Fruit Info Sites

ARBORETUMS, GARDENS, & NURSERIES

RESEARCH CENTERS & FARMS

SEED & PLANT SOURCES

 

ONLINE FORUMS & RESOURCES

DISEASE & PEST MANAGEMENT

 

WHAT’S THAT FRUIT?

FRUIT

FRUIT OVERVIEWS

REGIONAL FRUIT INFORMATION (alphabetical by region)

SPECIFIC FRUITS

 

FRUIT IN THE KITCHEN

ARBORETUMS, GARDENS, & NURSERIES
ECHO serves as an agricultural support network to the world. They provide global farm tours of their North Fort Myers research facility and answer questions about plant care, use, and propagation. ECHO’s Tropical Fruit Nursery makes many of these plants available to US gardeners.
Daley’s Fruit Tree Nursery Fairchild Tropical Garden
Fruit & Spice Park Fruit & Spice Park (Official website)
Fullerton Arboretum Govardhan Gardens
Montoso Gardens National Tropical Botanical Garden
Trade Winds Fruit Tropical & Sub-Tropical Fruit Trees.
A Hawaiian source for tropical fruit trees. Site has descriptions, including space requirements.
Southern Gardening. Garden tips and plants. Gainesville. Top Tropicals – rare tropical plants.
RESEARCH CENTERS & FARMS
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm (Australia). Facebook. An organic tropical fruit farm in the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest. WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) members can work 4 – 6 hours daily at the farm in exchange for food and accommodation and learn about organic farming, permaculture and tropical fruit. To join WWOOF, apply at:http://www.wwoof.com.au/
CropEXPERT Subtropical & Tropical Fruits. Purdue University’s comprehensive list of fruit experts and contact information. Our own Ian Greig is on the list.
Citrus Research International Fruit and Nut Research Information Center . University of California- Davis.
FRUIT & SPICE PARK (Official website) International Tropical Fruit Network
Montgomery Botanical Center , advancing research, conservation, and education through scientific plant collections (emphasis on palms and cycads). Tropical Fruit World, a tourist attraction and commercial farming operation distributing quality tropical fruit produce to interstate markets across Australia.
The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is a CGIAR Consortium Research Centre. ICRAF’s headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya, with six regional offices located in Cameroon, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya and Peru. Covers land care and cultural /environmental issues. Includes a Tree Seed Suppliers Directory, indexed by country (you may have to get a government permit to import seeds).
SEED & PLANT SOURCES
National Germplasm Repositories Seed Germination Database
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange offers more than 700 varieties of vegetable, flower, herb, grain and cover crop seeds–many unusual, Southern heirlooms, yacon, basils, and amaranths, peanuts, southern peas, naturally colored cotton, collards, okra, roselle, turnip greens, corns for roasting and meal, and butterbeans.
Woody Landscape Plant Germplasm Repository
The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is a CGIAR Consortium Research Centre. ICRAF’s headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya, with six regional offices located in Cameroon, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya and Peru. Covers land care and cultural /environmental issues. Includes a Tree Seed Suppliers Directory, indexed by country (you may have to get a government permit to import seeds).
ONLINE FORUMS & RESOURCES
The Cloudforest Garden, an online forum for people growing rare fruits, edibles and Permaculture with a focus on tropicals
Facts for Fancy Fruit. An online newsletter for commercial and advanced amateur fruit growers
Florida Gardener. An online resource of gardening tips with links to seed sources, nurseries, garden centers, botanical gardens, and nature preserves. Also a list of over 12,000 plant names.
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations offers valuable information on a variety of topics including a set of comprehensive tropical-tree-specific online references:

  • Rooting Cuttings of Tropical Trees, written by K A Longman, Illustrated by R H F Wilson, February 1993, Volume 1, Commonwealth Science Council, FAO Corporate Document Repository.
  • Raising Seedlings of Tropical Trees, written by K A Longman, Illustrated by Esther Dobson and R H F Wilson, February 2003, Volume 2, Commonwealth Science Council, FAO Corporate Document Repository.
  • Growing Good Tropical Trees for Planting, written by K A Longman, Illustrated by R H F Wilson, January 1998, Volume 3, Commonwealth Science Council, FAO Corporate Document Repository.
  • Preparing to Plant Tropical Trees, written by K A Longman, Illustrated by R H F Wilson, February 1995, Volume 4, Commonwealth Science Council, FAO Corporate Document Repository.

and regional publications such as: Indigenous multipurpose trees of Tanzania: Uses and Economic Benefits for People. Deborah A. Hines & Karlyn Eckman (online).

