I'd be pretty chuffed if our climate allowed the culture of bananas, or mangoes, or even oranges, so you can imagine how happy I am that, at long last, I've managed to grow my very first (very small) pomegranate.
I don't know why, but the idea of growing pomegranates seems very exotic to me. Sadly one can't eat them because they're much too sour, but just looking at them on a tree is pleasure enough. It's a bloody POMEGRANATE for goodness sake.
Maybe it's because when I was a child a pomegranate was a very special treat. Those nasty little red seeds with their rather acrid flavour seemed the height of sophistication, regardless of how ghastly they tasted.
My trees/bushes are only about 5 years old, so I presume they've only just come into maturity. Next year I shall expect a bumper crop.... I know, I know; just something else to put on the compost.
Then you will have hundreds of them!! I looks good.ReplyDelete
Get a pig...ReplyDelete
Then nothing will be composted cro
I think even they'd turn their snouts up at these... they're so bitter!ReplyDelete
It's beautiful. Worth growing just to look at them.ReplyDelete
It's only the seeds which are bitter - someone told me how to eat pomegranates easily and without biting the seeds, but I've forgotten. They're supposed to be very good for you...ReplyDelete
I always think that pomegrates - er - pomegranates look exotic but their taste is rather bland and disappointing. The jewel like seeds look pretty scattered over a salad or dessert.ReplyDelete
I'm officially green with envy. Lime green!!! You can expect a new neighbour within the next 48 hours...
The one's we grow here are not really an edible variety. Just ornamental.ReplyDelete
Just bring those bees, Chris!ReplyDelete
Pomegranate always signifies the coming of Christmas for me Cro. They are one of my husband's favourite fruits. He methodically peels, then divides each seed (takes forever). I'm not sure the flavour is worth all that effort, but he seems to love them. And yes Tom, they are high in vitamins C and B and also fibre (but you have to eat the seed to get the fibre...happy to say hubby eats the whole thing!)ReplyDelete
If you peel the pomegranate under water the arils (seeds) sink and the inedible part floats and the juice doesn't squirt all over you.
But like you say Cro, they're really nice to look at and that makes them worth growingReplyDelete
Not sure about your desires to grow hundreds of them - anyway sour fruit juice can easily be sweetened. If you care to drink 8fluid ounces of pomegranate juice per day it will act as a mild to moderate viagra!ReplyDelete
When you get your bumper crop you should dry them. I have a large old crockery bowl filled with dried pomegranates on my kitchen table. At Christmas I put them on my mantle with fresh greenery and pinecones. I've bought fresh ones at the grocery store and let them dry, have also bought them already dried...neither is cheap (you could be rich!). I've had mine for years, they just need a dust off now and then. Beautiful, natural decorations!ReplyDelete
Loving your blog...knew I had to make my first comment when I read this post.
Lucky you Cro! It must be so wonderful to see them growing in your garden. I can remember visiting a friend in California and stood in awe as she just popped outside to pick a lemon from her tree to add to her salad dressing...so fresh and delicious.ReplyDelete
I love pomegranates in my salad too.
Sherry is right, they make wonderful decorations. If you decorate for Christmas - planters outside look marvellous with green boughs and poms dotted through out.
Congrats on your very first crop of one!
Your pomegranate looks perfect and should be ready to eat soon? It's so healthy too. You have a green thumb, Cro!ReplyDelete