Homegrown Hillsborough: Pomegranates
What varieties of pomegranates are grown commercially here?
Among the few commercial growers in Hillsborough County, Angel Red is the most popular. Dozens of varieties are being tested at Florida Gulf Coast Research & Education Center in Balm.
Where are pomegranates most commonly grown in Hillsborough County?
East and South County.
How many acres are planted with pomegranates?
20 to 30 acres
Pomegranates are native to Iran. Missionaries brought them to California and Mexico. The fruit's potential as a commercial crop in Florida remains largely unknown.
University of Florida researchers are trying to determine which pomegranate varieties are best suited for the region. The challenges: Abundant rain, humidity, and heat.