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Tropical Fruit Trees

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Tropical fruit Trees or the 'exotics' grow naturally in lush forests where they are protected from cold winds and they thrive in warm and humid conditions. Growing conditions in home gardens vary substantially and will often determine the type of trees yo... Read More
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Acai Palm

Fruit Trees > Tropical Fruit Trees > Acai Palm

Euterpe oleracea
Fresh acai fruit is not seen outside of South America because the fruit breaks down in shipping. If you have a warm climate, you can enjoy fresh pure, un-diluted acai. Today, many of the health drinks are priced so high, it makes their health benefits not worth the cost. Many companies also blend acai with a bunch of other fruits and keep the concentration a mystery. It has become an expensive delicacy simply because farmers can not keep up with the demand in Brazil. The high-priced drinks still do not offer the same health benefits as raw acai. The majority consist of pulp that leaves brazil as a dried powder form and then mixed into juices with water when it arrives in the USA. Processed foods always carry less nutrients. In the past, acai was available to everyone, including the poor. Now it is out of reach for many in the amazon region because of the increase in world-wide demand for this healthy berry.
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Banana Plants

Fruit Trees > Tropical Fruit Trees > Banana Plants

Musa acuminata
Banana Plants are the world most popular tropical fruit and you can't beat the taste of home grown bananas. Varieties vary from those best eaten fresh to those best cooked as a starchy vegetable when green. They very much resemble the taste of potato when fried. Most green bananas can be cooked as a starchy vegetable. Best suited to a warm, frost-free, coastal climate they require full sun and regular moisture.|| Before planting, thoroughly loosen the soil, enrich with a healthy application of compost and ensure they have good drainage. If planting more than one plant 4-5m apart. For the best results. Remove all but one leader and two following suckers. Bananas make great companion plants in a Food Forest system and as generators of biomass in this. We are open to expressions of interest from commercial growers to supply smaller plants for orchard planting. Please email order@daleysfruit.com.au
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Breadfruit Tree

Fruit Trees > Tropical Fruit Trees > Breadfruit Tree

Artocarpus altilis
The breadfruit tree or Ulu loves a hot climate and is treasured by many Islanders because of its high yields, Some Islanders have been known to survive purely by eating the bounty of the breadfruit tree no wonder they have legends about it. The English heard of its reputation and endeavoured to transport it to the Caribbean. When water supplies went low the famous Captain Bligh would take water away from his crew to ensure the survival of his breadfruit trees but the thirsty crew threw the breadfruit trees overboard along with Captain Bligh. Amazingly he survived.
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Canistel or Yellow Sapote

Fruit Trees > Tropical Fruit Trees > Canistel or Yellow Sapote

Pouteria campechiana
The fruit is round to oval and matures to a yellow-orange colour hence its other common name of 'egg fruit' and yellow sapote. The yellow flesh has a sweet earthy flavour and a meaty texture similar to a boiled egg. The fruit is delicious eaten fresh out of hand with a little salt and lemon juice added. Canistels are often added to sweet custards or made into delicious eggnog-like milk shakes by blending with milk. The fruits are very rich, the flesh can be dried and ground into a powder which is than used as a flavouring for sweet desserts.
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Carambola Star Fruit

Fruit Trees > Tropical Fruit Trees > Carambola Star Fruit

Averrhoa carambola
The carambola is appropriately nick named star fruit for it's five golden wings that reveal a star-shaped pattern when cut crosswise. The juicy transparent flesh has a citrus quality with a floral accent and is delicious eaten fresh, made into juice or into a delicious chutney. The tree makes an ideal specimen plant due to its attractive foliage and has the added bonus of producing large quantities of fruit. Carambolas are best grown in frost free subtropical climate. They can withstand light frost when established. They generally have two crops a year, one in summer and the second crop in winter. With pruning at different times of the year they can be induced to crop from summer to winter. A very attractive fruiting tree, well worth having in the backyard. Cut into cross sections the fruits make attractive garnishes for sweet and savory dishes particularly seafood dishes. A relish can be made from unripe fruits by combining horseradish, celery, vinegar, seasonings and spices.
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Dwarf Coconut

Fruit Trees > Tropical Fruit Trees > Dwarf Coconut
Fruit Trees > Nut Trees > Dwarf Coconut

Cocos nucifera
These high yielding precocious hybrid selections will grow outside of the tropics, in a warm and sheltered position. Worth trying in coastal locations as far south as Coffs Harbour. They will require free draining soil and are best planted deep with a deep organic mulch surrounding them. The seed palms originate from the Solomon Islands mainly, although a few exceptional specimens are selected from North Queensland. These varieties are capable of flowering in their third year in moist tropical conditions, with fruits in their forth year.
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Green Sapote

Fruit Trees > Tropical Fruit Trees > Green Sapote

Pouteria viridis
A close relative of the Mamey Sapote is a native to the highlands of Ecuador. The tree has smaller, darker green leaves than the mamey and has a superior flavour and finer texture. The dark dull green fruit turns to gold when ripe and the thick orange flesh has a 'melting in your mouth' effect. The seeds are edible when roasted and have been used as an adulterant to Chocolate.
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Jackfruit

Fruit Trees > Tropical Fruit Trees > Jackfruit

Artocarpus heterophyllus
(Jackfruit) This striking tree bears some of the worlds largest fruit. The golden-yellow flesh has a strong odour but is deliciously sweet, described by some as having a banana bubblegum taste. It is delicious eaten fresh or dried in the sun like dates. The seeds are roasted and the green fruit eaten as a vegetable in curries. Freezing the arils is a great way to preserve the abundant fruit. Cross pollination beneficial for bigger fruit and heavy crops.
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Kwai Muk

