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What can be better than a Cherry? Cherry juice!

What can be better than a Cherry? Cherry juice!
🍒 What can be better than a Cherry? Cherry juice!

  • 🍷 We discovered that Barbados Cherry (Malpighia glabra) we introduced earlier makes an excellent fresh-squeezed juice!

  • 🍷 Barbados Cherry is a vigorous grower that starts producing right away, and by the second year you have so much fruit that you don't know what to do with it - you can eat only so much fruit out of hand!

  • 🍷 Here is our Top Tropicals Signature Recipe -


🍒🥤Barbados Cherry Juice:
  1. Collect berries and rinse them with cold water
  2. In a bowl, press the fruit with a potato musher, spoon or cup, and drain the fresh juice into a cup - put the juice aside.
  3. Add a few spoons of sugar to the mush (optional), push-mush some more to extract more juice.
  4. Add to the remaining mushed pulp some hot boiled water, stir, and let sit for a couple of hours.
  5. Drain the liquid through a colander (you may add a little extra water in the process of extracting more tasty pulp out) and add to the fresh juice you made earlier. 6. Refrigerate for an hour, then serve in a clear glass to enjoy the color.


  6. 🎀 The Barbados Cherry juice made this way tastes very similar to Guava juice. It is very aromatic and tasty, and has a beautiful Baby-pink color!

    ❤️ Enjoy and stay healthy!

    🍊 Remember Barbados Cherry fruit contains 65 times more of vitamin C than an orange
    !

    📚 Learn more about Barbados Cherry

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Did you know that you can eat and drink Hibiscus plants?

Did you know that you can eat and drink Hibiscus plants? Did you know that you can eat and drink Hibiscus plants? Did you know that you can eat and drink Hibiscus plants? Did you know that you can eat and drink Hibiscus plants?
🌺 Did you know that you can eat and drink Hibiscus plants?

Who doesn't adore hibiscus flowers? But guess what? Some hibiscus species are not only gorgeous but also surprisingly practical. They can jazz up your garden and your dinner plate!

🥗 Hibiscus cannabinus - Salad Hibiscus - flowers and leaves used in tasty healthy salads and teas.

🧉 Hibiscus sabdariffa - Flor de Jamaica, Karkade Sorrel, Roselle - flowers and used for famous beverage "Agua de Flor de Jamaica" and Karkade Tea.

🫐 Hibiscus acetosella - Cranberry hibiscus - cranberry-colored flowers and leaves are also tasty and healthy in salads and teas.

Grow your edible flower landscape in no time!

📚 Learn more, with recipes: Most useful Hibiscus plants
🎥 YouTube video: Jamaican Hibiscus Tea: what's in it?

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Shop Edible Hibiscus

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Who wants a cold hardy, dramatic looking tropical fruit tree with a sweet fruit? Or, who doesnt?

 Who wants a cold hardy, dramatic looking tropical fruit tree with a sweet fruit? Or, who doesnt?  Who wants a cold hardy, dramatic looking tropical fruit tree with a sweet fruit? Or, who doesnt?  Who wants a cold hardy, dramatic looking tropical fruit tree with a sweet fruit? Or, who doesnt?  Who wants a cold hardy, dramatic looking tropical fruit tree with a sweet fruit? Or, who doesnt?  Who wants a cold hardy, dramatic looking tropical fruit tree with a sweet fruit? Or, who doesnt?  Who wants a cold hardy, dramatic looking tropical fruit tree with a sweet fruit? Or, who doesnt?
🍯 Who wants a cold hardy, dramatic looking tropical fruit tree with a sweet fruit? Or, who doesn't?

  • 🍑 Persimmon (Diospyros sp.) is a graceful, small, subtropical fruit tree from China, with multitrunked or single-stemmed structure and drooping leaves and branches, turning dramatic shades in autumn.

  • 🍑 People love Persimmon fruit for its sweet and unique flavor, often described as a blend of honey and apricot.

  • 🍑 The tree thrives in deep, well-drained loam soil, tolerating alkaline conditions.

  • 🍑 The fruit classified into astringent (soft, sweeter pulp) and non-astringent (crunchy) cultivars.

  • 🍑 Best Varieties for Container Culture:

  • Non-Astringent: Fuyu, Giant Fuyu, Matsumoto-Wase, Jiro, Maekawa, Izu.
    Astringent: Chocolate, Guang Yang, Hachiya, Meader, Saijo, Tanenashi, Winterset.
  • 🍑 Hardy to USDA zones 7-10, may need protection in colder regions.


📚 How to grow Persimmon tree


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What fruit can you drink? Costa Rican Cas is the Guava for Drinking, yet with a bonus of health benefits!

