Golden Crispy Melon

I was never a huge fan of melons, until I found one fruit in this group that I really enjoy: Golden Crispy Melon. Lots of fruit enthusiasts really love honeydews and cantaloupes and the like, and although I do find them pleasant, but I don’t get more than lukewarm about those varieties because they all … More Golden Crispy Melon

Mystery Fig Number One: Can you identify this fig variety?

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 … More Mystery Fig Number One: Can you identify this fig variety?

The magical sweetening power of miracle fruit

Miracle fruit or miracle berry (Synsepalum dulcificum) is a little red berry from West Africa that makes sour foods taste sweet for an hour after you eat it. Lemons and limes taste as sweet as an orange, strawberries taste like they’ve been filled with honey, and unsweetened cranberries taste like cranberry candy after you’ve eaten … More The magical sweetening power of miracle fruit

Sparkleberry: The wild blueberry cousin that supplies me with antioxidants all winter

In winter, one of the fruits I find in abundance here in North Florida is sparkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum), a native cousin of blueberry which contains many of the same health-promoting purple anthocyanin pigments as blueberry. They grow wild here, and I can harvest all I want for free. Sparkleberries are native all over Southeastern North … More Sparkleberry: The wild blueberry cousin that supplies me with antioxidants all winter