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Bare Root Pomegranates
Pomegranates are believed to have originated in Iran. They enjoy great popularity in the Middle East, South America and Mediterranean countries, including Spain and Italy. The name comes from the Latin meaning "apple of many seeds". Because of the profusion of seeds, ancient people connected it with rites of procreation and abundance. Pomegranates are finally finding a following in the U.S., primarily because of their health benefits. They contain large amounts of potassium, Vitamin C, calcium and iron. The fruit is a high source of fiber without cholesterol. Pomegranates contain antioxidants and have sugars that are safe for diabetics. The juice is proven to inhibit the body’s uptake of LDL (bad) cholesterol.
There are many varieties grown in the world with Wonderful being the prominent variety for California growers, but we have many varieties from which to choose for your home orchard.
Red Silk Pomegranate
This pomegranate is naturally semi-dwarf with a slightly spreading growth habit. Red Silk sets large crops of medium to large size fruit with a brilliant red silky exterior. The firm seeds have a sweet berry flavor and a great acid/sugar balance. Eat fresh or use in cooking. Ripens in October. Cold hardy to zone 8. 150-200 hours. Self-fruitful.
Sharp Velvet Pomegranate
Sharp Velvet is a large sized pomegranate with a very appealing, mildly acidic refreshing flavor. Fruit has a dark red exterior and dark seeds, the color of crushed red velvet. This upright growing plant sets huge crops of highly ornamental fruit and can be kept any height with summer pruning. Ripens in October. Cold hardy to zone 8. 150-200 hours. Self-fruitful.
Large, purple-red pomegranate with delicious, tangy flavor. Best in hot climates. Gaudy red-orange bloom, ornamental foliage. Long-lived, any soil. Drought tolerant once established. Ripens September to October. Cold hardy to zone 8. 150 hours. Self-fruitful.