Huili County, affiliated to Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province, is a national historical and cultural county. The county covers an area of 4,527 sq km and the county is at an elevation of about 1,790 meters above sea level. The annual average temperature is 15.1 degrees Celsius and the average annual rainfall is 1,140 mm. The county enjoys a mild climate and spring-like weather all year round. The advantaged natural environment of Huili has bred the famous Huili pomegranate.
The pomegranate with green skin and soft seeds is an excellent local variety with unique characteristics of Huili. It's characterized by a large fruit size, thin skin, large seeds, juiciness, soft pit and sweet taste. Its seeds are transparent and bright like pearls and it tastes richly sweet like honey. With a rich flavor and high quality, it's praised as "Holy Fruit on Earth".
In 2018, the pomegranate planting area reached 400,000 mu, accounting for 92% of the pomegranate planting area in Sichuan Province and 26% of the pomegranate planting area in China. The output of fruits was 700,000 tons. A comprehensive output value of 4.7 billion yuan was achieved. The income of fruit farmers was 3.3 billion yuan, which drove the output value of secondary and tertiary industries to 1.4 billion yuan, and the per capita net income of fruit farmers was 21,000 yuan. (Courtesy of the IP Protection Department of CNIPA and IP Bureau of Sichuan Province)2019-09-04