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Pomegranate

Granada, Indian apple

Punicaceae Punica granatum L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Pomegranites are small deciduous, semi-hardy trees or large shrubs. The fruit is globular to oblate up to 4 inches diameter, with the calyx persistent at the terminal, even in the ripe fruits. The outer rind is smooth and rather thin. Within, the fruit is filled with seeds, each imbedded in juicy pulp, and this pulp is commonly the edible portion. Seeds and pulp may be scooped out and pressed for juice, or the pulp and seeds may be separated in the mouth. The rind, boiled, has long been used as a remedy for tapeworm. The plant is highly ornamental, both in flower and fruit, and is found in many southern gardens, and also as a potted plant.


Season, bloom to harvest: 4 to 10 months, depending on variety.

Production in U.S.: About 3,000 tons commercial, exclusive of home gardens.

Use: Mainly juice, some fresh.

Part of fruit consumed: Interior pulp.