So, just where do Pomegranates come from? The Pomegranate Tree is a compact, shrub-like tree that can grow to 30 feet tall, though most typically tops out at between 12 and 16 feet. Native to the Mediterranean region since ancient times, Pomegranates prefer semi-arid temperatures and naturally adapt to regions with cool winters and hot summers. This makes them an ideal crop for California’s San Joaquin Valley, as once established they can withstand considerable drought. High temperatures are essential during the fruiting period to get peak flavor, with one tree able to produce several hundred Pomegranates in a single season. Properly cared for, Pomegranate Trees can live a very long time, with some producing trees in parts of the world today reported to be over 200 years old!
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The pomegranate’s flowers are so beautiful, many garden supply stores sell pomegranate trees as ornamental foliage.
Several words and placenames come from the French and Spanish words for pomegranate, including grenade and Grenada!
Almost everyone seems to have some kind of memories or stories connected to the pomegranate. Do you have any?
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