Fruit Trees > Tropical Fruit Trees > Kwai Muk

Artocarpus hypargyreus
The Kwai Muk is native to China. It is a slow-growing, slender tree that can be grown as an ornamental specimen plant due to its erect growing habit and attractive long slender leaves. The round fruits have a velvety, brownish, thin, tender skin.The fruit is best when harvested from the tree completely ripe. When mature the pulp is orange-red to red, soft, acid to subacid and of an excellent flavour. The fruit can be seedless or may contain 1 to 7 small pale seeds. The pulp is delicious eaten raw or can be preserved or sundried. Self pollinating, Ripening from February to April. The trees are not as cold tolerant as initially thought and are injured by brief drops in temperature to -2°C. Mature trees have endured -3°C which is similar to a mango or jakfruit.
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Malay Apple Tree

Fruit Trees > Tropical Fruit Trees > Malay Apple Tree

Syzygium malaccense
The Malay Apple is known for it's deep-red oval fruit has a thin skin and white crispy flesh with an aromatic, sweet mild flavour.
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Mamey Sapote

Fruit Trees > Tropical Fruit Trees > Mamey Sapote

Pouteria sapota
Very popular fruit in Florida, the Caribbean islands, and Central America where the fruit is highly esteemed. The mamey sapote was cultivated by the native peoples of Central America for hundred of years. It is this fruit that kept Cortes and his army alive on their famous march from Mexico City to Honduras. Fruit is large, up to 25cm long with orange flesh tasting somewhat like a flavorful pumpkin. Almost always eaten fresh out of hand or used in desserts and drinks. Even though of tropical origin the Mamey will grow and bear very well in the subtropics as long as it is protected from frosts when young
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Mango Tree

Fruit Trees > Tropical Fruit Trees > Mango Tree
Fruit Trees > Subtropical Fruit Trees > Mango Tree

Mangifera indica
The Mango Tree is one of the most luscious of all tropical fruits with flavours varying from exceptionally sweet to turpentine. By planting different varieties of mangoes harvesting can be extended for up to 12 weeks.
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Papaya

Fruit Trees > Tropical Fruit Trees > Papaya

Carica papaya
Also known in Australia as paw paw trees these fast growing trees can commence bearing within 12 months of planting. Papaya are often cultivated as garden trees due to their attractive shape, manageable size and large tropical looking foliage as well as the delicious fruits they produce. Native to southern Mexico and Central America, papaya are now commonly found in tropical and sub tropical climates where they are very easy to grow and are highly productive trees for about 5-6 years. The three types of papaya can all be distinguished by their flowers. If you are growing the male and female papaya one male will happily fertilize seven females or more, bees are the main pollinator so they will need to be able to fly between trees. Fruits take 60-120 days to mature and will need a long warm summer to fully ripen. In warm climates fruits will ripen all year round and healthy trees can produce 30kg of fruit a season.
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Rollinia

Fruit Trees > Tropical Fruit Trees > Rollinia

Rollinia deliciosa
This is a taste sensation with the fruit tasting of creamy lemon sherbet and lemon meringue pie. The large yellow fruit has a bumpy surface and soft spines. Rollinia's perform best in warm subtropical to tropical conditions, intolerant of cool conditions, temperatures as low as 3 degrees can kill young trees. High humidity is necessary for pollination and regular water is essential during flowering and fruit set to avoid premature ripening of the fruits. Rollinia trees are shallow rooted so they will need protection from strong winds. The fruits are picked when they begin to turn yellow, they will continue to ripen off the tree and have a shelf life of only a few days. Seedling trees can bear in a little as three to four years.
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Sapodilla

Fruit Trees > Tropical Fruit Trees > Sapodilla

Manilkara zapota
This small brown furry fruit looks similar to the outside of a Kiwifruit. The rich brown flesh has a soft melting texture and is very sweet with a taste like caramel or brown sugar. They are best eaten fresh by spooning the chilled flesh from the thin skin. The flesh is delicious mixed with orange juice and topped with cream.
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Soursop

Fruit Trees > Tropical Fruit Trees > Soursop

Annona muricata
The Soursop is native to the nothern parts of South America. In its tropical conditions it grows vigorously and seedling trees will fruit within 2-3 years. In the subtropics it requires substantial protection from cold winds and will not tolerate frosts. The tree prefers deep well drained semi-dry soil. The fruit is heart-shaped with a rough green skin and soft fleshy spines. The fresh meaty flesh is juicy and slightly acid producing a rich creamy thirst quenching juice. Superb when fruit is pureed with 1/3 of vanilla icecream. The fruit can also be dried into a sweet fruit leather. Grafted varieties have the least acid flavour and least fibrous consistency. Immature soursops are cooked as vegetables, used in soup or roasted. The leaves of the soursop are said to have many medicinal qualities see http://www.graviola.org/
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Star Apple

Fruit Trees > Tropical Fruit Trees > Star Apple

Chrysophyllum cainito
A close relative of the Abiu, this spectacular ornamental tree has large green leaves with a vibrant golden underside. The round purple fruits display a beautiful central star design when sliced open. The semi-translucent flesh is soft, sweet and juicy. It has a wonderful caramel vanilla milkshake flavour.
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Velvet Apple Tree

