Richard has been testing Central Asian and other
pomegranates at his Oak Creek Orchard in Texas. He is Chairman of the
Pomegranate Group of the North American Fruit Explorers.
Barbara L. Baer
Barbara is the owner of Floreant Press, a Northern
California publishing house. She went to Turkmenistan in search of pomegranates
and Dr. Levin. The rest is history.
David E. Silverstein
David is pomegranate consultant for the California
Rare Fruit Growers and is Chairman of the San Diego, California Chapter of CRFG.
Dr. Gregory M. Levin
Dr. Gregory M. Levin, a botanist, spent close
to 40 years in the Turkmen area of Central Asia, now called Turkmenistan. He
spent most of that time at the Kara-Kala Experiment Station of Genetic
Resources (now called Garrigala). This area of the world is the within the
point of origin of the pomegranate and pomegranates still grow wild in the
He was in charge of the pomegranate collection
at the station and amassed a collection of 1,117 different cultivars of
pomegranates, the world’s largest collection. With the experimentation and
treks to collect plant material he is considered one of the world’s leading
experts on Punica granatum.
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