The brightly coloured orange-red fruits split when fully ripe to reveal three large shiny black seeds, each is partly surrounded but the soft, creamy arils. Akee pods should be allowed to fully ripen on the tree before picking. Prior to cooking the arils are washed and then boiled for 5 minutes, the water is discarded. The dried seeds, fruit, bark and leaves of the tree are all used in traditional medicine. Akee is a tropical evergreen tree with leathery leaves that grows to around 10m. Native to Africa it was taken to the West Indies before 1778 where it has become an integral part of the l
A small South African, very ornamental fruit tree. It flowers and fruits from summer to autumn. The red fruit, borne in clusters have thin skin with a pleasantly sour flesh. They can be eaten fresh, made into jellies, jams and preserves or a delicious rose wine. The bark can be used for dying, it produces a mauve - pink colour. Attractive to birds and butterflies it is a slow growing but long lived tree. Plant a minimum of three trees to ensure cross pollination. The branches are brittle in heavy winds so protection with a wind break is recommended.
Native to southwest Africa, the Kei apple forms a very drought hardy and salt tolerant shrub or small tree. With its large thorns this dense shrub makes a perfect security fence. The plum sized golden fruit is aromatic. Very sweet and tastes very similar to an apricot but with a much higher juice content. They are an excellent plant to encourage bees as both honey bees and native bees love the flowers. Male and female trees are needed for pollination in order to set fruit if planting seedling trees, plant three or more to increase the chances of having both male and female trees.
Although not sweet itself this miraculous fruit, consumed fresh and allowed to coat the mouth alters your tastebuds so that everything you eat tastes sweet, lasting for an hour or two. It's extraordinary. The beauty of it is that it only removes the sourness 'acidity' from what you are eating, the natural aroma and taste remains. It has been used to sweeten bitter medicines. For success the plant prefers a pH as low as 4.5. A great companion for your blueberries. Requires a sheltered position free from frost and partial shade. Excellent unusual potted plant that can be moved into a hot spot
An ornamental shrub with large white star shaped fragrant flowers. The large edible plum has a soft pinkish flesh. Fruits are delicious eaten whole including their skin and seeds. The flesh is a sweet cranberry flavour and can be used fresh in desserts, ice cream, yogurt, cakes and sauces. Fruits preserve well as jams, jelly's and chutneys and can be frozen, dried or bottled. With its sharp thorns this shrub makes an effective and almost impenetrable hedge. It also makes a beautiful bonsai specimen. Trees are tolerant of salt and wind and do not have invasive root systems.
Originating in Africa, this tree bears a small plum like fruit bright orange in colour. A thin layer of acid-sweet, watery pulp surrounds the seed. The rather tender skin tends to prevent packing and shipping of the fruit, but it deserves to be more widely cultivated as a home fruit. Hardy to most conditions. Dark green leathery leaves and ornamental structure make it appealing as an interesting and edible landscape plant. Grows to a bush or small tree to 4-6 m. Imbes have good salt tollerance and are also wind tollerant.Trees are dioecious, so one of each a male and female are needed for po
Fruit is very juicy and aromatic and is the size of a small plum. It may be eaten fresh and the flesh has an extremely high vitamin C content. It may also be cooked to produce jam, juices and alcoholic beverages. It also has 2 small very tasty high protein nuts. It is a large, dioecious, deciduous tree which grows wild in northern South Africa.
Seedlings. Can be used as a rootstock or grown on for fruiting. Also known as Chinese dates the jujube is a small deciduous tree or shrub reaching a height of 10 m, usually with thorny branches. Fruits are oval 1.5-3cm in size, when immature they are smooth-green, with the consistency and taste of an apple maturing dark red to purplish-black and eventually wrinkling to look similar to a date. There is a single hard stone similar to an olive stone. Weed Warning - Trees do tend to sucker from their roots around the tree and these suckers are spiny and can be a nuisance Cross pollinate for best
A tropical tree native to Madagascar, bearing round fruit 4cm diameter, that is green with white dots, and that turns brown when fully ripe. The pulp is moderately juicy, with a slightly acidic flavour.
Meduim sized tree 10 - 15m. Fruits have thick yellow leathery skin surrounding sweet, slightly acidic flesh, the flavour has been compared to grapes or sweet grapefruit.
Very tropical, not suited to areas with cool subtropical winters or temperate regions.