What fruit can you drink? Costa Rican Cas is the Guava for Drinking, yet with a bonus of health benefits! What fruit can you drink? Costa Rican Cas is the Guava for Drinking, yet with a bonus of health benefits! What fruit can you drink? Costa Rican Cas is the Guava for Drinking, yet with a bonus of health benefits! What fruit can you drink? Costa Rican Cas is the Guava for Drinking, yet with a bonus of health benefits!
🥂 What fruit can you drink? Costa Rican Cas is the Guava for Drinking, yet with a bonus of health benefits!

  • 🥝 The fruit of Cas Guava (Psidium friedrichsthalianum) has unusual tart flavor with passionfruit and pineapple tones, more pronounced than common Guava🍍

  • 🥝 Cas Guava used in pies, salads, fresh juices, ice-cream, jams, and as a base for the refreshing drink Fresco de Cas!🍹

  • 🥝 High pectin content makes firm jellies.

  • 🥝 Hydrating and low glycemic index, suitable for those mindful of sugar consumption.

  • 🥝 Rich source of fiber, vitamin C, antioxidants, phosphorus, potassium, copper, vitamin A, and folic acid.

  • 🥝 This small tree or bush is very fast growing and undemanding, usually pest free (unlike most Guavas that can be very bugsy).

  • 🥝 Tolerates hot summers and short frosts, appreciates well-drained soils.

  • 🥝 Easy to grow, drought-tolerant once established, suitable for container cultivation.

  • 🥝 Seedlings start flowering and fruiting at a young age, typically 2-3 years old from seed.


📚 Learn more about Cas Guava

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How to always have lots of Guava Juice

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🍈 How to always have lots of Guava Juice.

  • 🧡 Psidium littorale, also known as Cattley Guava, is a charming small tropical fruit tree.

  • 🧡 Round fruits offer a unique culinary experience with a sweet and tangy flavor, perfect for various dishes and drinks.

  • 🧡 Surprisingly cold-hardy, it adds both beauty and flavor to any landscape.

  • 🧡 Ideal for containers

  • 🧡 A must-have for fruit lovers seeking a tropical treat.

  • 🧡 One tree can bring enough fruit for making a delicious, aromatic, refreshing Guava juice for the whole family during Summer months. Just put the fruit in a blender, add some water, ice and sugar and enjoy!🥤


🛒Order Cattley Guava and never run out of juice

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Why cucumbers grow on a tree? Because they are candles!

Why cucumbers grow on a tree? Because they are candles! Why cucumbers grow on a tree? Because they are candles! Why cucumbers grow on a tree? Because they are candles! Why cucumbers grow on a tree? Because they are candles! Why cucumbers grow on a tree? Because they are candles!
🥒 Why cucumbers grow on a tree? Because they are "candles"! 🕯

  • 🕯 This bizarre tree is a conversation piece and every plant collector should have one!

  • 🕯 Parmentiera edulis - Candle Tree, or Guahalote - is a highly ornamental tree with interesting leaves, pretty cream flowers and...ready?

  • 🕯One foot long fruits resembling a greenish-yellow cucumbers or candles that hang off the tree!

  • 🕯Juicy fruit is edible and has a sweet flavor similar to sugar cane. Eaten raw or cooked; used to make pickles or preserves

  • 🕯The fruit is a remedy for colds; roots used as a diuretic.

  • 🕯Easy to grow and not fussy about conditions. Cold tolerant to light frost.


🎥 10 Plants That Will Make You Happy. Plant #2: Candle Tree.

🛒Get your own Candle Tree

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What tropical fruit tree is cold hardy and easy to grow? Its Golden Loquat the Symbol of Prosperity, and it tastes like

 What tropical fruit tree is cold hardy and easy to grow? Its Golden Loquat  the Symbol of Prosperity, and it tastes like  What tropical fruit tree is cold hardy and easy to grow? Its Golden Loquat  the Symbol of Prosperity, and it tastes like  What tropical fruit tree is cold hardy and easy to grow? Its Golden Loquat  the Symbol of Prosperity, and it tastes like  What tropical fruit tree is cold hardy and easy to grow? Its Golden Loquat  the Symbol of Prosperity, and it tastes like  What tropical fruit tree is cold hardy and easy to grow? Its Golden Loquat  the Symbol of Prosperity, and it tastes like
🧡 What tropical fruit tree is cold hardy and easy to grow? It's Golden Loquat – the Symbol of Prosperity, and it tastes like apricots!

  • 🍑 Loquat tree (Eriobotrya japonica) is fast-growing, drought-tolerant, cold-tolerant, compact tropical fruit tree.

