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Planet Pomegranate – Questions & Answers

Send in your questions about pomegranates and we’ll try to answer them!

Question: I think that we have a pomegranate plant growing in a pot. How can I tell if it is a pomegranate for sure? Last spring we took a cutting of a tree and tried to grow it – it didn’t come back so we took out the dead part and shortly after a small leaf started to grow so we left it alone and started babying it and now it is getting bigger but I’m not sure if it is one, I can send you a picture of it if you would like. Thank You for your help Chris

Answer: According to your description it looks as if the plant growing is a pomegranate tree. At least — before we examine a picture – there is no other alternative. We’ll be ready to check the picture you took recently and tell you. Please pass it thru the e-mail.

Question: Two questions about pomegranates:
1. How to choose a good one – with dense, dark red seeds rather than beige seeds. They seem to look similar on the outside.
2. What’s the difference between the dark red seeds and lighter red/white seeds?
Name: Cynthia

Answer:

1. Good and very good pomegranates are a question of taste: some people like a bit of sourness others prefer the sweet ones. Eventually every loyal consumer identifies the variety that he/she prefers (taste) and the outside appearance allows to select in the marketplace

2. The pomegranate varieties differ in the two colors, of the peel and of the arils. Every consumer finds the colors on the outside which allows him/her to select using it as an indicator of the arils’ color and taste.

You should be aware of the internal variation of each variety’s fruits. However, for instance during August in Israel the “Mule Head” variety is sold, and it is pale compared to the dark red of the “Wonderful” sold during October. The arils in accordance are pale and dark, and in general it is predictable.

Regarding the situation in the US it is also variable on both the color and the taste.

To demonstrate the internal variability I’ll tell you that we claim that we hold an Israeli Wonderful, which does not differ from any Wonderful DNA, but was selected to have better features, such as yield, etc.

Question : Just got back from the Dr. & he claims my blood sugar level is elevated! Must cut way down on Pane,except whole grain, Pasta, Rice, potatoes – except baked – NO DESSERTS twice a day..What is the type sugar & content of Pomegranate…From any olde admirer..who wants to stay young…M.

Answer: Nutrition Information for Pomegranates:

The following nutrition information is for one serving of pomegranates. That would be about one medium-sized pomegranate, or 154 grams. This general information is for raw pomegranates. Macronutrients: Water: 124.69 g Calories: 105 Protein: 1.46 g Carbohydrates: 26.44 g Fiber: 0.9 g Sugars: 25.52 g Total Fat: 0.46 g Saturated Fat: 0.059 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.071 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.097 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

Question: I enjoyed meeting Ann when I was on a foodies tour at a restaurant in Caesarea. Although she answered questions, I was hesitant to ask this one: I live in Florida where I have a pomegranate tree. How do I take care of it? Does it need lots of water and fertilizer? How do I encourage the fruit to grow larger?
Name: Jackie C.

Answer:

1. Taking care of a pomegranate tree is similar to what is done with any other fruit tree.
2. The watering requirement depends basically on the rainfall and the evaporation. Regarding rainfall the irrigated quantity should complement the rainfall (say: 900 mm.) to 1,300 mm (e.i., 400 mm.)
3. Fertilization is also similar to other tree crops in the same region.
4. The size of the pomegranate fruit depends on the variety, but three activities depends on the grower: (a) taking fruits from the first (out of normally three) flowering wave, (b) thinning the fruits to have only one fruit per “bunch”, and (c) good irrigation and fertilization management.
I hope that by this the requests were satisfied.

Please note that these answers were provided by Dr. Dan Rymon, CEO of Pomeg-Tech (www.pomeg-tech.com)

Question: How many seeds are there really in a pomegranate? Is it true that there are 613, like the number of mitzvot one must perform according to the Old Testament?

Answer: NO! The number of seeds depends on the size of the fruit. The bigger ones obviously produce more seeds.

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