Pomegranate Trees in Alabama
My momma was recently on the Rick and Bubba Show, and she mentioned our pomegranate trees in passing. My grandmother owns a farm supply in Verbena, Alabama, and she told me after the show a woman came in the store asking for a pomegranate tree! The woman was unaware that they could grow in Alabama.
The pomegranates are blooming in our orchard now. The flowers look attractive even after they lose their petals for its’ calyx is large and showy. The flowers are not why we bought the tree though; it’s the fruit that is valued. The flavor of the fruit is somewhere in between sweet and sour, depending on the variety. Its’ arils (the flesh covering the seed) are used all around the world in the form of juice, syrup, and sauces, or can be eaten whole with the included seeds as a topping to deserts or salads.
The pomegranates are not only good, but are good for you too!
Its arils are high in vitamin C and potassium. The seeds are rich in fiber and are a source of unsaturated oils.
We use pomegranates in many recipes throughout the season. The harvest season in Alabama is usually between August and September. We use them raw in our granola, over pancakes, and in our salads as well as raw mixed with a fabulous pomegranate reduction over quail, duck, and turkey.
The dessert dishes are endless.We make pomegranate syrup for our ice cream topping, or concentrated pomegranate juice to make sherbert. We have even made pomegranate cake and certainly we have made pomegranate jam. Pomegranates have been used since creation and will certainly continue to be used for generations to come!
Crush pomogranates into a mesh colandar until you have 1 cup on juice. Strain the juice through a cheese cloth for a very smooth consistency. Place juice with 1/2 cup of sugar into a small saucepan and bring to a boil for about a minute or until sugar dissolves. Spoon over pound cake, ice cream, meringue, or your favorite dessert for a sweet dish or spoon over venison steaks, duck, or turkey for a different and awesome savory dish! Enjoy and be healthy!