Moraceae – Florida Fruit Geek

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    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 …

    (Note: See here for a list of all posts I have made about nematode resistant fig roostocks.) In my search for nematode resistant rootstocks for common fig, I’ve recently acquired a new candidate to try out (actually two new candidates). I have already posted about how I’ve tried the ornamental creeping fig, Ficus pumila, which …

    Mulberries are a great fruit tree for Florida (and just about everywhere else). But a major challenge in growing them in North and Central Florida is that some varieties get fooled by warm spells during winter into thinking that spring as arrived, and they break dormancy too early. As long as a mulberry tree is …

    My project to test out various Ficus species as potential nematode-resistant rootstocks for edible figs has made slow but steady progress in 2019. Root-knot nematodes are one of the biggest challenges in growing figs in Florida and other warm climate regions around the world. I am trying to acquire every Ficus species that’s reported to …

    (Update: New location for The Jackfruit King. Mustang Market has closed permanently, so Norberto Moreira is now selling his wonderful jackfruits in Orlando. Check his Facebook or Instagram for location and hours.) I have been seriously falling in love with jackfruit lately. Or maybe “falling in lust” might be a more accurate description of the …

    People were very helpful in identifying the first mystery fig I posted as being almost certainly Celeste, so I’m back with another unidentified fig variety. My temporary name for this one is “Big Red”, because it has some of the largest fruits I’ve seen on a fig tree in this area (most of our local …

    Breadfruit is an outstandingly productive staple crop that is roughly the equivalent of a potato that grows on a tree. These starchy fruits are not very good to eat raw, but once cooked they are wonderfully flavorful. Breadfruit is Artocarpus altilis, so it’s a close relative of delicious tropical fruits like jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) and …

    There’s something about figs – people just lose track of their variety names. Fig trees are easy to start from cuttings, so when people find a good one, they multiply it and give it out to friends and neighbors. But if the parent fig tree had a variety name, its baby trees go out into …

    Time for a long-overdue update on my project to explore potentially nematode-resistant fig rootstocks. The project hasn’t progressed as fast as I would have liked, but I do have some potentially promising results with the Ficus species I rated as a “wildcard” in my first post on this topic: creeping fig, Ficus pumila. To recap, …

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    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)

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