Evaluating mulberry varieties for early bud break, Jan 2020

Mulberries are a great fruit tree for Florida (and just about everywhere else). But a major challenge in growing them in North and Central Florida is that some varieties get fooled by warm spells during winter into thinking that spring as arrived, and they break dormancy too early. As long as a mulberry tree is … More Evaluating mulberry varieties for early bud break, Jan 2020

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

Limequat: A Delicious Type of Citrus, And The Fruit Geek Who Created It

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