Do you remember opening a pomegranate and finding the beautiful, reddish seeds glistening in the sun?  Pomegranate trees are thought to have originated from between the Himalayas and Egypt and are mentioned frequently in ancient texts as a sign of fruitfulness.

This attractive shrub or small tree can grow to a height of 5 – 8 m and is extremely long lived.  The Punica granatum has multiple spiny branches with green, glossy leaves and bright red flowers are followed by fruit from March to May.  The fruit has a hard, reddish shell that contains anything from 200 to 1400 edible seeds.  The seed range in colour from white to red and even purple and is embedded in a spongy membrane.  Pomegranate seeds vary in taste from sweet to sour and have varied culinary uses.

Punica granatum needs the sun to produce fruit and benefits from well-drained soil.  The Pomegranate is also fairly drought tolerant and is adapted to a wide range of climates, from subtropical to Mediterranean, with cool winters and hot summers.