An Overview of Pomegranate
The Pomegranate is an ancient fruit that originated in Persia, present-day Iran. The inside of the Pomegranate consists of a soft, white mesoderm surrounding the small seeds. The seeds, also known as arils, are about the size of a corn kernel and contain bright red water. They are the only edible part of the fruit, with each Pomegranate having hundreds of seeds.
More to love in Pomegranate:
- Eating pomegranates regularly improves gut health eating this fruit also prevents intestinal diseases.
- The word Pomegranate means an apple with many seeds
- This fruit is classified as a super fruit
Benefits of Pomegranate
Eating whole Pomegranate can have anti-inflammatory effects and protect the human body from diseases such as type 2 diabetes and obesity. They are a good source of vitamin C, K, potassium, and several other essential nutrients. Eating one Pomegranate gives you about 28 mg of vitamin C or almost 50% of the recommended daily intake (DRI).
How to Sow and Care for Pomegranate
It is best to start sowing seeds indoors, as the seedlings will be ready to go outdoors in early spring. You can either plant it in a pot or sow it directly outdoors. To plant seeds in a pot, fill a 4- to 6-inch pot with a mixture of two parts soil and one part coarse silica sand. Adding sand will improve drainage, which is essential for this plant, as soggy soil can lead to root rot. Press one seed about 1/4 inch deep into the soil per pot and cover.
If you have a biodegradable pot, you can use that; this is the best option as you won't need to disturb the roots when growing the plants into their permanent home. Water is just enough to moisten the soil. Keep the soil moist but only wet once the seedlings have sprouted. Seeds need warm temperatures of 75-85°F to germinate. Gradually increase the time and duration of direct sunlight exposure.
Note: This Overview is intended as a guide only since cultural practices and climatic conditions may vary.
- Season: April To June
- Type of soil: Deep Loamy
- USDA Zones: 8-10
- Sunlight: At Least 6
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Scientific name: Punica granatum
- Family: Lythraceae
- Higher classification: Pomegranates
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Conservation status: Least Concern Encyclopedia of Life
- Rank: Species
- Order: Myrtales
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