Florida Fruit Geek – Celebrating the abundance, diversity, and health benefits of food that grows on trees

    Celebrating the abundance, diversity, and health benefits of food that grows on trees

    Fall is the most popular season, according to surveys. Something about the shortening days, crisp breezes, and pumpkin spice everything in the stores inspires people to get out doing some autumnal activities. I recently attended an event that deserves to become a new fall tradition, alongside the hayrides, corn maizes, and the holidays people enjoy …

    Of all mulberry cultivars I’ve eaten, the one which to me has the best flavor is variety ‘Himalayan’, which came from the Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead, Florida. Its taste is so intensely fruity and sweet it can make other mulberries seem bland by comparison. I first encountered this variety in early February 2013, …

    We finally had some freezes this year. After two consecutive winters that were so extraordinarily warm they didn’t cause any freeze damage to vegetation in my location (north Marion county, Florida, USA), temperatures this season finally dipped below the freezing point. Cold enough to cause something like what used to be typical winter die-back in …

    I’ve started growing kadushi (aka Peruvian apple cactus), and I’m getting increasingly excited about its potential for fruit production. While another group of fruiting cactus species, dragon fruit (Hylocereus & Stenocereus spp.) has exploded in popularity in recent years, kadushi has been largely overlooked as fruit producer, despite possibly having at least as much potential, …

    In the regions of the world with icy, cold winters, the only way many people encounter pineapples is in the produce display at the grocery store. This exotic fruit from the tropics is so different from anything you’ll see growing in temperate zones, it can seem a mystery what kind of plant this fruit grows …

    I recently got to taste homegrown fruits for the first time of Cordia myxa, known as lasura in India. This is a fruit tree that reportedly thrives and produces crops in extremely high temperatures and in poor soil, a promising set of characteristics given the forecasts for climate change. On a personal note, getting to …

    The newest mulberry in my collection is variety ‘Skinner’, acquired from Josh Jamison. This is another of the mulberries varieties with extremely long fruits, a group I’ve been focusing on collecting. We’re not sure what species ‘Skinner’ is, possibly Morus macroura or Morus wittiorum. Josh propagated it from what is probably the only mature tree …

    As I’ve acquired and planted out high-quality mulberry cultivars, I’ve found a major challenge in growing this fruit that’s been very little reported: many of the top quality varieties are extremely sensitive to root-knot nematodes. Parasitic root-knot nematodes (hereafter just referred to as “nematodes”) are tiny microscopic worms which are abundant in sandy Florida soils …

    If you’re looking for a very small tropical fruit tree for a tight space, and especially if you want a potted fruit tree for your patio, I recommend dwarf sapodilla varieties. These were not even on my radar until several years ago, when I heard people talking about how there are now sapodilla varieties which …

    Recently I made a small, raised bed vegetable garden, so I could enjoy home-grown salads. At the same time as my garden grew and grew, so did the Covid-19 pandemic. I then realized what a great project this could be for other people to do right now. It’s spring planting season in the northern hemisphere, …

    Hi, I’m Craig Hepworth. I use this site mainly to celebrate the remarkable potential of fruit and nut trees.

    The second purpose of the site is to try to build community on the open web, by experimenting with how independent websites can interact with each other in a ‘social media’ sort of way.

    Current weather at my fruit grove:There are LOTS of Ways To Follow This Blog:

    Also Connect Here:

    The Latest Posts I’ve ‘Liked’ on Other People’s Blogs:Fruits Listed by Plant Family  (Cashew Family):  Mangoes, cashew, mombins, jun plum, jocote, wani, etc

    (Custard-Apple Family):  Cherimoya, guanabana, custard-apple, sweetsop, sugar-apple, Rollinia, biriba, pawpaw, etc

    Apocynaceae – (Milkweed Family):  Carissa, Natal plum, mangaba, pitabu, sorva

    Arecaceae – (Palm Family):   Coconut, pejibaye, African oil palm, American oil palm, Butia palm, maraja palm, etc

