Pomegranate expansion

Poland and France have joined the countries that import Azerbaijan’s most famous fruit, pomegranates, Azernews portal reports.

Despite entering new markets, Azerbaijani pomegranates are still exported mainly to the CIS countries though, while production and export of pomegranates in Azerbaijan are continuously growing, as well as the number of innovations, educational events and trainings in this field.

“Our goal is to work with existing varieties of pomegranates, restore those varieties that were destroyed in the past, and improve the quality of existing delicious varieties, increase our export potential by promoting pest control, proper watering and proper pruning,” Chairman of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Pomegranate Farhad Garashov said. “There are such varieties as Veles, Gyuleysha, Azerbaijani Gyuleysha, Bala Mursal, Girmizigabig, Aggabig and white-sweet pomegranate. Currently, there are 18 varieties, but there may be about 150. Relevant institutions of the Agriculture Ministry are now working on the restoration of genomes, further increasing the selection of existing varieties and improving their quality.”

Azerbaijan is the only country where all varieties of pomegranate grow. The fruit is not merely economically profitable, but also of great importance for human health. Pomegranate juice and peel are used in treating up to 20 diseases while pomegranate rind as well as oil from its seeds are used in cosmetology and pharmaceutical production.

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