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Juicing and Growing Your Own Pomegranates


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January 10, 2018

Juicing and Growing Your Own Pomegranates - container and glass of fresh juiceMy family and I are known as the Pomegranate People because we've been growing them ever since I was a little one. In fact, the first thing I ever grew on my own was a pomegranate tree at age four. Now these fruits are more popular than ever, and buying the bottled juice at the shops isn't very cheap. This is one method of juicing pomegranates at home, then planting the leftover seeds in order to grow more of the fruit.

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The best time to start the growing process is at the end of winter to the beginning of spring.

Supplies:

  • pomegranates
  • citrus squeezer
Juicing and Growing Your Own Pomegranates - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Rinse off the outsides of the pomegranates.
  2. Juicing and Growing Your Own Pomegranates - rinse the outside of the fruit
     
  3. Cut the exterior skin of the pomegranate into quarters, stopping before the seeds.
  4. Juicing and Growing Your Own Pomegranates - cut the skin into fourths stopping before the seeds
     
  5. With a bit of force, the pomegranate will pop right open.
  6. Juicing and Growing Your Own Pomegranates - pop it open
     
  7. Place a piece of the pomegranate face down in your squeezer. Press and squeeze juice into a bowl.
  8. Juicing and Growing Your Own Pomegranates - place a piece face down in the juicer
     
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  9. Keep flipping the piece of pomegranate and squeezing from every angle to juice all the seeds.
  10. Juicing and Growing Your Own Pomegranates - flip and squeeze to remove all of the juice
     
  11. Some of the seeds will get into the juice, remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  12. Juicing and Growing Your Own Pomegranates - remove seeds that drop into the juice with a slotted spoon and set aside
     
  13. Rub the seeds with a paper towel to remove all the pulp, then plant them 1/4 inch deep in a seed-starting tray. They will germinate in a sunny window in about 6 weeks. Spread seeds outside in a sunny, dry area and cover them with 1/2 an inch of soil. When the tree is young, water every three to four days. As it grows and gives fruit, it just needs to be watered once a week.
  14. Juicing and Growing Your Own Pomegranates - pomegranate fruit on trees
     
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