Pomegranate (Punica granatum) is grown in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. The total area under cultivation of pomegranate in India is 107.00 thousand ha and production is around 743.00 thousands tons.
Maharashtra is the leading producer of pomegranate followed by Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. Ganesh, Bhagwa, Ruby, Arakta and Mridula are the different varieties of pomegranates produced in Maharashtra. In India, pomegranate is commercially cultivated in Solapur, Sangli, Nasik, Ahmednagar, Pune, Dhule, Aurangabad, Satara, Osmanabad and Latur districts of Maharashtra; Bijapur, Belgaum and Bagalkot districts of Karnataka and to a smaller extent in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
|Variety or Type Pomegranates||Fresh Pomegranate|
|Quality Available||B Grade, C Grade, A Grade|
|Application||Human consumption and Medicine|
|Packaging Type Available||Carton, Crate, Wood Box, Thermocol Box, Corrugated Box, Pouch, Punnet, Plastic Crates|
|Packaging Size Available||50 Kg, 10 Kg, 5 Kg, 20 Kg, 3Kg|
|Size||100gms, 15gms, 200gms, 250gms, 300gms|
|Availability||All Over the Year|
|Is It Imported||Non Imported|
|Is It Organic||Organic and inorganic both available|
|Place OF Origin||Nashik, Ahmednagar and Sangli area of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka|
|Minimum Order Quantity||1x20ft Container for Export and 2 Tons for Domestic|
|Ganesh||This variety has pinkish yellow to reddish yellow rind colour, having light pink arils and soft seeds.
Fruit weighs between 225-250 gms with medium T.S.S.
|Ruby||The fruit skin is red in colour and weighs between 225-275 gms. The grains are soft, having high T.S.S.|
|Arakta||Fruits are dark red in colour with soft seeds and with high T.S.S.|
|Bhagwa||The fruit is glossy red in colour with soft seeds and high T.S.S.|
Harvest season of pomegranate is depicted below (in 12 months). Because of adopting a number of bahar treatments, pomegranate in Maharashtra and Gujarat states is available throughout the year.
|-Lean Period||-Peak Period||-Throughout Year|
Pomegranates are available almost throughout the year. With the adoption of bahar treatment it’s harvest can be tailored according to demand.
|S.No.||Bahar||Flowering Time||Period of Harvest|
|3||Ambe||January-February||June - August|
Size is determined by the weight or maximum diameter of the equatorial section of the fruit, in accordance with the following table:
|Size Code||Weight in grams (minimum)||Diameter in mm (minimum)|
|Temperature:||5 - 7°C|
|Relative Humidity:||90 - 95%|
|Storage Period:||2 - 3 months|