Here in Florida, the months of June through September offer an ideal testing ground for how well vegetables can tolerate hot, steamy weather. Many common vegetables struggle in the sauna-like conditions, but we’re finding that Lageneria siceria produces food here all summer like a champion. A member of the squash family, Lagenaria is an aggressively … More Lagenaria siceraria – a highly productive vegetable for hot, humid climates
I’ve always been intrigued by something I’ve heard about raw food diets: the energy and mental clarity people say they experience while eating that way. I’ve heard similar stories from numerous people over the years about how eating diet of raw foods only, especially fruit only, gives them a high, a mental lightness, extra mental … More I tried a fruitarian diet for a week. Here’s what I experienced.
If you’re a fruit geek like me, you sometimes wonder what kind of fruit trees you can successfully manage to graft together. Several years ago, I started wondering that question about two excellent fruits in the Ebenaceae plant family: American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) and its cousin chocolate pudding fruit, also called black sapote* (Diospyros nigra). … More Chocolate pudding fruit successfully grafted onto American persimmon
The original chocolate is the fruit of the cacao tree. This tropical fruit is still the source of all chocolate and cocoa today. Every chocolate candy bar you’ve ever eaten, every chocolate ice cream, chocolate cake, fudge brownie, chocolate Easter bunny, chocolate milk, every steaming mug of hot cocoa you’ve ever sipped – it all … More What it’s like to eat cacao fruit
South Florida grows a lot of tropical fruits. Drive south from Miami into the agricultural areas around Homestead, and you’ll see commercial groves of mango, avocado, litchi, mamey, atemoya, banana, papaya and much more. But sometimes it’s not obvious when you’re a visitor to the area just where you can actually buy some of that … More Where to get tropical fruits in South Florida – Redland Market Village
If you’ve got any experience with the tropical fruit-growing scene in South Florida, you know Richard Campbell. For many years Campbell was the curator of tropical fruits at Fairchild Tropical Garden, travelling the world to bring back excellent varieties of tropical fruits, and working out the best methods to cultivate them back here in Florida. … More A visit to Mango Men: Richard Campbell & sons
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
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
We humans can look at a calendar to know what time of the year it is, so that we can prepare for the weather of the upcoming season. But we also have the luxury of being able to go indoors if the weather doesn’t suit us. Our fruit trees (or any trees) are completely exposed … More How do trees know winter’s coming?
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