Pomegranate fruits have an exotic look and flavor and are said to offer a number of health benefits. The plant grows as a dense, deciduous shrub, but it can grow up to twenty feet in height and trained into a small tree.
Native to Southeastern Europe and Asia, pomegranates have been cultivated in the Americas since the 1500s. The trees are quite attractive and have flaming orange-red flowers with crinkled petals. Pomegranates can be grown throughout Florida and prefer an acidic soil. 'Purple Seed' and 'Spanish Ruby' are popular home garden cultivars.
The fruits are round and several inches in diameter with a smooth, leathery skin. We eat the reddish, juicy pulp that surrounds the seeds. Pomegranates in North Florida mature from July to November, but may produce fruit year-round in South Florida.