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Oman pomegranates

This article was originally published in Foodnews

A SUPPLY shortage of locally grown pomegranates is forcing Oman to turn to imports, according to Omani pomegranates sell for OMR3.00-4.00 per kilo (USD7.80-10.40), while imported fruit sells for below OMR2.00/kg. “We have not been able to source any local pomegranates this year and it is getting late in the season,” said Hassan Mohammed, a Muttrah based fruit and vegetable vendor. Rashid al Yahyai, assistant professor of horticulture at Sultan Qaboos University’s department of crop sciences, said: “The traditional cultivars that are commonly grown in Oman include Helow (sweet), Qusum (hard-seeded), Malasi (soft skin), and Hamedh (sour). The most prized variety is the Helow, which is larger and sweeter than others.” Yahyai said that even though the annual yield is up to 180 fruits per mature tree, “limited trees mean limited production, which forces Oman to import pomegranates worth over USD2.0 million every year.”



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