April marks the end of tomatoes and peppers here in South Florida, but also means it's almost time to pick mangos, Avocados, and other great fruits. Here are some pictures of my fruiting trees and some other trees that I recently acquired.
This is my 'manzano', or at least I think it's 'manzano', banana tree.
Recently purchased 'Alano' Sapodilla tree. As you can see, it's very young and I don't expect fruit until at the very least, next year. Well worth the wait!
Purchased bare root from Willis Orchards web site... 'Ice Cream' Banana Tree
I recently purchased a tree of one of my favorites fruits, the 'Jaboticaba'
This is what the fruit will look like growing on the tree. Weird huh?..but VERY tasty!!
My 'Celeste' Fig tree was completely devoid of leaves and/or growth. It came to life in early February. :o)
Now for the fruiting trees.. This is a young 'Nam Doc Mai' Mango Tree.
These are baby mangos on my 'Malika' mango tree. It is a dwarf mango tree that is giving me a little trouble, but is still loaded with fruit.
Flowers and developing fruit on my 'Red Lady' Papaya tree
My favorite mango tree, my 8 year old 'Carrie' Mango tree has a little under 50 fruits of different sizes. This is the first time it has produced since hurricanes damaged it in 2004. :o)
A new addition...the only fruit I haven't tasted...the 'Lisa' Atemoya tree. Here are pics of the tree(very windy), and the flower and tiny developing fruits.
I hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I'm going to enjoy eating the fruit! :oD
Oh, and the 'dwarf cavendish' banana tree I posted pics of in the fruit thread of the forum is still plumping up the fruit. I will post pics of them when I've finally harvested them.
Apr 15, 2009 | 2:44 AM PST
Wow, thank you so much for sharing your pictures! I especially thought that the "jabotica" tree was so interesting!! What a strange way to grow the fruit. Are they like berries? I found these pictures wonderful, great job growing that huge "manzano" banana tree!! Wow, that's cool!
Apr 15, 2009 | 5:19 AM PST
Bill, I would LOVE to have apples. There are some varieties that are said to grow down here, but they don't fruit well.
The exotics are amazing. Sapodilla has to be one of the best fruits I've ever tried. The flavor and texture can best be described as a pear dipped in brown sugar! The tree itself was used to make gum(chicle) for centuries.
blueeyedkitty, The fruit are technically berries. They taste like grapes, but better. I was skeptical at first cause of it's strange appearance, but one taste and I was sold.
Thanks to all for your comments!
Oh, and I mispelled 'Jaboticaba'...sorry about that. :o)