  • 🍑 Heavy producer. Fruits are juicy, aromatic, and resemble apricots. Ripen from early Spring to early Summer.

  • 🍑 Ideal for small gardens, beginner fruit tree growers.

  • 🍑 High in sugar, acids, vitamins B and C, minerals, and pectin.

  • 🍑 Eaten fresh, used in fruit salads, jams, jellies, chutneys, pies, tarts, and wine

  • Popular as a natural sweetener and for creating sauces.

  • 🍑 Grown in Japan for over 1,000 years. In China, represents gold and wealth, often included in auspicious displays or offerings for prosperity💰


📚 Learn more about Loquats
🎥 YouTube video about Loquat
📁 Overlooked fruit: tasty Loquat recipes (PDF)

🛒Start your fruit garden with Loquats

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What does a dragon taste like? Does Dragon Fruit come from a monster cactus? Learn why you need to grow your own

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🐲 What does a dragon taste like? Does Dragon Fruit come from a monster cactus? Learn why you need to grow your own. 🌵

  • 🔴 You may have tried a Dragon fruit from the store l, but do you know how it grows? On a cactus tree!

  • 🔴 Names: varieties of Hylocereus and Selenicereus - these fruit bearing cactus plants are also called Dragon Fruit or Pitaya.

  • 🔴 Commercially grown fruit sold in a grocery store may be tasteless. You need to grow your own good variety to have tasty, sweet, flavorful fruit!

  • 🔴 Dragon fruit comes in many varieties. Colors of flesh differ: white, pink, dark red and even purple. The outside of the fruit can be red/pink or yellow.

  • 🔴 In commercial groves, Pitayas grow like cactus trees, over a strong support - big "umbrella frames" ☂️

  • 🔴 It is an easy plant, with low water needs, takes both sun and semi-shade.

  • 🔴 Our favorite variety is Yellow Dragon Fruit Palora, (Selenicereus megalanthus). It is the sweetest and has the most flavor of all. We shared some recipes earlier.

  • 🔴 Can be grown in container with a wooden trellis. And the flower is beautiful, too!🪷


📚 Learn more about Dragon Fruit
🍹 Recipe: What to do with a Dragon fruit?

🛒Grow your own Tasty Dragon Fruits

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Why nuts? We are not nuts! But we taste like peanut butter

 Why nuts? We are not nuts! But we taste like peanut butter  Why nuts? We are not nuts! But we taste like peanut butter  Why nuts? We are not nuts! But we taste like peanut butter  Why nuts? We are not nuts! But we taste like peanut butter  Why nuts? We are not nuts! But we taste like peanut butter  Why nuts? We are not nuts! But we taste like peanut butter
🥜 Why nuts? We are not nuts! But we taste like peanut butter... Craving a Nutty Surprise? Meet the Delectable Peanut Butter Tree!

  • 🔴 Bunchosia argentea, commonly known as the Peanut Butter Tree, earns its name from its fleshy fruits that boast a delightful peanut butter flavor - how cool is that?

  • 🔴 This attractive small tree dazzles with clusters of yellow flowers, followed by an abundance of dark red fruit with rich, sweet flesh reminiscent of peanut butter.

  • 🔴 Loved by both kids and adults, this exotic fruit is as fascinating as the Miracle fruit, making it a rare gem in cultivation.

  • 🔴 Compact in size, small tree reaching only 10-15 ft or kept as a bush, it's a perfect choice for limited spaces.

  • 🔴 Can thrive indoors, starting to fruit within just 2-3 years from seed.


🛒 Get your own Peanut Butter Tree

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How Blue Jaboticaba is different from regular Jaboticaba?

 How Blue Jaboticaba is different from regular Jaboticaba?  How Blue Jaboticaba is different from regular Jaboticaba?  How Blue Jaboticaba is different from regular Jaboticaba?  How Blue Jaboticaba is different from regular Jaboticaba?
🍇 How Blue Jaboticaba is different from regular Jaboticaba?

In fact, they are very much alike! Just different species of Myrciaria that has somewhat smaller growth habit, which makes it an excellent container fruit tree! It also is much more productive.

  • 🔵 Blue Jaboticaba tree, Myrciaria vexator is a beautiful slow growing tree or shrub. It bears dark purple, almost bluish fruits, with thin, sweet flesh that taste somewhat like sweet grapes.

  • 🔵 Fruits are borne in late Spring or early Fall and usually eaten fresh or used in drinks.

  • 🔵 The plant is little known in cultivation, yet the fruits are of equal or superior quality to regular Jaboticaba that we mentioned earlier. A single bush may produce several thousand fruits!

  • 🔵 Blue Jaboticaba can tolerate light frost when established.


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