POMEGRANATE (Punica granatum)
Pomegranate is currently ranked 18th in terms of fruit consumed annually in the world. It is thought that as a result of its health benefits, availability in convenient pre-packed aril form and the improvement in cultivar selections, it will move to 10th place on the list within the next 10 years.
At present, almost all the world’s pomegranate production and consumption is in the Northern Hemisphere. With limited shelf life, there is a window of opportunity for countries in the Southern Hemisphere to provide fruit to these markets in the counter season when fruit is not available.
Fruit from early ripening cultivars will mature from February and late ripening cultivars in April. Harvesting normally starts in the third year when 12 to 15 kilograms of fruit can be harvested per tree. This will increase to between 18 and 25 kilograms in year 4, 25 to 35 kilograms in year 5, reaching 40 kilograms and more in year 6.
Recommended cultivars :
The Smith Pomegranate, also named Angel Red ®
The Smith pomegranate is one of the world’s earliest ripening cultivars, it ripens up to four weeks earlier than California’s leading commercial cultivar, the Wonderful. This heavy bearing, cold hardy cultivar has a distinctive and very attractive deep red colour, very soft seeds and a high juice content.
The Smith pomegranate is protected by a Plant Patent issued in the USA and attracts a royalty fee.
The Pomegranate Wonderful
Originally produced in Florida 1896, the Wonderful pomegranate is the oldest and most common commercially available cultivar.
The Wonderful is a late ripening cultivar that produces large fruit, with a tough protective outer skin with a distinctive sweet flavor.
Du Roi Multiplant propagates the Smith and Wonderful pomegranates by order. Field ready plants are delivered in 2L bags.