I managed to style among the best texas native fruits i’ve had and I’ve been searching for for some time!
Diospyros texanensis – Texas Persimmon!
I had a pair proper once I picked them and so they weren’t a lot to write down residence about, they tasted like a black persimmon, a very good one however they aren’t that good of a fruit.
So! I made a decision to go away one on the counter till it felt like a full water balloon such as you do with different persimmons and the flavour utterly blue me away- just like a pawpaw and fairly scrumptious I undoubtedly am going to develop a number of of this tree.
Subsequent, as a present to myself for getting this new job I went to the Keys high take a look at the household land there in addition to go to fruit and spice park to fulfill with Satya and decide up some timber I bought manner too way back to plant out in addition to carry a number of the much less chilly tolerant species from my yard to plant them on the market.
I had a tough time on the airport after touchdown in Miami (not because of the suitcase stuffed with vegetation), and Sadly Satya was touring once I might make it however his great accomplice confirmed me round and gave me a completely scrumptious Barbie guava and a few nice Nam Wah Bananas in addition to an amazing tour of their yard! The barbie guava is one of the best one I’ve ever had- large and not one of the fragrance taste that folks typically don’t love. She additionally gave me some fermented Noni juice that was fairly tasty regardless of the best way the conventional fruits odor. I even took a plant with me after tasting it!
After that is was a drive all the way down to Homestead- and a morning cease at Robert is Right here for some fruit breakfast
I used to be capable of attempt a yellow passionfruit that was wonderful with virtually no acidity, Guama (an ice cream bean selection) and Mamoncillo right here which had been scrumptious. I’m nonetheless looking for a very good tasting chilly hardy Inga species that has an opportunity of manufacturing fruit in 9b however nothing to date. Mamoncillo is wonderful however I’ve already killed 5 trees- they hate any dip in temp
Subsequent I used to be off to fruit and spice park- the folks right here could not be nicer and I want I lived down the street so I might go day-after-day. When strolling ion they gave me somewhat fruit sampler which was well worth the value of the ticket alone
The winner of the sampler had been by far the Rollinia, so creamy and scrumptious and actually does style like lemon merengue. shut second was the seashore mangosteen of which I used to be capable of decide a number of later.
Folks say August is just not one of the best time to go however I’ve to say I discovered and wonderful selection and amount of fruit there- first some tree pics-
The ultimate fruit haul is here- sadly not pictured as a result of it acquired type of smashed was Eugenia neonitida which I’ve to say I discovered completely scrumptious. In case you like seashore mangosteen the sourness on this one is much less and it solely has a obscure trace of resin that’s typically related to the genus. The fruit is large and the seed is small
Fruits from high left to backside proper
1. Aegle marmelos – Bael Fruit
Have not tasted this one but, I heard it’s purported to not bounce if you drop it in an effort to be ripe and mine preserve bouncing
2. Persea spp. – Avocado
Fairly good florida fashion avos
3. Annona X – Lisa Atemoya
Probably the greatest annonas I’ve ever tasted, tree ripened and florida grown this was a real delight
4. Annona purpurea – Soncoya
I dont suppose this ripened correctly however I’ll go into extra element later
5. Pouteria hypogluaca – Cinnamon Apple
A superb ingredient fruit- would make an incredible graham cracker flavored milkshake, not that good out of hand
6. Mammea americana – Mamee Apple
Scrumptious, complicated, large fruit the identify tropical apricot is a good suggestion of the place the flavour begins however it’s actually actually good
7. Garcinia celebica – Seashore Mangosteen
Much less bitter than I used to be anticipating after readong another taste stories, I actually like them and the fruit typically solely have 1 mature seed so there may be loads for consuming
8. Psidium spp. – Pink Guava from Robert is Right here (RIH)
A superb guava, however poor in comparison with the barbie from Satya’s yard
9. Nephelium spp. – Rambutan (RIH)
Simply regular rambutan- not freestone which is at all times a bummer
10. Melicoccus bijugatus – Mamoncillo (RIH)
Scrumptious citrusy type of pixie stick flavor- cool trying, enjoyable to eat and scrumptious. Solely downside is they could be a bit fibrous.