Fruit Trees > Tropical Fruit Trees > Velvet Apple Tree

Diospyros discolor
The Velvet Apple Tree is about the same size as an apple They are bright red in colour and where they are native such as the Phillipines they are treasured by their people. Velvet Apples grow well in tropical to subtropical environments throughout Australia.
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Wax Jambu

Fruit Trees > Tropical Fruit Trees > Wax Jambu

Syzygium samarangense
This fast growing tree bears attractive red pear shaped fruit that are juicy and crunchy and one of the most refreshing treats when eaten chilled on a hot summers day. The trees grow and crop abundantly in most subtropics conditions, provided they are protected from frost when young. The fruit can also be used to add texture to salads with a subtle compliment to the flavour.
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Pandanus - Edible

$34.00 ($24.90-$69.00 choose a size)

Widely cultivated for use in Asian cooking and basket making. It has a nutty fragrance and is most commonly used in rice dishes or tied in a bundle and cooked with food. Also useful in flower arrangements. A low growing plant to 1m with long narrow blade like leaves and woody aerial roots. In tropical climates it can be grown as a marginal plant in dams and ponds, used as a bedding plant in tropical landscaping. Outside of the tropics, well worth trying as indoor plant in winter with a warm, sunny aspect. Allow the plant to dry out over the winter months.
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Yellow Mangosteen

$34.00 ($24.00-$79.00 choose a size)

Yellow Mangosteen is a round fruit with very tart yellow segments. The high acidity makes it ideal for jams and jellies but removing the seed and skin can be time consuming. Easier to grow in the subtropics than the purple mangosteen, but the flavour is altogether different. The tree grows well in full sun and shade. It will tolerate and continue to fruit heavily in drought conditions. The tree is very attractive, with large drooping leaves and a layered form. The fruit can reach 8-10 cm in length and looks highly ornamental when in the tree.
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Acerola - Florida Sweet

$14.90 ($14.90-$79.00 choose a size)

This bright red cherry like fruit has varying tastes during different stages as it ripens. When fully ripe the fruit is juicy and aromatic with its acid content giving it a sweet acid apple-like flavour. The tree can produce a number or crops each year, making for quite a long harvest season. Our selection is called the acerola Florida Sweet Cherry and is a pleasant eating variety that is not too sour. The acerola is well suited to pot culture where it can be kept to a smaller size. It could also be grown this way in cooler climates where it can be moved to a warmer position in the winter. A word of warning the foliage of the plant is covered in tiny irritating stinging hairs that can produce an allergic reaction. When pruning your trees wear a long sleeved shirt and a pair of gloves.
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Indian Almond Tree

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Also known as the Sea Almond or Tropical Almond, it is common throughout SE Asia, growing wild as well as cultivated for its striking features and tasty nut. A deciduous tree it can shed its leaves twice a year. In Autumn the leaves turn into colours of red, copper, gold. This tree has a characteristic pagoda shape because it sends out a single stem from the top center. When the single stem reaches a good height, it sends out several horizontal branches. It can get very large reaching 30m in ideal conditions. The fruits are almond-shaped and green turning brown to purple when ripe. The fibrous shell surrounds an edible nut. This shell helps the fruit to float as the seed is dispersed by water. The nuts are edible, taste very much like almonds, although it can be a challenge to remove the flesh from the hard stone. The Sea Almond can be eaten raw. Oil extracted from the dried nuts is edible and used in cooking. Recommended for Tropical climates as it is cold sensitive, but is wind, salt and drought tolerant.
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Natal Plum

$14.90 ($3.40-$17.90 choose a size)

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. Natal plum fruits are best left until they are fully ripe to eat, as the latex in under ripe fruit is acrid and an irritant and may cause reactions in some people.
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Achacha

$39.00 ($19.75-$129.00 choose a size)

A cousin of the mangosteen, Achachas are tangy and refreshing with a delicate subtle sweetness, a fine balance between sweetness and acidity, producing an unusual taste sensation. Fruit should be picked mature as it does not ripen further on storage. Originating from the Bolivian part of the Amazon basin in South America, the Bolivian name of the fruit is Achachairu and translated means honey kiss. Achacha is protected by Plant Breeders Right (PBR) and cannot be grown or propagated without licence agreement with Achacha Fruit Group
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Cinnamon - Cassia

$29.00 ($29.00-$49.00 choose a size)

Grown for thousands of years in China for both culinary and medicinal purposes and the source of the preferred cinnamon spice in North America, the flavour is stronger and is suitable for both sweet and savoury dishes. Trees are coppiced every 2-3 years and the inner bark is harvested and rolled into quills. The flower buds are also used as a sweet flavouring. Cassia cinnamon is distinguished from true Cinnamon by the thickness of the harvested quills and by the scent of the leaves. These are high in cinnamaldehyde, the source of the cinnamon scent, whereas true Cinnamon leaves smell like cloves. An attractive tree. Weed Warning: Can be invasive in tropical areas
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Elephant Apple

$12.75 ($3.90-$29.00 choose a size)

Medium sized tree to 15m, attractive corrugated foliage. The knobbly fruits can be used in curries, jellies and jams. Highly ornamental fragrant flowers. Prefers a tropical location, marginal in the subtropics. Great for Food Forest canopy tree. Fruits are ripe when a yellow colour- pick fruits only when ripe as they will not ripen further. The outer Petals can be prepared and eaten, the gelatinous pulp is often combined with sugar if consumed raw. Medicinal properties and a beautiful shady ornamental tree in warm climates. This tree is found growing in Tropical Asia, and is loved by elephants.
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Durian

