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Passion Fruit

Passiflora edulis

Passion fruit grow on a fast growing vine that climbs with tendrils. The flowers are large, showy, and extremely aromatic. They are also excellent butterfly attractants. The pulp is used extensively in fruit juice drinks like Hawaiian Punch, and it is often used in baked desserts as well.

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Pitomba

Eugenia luschnathiana

Pitomba are another highly ornamental Eugenia from Brazil. The fruit have an apricot flavor and color. The trees can be container-grown, hedged, or grown as a specimen.

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Red Custard Apple

Annona reticulata

The red custard apple is a very close relative to the sugar apple and atemoya. They have a thick creamy custard-like pulp that can be pink, red or white. The fruit have a pleasant flavor and aroma, and they are best eaten out of hand or in ice cream.

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Ross Sapote

Pouteria sp.

The Ross Sapote is a selection of canistel-like fruit introduced to Florida by William F. Whitman. It is unclear if it is simply a variety or a distinct species. Like the canistel, the plant is evergreen, open and well adapted to sub-tropical climates. The fruit grows more in clusters and is smaller and rounder than the larger selections of canistel. It has a thin orange-yellow skin with a moist flesh that resembles the yolk of a hard-boiled egg. They are commonly eaten fresh out of hand and in ice cream. Even those who are not fond of canistel, immediately like Ross Sapote.

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Santol

Santorum koetjape

Santol is a common fruit in the markets throughout Indonesia and the Philippines. The fruit is about the size of a baseball and has a thin rind. The pulp is sweet to sub-acid and surrounds several large seeds. The fruit are typically eaten fresh, but they are also used to make jellies and preserves throughout India and Malaysia.

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Sapodilla

Manilkara zapota

Sapodilla have an exquisite flavor that tastes like a pear that has been soaked in brown sugar. Recent selections of improved varieties have a very fine texture and incredibly large fruit size. The fruit are most often eaten fresh, but they are great in milk shakes and cooked dishes as well. The fruit size and tree size can vary according to variety, but all varieties begin to bear at one to two years of age. Click the link for the sapodilla viewer for cultivar specific information.

Available now: Alano, Hasya, Makok, Molix, and Morena

 

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Soursop

Annona muricata

Soursop has a sweet and tart custard-like pulp. The fruit are typically heart shaped, and weigh up to ten pounds. They make superb milkshakes, but can be eaten fresh as well. The trees are fast growing, and they usually begin fruiting in just two years.

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Spanish Lime

Melicoccus bijugatus

The Spanish Lime is a very close relative of the Lychee and Longan. The male and female flowers, however, are born on separate trees, which makes them different from the Lychee and Longan. For that reason a female tree must be in relatively close proximity to a male tree to produce fruit. In addition, only the female trees produce fruit. It is a very well known and highly regarded fruit throughout Latin America. The pulp is tart and melting, and it clings tenaciously to the seeds.

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Star Cherry, Pitangatuba

Eugenia neonitida

Pitangatuba is native of Rio de Janeiro. It looks like small Starfruit. Very rich in vitamins and minerals than other cherries. The Tree is a compact shrub, from 4 to 6 ft. Very slow growing, but can be quick to flower. 2-3 year old plants can flower and fruit when barely a foot tall. Fruit is oblong, bright yellow and the size is 2-3 inches, thick pulp, acidic and very juicy and aromatic. Flavor is pleasant, making it sweeter when grown in full sun. Excellent container plant.

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Strawberry Tree

Muntingia calabura

The fruit of the Strawberry Tree are born on the outstretched branches of the tree. Each fruit is about the size of a blueberry and contains an abundance of tiny yellowish seeds too small to be noticed when eating. The flavor is often compared to cotton candy. The trees are highly ornamental and fast growing, providing a good source of shade and a fruit that is a favorite among children.

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Sugar Apple

Annona squamosa

The sugar apple is an exquisite fruit that is very closely related to the cherimoya. The fruit are typically baseball- to softball-size, and they taste like sugary sweet custard. The pulp comes apart in segments, each containing a small black seed that separates easily from the fruit. The trees begin to fruit at just one to two years of age, and they can easily be maintained at eight to ten feet.

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Tamarind

Tamarindus indica

The tamarind is a graceful stately tree commonly found in the South Florida landscape and growing wild along Central American roadsides. The fruit hangs in clusters, peapod-like legumes typically six to eight inches long. The fruit is eaten fresh, in candies, and in sauces. In fact, it is one of the primary ingredients of Worcestershire Sauce, as well as numerous other jerk and barbeque sauces.

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Wax Apple

Syzygium samarangense

The wax jambu is an excellent fruit known for its crisp texture, mild flavor and cooling effect on the body. The flavor is reminiscent of an apple, with a hint of rosewater. They are often used as a garnish in fruit salads, and eaten out of hand. The trees fruit prolifically in just one to two years, and the fruit is an excellent treat on hot summer days. Trees can easily be maintained at ten to twelve feet, with biannual pruning.

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White Sapote

Casimiroa edulis

The white sapote is a superb but delicate fruit that tastes like a creamy sugar cube. The fruit is typically baseball- to softball-size, and the trees begin fruiting in just one to two years. They are best eaten fresh and chilled, but are excellent in ice cream and milkshakes as well. In Mexico, they have a reputation for having a soporific effect, and have come to be known as the "sleepy sapote."

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