Fruit & Nut Research and Information Center
Fruit & Nut Research and Information Center
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University of California
Fruit & Nut Research and Information Center

Pomegranate Cultivar Table

Characteristics of some of the popular pomegranate cultivars (varieties) grown in California

Cultivar
Origin
Sweet to Sweet-tart 
Fruit Size
Rind Color
Aril Size 
Aril Color
Seed Type & *PHOTO GALLERY
Potential Market
Flavor
 Notes
Sin Pepe Chico, CA Sweet Medium Speckled Pink Medium

Light Pink to Rose

Extremely soft
GALLERY

Fresh Sweet mild fruit Best if left on tree until October.
Medovyi Vahsha Turkmenistan Sweet Medium Pink/Red Medium Dark Red Extremely Soft
GALLERY LINK
Fresh Sweet mild fruit Name means honey; good combination: sweet, soft seeded & pink/red
Myatadzhy Turkmenistan Sweet Medium Red Medium Dark Red Extremely Soft
GALLERY
Fresh Sweet mild fruit Good combination: sweet, soft seeded & red
Sirenevyi Turkmenistan Sweet Medium to Large Tan, blushed in Pink Medium Dark Red Soft
GALLERY
Fresh Complex Late variety: best in flavor/color in early November
Parfianka 
Turkmenistan Sweet-tart Medium to Large Red Medium large Dark Red Very Soft
GALLERY LINK
Fresh or Juice Balanced Named for Parfijia
Gissarskii
Turkmenistan Sweet-tart Medium to Large Pink & Yellow Medium large   Soft
GALLERY
     
Myagkosemyannyi Rosovyi
Turkmenistan Sweet-tart Medium to Large Pink & Yellow Medium large   Soft
GALLERY
  Citrus  
Ariana Turkmenistan Sweet-tart Medium to Large Red   Dark Red Very Soft
GALLERY
  Balanced  
Molla Nepes 
Turkmenistan Sweet-tart Medium to Large Red   Dark Red Very Soft
GALLERY
     
Wonderful 
  Sweet-tart Medium to Large Red Medium Dark Red Medium Soft
GALLERY
Fresh or Juice Wine-like Astringent, California industry standard variety
Purple Heart   Sweet to Sweet-tart Medium to Large Red Medium large Dark Red Medium Soft to Medium
GALLERY
Fresh or Juice Fruit Minimal splitting & excellent holding ability off the tree
Ink
Chico, CA Sweet-tart Medium to Large Dark Red Medium   Medium
GALLERY
     
Kara Bala Miursal 
Azerbaijan Sweet-tart Medium to Large Speckled Pink/Red Medium large Red Medium Fresh or Juice Jam-like Seeds 'pop' when you chew them; hard seed so probably better for juice
Nikitski Ranni
Turkmenistan Sweet-tart Large Red Medium to Large Red Hard
GALLERY
Juice Fruit Very productive
Sakerdze 
Georgia Sweet-tart to Tart Medium to Large Dark Red Medium to Large Dark Red Hard
GALLERY
Juice Fruit  
Al Sirin Nar 
Turkmenistan Sweet-tart Large Dark Red Large Dark Red Very Hard
GALLERY
Juice Citrus/Floral Very productive from a young age
Kara Gul 
Turkmenistan Sweet-tart Medium to Large Dark Red   Dark Red Medium hard
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    Darkest variety in USDA collection; name means dark red/black flower
Daru Himalayas Tart Small Yellow/Green w/ Red overlay Small Dark Red to Pinkish White       Used for making the spice 'Anardana'
Haku Botan Japan Extremely Tart Medium to Large Yellow Medium Clear to Yellow Hard
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Juice Lemon-like Tastes better after stored under refrigeration; primarily grown for ornamental double white flower

 *Follow GALLERY to a photo gallery within the 'Flower, Fruit & Cultivar Galleries' for a series of photos for each cultivar.

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