Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tropical Almond Fruits (Nuts?)

Mom sent me this photo last week from The Great South Florida Food Forest Project:

That tropical almond tree isn't all that old! I grew it from a drift seed I found on John U. Lloyd beach down in Hollywood, Florida.

When we planted this tree it only had two true leaves:

The fruit of tropical almond is marginally edible but the kernels inside the corky husk are delicious.

Tropical almond trees are also quite attractive with an interesting pagoda-shaped growth pattern. Here's a picture from earlier this year before the tree fruited:

Interestingly, I planted a couple of fistfuls of seeds and this one was the only tree that germinated.

I'm very glad it did - it's truly a lovely tree... and soon we'll be eating from it.

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