 to 3 feet tall when fully mature. They are suitable for outdoor growing in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7b to 10. Bring them indoors for the winter in colder climates. Expect your tree to produce fruit the second or third year after planting.
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