Its a great time of the year to be out in the orchards, the brutal heat of summer has passed, we have had some wonderful early fall soaking rains and some of my favorite fruit are ripening. At our Fredericksburg Sustainable Fruit Plots, we have or are in the process of evaluating 26 varieties of pomegranates. Many have their origin in Russia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and northern Iran and some have shown us excellent quality and remarkable cold hardiness. Most of the varieties that have nominal to no winter injury are hard seeded, but the variety of flavors is amazing.
With an increased interest in small scale sustainable agriculture, interest in growing pomegranates is at an all time high. The Texas Pomegranate Growers Cooperative, in conjunction with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be conducting their annual pomegranate tasting on Friday, October 5th at the Uvalde Research & Extension Center in Uvalde, Texas. We will have a chance to taste and evaluate many of the varieties grown in different parts of the state and review information on variety performance
Tasting begins at 11:00am and a Coop board meeting will follow. Participation is open to the public and free of charge. The center is located at 1619 Garner Field Rd, Uvalde, TX 78801. Hope to see many folks there!