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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Miracle Fruit
Miracle Fruit

This month our featured fruit is Miracle Fruit, Synsepalum dulcificum.  Regular readers may recall my prediction that the stress caused by Hurricane Irma would result in a profusion of flowers and fruit in some species, and can see the result on...

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Bananas
Bananas

It’s time to go bananas!  This is a great time to enjoy one of the most popular fruits in the world.  Bananas (Musa spp.) are an herbaceous perennial, not a tree, with a pseudostem emerging from an underground root structure called a corm.  Each...

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Jack Fruit
Jack Fruit

Jackfruit, Artocarpus heterophylla is identified as the most versatile fruit known to man.  Aside from being the largest tree borne fruit (commonly found up to 100 pounds) it is useful and valuable at every stage, from flower to mature fruit.  In...

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Mango
Mango

We have been waiting a whole year for mango season to return and it’s finally here. Glenn… Carrie… Florigon… Kent… Keitt. They are all back. We sure did miss you. You might have noticed that the mangos are ripening either later or earlier...

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Annona
Annona

May is usually a time of great anticipation in the world of tropical fruit, with peak mango season just around the corner.  It’s also a time that leaves some very deserving fruits in the corner and not getting the attention they deserve!  The...

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