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Basket of pomegranates

Pomegranate Picking Time

Thank you, Lord, for our pomegranate tree. I never dreamed of having one.  Our pomegranate tree has been bearing fruit for over 20 years. It was a surprise gift that keeps on giving. This tree gets a lot of attention because it’s on the side of our home that borders a highway. Numerous people have shown up on our doorstep asking us what kind of tree we have, or if they can have some of the fruit. It’s definitely a conversation piece! Peach, cherry, pear, apple, and even plum made the fruit tree wish list. Never in my wildest dreams, would I have asked for a pomegranate tree!

old wooden ladder and pomegranate tree

Old hardware store wooden ladder gets us into the pomegranate tree.

Our pomegranate tree has an interesting history. Twentyish years ago, firstborn son came into the house with a piece of fruit asking me what it was. I gave him a very puzzled look and asked him where he got it. He said he found it growing in the bushes. Upon a prompt inspection, we found a 5 foot volunteer tree growing in between two 6 ft by ft abelia bushes. We (meaning Mr. Withendlessgrace) dug up the large bushes flanking each side of the tree to let the tree grow. We found out later from the woman who sold us the house, that she used to sit on the porch and eat pomegranates and toss the seeds over the porch rail. It turned out to be a very good spot for a tree!

A typical pomegranate tree looks like a large bush, but when pruned to look like a crepe myrtle, it becomes a more appealing landscape planting. The tree really didn’t get much attention from passers by, until several years later when we pruned it up. 

Pomegranate tree with old garden mums

Pomegranate tree makes scenic fall display with old garden mums.

 

Pomegranate tree and old garden mums

Pomegranate picking season with my helpers.

We enlist the grands to help pick the poms. We love the photos and making memories for us all. This is last years harvest. The old garden mums were already in bloom and the poms ripened early. They are typically not ready until the end of October. Pomegranates grow well in zones 8-11. Our zone is 7b, and we may be a tad bit warmer with a microclimate near the river. We did get a scare after a late frost last year that we lost the tree, but it came back suffering the loss of a third of the branches.

Pomegranate pickers

Grandson asks to take our photo while pausing from picking pomegranates.

 

Pomegranate picking

Pomegranate picking with the grands.

 

Pomegranate harvest

Last year’s pomegranate harvest. We could have waited a week or more longer to harvest, to let the fruit ripen a bit more, but chose to harvest when our helpers came for a visit. Memories are more important than perfectly ripe fruit. 🙂

 

Pomegranate picking

To determine pomegranate ripeness, look for poms that have closed ends, are not round, but squared, and that have a dark color. The fruit almost has a hexagon shape when the arils expand to ripeness inside. Don’t they have a lovely crown? Note the poms with the open crowns? They will not get picked for a week or two.

The previous season Mr. Withendlessgrace picks some poms for the Texas grands during their visit.

Pomegranate picking

Mr. Withendlessgrace and grands picking pomegranates.

 

Pomegranate Picking

Our pomegranate tree is loaded with fruit that ripens the end of October. They are good keepers and also dry well.

 

Pomegranate picking

Our early morning harvest helper loves pomegranates!

 

Basket of pomegranates

Basket of pomegranates on the front step add to the fall display. Note the large pom that is the size of a grapefruit! It’s our largest one thus far. Grandson very proudly awarded it to his mom for her birthday last week.

Consider growing a pomegranate tree if you are in zone 7b or warmer. The trees add interest to the landscape and are very easy to care for. Pomegranates are packed with nutrition, are refreshing to eat, and  add color to a salad, side dish, or drink.  Use them for a sauce, make some juice or consider all the dessert possibilities. I love to use the arils for infused water. They look like little jewels.

 Through the ages, the pomegranate has been a symbol of love, fertility and fruitfulness. Biblical references include pomegranates being known as the fruits the scouts brought back to demonstrate the fertility of the promised land, love symbolism in Song of Solomon, and as embroidered design elements on the hems of the ephods worn by Hebrew high priests.

Sharing inspiration with Stone Gable, Dwellings, French Country Cottage, Pieced Pastimes, and Savvy Southern Style.

Thank you Lord for blessing us with this tree!