New Crop Resource Online NewCROPTM-the New Crop Resource Online Program: the Web site of the Center for New Crops & Plant Products, at Purdue University. NewCROP provides windows to new and specialty crop profiles.
Policy Considerations in New Crops Development, Gary D. Joliff. 1999. pp. 84-103. In: J. Janick (ed.), Perspectives on new crops and new uses. ASHS Press, Alexandria, VA. Online book.
FRUIT OVERVIEWS
Botanical.com – A Modern Herbal, the electronic version of “A Modern Herbal” by Maud Grieve, originally published in 1931. Common Fruit Names.
California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc. 1995. Alphabetical list by common names.
Countless Other Plants Links. EDIS New Documents
Fruit Facts Fruit and Nuts. Alphabetical list by scientific name. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Fruit Search. Comprehensive list of links to fruit resources. FruitsInfo.com. All about fruit, including lists, classifications, nutritional value, country of origin, pictures, and recipes.
Grow Fruit in the Home Garden in Tropical Areas Native Habitats. Focuses on restoring & preserving native ecosystems.
Neglected Crops: 1492 from a Different Perspective. J.E. Hernándo Bermejo and J. León (eds.). 1994. (Selected chapters) Plant Production and Protection Series No. 26. FAO, Rome, Italy. This book is available from the publications department of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
New Crops. NewCROP(New Crops Resource Online Program) is an information-rich site related to crop plants Plants For A Future. Keywords: Edible perennials and forest gardens.
Tropical Plant Database Wayne’s Word: An online textbook of natural history.
REGIONAL FRUIT INFORMATION (alphabetical by region)
Images of Alto Mayo Habitats and Plant Species Amazon Ethnobotany. Ethnobotany is the science of how native people use plants.
Amazonia Expeditions – Dr. Paul Beaver Tropical Fruits of Southeast Asia
Fruit Production in Asia and the Pacific Australian Tropical Foods
Tropical Fruit in Bali South American Fruits
South American Fruits Deserving Further Attention Biological Diversity of the Guiana Shield Collectors
Plants of Hawaii Fruits of Thailand – Tasty Tropical Fruits
Thai Fruits Index Under-Utilized Tropical Fruits of Thailand
Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana
SPECIFIC FRUITS
Avocado Production in Asia & the Pacific Avocado Varieties
Bananas – better farming series Going Bananas
Chilika & it’s Plant The Ultimate Citrus Page
Herb Facts 1 Cocoa – better farming series
Herb Facts 2 Longan Production in Asia
Lucuma the Fruit – some information about the fruit. More about Peruvian handicrafts.
Lychee Production in the Asia-Pacific Region Marula, Scelerocarya birrea
The Mbungu Fruit Morinda citrifolia
Pawpaw Information – website for Kentucky State University’s Pawpaw Program. KSU is the USDA National Pawpaw Clonal Germplasm Repository. The site provides information on how to grow and use fruit from the North American pawpaw tree, with
links to other pawpaw-related sites.
Pawpaw Links Pawpaw Production
Growing Tamarillo Relatives Ugli Fruit
DISEASE & PEST MANAGEMENT
Disease & Insect Management Diseases & Conditions
How to Manage Avocado Pests Manual of fumigation for insect control
FRUIT IN THE KITCHEN
Culinary Arts College Household Recipes
Guidelines for small-scale fruit and vegetable processors. (FAO Agricultural Services Bulletin – 127) Marmalades, Jams, Jellies, Guides and Posters
Indian Spices and Recipes Tissue culture in the Home Kitchen