Monday, April 29, 2013

I'm officially obsessed

Not with model trains, however. With this:



The Jabuticaba! I'm officially obsessed with Jabuticaba trees.

I was in Boca Raton a few weeks ago with my friend JJ and got to see a mature Jabuticaba in the backyard of his friend's house.

Not only did I get to see it... I got to try the fruit. Amazing. Like grape cotton candy.


See how the flowers bloom right out of the trunk? This one was starting a new bloom cycle but still held a few fruits from its previous fruiting. That's not surprising, considering they will bear fruit 5-6 times a year.

When I see a tree like this... I'm blown away by God's creativity. Phenomenal work, Creator. I'm totally impressed.



If you live south of Orlando or so, you need to grow this tree. I have little one in a pot I'm hoping will do okay... but in the ground would be better.

Please... go get one if you live someplace warm. Tell me about it. Let me live vicariously through your experience.

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7 Comments:

At April 29, 2013 at 6:08 AM , Blogger Elizabeth said...

I had to actually Google more pictures of the tree's fruit because it looks so incredible! I've never seen anything like it before. I live in Lakeland so I doubt it's warm enough to grow one, but I'm going to have to do a little more research now.

 
At April 29, 2013 at 6:39 AM , Blogger Elizabeth said...

Quick follow up. Not sure if you follow Grower Jim - but here's a link to his blog. He grows these trees here in central FL.

http://growerjim.blogspot.com/2010/09/jaboticaba-myrciaria-cauliflora.html

 
At April 29, 2013 at 10:39 AM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

You could grow one there. They'll take temperatures down into the mid-20s if they're big enough.

I used to live in Frostproof and saw mangoes and tropical guavas growing there without dying. It really depends on what kind of a microclimate you can create.

 
At April 29, 2013 at 10:48 AM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

I actually linked to that in my 4th sentence of this post. Grower Jim drops by here on occasion... and I've spent more than my fair share of time on his site as well. He's a wealth of information.

 
At April 30, 2013 at 4:21 AM , Blogger Grower Jim said...

Thanks for the link David! My tree is loaded with fruit right now.
Good luck with your little one, and in a few years you'll probably be picking your own fresh fruit!

 
At April 4, 2014 at 9:46 PM , Blogger Jeff Mullins said...

Elizabeth, if you are still around and see this post I am in Lakeland also. I wonder if we could trade edible plants from time to time? I am Ned Acres on facebook.

 
At April 20, 2015 at 1:05 AM , Blogger Kayla said...

I met a guy today at the FL Museum of Natural History's Butterfly Plant Sale. He has 150 different edibles and is obsessed with the unusual. He mentioned he has jabuticaba, Mandarin melon berry, gin berry, dragonfruit, Mysore blackberry, goumi berry, quince, and Tea Carolina something - camellia? And this is in North Central Florida! I turned him on to your website!

 

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