How To Tell When A Pomegranate Is Ripe?

brute(Florida 9B)June 2, 2011

My pomegranate tree is producing baseball-size fruit but I'm definitely not impressed when I cut these things open and try to eat the seeds. They are very hard and the juice is rather tasteless, maybe even bitter.

How long am I supposed to leave them on the tree after they turn mostly red? Am I picking them too soon? Too late?

Does anybody know?

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keiki(10 FL)

By your description is sounds like they are not ready yet. Also it seems early in the season. What variety do you have? I have vietnamse which doesn't get that dark red color making it difficult to see when they are ripe. Mine are ready to eat about 6 months after flowering.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2011 at 9:19AM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

From Floridata.com:

"Harvest pomegranate fruits before they are fully mature (before they split) and store in a refrigerator to ripen. The fruit continues to ripen in cold storage, and the flavor only improves. They can be kept this way for six months."

From CRFG.org:

"The fruits are ripe when they have developed a distinctive color and make a metallic sound when tapped. The fruits must be picked before over maturity when they tend to crack open, particularly when rained on. The pomegranate is equal to the apple in having a long storage life. It is best maintained at a temperature of 32F to 41F. and can be kept for a period of 7 months within this temperature range and at 80 to 85% relative humidity without shrinking or spoiling. The fruits improve in storage, becoming juicier and more flavorful."

HTH

    Bookmark   June 2, 2011 at 9:59AM
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brute(Florida 9B)

Hey, thanks for the replies! I did not know these things.
I don't know what variety I have, but it seems to produce fruit all year. None of my pomegranates have ever split or even looked like they would, so maybe I'm picking them too early. I'll also try the refrigerator trick.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2011 at 11:16AM
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keiki(10 FL)

That's really interesting Carol, thanks for sharing, I am going to try utalizing the refrigerator to finish the ripening period.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2011 at 2:36PM
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