India ranks in the fourth position among the biggest pomegranate producers. This year: about $620. “I am faced with loss,” Mr. Amiri said, his gloved hands rotating a pomegranate, looking for rot or cracks. His entire family relies on that revenue, Mr. Agha said. Most pomegranates grown in the United States come from California and are in season from the end of September through November. The country is known for growing the wonderful variety in huge amounts though other varieties are also common. “They came in large numbers,” Mr. Khan said of the advancing Taliban. The fruit is considered a symbol of Christmas in Greece. Mr. Khan’s men, dressed in civilian clothes, drinking tea and smoking hashish at 10 in the morning, wouldn’t say one way or the other. The two varieties are namely the Baladi and Wonderful. Top in the list ofpomegranate largest producers is Iran. An important part of Afghanistan’s agricultural economy belongs to the pomegranate, and while domestically traded and grown in other provinces, the fruit is the pride of Kandahar. Best known for the antioxidant-rich fruit it produces, the pomegranate shrub is widely grown throughout the Mediterranean region. The flowers attract hummingbirds, and the arils of the fruit are enjoyed by a wide variety of wildlife. The province is a major exporter to Pakistan and India, but this year the shipments were late and smaller than usual, according to fruit exporters interviewed for this article. Unbelievable? The fruit is grown in the provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan and Henan. The exact origin of these decades-old plants is unknown. The fighters then withdrew — out of respect, the official said, not because of U.S. airstrikes or the government’s counterattacks. Lewanai Agha, 76, in a white scarf and turban, looked on from the edge of his orchard as Mr. Amiri boxed his pomegranates. Different varieties of the fruit are grown across the country with Alicante and Valencia among the biggest producers. This shrub grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24" per year. Several farmers in an orchard nearby had recently been killed by buried Taliban explosives. Dwarf pomegranates can be grown in large containers. The pomegranate grows in loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained, and clay soils. An important part of Afghanistan’s agricultural economy belongs to the pomegranate, and while domestically traded and grown in other provinces, the fruit is the pride of Kandahar. “I am faced with loss,” he said. Despite the high volume of exports, pomegranate is not popular within the domestic markets experiencing low consumption. In the past five years, statistics indicate that importation of the fruit to different parts of the world has more than doubled. This comes as a measure to meet the growing global demand. The monetary losses pull down an economy already flagging, like other countries’, with the spread of the coronavirus. It is estimated that the fruit in the European market attracts a cost of 5 Euros per 3.5 kilograms giving good returns to the farmers who are set to increase acreage of the crop. What set the recent offensive apart — the worst he had seen in his 20 years in the district — was that the insurgents did not fight with hit-and-run attacks, they came in waves and held their ground. But for some reason, he said, the fighters went farther into the orchards than planned, prompting an outcry from local elders. Start believing! Its tubular blooms begin to appear in late May and early June, providing nice spring color, while the fruit ripens from September to October. WIN-Initiative / Getty Images. Characteristics. The pomegranate is an ancient fruit native to Persia, in what is now modern day Iran. Each pomegranate tree will ideally have a 20×20 foot space all to its own. This is better illustrated by the step in 2009 when thousands of pomegranate plants were planted in the country. Pomegranate Tree Facts. Once the pomegranate tree begins bearing, prune it annually to maintain the major branches, thin out the growth, and remove dead or damaged shoots. Pomegranates from Egypt are exported to Seychelles, Mauritius, Bangladesh and Maldives among other countries. You’ll need to remove suckers often. That American bombardment was the only thing that kept the Taliban from completely overrunning the district, security officials said. The crop was introduced in the country in the 80s and has been receiving increased production with adoption of new farming techniques that increases the yields per acreage. Now with the fighting receding to other districts in the south, hidden explosives left behind in fields remain a threat to the thousands of families reliant on the pomegranate harvest. The fruit is cultivated mostly in the central and southern regions of the country despite the whole country having god climatic conditions for its growth. Growing popularity of pomegranate fruits in china continues to increase by each day making it a large consumer of its products which is sold in most of the cities in the country. Considered as the biggest rival to Iran in terms of production, United States is currently facing decreased production of the fruit. Most of the products from this country are destined for exports fetching the country huge amounts in revenues. High consumption in the country has seen the local farmers unable to fully feed the local market creating the need for imports. The shrubs are dense and bushy and will grow to between 6 and 12 feet tall. His large family relies on the money the crop brings in. Crossing the strategic Arghandab bridge with a load of pomegranates. “The Arghandab crop was not good because we did not receive it on time,” said Jan Mohammed, 34, another pomegranate exporter based in Kandahar city.