Posted by: viewfromtheriva | June 10, 2010

A bumper crop of pomegranates this year!


After all the rain this Spring, our pomegranate tree is full of flowers!

Pomegranates are one of the world’s oddest fruits…..here and in the Middle East as well as parts of Asia, they are enjoyed raw as well as an essential ingredient in complex sauces.

The juicy red seeds are at once sweet and tart and the color is an intense dark ruby red.  The juice is enjoyed for its health benefits, but it’s very pricey and hard to find–but here in Croatia, it grows wild along the road and it seems to be in every yard too.  The fruit can be quite heavy so it’s really strange to see such a willow-like tree with such heavy fruit.

It takes from June to October for the fruit to mature–but then if you keep it in the fridge, it will last up to six months.  We have one left from last year’s harvest of 16 (that was it!).  But this year, after I did a lot of pruning and cut back some of the wild fig trees that surrounded it, the tree thanked me with a zillion buds.

Some of last year's harvest--but this year should be a bumper crop! Note the coconut and baseball to indicate the size of these yummy puppies!

So we are looking forward to a terrific harvest.  I already bought the Croatian tool for picking the fruit.  It’s a small canvas basket at the end of a telescoping pole that has some pretty wicked serrated teeth just above the basket.  You position the basket under the fruit and then hook the stem, twist to cut it and if you are lucky, it drops into the basket instead of onto the ground.

Can’t wait.

Enjoy our new Croatian vacation portal

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  1. I really enjoy your posts and pictures. Thank you for writing so beautifully. We have been thinking of visiting Croatia, including Split, later this summer,


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