It’s a beautiful, fruitful day at Green Sea Farms in Zolfo Springs, Florida. Thanks to the owners, David and Cindy Weinstein, and the Florida Pomegranate Association for the luscious field day, Saturday, June 23rd.
Despite typical wet summer conditions we were able to enjoy educational talks about insects, diseases, fertility, irrigation, and the panoply of different pomegranates that can be grown in Central Florida. The highlight of the day was the walking, talking tour of the grove of over 120 varieties of this anti-oxidant fruit.
The welcoming committee, after checking in.
Cindy Weinstein speaks to local growers about her crops.
No tree forms here, only multi-stemmed shrubs. The fruit load can sometimes topple over top-heavy trees. And if there is a borer, they just cut off that stem. Also, no tap roots like citrus trees so they tolerate the high water table.
Ripe fruit, sliced open.
Individual segments. The pulp around the seed of this ‘Ambrosia’ tasted like fresh, green apples.
‘Girkanets’, from Turkmenistan.
Just a few variations on the colors of the fruit.
Camelia? No, the double blooms of ‘Toryu-Shibori’.
‘Vietnam’, one of the few evergreen shrubs.
‘Al-sirin-nar’ as red as an apple.
‘Hydranar’, one of the most productive plants.