$29.00 ($29.00-$69.00 choose a size)

Some people regard the durian as having a pleasantly sweet fragrance and an irresistible flavour; others find the aroma overpowering and it is common for them to be banned from public transport. The spikey fruits need to be handled with care, but once open the true richness of this unique fruit can be appreciated. The flavour is rich and sweet, it can be described as having a hint of roasted sweet potato or onion flavours but the one thing that is certain about the durian is that it tends to grow on people. The more you eat it the more likely you are to fall in love with it. Durian trees have one or two flowering and fruiting periods per year. A typical durian tree can bear fruit after four or five years. The durian fruit can hang from any branch and matures roughly three months after pollination. Growers often tie the fruit up to the branch so that when ready to fall they don't hit the ground and get damaged. Durians are very tropical and we only recommend them from areas north of Mackay in QLD.

Giant Lau Lau

$39.00

This tree is scattered everywhere across the Pacific. Very popular in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. The giant long glossy leaves make it a spectacular feature before you even spot the fruit. The stunning fruit is bright red and has a crisp apple like flavour, although some can be a little watery. If you have some space in a frost free garden this tree will be a treasure. Even though tropical it grows and fruits well in the North Coast of NSW. With adequate water it grows at a rapid rate reaching up to 6-7m

Pepper - Black

$29.00 ($29.00-$39.00 choose a size)

Cultivated for the fruit which is dried and used as a spice and seasoning. The fruits are dark red when fully ripe. Immature fruits can be picked as green pepper, black pepper is the fruit dried with the skin on and white pepper is the dried seed only. Black pepper is the worlds most widely traded spice.

Lakoocha or Monkey Jack

$19.75 ($19.75-$29.00 choose a size)

Also known as monkey jack or lakuchi in India; tampang and other similar native names in Malaya; as lokhat in Thailand. The deciduous tree is 6-9 m tall, the large, leathery leaves, downy on the underside. Male and female flowers are borne on the same tree, the former orange-yellow, the latter reddish. The fruits are nearly round or irregular, 2 to 5 in (5-12.5 cm) wide, velvety, dull-yellow tinged with pink, with sweet sour pulp which is occasionally eaten raw but mostly made into curries or chutney. The male flower spike, acid and astringent, is pickled.
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Nangapire

$12.75 ($4.90-$29.00 choose a size)

A South American Eugenia, sweet tasty fruit similar to the Rio Grande Cherry. Self pollinating selection. Makes an attractive fruit bearing hedge.Weed warning: Nangapire is not listed as a weed in NSW or Qld but it has the potential to be spread by birds as it self seeds readily. Please net your plants
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Amla

$49.00 ($24.00-$79.00 choose a size)

The Amla or Indian Gooseberry is a small leafy tree that grows throughout India and bears an edible fruit. Amla oil is extracted from its seeds and pulp. The amla fruit is often referred to as the "Indian Gooseberry" because of its edible, very tart taste. The pectin content makes it ideal for jam and chutneys. The tree begins to yield fruit from the third year onwards and the productivity levels are good. Amla oil is prepared from dried amla berries, which have been soaked in coconut oil for several days. This oil is one of the world's oldest natural hair conditioners. These trees are semi deciduous in the winter and spring, and may lose some leaves in transport as a stress response. This is quite normal and the plant will recover well.

Apple Cactus - Pink

$24.00

Pink fruiting selection. Also called the Peruvian apple, this is a night flowering, column cacti from South America. The flesh is soft, sweet and delicate in flavour, similar in taste and texture to Dragon Fruits. The plants will require free draining soil to thrive, and can be grown as a potted house plant, it is very attractive and drought tolerant. Pollination is beneficial, plant a pink fruiting selection for cross pollination, the nocturnal flowers are pollinated by moths or bats. Sold as cuttings ready to plant. Guide to planting Bare Root Cactus. These plants are offered generally once per year as they are slow growing.

Santol

$29.00 ($19.90-$29.00 choose a size)

The divided fruit segments can be consumed raw or as in India, eaten with spices. They are pleasantly subacid with good flavour. The flesh is usually sucked off the seeds as the pulp clings firmly to them. Take care not to swallow the slippery seeds. By removing the seeds it makes a tasty jam or jelly. There are two forms of the Santol the red and the yellow, both have large round textured yellow fruit with a very thick velvety skin. The tree itself is very elegant in appearance with large lime to deep green leaves and offering occasional contrasting red leaves. In its native setting it is a large tree that will buttress with age, it has low growing branches and makes an excellent street or shade tree. Young plants are frost sensitive and will require protection from cold, however once established they can handle a light brief frost.

Lemon Drop Mangosteen

$54.00 ($23.90-$54.00 choose a size)

Very attractive slow growing tree, with dark green leathery leaves. Native to wet forests of Central America.Oval shaped fruits are produced in summer reaching up to 2cm. The white pulp has a pleasant subacid aromatic flavour, with a similar flavour to the Achacha.Very ornamental making an excellent display potted plant. While the tree may not produce fruit in colder regions, the leaves are quite cold hardy and can tolerate winter conditions. May require protection from frosts when young. The tree hardy to most soil conditions and is not nutrient demanding. Featured in our newsletter

Poshte

$17.90 ($17.90-$24.90 choose a size)

This round fruit, although relatively little known has a rich aromatic and delicious flavour. The fruit is the size of an orange and has a dull green surface with perfectly textured pulp. The tough skin allows it to be handled easily and makes it resistant to insect attack. The seeds separate easily from the luscious perfectly textured pulp.
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Abiu

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A smooth, brilliant yellow fruit with sweet translucent flesh. It has delicious flavour reminiscent of creme caramel and a texture that is extremely smooth and luscious. The fruit is considered a delicacy for those who can grow it successfully, and it thrives in warm subtropical and tropical conditions.It is native to South America and can be found growing wild throughout much of Amazonia. In Brazil the pulp from the plant is used medicinally, to relieve coughs and bronchitis. Of course, most people love the fruit's flavour, which is enhanced when eaten slightly chilled. Cut in half and scoop out the flesh with a spoon and enjoy. It can be used to flavour ice cream and make other desserts.

