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?
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
Every winter we get our our annual reminder that North Florida is not actually tropical. Usually a number of cold fronts interrupt our mostly warm warm weather with a dose of north-temperate zone reality, bringing us a series of chilly days, and nights dipping below freezing. The latest such cold wave was January 3rd through … More Florida Got Frosted! (January 2018)
What do you get when you cross the heavenly-tasting, juicy, sour, key lime with the frost-tolerant, sweet-peel kumquat fruit? You get limequat, a delicious, juicy, aromatic, sour, lime-like fruit which has the bonus of having an edible peel. Not only that, but this is a tree which can fruit in areas too cold for pure … More Limequat: A Delicious Type of Citrus, And The Fruit Geek Who Created It