Water Lily and Lotus
Water Lily and Lotus

This month we explore a small sliver of the beauty and bounty of nature that can be found in the water.  We have recently been revitalizing our water garden habitats and we have some amazing results.  The aquatic plants commonly known as Water...

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Mango and Lychee
Mango and Lychee

The typical modern perspective seems to be that everything takes too long. Waiting at the red light to change, for your order to arrive, or the dreaded download! It is easy to get caught up in the rat race and forget that nature moves at her own...

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White Sapote
White Sapote

The White Sapote, Casimiroa edulus, is one of those wondrous fruits that has its share of ups and downs!  It is a rare and unusual fruit, and is a member of the Rutaceae family, which also includes the familiar citrus. White Sapote trees are...

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Bilimbi
Bilimbi

Do pickles grow on trees?  You might think so if you were to see the Bilimbi in full fruit.  A close relative of the Carambola, or Star Fruit, Bilimbi resembles small bright green pickles growing right out of the trunk of the tree.  Depending on...

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Mulberry
Mulberry

Many of the plants you will find at the Fruit & Spice Park have been used throughout time in a variety of different ways. In the modern world, we tend to focus on just the fruit or edible part of the plant, but during the time when there were...

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Jujubes
Jujubes

February is not only the month for love, but at the Fruit & Spice Park, it’s also the time for Jujubes. And we mean the jujube fruit and not the little gummy candies that come in a colorful box! Jujubes, Ziziphus mauritiana, are produced on...

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Coconuts
Coconuts

Almost all plants have a season during the year in which they produce flowers and fruit. In South Florida mangos bloom in early winter, and then in the summer we harvest the fruit. In December and January, lychees typically bloom, and then around...

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