Imbe

$27.00

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 tolerance and are also wind tolerant. Trees are dioecious, so one each of a male and female are needed for pollination and fruit set. Plant a minimum of 3 seedlings to increase the chances of having one of each. Isolated female trees will set a few small fruit parthenocarpically but the quality and size is always better with a male pollinator.

Ambarella

$39.00 ($19.75-$79.00 choose a size)

Despite being tropical the ambarella has proven to be quite hardy and are very fast to become established in the subtropics and fruit set begins after only three years. Tastes like a mix between pineapple and mango but with a crunchy texture. The part nearer to the peel is quite sour getting sweeter near the seed. The ripe fruit is also much sweeter than the less mature green fruit. In Indonesia, they are steamed and eaten as a vegetable with salted fish and rice and in Sri Lanka the raw fruit is mostly eaten fresh and cooked as a curry with chilli. As they mature the skin turns golden-yellow with an orange-yellow pulp surrounding a single large spiny seed. When ripe they have a pleasant pineapple-like fragrance. Growing conditions Like the Mango, the tree thrives in humid tropical and subtropical areas growing up to 2 metres in a single growing season. It grows on all types of soil as long as they are well drained. Trees are cold sensitive when small and should be protected from serious frost and strong wind. Trees do best in full sun, but will produce some fruit in light shade. As a large and vigorous tree they prefer not be planted underneath other large trees and unlike some mango varieties they are not too fussed on salt spray.

Cupuassu

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Related to cacao, the cupuassu is popular in its native Brazil, but little known elsewhere. Unlike cacao, the pulp of the large-fruited cupuassu is used rather than the seeds. Pulp is processed into beverages and desserts. A form of chocolate and cocoa butter can be made from the seeds. Fruit is highly sought after and production is thus far limited to Brazil where demand greatly exceeds supply. Leaves are large and much like the cacao tree. Fruits are borne on the trunk and apexes of main branches. Strictly tropical Cupuassu prefers a very humid environment with little temperature variation throughout the year, and mean temperatures around 24C. Trees need lots of water for good growth.

Akee

$31.95

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 local cuisine. Akee is now the national fruit of Jamaica. Caution is advised with using akee as it is poisonous when unripe or overripe.

Sugar Apple

$49.00 ($19.75-$49.00 choose a size)

The sugar apple is an interesting tropical fruit that has succulent segmented flesh that is creamy-white, it is similar to the custard apple to which it is closely related. Delicious eaten raw (preferably chilled), in fruit salads, ice creams and drinks. The foliage is delicate on young trees, and our potted plants are known for their older leaves to turn yellow and drop during transport to conserve energy. This is not a problem long term. With care and acclimatisation they will bounce back

Achacha - Grafted

$99.00

Our local selection of the Achacha, grafted for earlier fruiting. Fruiting in our Biodome here in the Nursery. The fruit are tangy and refreshing with a delicate subtle sweetness, a fine balance between sweetness and acidity, producing an unusual taste sensation. Very moreish. Fruit should be picked mature, as it does not ripen further on storage. Originating from the Bolivian part of the Amazon basin in South America, the Bolivian name of the fruit is Achachairu and translated means honey kiss. Achacha is protected by Plant Breeders Right (PBR) and cannot be grown or propagated without licence agreement with Achacha Fruit Group

Pangium

$28.90 ($28.90-$39.00 choose a size)

Massive fruits up to 30cm long, ripen in late summer. Inside are numerous seeds each covered with soft, sweet, tropically flavoured flesh. Fruit attach to the trunk and branches and fall from this large tropical tree when ready. Eat when the thick skin is soft to the touch. Seeds are high in a cyanogenic glycoside and are highly toxic and must not being eaten without extensive leaching and/or fermentation to remove it. Its natural habitat is the lowland humid tropics, so warm temperatures and high rainfall are needed to grow successfully. Trees are dioecious, meaning male and female flowers are on separate trees, so grow three to ensure you have at least one female. A beautiful tropical shade tree, which can grow to 50 m in a forest habitat, 10-15 in the open. Be wary of sitting under the tree when fruit are ripening between January and May, they fall heavily and without warning

Mocambo

$29.00

A rare tropical plant native to the Amazon region between Peru and Columbia. The seeds can be used to prepare drinks, desserts and make chocolate. The flesh surrounding the seeds is edible sweet and mild. Trees Prefers temps above 25 degrees celsius with high humidity. Trees grow 3-8m in ideal conditions.

