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

We’re having a fruitluck in Gainesville FL, August 12

It’s time we have a fruitluck in north-central Florida! I’ve been so impressed by the fruitlucks in Tampa, Florida that I decided to start an event like that closer to home. So we’re having one in Gainesville, FL on Sunday, August 12, from 11AM to 2PM, at Northeast Park (see end of post for exact address … More We’re having a fruitluck in Gainesville FL, August 12

Cold-hardy avocados workshop with Oliver Moore, July 29

A little-known group of avocado varieties, originally from the mountains of Mexico, can handle winter freezes much lower than commercially grown avocados, down to 15 to 18F (-7 to -9C). These varieties tend to have medium to smallish fruits with outstandingly rich flavor, some of the best tasting of any avocados. These cold-hardy Mexican avocados … More Cold-hardy avocados workshop with Oliver Moore, July 29

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