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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.
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.
Large greenish pink pomegranate with light pink flesh; very sweet and juicy when ripe. Sweeter fruit than Wonderful, more widely adapted (better quality in cool summer climates). Bears heavily, even when young. Unsplit ripe fruit stores in cool, dry place for two months or more. Ornamental, orange-red flowers in spring. Small tree grows to twelve feet and is very suitable for espaliering and container growing. Ripens in early September, before Wonderful. Cold hardy to zone 8. 1-200 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.
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.
Pink Satin Pomegranate
Medium to large size, pink to dark red fruit with light pink edible seeds. Wonderful refreshing light colored juice is non-staining, with a sweet, fruit punch flavor. Plant is vigorous and can be grown as a shrub or tree and kept any height by summer pruning. Eat fresh, juice or use in salads. Ripens in October. Cold hardy to zone 8. 150-200 hours. Self-fruitful.
Imported from Dr. Gregory Levin from the Garrigala agriculture station in Turkmenistan. Arils larger than normal and bright red with small seeds. Fruit is also large with beautiful red skin. Considered one of the highest quality pomegranates and a favorite at Dave Wilson Nursery. Ripens mid to late October. Cold hardy to zone 8. 100 to 200 chill hours. Self-fruitful.
Bud mutation of Wonderful which it resembles, but with deeper red blossoms and ripens one month earlier. Fruit is a darker color and less tart. Ripens in August. Cold hardy to zone 8. 150-200 hours. Self-fruitful.
Desertnyi is a special selection from the Turkmenistan collection of world famous pomegranate hybridist Gregory Levin. Desertnyi translates to English as "dessert" and it is a real dessert treat. With a light orange rind and dark red arils, the contrasted look is like very few other varieties. The fruit has an excellent sweet-tart balance with lots of citrus overtones. As Desertnyi matures, an almost orange juice flavor is evident and it never loses its great firm texture with very soft edible seeds. Cold hardy to zone 8. Ripens in September. 200 hours. Self-fruitful.
Bears heavy crops of large, cranberry red fruit with a light red, rich, sour juice. Ripens late September to mid October. Cold hardy to zone 8. 100-200 hours. Self-fruitful.
Sweet-tart with great flavor. Medium to large fruit has red skin, dark red arils and very soft seeds. Ripens late September to mid October. Cold hardy to zone 8. 100-200 hours. Self-fruitful.
Fantastically huge fruits, up to three times the size of Wonderful. Pale pink skin, sweet-tart juice, similar to Wonderful. Long-lived pomegranate. Any soil. Inland or coastal. Cold hardy to zone 8. Ripens September to October. 150 hours. Self-fruitful.