Pomegranate

Punica granatum
Punicaceae, Pomegranate Family
Pomegranate
Pomegranate
Until now, the vine and the fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree have not borne fruit. From this day on I will bless you.
Haggai 2:19 NIV
Pomegranate
The bells and pomegranates alternated around the hem of the robe to be worn for ministering, as the LORD commanded Moses.
Exodus 39:26 NIV

Cultural Information

TypeEdible Shrub, Zone 7 and colder may not yield fruit
Height15 to 25 feet
Soilvariety of soils, well-drained
Exposurefull sun
Leavesdeciduous, medium green, slender, pointed; yellow autumn color
Flowersorange-red, bell-shaped, ruffly petals with clustered gold stamens at center, blooms late spring to summer
Fruitvivid to burnished red, crown at base, thick-skinned, filled with a multitude of crimson, juicy, pulp-covered edible seeds; harvest fruit in fall

Planting Tips

  • pomegranate can take the heat, so plant in the sunniest spot of the garden
  • also does well in courtyards, standing up to reflected heat of glass and walls
  • shrubs are multi-trunked; when plant is maturing in years 2-4, remove smaller stems and entangling shoots at base to leave sturdy, central structure
  • trim lower branches and foliage to shape pomegranate as a small tree
  • many varieties and dwarf varieties are available, so check local recommendations and be sure to select for mature height desired

Garden to Table

  • arrange bright red fruits in bowls or urns for a cheerful welcome at Christmas time
  • use caution when securing fruits with wire for wreaths or arrangements and peeling fruit for eating as fruit’s juice will stain
  • enjoy all by themselves! peeling and eating pomegranate seeds yields a lingered time to savor the moment
  • add pomegranate seeds to fruit salads, green salads, marinades, rice pilaf or cooked grain side dishes – their tart taste is wonderful fresh or cooked!
  • try pomegranate juice for a tangy change from citrus juices

Additional Resources

See Blog Posts on Pomegranate
Perhaps the most poignant pomegranate detail in Scripture was when God called for these plump fruits to be embroidered around the hem of the priestly garments, alternating with golden bells. These garments were made for ministering. Similarly, we are to wear, or bear, fruit for ministering.
-from the NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible
Pomegranate
The bells and pomegranates alternated around the hem of the robe to be worn for ministering, as the LORD commanded Moses.
Exodus 39:26 NIV

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