Even though the pomegranate is considered a rare and exotic fruit today, it was considered to be very common in Biblical Hebrew Scriptures and was described in many of the books of antiquity. Today the pomegranate is celebrated as a health benefit bonanza, because of the high concentration of anti-oxidants contained in the commercial juice named, Grenadine.
The Russian pomegranate has high cold tolerance and can be grown in the Northern States like New York, Illinois and Missouri, and the fruit can grow into an enormous size, often growing as large as 2 pounds per each fruit. Pomegranates ripen during the late summer heat, and the fruit can develop a high quality flavor with an extended shelf life when refrigerated. Pomegranates are very popular fruits to appear on the grocery store shelves before the holiday onset of Thanksgiving and Christmas.