Araza-boi

$17.75 ($17.75-$29.00 choose a size)

The acidic fruit can be processed into juices, nectars, marmalades, ice-creams etc. with an exotic, refreshing taste. Araz produces fruit throughout the year, and provides 2-4 harvest per year due the short period between fruit set and harvesting which is approx 3 months. The araza is a shrub or small tree 3-12 m, with densely branched habit. The flaking bark has brown to reddish colour. Fruits are pale green turning to bright yellow when ripe with a thin, velvety skin enclosing a juicy, aromatic, acid, thick pulp enclosing usually 12 seeds.
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Pitomba

$19.90 ($4.90-$29.00 choose a size)

An excellent ornamental shrub. The pitomba produces bright orange-yellow fruit with soft, melting, juicy flesh with a highly aromatic slightly acid flavour. They are good eaten fresh or made into jelly and preserves. Taste comparable to an apricot. Very slow growing, hence suitable as a dwarf fruit tree. Best to grow at least 2 to ensure good fruit set. Can easily be pruned to 2 m
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Mangosteen Purple

$99.00 ($69.00-$99.00 choose a size)

Often referred to as the Queen of Fruits, this tropical evergreen tree is native to Asia. The fragrant edible flesh can be described as sweet and tangy, citrusy with peach flavor and texture. Suitable only for tropical climates or a warm greenhouse. The female and male flowers are borne on separate trees but the female produces fruit on its own - parthenocarpicly. Trees are seedling grown so their sex is not known.

Panama Berry

$19.75 ($18.75-$79.00 choose a size)

A highly ornamental tree that bears small red berries within its first year. Blossoming and producing all year round, the flowers are white and followed by small red fruit that is sweet with the taste of caramel. The trees are exceptionally attractive with long spreading branches that often droop down to the ground and soft weeping foliage. Trees are very fast growing and drought hardy once established. They can grow 5-10m in ideal conditions but respond well to being cut back so it is possible to keep them smaller than this making it easier to browse on the tempting little fruits. Panama berries will happily grow and fruit in large containers provided they have a good quality mix and a healthy layer of organic mulch to hold the moisture in. It is the ideal backyard tree if you have children as it is a lovely little shade tree as well as producing tempting little sweet treats. Used fresh or in jams.Weed Warning: Panama Berry is regarded as an environmental weed in northern Queensland and on Christmas Island.

Rambutan

$59.00 ($34.00-$59.00 choose a size)

Medium sized tropical tree, growing 12 - 20m. Red leathery skin is covered in fleshy soft spines giving it a hairy look. Flesh is translucent, white or pale pink with a sweet mildly acid flavour. The soft seeds are poisonous when raw, although they can be eaten when cooked.Trees are very cold sensitive and are only suited to the tropics, we only recommend rambutans for tropical Queensland.

Bilimbi

$34.00 ($29.00-$79.00 choose a size)

The fruit is crisp when unripe, turns from bright green to yellow-green, ivory or nearly white when ripe and falls to the ground. The skin is glossy, thin, soft and tender, and the green flesh is jelly-like, juicy and extremely acid. They are sometimes faintly five-angled with an acid pulp. The bilimbi is a close relative to the carambola however it is quite different in its appearance, manner of fruiting and uses. Originating and grown extensively in Indonesia it is also cultivated and semi-wild everywhere in the Philippines and is very common in , Ceylon, Burma, Thailand, Malaya and Singapore. The mature fruits have a crunchy watery flesh and resemble small cucumbers. They usually range from 5 to 8cm in length. The fruits are picked by hand, singly or in clusters. They need gentle handling because of the thin skin and cannot be kept for more than 4 to 5 days. The fruit is generally regarded as too acid for eating raw, but in Costa Rica, the green, uncooked fruits are prepared as a relish that is served with rice and beans. Sometimes it is an accompaniment for fish and meat. Ripe fruits are frequently added to curries in the Far East. Bilimbi is often used in place of mango to make chutney. To reduce acidity, it may be first pricked and soaked in water overnight, or soaked in salted water for a shorter time; then boiled with sugar to make a delicious jam. Half-ripe fruits are salted, set out in the sun, and pickled in brine. An attractive and medium sized tree the bilimbi displays attractive dark-red flowers that are produced in panicles from the trunk and older branches. A tropical species the bilimbi is more cold sensitive than the carambola especially when very young. It will be a challenge trying to grow outside the Tropics. It does best in rich, moist, but well-drained soil, it grows and fruits quite well on sand or limestone. No pests or diseases have been reported specifically for the bilimbi.

Jambolan Plum

$40.95 ($23.90-$40.95 choose a size)

Frost sensitive when young but once established is hardy to most conditions. It can tolerate strong winds and can be used as a windbreak tree. It can also tolerate prolonged flooding and dry periods. It is limited to fruit production in tropical regions in elevations from sea level to 600m above sea level. Given such conditions it fruits prolifically. The fruit can be eaten fresh or used in making Pies, Sauces, Jams and Juices. While native to India, Burma and Ceylon, it is now widespread across much of Asia and is also very popular in much of South America. Carries many common names including Java plum, Portuguese plum, Malabar plum, Black plum, Purple plum, Damson plum and Indian blackberry. It is a fast growing very attractive tree highly esteemed by Buddhists throughout Asia and often planted near Hindu temples. Weed Warning: Jambolan plum is naturalized across Hawaii and has weed potential in subtropical and tropical regions in Australia, due to seed dispersal by birds.

