Pomegranates in Ventura County
S. John Chater was passionate about pomegranates and bred them for decades at his Camarillo home. His goal: To create new varieties that would produce fruit in mild weather, and he’s credited with developing these varieties in the 1980s:
Blaze: Medium-size, tart, shiny, bright red.
Golden Globe: Very large, honey-sweet, golden-yellow.
Green Globe: Large, sweet, green-skinned.
Phoenicia. Large semi-tart.
Rosamia: Scarlet, sweet, soft-seeded.
Though Chater passed away in 2001, the original trees are still alive in Camarillo, says his grandson, John Chater, who breeds pomegranates as a doctoral student in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at UC Riverside.