Category: Fruit Trees

Rare & Unusual Tropical Trees & Plants, Flowering, Fruit, Native, Palm, Bamboo, Heliconia, Hummingbird, Butterfly

Tropical Fruit – A Tasty Survey, Part VIII

This week we resume our survey of interesting fruit trees that can be grown in southern Florida. Persimmon (Diospyros kaki) Chinese in origin, the persimmon (Diospyros kaki) is a wonderful fruit which unfortunately has had a reputation for doing poorly in southern Florida. Most of us think of persimmon as a California crop. After all,…
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July 28, 2018 0

Tropical Fruit – A Tasty Survey, Part VII

This week we look at more of the interesting tropical fruit trees that can be grown in southern Florida. Ice Cream Bean (Inga edulis) It’s no mystery how this tree earned its common name: From the sweetness and texture of its popular fruit. Word about I. edulis got out so long ago that its exact…
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July 7, 2018 0

Tropical Fruit – A Tasty Survey, Part VI

This week we continue our survey of the interesting tropical fruit species that can be grown in southern Florida. Sapodilla (Manilkara zapota) This species is not only among the most ornamental of tropical fruit trees, but it is blessed with long life, strength and wind resistance. Because the sapodilla has been popular for many centuries,…
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June 30, 2018 0

Tropical Fruit – A Tasty Survey, Part V

This week we look at more of the interesting tropical fruit species that can be grown in southern Florida. Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) Right off the bat, we have a couple of confessions to make: Loquat is not a tropical fruit, and in spite of its specific epithet ‘japonica,’ it’s also not Japanese. The truth is…
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June 23, 2018 0

Tropical Fruit – A Tasty Survey, Part IV

The topic of confusion over common names is too big to confine to just one article in this series. Accordingly, this week’s installment deals with two more fruit species that are also called sapotes. White Sapote (Casimiroa edulis) This tree, native from eastern Mexico to Costa Rica, has a long history in California, where it…
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June 16, 2018 0