Cherry of Rio Grande

$59.00

This beautiful small tree has very attractive dark glossy-green waxy leaves and very ornamental bark. The showy white flowers are followed by deep purple cherry sized fruit approximately 3 weeks from the time of flowering. The fruit is the most popular substitute in warmer climates for the traditional Prunus Cherry. The fruit has a sweet juicy cherry flavour eaten fresh or can be picked at maturity , frozen for later use or used in jellies, jams and juices. This compact tree is perfect for small back yard orchards as it is well suited to container growing, still producing an abundance of fruit even when kept as a potted bush. This is advantageous as the tree can then be easily netted during fruiting time as this tree is a favourite to the birds. The tree is highly ornamental requiring very little attention and pruning to keep it looking its best. It can also be used to make a hedge. The Brazillian tree, member of the Myrtaceae, can reach up to 10 metres in its tropical forest environment, but most often reaches a comfortable height of 4-5m. They are moderately fast, preferring frequent but small balanced nutrient application and regularly watering during flowering and fruit development although the tree itself, if not expecting fruit quality in the drier years is fairly drought tolerance. The tree can tolerate temperatures down to zero degrees.

Peanut Butter Tree

$19.75 ($19.75-$19.75 choose a size)

This attractive tree has clusters of yellow flowers that are followed by an abundance of dark red fruit to around 2.5cm long. The rich, sweet flesh has a texture similar to peanut butter. The fruit can be eaten fresh or made into milk shakes.

Lucs Garcinia - Limoncillo

$89.00

Native to Mexico, Mexican Achachairu or Luc's Garcinia as it is called produces bright yellow fruit which are single seeded, typically as large as tennis balls, and have both a better pulp ratio and elegant subacid flavour that is considered superior to that of its much celebrated and close relatives, achacha and mangosteen. Slow growing, attractive tree with a spreading form and large leafed foliage that is waxy and deep emerald green. Cold tolerance slightly better than that of Achacha. A very exciting offering that is sure to become a standout in the Australian exotic fruit market.

Canistel - Kona

$99.00 ($99.00-$129.00 choose a size)

Not a true Lucuma, more closely related to Canistel. Green skin with bright yellow flesh. It is sweet and similar to a canistel but with a distinctive aftertaste. The fruits are round or oval and very popular in South America when they are dried and powdered. Kona has a dry flesh. They can be blended into a delicious milkshake tasting of rum and raisin and caramel.

Pineapple - Red

$25.90

A highly ornamental pineapple with striking red fruits. The flesh is sweet and juicy, pink-yellow in colour. The fruit weigh about one kilo each. Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling. Short lived small perennial. Evergreen sword-like grey green leaves with a red hue. Plants take 18 to 24 months from planting to fruit. Fruit should be picked when fully ripe and have developed full flavour and sweetness. Sweetness is enhanced by regular irrigation. Summer ripening. Ripeness can be assessed by tapping the fruit: ripe fruits have a dull, solid sound; unripe fruits have a hollow sound.

Ice Cream Bean Mountain

$24.00

A large attractive tree with spreading branches and lovely white and yellow pompom type flowers. The short pods look similar to a tamarind pod. Surrounding the inedible black seeds is a thick white juicy pulp that tastes very much like vanilla ice-cream. The tree has the added advantage of being nitrogen fixing and is a good choice as a fast growing shade tree.Weed Warning: This is an attractive fast growing legume tree native to Central and South America. Over the last 20 years it has gained popularity in Australia as a nitrogen fixing tree that produces large velvety pods filled with creamy sweet flesh. Its popularity has also generated concerns about its potential to spread, with the main area of concern in NSW from Taree to the Tweed region.

Lucuma - Grafted

$99.00

Yellow flesh, sweet and similar to a canistel with unique peripheral flavours, like maple syrup. The fruits are round or oval and very popular in South America when they are dried, powdered or made into icecream. Lucuma is suited to more temperate areas if protected from frost. Known to fruit as far south as Adelaide. Fruit set may best be achieved in areas with high humidity and moderate temperatures. Cross pollination may also help with fruit set.

Pitangatuba

$24.75 ($24.75-$46.95 choose a size)

Similar to the Surinam cherry, but larger. The fruit have a delicious acidic sweet-sour flavour. It is very slow growing but can be quick to flower, 2-3 year old tree can flower when on 30cm tall, it grows 1-2m. It is very ornamental and very rare.

Palm - Salak Malay

$46.95 ($29.00-$46.95 choose a size)

Superior tasting variety, Malay Salak are delicious fruit covered in snake-skin like scales emerging from the base of these palm trees. Fruit is crisp, and apple like in flavour. They are a distinctly spiny, tropical, short-stemmed clumping palm with very long leaves. Preferring humid, moist conditions and shade when young, mimicking its tropical forest habitat. Trees are dioecious, so will need a male and female growing near each other for fruit harvest. They prefer slightly acid well draining soil and should flower withing 3-5 years in ideal conditions.

Clove

$29.00

Trial Product, Daley's is currently trialling this product, but we will not have them available for sale in the foreseeable future. If you are interested in this item please request the email notification from this page, but at this stage we cannot give you an estimated time of availability. Clove is an aromatic spice that is derived from the dried flower buds of this ultra tropical tree.

Red Ilama

$79.00

A sweet and fragrant fruit from the Custard Apple family. Colour varies from white, to pink to red, with hints of strawberry flavour and a creamy flesh. Redder fruits are more tangy. Trees prefer a hot tropical climate, with a distinct dry season. Originating in Central America, temperatures close to zero are not tolerated well by the tree. The colour of the skin also varies from green through to purplish. Scratch the bark of a limb and the colour will hint at the colour of the flesh - green and the flesh will be white, red and the flesh will be pink. Trees are a manageable size and could be pruned to 3-4m. Fruits are best left until they begin to crack open, but they can be picked a little earlier and held up to 3 days to soften. They will not ripen if harvested too early

Bullock's Heart - Pink

$79.00 ($29.00-$79.00 choose a size)

A distinctive heart shaped fruit of the Custard Apple family, with a rusty-brown skin. Flesh is a creamy flavour with a pink hued flesh. Well suited to subtropical growing.

