Question: I have some eversweet, Utah and wonderful pomegranates, plus some unknowns, and was wondering what other types might do well in this area. Also have a Turkey, kadota and mission fig and was wondering the same for them. I recently saw a blackjack fig in a local nursery but thought it may be another name for one I already have.
You have three of the best pomegranates out there available to homeowners. One that has come into a lot of favor in the past few years is parfianka . Like the Utah variety, it has an edible seed that is quite small for a pomegranate. Some others that I have liked include sharp velvet, red silk and Granada.
Blackjack fig is a good fig. I am not aware of a bad fig for our desert environment. All that you mention are good. I would also include on that list Janice, a seedless kadota type and desert king, sometimes just called king.
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