This orange-colored fruit is one kind of citrus. Skin of the fruit is not sweet like oranges and lemons. Because the skin is sweet kumquats can be eaten with the skin directly. The word ‘kumquats’ is the English name derived from the word “gam gwat”. Included in the family tree of flowering plants, growing from 2.5 to 4.5 meters tall with branched stems and thorns. Shiny green leaves, white flowers like orange blossom. Each tree can produce thousands of fruits every year. Plants from Asia is very popular in China since the 12th century. In addition, it has long been cultivated in Japan, Taiwan, theRead More →


Taxonomy Apricot, Prunus armeniaca L., is a member of the Rosaceae family, along with apple, pear, peach, and other stone fruits. The apricot is found in the Prunophora subgenus within Prunus along with plums. Hybrids between plums and apricots have been produced recently which are said to be finer fruits than either parent. A “Plumcot” is 50% plum, 50% apricot; an “Aprium” is 75% apricot, 25% plum; and the most popular hybrid, the “Pluot” is 75% plum, 25% apricot. Cultivars‘Blenheim’ (syn. ‘Royal’) is by far the major US cultivar, accounting for over 80% of production. Others include: ‘Tilton’ , ‘Wenatchee Moorpark’ , ‘Perfection’, ‘Earlicot’ ,Read More →


Family: Myrtaceae Genus: MyrciariaSpecies: dubia Also known as: Camu Camu, Rumberry, Cacari, Camocamo, Guavaberry. A close relative of the Jaboticaba (Myrciaria cauliflora) A small ( approx. 3 meters tall) bushy river side tree from the Amazon rain forest region of Peru, which bears a red/purple cherry like fruit. Its small flowers have waxy white petals and sweet smelling aroma. It has bushy feathery foliage. The evergreen, opposite leaves are lanceolate to elliptic. Individual leaves are 3 – 20 cm in length and 1 – 2 cm wide. DescriptionLong used by native peoples wild camu camu is harvested directly into canoes. The fruit has only recentlyRead More →


One of the newest nutritional secrets to be revealed to the modernized world is the Acai fruit. Harvested in the Brazilian rain forest from Amazon palm trees, the Acai berry has long been recognized and esteemed by Brazilian natives for it’s nutritional benefits and capacity to promote energy and strength. This fruit is now becoming available worldwide and is used mostly in nutritional juices. Acai berry powder is also put in capsules and can be taken as a supplement. Although not usually available in regular grocery stores (yet), juice containing Acai, and Acai berry powder supplements are becoming widely available in health food stores andRead More →


The Pitaya is more commonly referred to as the dragon fruit. It is an extremely beautiful fruit that has dazzling flowers and an intense shape and color. The dragon fruit is usually a dark red color, although some types of this fruit are pink or yellow. The skin of the dragon fruit is a thin rind. The skin is usually covered in scales, and the center of the fruit is made up of a red or white, sweet tasting pulp. It not known exactly where the dragon fruit originated, but it is thought to have come from South America. The French are believed to haveRead More →


The genus Physalis, of the family Solanaceae, includes annual and perennial herbs bearing globular fruits, each enclosed in a bladderlike husk which becomes papery on maturity. Of the more than 70 species, only a very few are of economic value. One is the strawberry tomato, husk tomato or ground cherry, P. Pruinosa L., grown for its small yellow fruits used for sauce, pies and preserves in mild-temperate climates. Though more popular with former generations than at present, it is still offered by seedsmen. Various species of Physalis have been subject to much confusion in literature and in the trade. A species which bears a superiorRead More →


Want to give your body a boost in health and healing? Then you may want to add some fresh pineapple and pineapple juice to your diet. Pineapples are nutritionally packed members of the bromeliad family. This delightful tropical fruit is high in the enzyme bromelain and the antioxidant vitamin C, both of which plays a major role in the body’s healing process. Bromelain is a natural anti-inflammatory that has many health benefits and encourages healing. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, bromelain is very effective in treating bruises, sprains and strains by reducing swelling, tenderness and pain. This powerful anti-inflammatory effect can also help relieve rheumatoidRead More →


Molecular Systematics of Annonaceae Dr. L.W. Chatrou – NHN Utrecht The National Herbarium of the Netherlands houses a large body of specialists working on the pan-tropical eumagnoliid family Annonaceae. Fibrous and aromatic bark, wood with fine tangential bands of parenchyma, alternate, distichous leaves, a trimerous perianth, and ruminate endosperm are among the characters that give Annonaceae their unmistakable appearance. In the rich forests of the upper Amazon basin Annonaceae always are among the most important families in terms of number of individuals and species richness. Some species, such as Annona cherimola (cherimoya), A. muricata (guanabana, soursop), A. squamosa (sugar apple, sweet apple), and Rollinia mucosaRead More →


Berries such as strawberry, blueberry, raspberry and boysenberry contains magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, fiber and folic acid which is good for heart health. Some kind of fruit is very good if taken for our heart health. However, to be followed by diet and healthy lifestyle in order to get maximum results. Consumption of fruits such as blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries and strawberry highly recommended because it contains antioxidants and high fiber. The fruits contain vitamins A, B, C, and C in the fruit good for building the immune system. Fruit intake also helps the body absorb iron. The boysenberry may be a hybrid fruit. It’s aRead More →


In the U.S. Virgin Islands when home owners are selecting trees and bushes for their gardens a popular choice is tropical fruit bearing trees. These might include a wild array of fruit such as; coconuts, mangos, soursop, sugar apples, guava, papaya – just to name a few. Some of these produce fruit year round while others are seasonal. So what’s fruiting in the backyard right now? Sapodilla fruit are also known as mespel in the U.S. Virgin Islands. They are small fruit with slightly rough brown skin and a pale yellowish-brown to reddish-brown flesh. The flesh is usually gritty, similar to that of a pear,Read More →