Grace to you

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10 Responses to Pomegranate Picking Time

  1. Rhonda October 17, 2016 at 2:45 pm #

    Those pictures and descriptions are scrumptious!

    • withendlessgrace October 18, 2016 at 4:19 pm #

      Thanks for your encouraging words! We need to make sure you get to taste how scrumptious these treasures really are!

  2. autumn October 18, 2016 at 6:27 am #

    Missy Joanne, add ‘really good at taking photos’ to your talent list. Some of those photos look like they belong on a gardening calendar. What awesome memories you are making for the grandkids.

    • withendlessgrace October 18, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

      Autumn, you make me smile! Thanks for being your cheery self and blessing others. I’m so grateful to be a grandmother and treasure opportunities like this. God is good!

  3. Nikki G October 18, 2016 at 2:53 pm #

    My next door neighbor has two pomegranate trees and I think they look like Christmas trees with their red balls! I don’t think they ever pick them. I keep saying I wish they were in my yard! I am also in 7B in Alabama. Where are you located? And what recipes or use do you have for your harvest?
    🙂 gwingal

    • withendlessgrace October 18, 2016 at 5:58 pm #

      Nikki, thanks for dropping in to say hello! We live in Arkansas. That’s awesome that you have some pomegranates in your neighborhood.

      We have seedlings come up in the flowerbeds and keep a list of folks who ask for them. I also had a gardener friend take some cuttings from our tree, that produced fruit the first year. Perhaps you could ask to take a cutting or ask if they have any seedlings in their flowerbeds that you could have. They may offer for you to take some fruit. You could ask to pick the fruit before it frosts, if they don’t happen to offer it to you. (I have met some really nice people by asking them if I could pick their hydrangea right before the frost, because they will turn brown and ugly with the frost anyway, and it helps them keep a tidier yard)

      Mostly we eat the fruit fresh. I have used the arils in infused water at receptions, teas and for company, have added them to spinach salads with feta or goat cheese, nuts, and other fruits like apples or pears. Sometimes I roast the pears and apples to make them more of a fall salad. The pomegranate adds lovely jeweled color and interest. I also use them to garnish rice or quinoa dishes. I have a recipe for chocolate pomegranate cookies that I used for a cookie exchange once. It was fun to try, but I wasn’t wowed by it. I am anxious to use them to make a sauce for a meat dish and also for a dessert. I think the sauce would be good on pancakes or waffles also.

      I have pinned some other recipes using chocolate and pomegranate that I do want to try, so can let you know when I find a good one! I haven’t tried freezing the arils yet, but would like to try that. Usually we have pomegranates in the fruit drawer of the refrigerator that dry before we eat them. I love to use those for wreaths and holiday vignettes.

      Last year, I shared some fruit with a friend who wanted to make some juice. It was really good but it takes a lot of fruit to make enough to be worth your time. I do love the juice, don’t you?

      Please keep me posted on your progress with the pomegranate. I look forward to hearing from you!

  4. Cindy October 23, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

    How nice to have a pomegranate tree in your yard; and such sweet helpers too!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

    • withendlessgrace October 24, 2016 at 6:30 am #

      Cindy,
      Thanks so much for stopping by and for hosting the party on your lovely blog. I hope to be there every Monday! It looks like we have a lot in common. I enjoy your posts and insight to your heart.
      May the Lord continue to bless the works of your hands.
      Have a great week!
      Joanne

  5. At Rivercrest Cottage October 23, 2016 at 7:09 pm #

    Enjoyed sharing your story about the tree. We grew up with neighbors who had two huge trees and always let us pick however many we wanted. The fresh fruit was wonderful.

    • withendlessgrace October 31, 2016 at 11:07 am #

      Thanks Sugar for your reply. For some reason your message went to my spam folder and I didn’t catch it until today.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the story about our tree. That’s so fun that you have great memories about your generous neighbors. It’s a good reminder that acts of kindness create warm memories for others.

      One of my friends grew up in Texas and tells me that she remembers throwing them at her siblings and having wars with them. She’s really big on nutrition and being frugal, so it bothers her how much good fruit they wasted! haha

      It’s such an interesting fruit and so refreshing.

      Again, thanks for stopping by!

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