Early-ripening, red peel and flesh pomegranate cultivars with high-quality fruits, sweet or sweet–sour good taste, and soft seeds are mostly desired by growers and consumers. Emek cultivar bred in the Newe-Ya'ar Research Center is an early-ripening pomegranate (Punica granatum L., Punicaceae) cultivar characterized by a self-pollinating and self-fertile medium-sized trained tree with a vigorous growth habit and good productivity. When matured, the fruits are medium to large-sized with appealing dark pink to red skin color, red juicy arils of sweet flavor, and good eating quality. ‘Emek’ ripens in Israel in mid- to late August, which is ≈6 weeks before the well-known cultivar Wonderful.
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Royal Horticultural Society 2001 Color chart. Royal Horticultural Society, London, UK