CBI Product Factsheet: Fresh Pomegranates in Germany
As a result of the health benefits associated with pomegranates, the German consumption of pomegranates is increasing. An interesting opportunity for pomegranate exporters lies in exports of ready-to-eat pomegranate arils. Producers in the Southern Hemisphere have the potential to offer pomegranates in the offseason of the Northern Hemisphere, where most pomegranates are produced.
The pomegranate tree (Punica granatum) is a small tree which bears pomegranate fruits (berries). Originating in the region of Iran, the tree is cultivated throughout the Mediterranean regions, Middle East, Caucasus, tropical Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin and North America, with upcoming plantations in South Africa and Australia. Main producers of the fruit include Iran (leading exporter), India, Israel, Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Spain and the USA.