Information About Pomegranates
Yellowing Leaves On Pomegranate: Why Pomegranate Leaves Turn Yellow
By Kristi Waterworth
Growing a pomegranate tree can be a rewarding experience filled with delicious fruits and beautiful juice, but growing these fruit trees isn't all paradise. If your plant is looking a little off, with yellowing leaves, click here to learn how to save it.
Propagating Pomegranate Trees: How To Root A Pomegranate Tree
By Teo Spengler
Growing a pomegranate tree from cuttings is cost-free and relatively easy. Find more information about how to root a pomegranate tree from pomegranate tree cuttings in the article that follows. Click here to learn about pomegranate propagation.
Problems Of Pomegranates: Learn About Diseases In Pomegranate
By Jackie Carroll
Pomegranate fungal diseases are a common issue in plants grown in wet regions. Other diseases in pomegranate are rarer and not permanently damaging to the tree. Learn the problems of pomegranates in this article. Click here for more info.
Pomegranate Leaf Curl: Why Pomegranate Tree Leaves Are Curling
By Jackie Carroll
If you're lucky enough to grow pomegranate trees where you are, you may occasionally see leaf curling. Several insects and disorders can cause pomegranate leaf problems. Find out why the leaves curl on pomegranates and what you can do about it in this article.
Pomegranate Houseplants – How To Grow Pomegranates Inside
By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer
If you think that pomegranate trees are exotic specimens that require a specialized environment and an expert's touch, you may be surprised that growing pomegranate trees indoors is actually relatively easy. This article can help.
Interesting Facts About Pomegranate Leaves
Pomegranates probably made their original journey from their native country of Iran to the US with early Spanish explorers. The attractive, vase-shaped shrubs and small trees produce fragrant, brilliant blossoms in bursts of bloom throughout spring and summer, as well as sweet-tart fruits in late summer and fall. However, you might not have given the leaves much thought.
Since pomegranates originated in the hot, dry climate of Iran, they grow best in similar areas, such as USDA Zones 8 to 10. However, some varieties are hardy in other areas in Zones 6 and 7. Not particular about soils as long as it drains well, pomegranates are sensitive to over-watering. Many need no more than an organic mulch for fertilizer. Prune suckers and to shape the shrub or tree.
Using Pomegranate Leaves as Food
Pomegranate leaves are edible. Choose only leaves that have not been sprayed and wash them well. Try these uses:
- In a smoothie or juiced with fruits and vegetables
- As a spinach alternative
- Cooked in recipes such as curry, pasta sauce or soups
- To make pomegranate leaf tea.
Health Uses for Pomegranate Leaves
Many of the plants we use for fruits and vegetable have long-standing traditions in herbal medicine. Pomegranate leaves have been used for eczema – blenderize into a paste and apply to the skin. In Ayurvedic medicine, they are used to simulate the appetite and for digestive problems. Herbalists may also recommend a tea of pomegranate leaves to help with insomnia.
Pomegranate Leaf Drop
Pomegranates are deciduous and will normally lose their leaves in the fall. If your tree is dropping leaves out of season – especially if it’s a container plant – it could be root-bound. Although pomegranates are drought-tolerant, they may also lose leaves if starved for water – they shed their leaves to try to ensure survival of the tree, and may also drop flowers and/or fruit.
Pomegranate Leaf Curl
A healthy pomegranate leaf is flat and a glossy light green. When leaves curl, it signals a problem. Aphids may cause this problem because they suck the plant juices. Whiteflies, mealybugs, scale and leafrollers are also insect pests that can cause leaf curl. A healthy tree can easily withstand such attacks, so it’s better to live with a little damage than to reach for a spray.
Treating Leaf Drop and Leaf Curl
Dealing with leaf curl is simple once you identify the cause. Root-bound plants should be repotted. If lack of water is a problem, water more frequently. Natural predators like lacewings and ladybugs can help control insect pests. As a last resort, use an insecticidal soap sprayed directly on the insects. In all cases, make sure your trees are properly sited and well-cared for.
Score the PomegranateThe Spruce / Molly Watson
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Use a sharp knife to cut just through the peel of the pomegranate from stem to end along the white sections that run from the center to the peel between the seeds—there should be six sections to score between. Note that you are cutting into but not through the pomegranate.
Here's the Best Way to Seed a Pomegranate
As much as I love eating pomegranates, I avoid buying them because I hate seeding them. I wish it weren't the case, but I'm naturally a very messy person, and prepping pomegranates—an inherently messy task for anyone—is a total disaster for me.
That being said, I know there are several pomegranate seeding hacks online that people swear by, and I figured I might as well give them a try rather than avoiding the fruit entirely. Since they're packed with nutrients like fiber and vitamin C, not to mention totally delicious and in season right now, I'd really prefer to eat them all the time if possible.
So I bit the bullet and finally tried out the tricks I've been avoiding for so long. I tracked down three popular methods from around the web, picked up the most sumptuous poms I could find at the market, fished out an old T-shirt from the bottom of my laundry bin, and braced for the mess. Here's what worked, what kind of worked, and what was basically a hoax.
I kicked off my pomegranate seeding journey with this method because it seemed the easiest. Honestly, it seemed so easy, it sounded too good to be true. And it was! I know the Internet loves a good hack, but everywhere I looked people swore by this trick and it flat out did not work for me.
I cut the pomegranate in half, held it in my hand cut side down over a bowl, and whacked and whacked and whacked for a good minute. This is all that came out.
Despite how few seeds came out, there was juice splattered everywhere. Needless to say, that old T-shirt is a goner! Let this be a friendly reminder that not everything you see on the Internet is true.
I figured I'd have better luck with this method. To do it, you start by gently slicing around the top of the pomegranate just deep enough so that you can remove the top of the peel, like this:
After I removed the peel, I sliced it into sections. It looked like this:
I assumed this would be the better method because it loosened the seeds up, unlike the previous method which kept them tightly bound in the rind. When I held it in my hand cut side down over a bowl and whacked it for about a minute, a decent amount came out, but there were still quite a few seeds remaining in the peel. And, again, there was a lot of splatter everywhere. (Thankfully, I was still wearing the T-shirt.) So while it kind of worked, it still wasn't the mind-blowing hack that I was hoping for.
I really wanted the other methods to be the best, because of how much the Internet seemed to love them, and how much they promised to make my pomegranate seeding life so much easier. But this method—the most old fashioned—turned out to be the only one that got all the seeds out and didn't make any mess.
All you have to do is fill a bowl with warm water, peel the pomegranate, dunk it in and gently remove the seeds. Since it's submerged in water, there's no splatter. And while it may seem like a long process, it actually only took me a minute or two. Plus, the warm water was kind of soothing, unlike the wooden spoon whacking which was kind of putting me on edge. Sure, it may seem like the most boring trick of the bunch, but it's definitely the one that's worth your time.
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