Pomegranate Primer

Pomegranates in Ventura County

October 21, 2016
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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.

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