A seedling loquat tree with very impressive fruits

We’ve been having a great loquat season here in North Florida, and one seedling loquat tree that’s been languishing in a neglected part of my grove has made its first crop of fruit. They’re outstanding, among the best loquat fruits I’ve ever eaten. It’s always exciting when a new seedling tree starts making fruit for … More A seedling loquat tree with very impressive fruits

Protecting your mulberries and other fruit trees from deer

When you’re getting young fruit trees established, deer can be a major challenge. There’s not much that’s more frustrating than proudly planting out a very special young fruit tree, only to to discover the next day that your precious little tree has been reduced to a skeleton, with every leaf and green twig stripped off … More Protecting your mulberries and other fruit trees from deer

A good year for loquats

The loquat trees here in North Florida are having an outstanding fruit crop this year. It’s especially impressive to see the abundance, size, and sweetness of the crops happening right now on the improved, named-variety trees which a number of us have been planting in this area for the last few years. Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica), … More A good year for loquats

The Gainesville Winter Fruitluck was chilly but fun

The Gainesville Fruitluck is starting to become a happening event. We had our third seasonal fruitluck on January 20, at the Ethnoecology Garden at the University of Florida. Despite the chilly weather, about 35-40 people attended, and brought a great diversity of fruit to share. The Gainesville Fruitluck was inspired by the long-running monthly Tampa … More The Gainesville Winter Fruitluck was chilly but fun

Where to buy jackfruit in Central Florida: ‘The Jackfruit King’ at Mustang Market

I have been seriously falling in love with jackfruit lately. Or maybe “falling in lust” might be a more accurate description of the state my feelings towards Artocarpus heterophyllus. The more I eat this sweet treat, the more I become enamored with its seductive array of tropical aromas and flavors. Jackfruit in the immature, vegetable … More Where to buy jackfruit in Central Florida: ‘The Jackfruit King’ at Mustang Market

The lettuce that thrives in the steamy heat of a Florida summer: Lactuca indica, Indian lettuce

Getting fresh, locally-grown salads is a challenge during the warm months in Florida, and other places with hot, humid weather. There are actually lots of leaf vegetables which thrive in these conditions, but the majority of these tropically-adapted leaf vegetables require cooking. Indian lettuce (Lactuca indica) is a little-known relative of common cultivated lettuce that … More The lettuce that thrives in the steamy heat of a Florida summer: Lactuca indica, Indian lettuce

Mystery Fig Number Two: please help ID this big, red, luscious fig

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 … More Mystery Fig Number Two: please help ID this big, red, luscious fig