Exotic Fruit - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by Z1nowar
December 13, 2010
Hi, can you give me a list of exotic fruit trees that strive in zone 8?


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Answer from NGA
December 13, 2010

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The following exotic fruit trees are hardy to about 30F:
Abiu (Pouteria caimito); a spectacular fruit native to the Amazon region of northwest Brazil. The pulp has a smooth creamy texture, and it tastes like caramel flan.

Araza or Araca Boi (Eugenia stipitata); The small multi-stemmed trees produce numerous round fruit that look like tennis balls hanging from it?s outstretched weeping branches. The fruit is quite sour but versatile due to it?s pleasant flavor, texture, color, and smell. They are commonly used to make tropical drinks & cocktails, popsicles, and ice cream. The bushy trees can be maintained at six feet or less, or trained as a standard with a single trunk.

Atemoya is a cross between the lowland sugar apple and the highland cherimoya. The fruit is fragrant, firm, and it has a snowy-white flesh of a fine texture. They are generally conical to heart shaped, and may weigh up to 5 pounds.

Barbados Cherry is a fast growing bushy tree that can be trained as a standard or shaped as a hedge. The fruit are sweet to sub-acid, and they are used extensively in juices throughout Latin America. The cherries are extremely high in Vitamin C, and just one has the equivalent Vitamin C content of 12 oranges combined. They are also used in jellies, jams, and they freeze without losing their Vitamin C content.

Black Sapote, Chocolate Pudding Fruit, Black/Chocolate Persimmon (Diospyros digyna); The black sapote is an evergreen, handsome tree with dark green, glossy leaves. Fruit are greenish-brown when ripe having a thin skin and chocolate colored pulp. A spoonful of honey mixed into the pulp makes it glossy, shiny and tasty, living up to its popular name of Chocolate Pudding Fruit.

Carambola (or starfruit) are small symetrical trees that fruit very prolifically. They are commonly eaten fresh, in salads, as garnishes and in drinks. The fruit have a sweet citrus like flavor that is both delicious and refreshing.

Red Custard Apple (Annona reticulata); a very close relative to the sugar apple and atemoya. They have a thick creamy custard-like pulp that can be pink, red or white. The fruit have a pleasant flavor and aroma, and they are best eaten out of hand or in ice cream.

Hope this short list is helpful.



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