Friday, March 26, 2010

Fruit Trees

Lee from Texotic Fruits sent me this informative note:

"Jujube are incredible. They look like Apples but sometimes they are elongated. They require lots of sun and lots of heat. The hotter, the better. They can survive on 7 inches of rain a year after they have been in the ground 3-4 years. They can produce crops at 15 inches of rain a year. They will flourish with crops at 25+ inches. Some are just for drying and some are for eating and drying. They are from 1.5 inches to 3.5 inches big.

Some have medium sweetness and some are sweeter than candy. The grow upright instead of wide so you can plant them close together. They require no fertilizer or pesticides. They have almost no disease or pest problems. The taste is similar to apples with a little honey aftertaste. They are dry tasting if you dont water them the day before picking and only pick in the morning. This is because they dump their juices back into the tree when it gets really hot. Then they get the juice back at night. When you dry them, they taste like dates and they last for years. They can dry on the tree or just out on a table in the sun. They have more vitamin C than citrus and protein too. They are also used to fight Melanoma skin cancer. The seeds are used as a sleep aid and the branches are used for violin parts. The down side is they send up babies in the lawn so you have to mow them down. I believe plums do this too. They are the most common fruit tree in China.

Another good plant I am trying is called Moringa. It is nicknamed "Mother's Best Friend" because it has everything a mother and baby need to live. It is a tree that will freeze to the ground each year and then come back in Spring. The leaves and roots are edible and incredibly nutritious. They then create long bean pods that are edible. If you let the pod grow, you can save the beans for later or make a flour out of it. You can also use the beans to distill water. This is the tree they say could destroy world hunger."

When I was planning our garden, I thought I wanted strawberries and blackberries and a fig. Now I see there are many, many heirloom fruits to choose from.

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