11. Inga spp. – Guama (RIH)
I’ve tried a number of Inga spp. at this level and these had been good- gentle cottony sweetness with out an excessive amount of fiber which appears to be within the bigger/longer varieties
12. Musa spp. – Nam Wah from Satyas yard
Scrumptious, a bit seedy however would not wreck the consuming expertise in any respect
13. Manilkara balata – Balata
Completely different from the Manilkara bidentata I had in Tobago, these had been gross. The Tobago ones are scrumptious, and on condition that they share a standard identify I wished to do this one but it surely was actually unhealthy
14. Rheedia spp. – American Garcinia
This gorgeous clearly appears to be a superior lemondrop mangosteen however it’s labeled rheedia on the park and after rising the plant I can say it’s undoubtedly totally different from the Garcinia brasiliensis I’ve sourced elsewhere. The leaves are a lot bigger and wider and it develop a lot quicker. The fruit tastes similar to brasiliensis however is perhaps a bit sweeter.
15. Coccoloba uvifera – Seagrape
These weren’t nice, a bit salty and a bit candy. I can see consuming them if you want to and so they can actually develop in sea water to they’ve utility as a pioneer and anti-erosion species.
16. Myrciaria vexator – Blue Grape
This was a serious disappointment. I’m rising these vegetation and they’re lovely so I actually hoped the fruit was good however I discovered them to be so resinous I could not eat them. I attempted placing them within the fridge for the subsequent day and so they had been nonetheless gross and astringent. The one hope I’ve is they do not seem to drop from the tree so perhaps they had been simply manner over ripe.
I minimize this open and a jelly that smelled of turpentyne got here out so I threw it away
18. Diospyros nigra – Black Sapote
A standard black sapote- I do not suppose these are excellent fruits out of hand- okay in a milkshake
19. Campomanesia spp. – Fragrance guava
That they had a number of different Campomanesia varieties right here however this was the one one bearing fruit and was, after all, unlabelled. I actually like this fruit. It earns the identify fragrance guava- if you don’t just like the odor that may come within the mexican cream guavas keep away, however I discovered them scrumptious.
20. Coupea spp. – Baboon cap
This was a beautiful discover, once I first tasted one it was just like a Pouteria, a bit starchy and doubtless finest as an ingredient in some cream based mostly dessert. I let the opposite three ripen considerably extra and this was nice for the flavour. A fancy mixture of dates and berries and pumpkin, I actually actually favored these. I gave the seeds for this to NissanVersa on right here as sadly my backyard area and time has diminished drastically with this new job.
21. Spondias purpurea – Hog Plum
Fairly good- very bitter, would not eat a number of them
Subsequent was on to the property down within the Keys! Right here is a few giant scale views- it’s principally impenetrable scrub
However here’s a little space I cleared for planting
I put all the vegetation from the suitcase within the floor right here in addition to many many seeds so we’ll see what takes
ABOUT THE SONCOYA-
so neither the lisa or the soncoya had been ripe whereas I used to be in FL so I flew them again with me to TX-
They we primarily collected in the identical state- high about to separate, nonetheless on the tree with the stem utterly dried
The lisa ended up perfect- it was scrumptious
And regardless of the soncoya trying prefer it ripened completely when NissanVersa and I attempted it it had no taste, was starchy and inedible.
This was a serious disappointment, I’m not positive what went flawed
Imagine it or not I squoze a small journey as much as Michigan in for a household wedding ceremony and managed to catch the household Paw Paw tree in fruit- I believe this is perhaps one of the best North American Native fruit. Our tree is ~20 years previous so it’s not one of many new cultivars. the fruit is small and seedy however scrumptious like blue raspberry custard. I solely was capable of catch a pair drop and gave them to NissanVersa
FINALLY I used to be headed out to the bay area-
After 35 hours of driving in a 20+ foot automobile me and a number of the vegetation made it safely- I acquired fortunate that the property proprietor and tenants appear to be into vegetation and fruit stuff so there was some cool issues right here once I arrived
First is a Large Feijoa! that is the primary one I’ve seen bearing fruit- havent had an opportunity to attempt any but however I’m advised they’re scrumptious from the neighbor
There’s a good volunteer grape vine- the fruit are small and seedy however deliciously candy
And Arbutus unedo are rising far and wide. Folks appear to be fully unaware of the actual fact they’re edible, and a few timber are even fairly good, so I’m simply biking round and accumulating fruit!
Comparatively settled now. the choose vegetation I took with me acquired a beating however I get them babied and again into excellent care now.