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ABIU

Pouteria caimito

The Abiu is a spectacular fruit native to the Amazon region of northwest Brazil. The pulp has a smooth, creamy texture, and it tastes like caramel flan. Production thus far has been concentrated in southeast Brazil and in Australia.

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ATEMOYA

Annona squamosa x Annona cherimola

Atemoya is a cross between the lowland sugar apple and the highland cherimoya. The fruit is fragrant and firm, and it has a snowy-white flesh of a fine texture. They are generally conical to heart shaped, and may weigh up to 5 pounds. The pulp has fewer seeds than the sugar apple and the flesh is not divided into segments. The yield may be increased through hand pollination.

Available now: African Pride

 

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BARBADOS CHERRY

Malpighia punicifolia

The Barbados Cherry is a fast growing bushy tree that can be trained as a standard or shaped as a hedge. The fruit are sweet to sub-acid, and they are used extensively in juices throughout Latin America. The cherries are extremely high in Vitamin C, and just one has the equivalent Vitamin C content of 12 oranges combined. They are also used in jellies, jams, and they freeze without losing their Vitamin C content.

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BILIMBI

Averrhoa bilimbi

The Bilimbi is a close relative to the Carambola, but they are always extremely sour. The fruit is commonly used in Indian cooking and it is added to curries in the Far East. Relish and chutney are common uses for the fresh fruit throughout Latin America. There are many medicinal uses for the leaves, including the relief of coughing, inflammation and fever. The trees are prolific producers and will fruit at just 1-2 years of age.
 

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Black Sapote

Diospyros digyna

The black sapote is an evergreen, handsome tree with glossy, dark green leaves. Fruit are greenish-brown when ripe, with thin skin and a chocolate-colored pulp. A spoonful of honey mixed into the pulp makes it glossy, shiny and tasty, living up to its popular name of Chocolate Pudding Fruit.

Available variety: Black Beauty, Wilson

 

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Caimito

Chrysophyllum cainito

This beautiful shade tree has glossy, dark green leaves with a silky bronze color underneath. Caimito is a favorite in the Caribbean and Central America, as well as Southeast Asia. The fruit has a mild grape-like flavor, and is best eaten fresh.

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Canistel

Pouteria campechiana

The Canistel is a large, open, evergreen tree that has dark green leaves up to twelve inches long clustered at the tips of the branches. The fruit has a thin orange to yellow skin, and the pulp is dry like the yolk of a hard boiled egg. They are commonly eaten fresh, used in cooking and pies, and they are excellent in ice cream. In milk shakes they taste like eggnog. They are very similar in taste to the Lucuma from Andean countries.

Available variety: Arue, Bruce

 

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Carambola

Averrhoa carambola

Carambola are small symetrical trees that fruit very prolifically. They are commonly eaten fresh, in salads, as garnishes and in drinks. The fruit have a sweet citrus-like flavor that is both delicious and refreshing.

Available variety: Arkin, Fwang Tung, Kari, Lara, and Sri Kembangan 

 

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Cashew Apple

Anacardium occidentale

The actual fruit is the nut, the "apple" is a swollen stem. Cashew "apple" is eaten fresh, candied, or stewed. They have a sweet and astringent taste, and are somewhat chewy. The nut itself is caustic until roasted, and they should be roasted outside because the fumes can be irritating. Under favorable conditions they can grow very fast, and they can fruit in just two years. The plants tolerate very poor soil and drought, but they are very cold-sensitive.

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Cherimoya

Annona Cherimola

The cherimoya is often considered one of the best-tasting fruits in the world, its a taste of tropics, yellow-green skin, rich and creamy white flesh with few black seeds. Very sweet fruity flavor, makes an excellent dessert fruit. Fruit achieves better flavor if allowed to ripen off the tree. Hand pollinate for more quality and reliable fruit set.

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CHERRY OF THE RIO GRANDE

 Eugenia aggregata

This delicious cherry is typically 1-2 inches long and oval in shape. When ripe, they are deep purple to black and have a full cherry-like flavor. The trees can be grown in large pots, hedged, or used as a specimen.

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Chocolate Tree

Theobroma cacao

This beautiful tree has large, dark green leaves that shade the fruit pods which grow directly from the trunk and branches. The flesh is eaten as a dessert, and the seeds are the raw material of commercial chocolate. Hot chocolate can be made by drying, roasting and grinding the seeds, and then adding milk. Chocolate "beans" were used as money by the Maya Indians of Central America. The red pods are typically larger and have more abundant flesh.

Available Now: Yellow Cacao

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DRAGON FRUIT

Hylocereus sp.

This climbing cactus is one of the most beautiful and widespread members of the Cactaceae family. The magnificent night blooming white flowers can be up to 14 inches in diameter. The fruit is most often eaten chilled and cut in half so that the flesh may be spooned out. The juice is used in frozen drinks and it has even been used as a Tropicana Twister flavor. The red fruit are high in lycopene, which is a natural antioxidant that is known to fight cancer and heart disease.

Available flesh color: White

 

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