    Burseraceae (Gumbo-Limbo Family):  Dabai, safou/butterfruit, pili nut

    Cactaceae (Cactus Family):  Prickly-pear, dragon fruit, pitaya, Peruvian apple-cactus

    Caricaceae (Papaya Family):  Papaya, babaco

    Chrysobalanaceae (Coco Plum family):  Coco Plum, sunsapote, egg nut

    Clusiaceae/Guttiferae (Mangosteen Family):  Mangosteen, mammee-apple, charichuela, imbe, bacuri, madrono, cherapu, etc

    (Ebony Family):  Asian persimmon, American persimmon, chocolate pudding fruit, etc

    Ericaceae (Heath family):  Blueberry, cranberry, sparkleberry

    Euphorbiaceae – (Euphorbia Family):

    – (Bean Family):

    Fagaceae (Oak family)

    Juglandaceae (Walnut Family)

    Lauraceae (Avocado Family)

    Malpighiaceae (Acerola Family)

    Meliaceae (Neem family)

    (Mulberry Family):  Mulberries, jackfruit, fig, breadfruit, marang, tarap, chempedak, African breadnut, Maya nut, che, etc

    Musaceae (Banana Family)

    (Myrtle Family):  Guava, Surinam cherry, pitomba, grumichama, jaboticaba, wax-apple, etc

    Olacaceae, (Olax family)

    Oleaceae, olive family

    Oxalidaceae (Oxalis Family):  Carambola/starfruit, bilimbi

    Passifloraceae, passionfruit family

    Protea Family (Proteaceae)

    Punicaceae, Pomegranate Family

    Rhamnaceae, Jujube family

    Rosaceae (Rose Family)

    Rutaceae (Citrus family)

    Sapindaceae, (Litchi Family)

    Sapotaceae (Sapote Family)

    Sterculiaceae, (Chocolate family)

    Vitaceae (Grape Family)

    Vegan Food Blog With Delicious Simple Vegan Recipeswe are not farm owners, but we are the hearts of the operation.Plant-based Optimistic Earth-consciousGood lives on our one planetOcean Protection Through Plastic-Free LivingBritish food in all its glory. This is also the sister-blog to my other project, Neil Cooks GrigsonCelebrating the abundance, diversity, and health benefits of food that grows on treesCelebrating the abundance, diversity, and health benefits of food that grows on treesCelebrating the abundance, diversity, and health benefits of food that grows on treesJournalism for ClimateStories about us and natureSmall-scale agroforestry in constant evolutionDiscovering Your Ancestors – One Gene at a TimeDivulgando la investigación sobre evolución humana

    |

    Outreaching the human evolution researchRuminations of a paleontology-inclined nerdKeeping your machines sewingExploring nuts, tree fruits, and uncommon fruits in MichiganAn Online Reader for the Permaculture CommunityCelebrating the abundance, diversity, and health benefits of food that grows on treesIrish Climate and Ecological ActivistFood Plants | Ecological Gardening | Recipes | NutritionCelebrating the abundance, diversity, and health benefits of food that grows on treesIncorporating Dutch Cycling into an American life.Raspberry Pi, Electronics & Making:Made by you:Celebrating the abundance, diversity, and health benefits of food that grows on treesCelebrating the abundance, diversity, and health benefits of food that grows on treesDisability Doesn’t Mean I Can’tA guide to Borneo’s 150 species of wild fig trees, stranglers, lianas and shrubsCelebrating the abundance, diversity, and health benefits of food that grows on treesEclectic, Bold Plant-Based CookingCelebrating the abundance, diversity, and health benefits of food that grows on treesRare fruit trees and noninvasive bamboos for Florida & beyondKübelpflanzen, die uns glücklich machenTwo plant geeks, one-tenth of an acre and the making of an edible garden oasis in the cityGrowing Food in the TropicsNutrition Expertise & Plant-Powered RecipesExperiences of a weekend farmerThe wonders of growing, eating and sharing fruitbits of my life…Satellite images – sustainability – science communication

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.