Sunday, July 8, 2012

Exotic Tropical Fruit

One of the best things about living in Florida is the exotic fruits you can grow.  Gardening overall is a big challenge between the bugs, poor soil and opposite seasons of everywhere else but you persevere despite the steep learning curve.

One of the best organizations we have is the Tampa Rare Fruit Council.  They put on great plant sales and a huge citrus tasting at the FL State Fair (in February since gardening is different here).

Today was their annual cooperative meeting with the Manatee & Sarasota rare fruit chapters.  One of the highlights is always the buffet table but today it included dragonfruit, ice cream bananas, jackfruit, lychees, longans, 5 varieties of mangoes, mangosteen, rambutan, sapote and lots of other 'normal' foods.

Some of these were provided by the Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead, FL.  If you plan a trip to Miami and you're tropical curious, you should plan a trip there.

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