Betel Nut

$27.00 ($23.90-$27.00 choose a size)

This medium sized, graceful, tropical palm is also commonly called areca nut, this is not a true nut but the palm seed. The seed is separated from the outer layer of the fruit and may be used fresh, dried, boiled, baked, roasted or cured. They can be chewed in a similar way to chewing tobacco, producing a mildly euphoric and stimulating effect, and helping reduce tension. Betel nuts and betel quids are generally chewed for their psychoactive properties that help reduce tension, produce a feeling of well being and facilitate social interactions and strengthen social ties. Around 10 to 20% of the world's population chews betel nut in some form. This makes it the 4th most widely-used psychoactive substance,after nicotine, alcohol and caffeine.

Pulasan

$39.00

Trial Product, Daley's is currently trialing this product, but we will not have them available for sale in the foreseeable future. If you are interested in this item please request the email notification from this page, but at this stage we cannot give you an estimated time of availability.Similar to a rambutan to which it is closely related but the fruits are sweeter that the rambutan or lychee. The raw seeds are also edible and taste a little like an almond. Ultra tropical.

Maprang, Plum Mango

$29.00

A large tree to 18 m tall with a dense crown and straight trunk. The small cream flowers are followered by the elongated 10 cm long yellow fruits. The edible skin surrounds the sweet or sour orange to red flesh.Uses: Maprang fruits, especially the sweet varieties, are consumed fresh or eaten cooked in syrup. Entire immature fruits are chopped and used as an ingredient in the spicy condiment sambal, and are pickled to prepare asinan. Young leaves are also consumed in salads and eaten with sambal.

Sugar Apple Big Eyes

$27.00

This seed grown Sugar apple is unique in producing giant sized fruit with large fruit carpels on the skin resembling eyes, hence the name Big Eyes. A tropical Custard Apple it has delicious sweet creamy flesh when ripe. The foliage is delicate on young trees, and our potted plants are known for their older leaves to turn yellow and drop during transport to conserve energy. This is not a problem long term. With care and acclimatisation they will bounce back

Palm - Salak

$29.00 ($29.00-$39.00 choose a size)

Also called the snake fruit due to the beautiful pattern on the fruit, this is a tropical palm from Bali in Indonesia. The brittle thin skin is removed to reveal yellow/white flesh which has flavours reminiscent of Granny Smith apple, strawberry and pineapple. The small palm is very prickly, it has a tendency to blow over in strong tropical storms where it re-roots itself, so it can move from the place it was originally planted Suited to tropical areas only.

Rose Apple

$19.75 ($4.90-$19.75 choose a size)

Native to the East Indies, this attractive tree has glossy narrow leaves and dark red new growth. The yellow fruit is rose petal flavoured and in a class of its own for taste. The tree is virtually never without fruit or flowers, fruiting for about 6 months of the year. The white fluffy flowers are spectacular and attract many bees and birds with their fragrance. A beautiful ornamental plant. Fruits in 3-4 years from seed. Warning This species is susceptible to Myrtle Rust (Puccinia psidii s.l.)It has been observed in the field with moderate to severe damage and will require ongoing treatment to control the rust. For more information follow this link. http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/plant/myrtle-rust

Sugar Apple - Purple

$34.00

The sugar apple is an interesting tropical fruit that has succulent segmented flesh that is creamy-white. This selection has an attractive red skin and will bear from seed within 2 years. Delicious eaten raw (preferably chilled), in fruit salads, ice creams and drinks. The foliage is delicate on young trees, and our potted plants are known for their older leaves to turn yellow and drop during transport to conserve energy. This is not a problem long term. With care and acclimatisation they will bounce back

Wood Apple

$34.90 ($19.75-$34.90 choose a size)

A large tree with long leaves, a hard berry fruit and an inner sticky brown pulp. Though the rind of the wood apple fruit is so hard that it has to be cracked with a hammer, the sticky pulp is edible and used to make syrups, drinks, jelly, and jams. Other useful parts of the plant are the roots, fruits, and leaves of this tree that are used for medicinal purposes. Wood apple fruit can be eaten plain or made into jams and sweets. In Indonesia, wood apple is mixed with honey and eaten for breakfast. In Thailand, they eat the leaves in salads while in India the pulp is used in savory chutneys.

Ice Cream Bean

$24.00

Trees have long pods up to 1.5m long filled with a thick, white, juicy,'cottony' pulp surrounding each large seed and it is sweet and melting. Ingas are large attractive trees with spreading branches and lovely white and yellow pompom type flowers, flowering and fruiting 2-3 times per year. For best fruit set, 2 trees are required This species has the longest pods of the Inga genus, they are a very popular fruit in Latin America. The tree has the added advantage of being nitrogen fixing and is a good choice as a fast growing shade tree. They are very useful as a shady interrow tree in orchards of coffee and cacao, for example. They are fast growing, large trees and respond well to heavy pruning to control size, even coppicing. Weed Warning: This is an attractive fast growing legume tree native to Central and South America. Over the last 20 years Ice Cream Beans have gained popularity in Australia as a nitrogen fixing tree that produces large velvety pods filled with creamy sweet flesh. Its popularity has also generated concerns about its potential to spread, with the main area of concern in NSW from Taree to the Tweed region and into Queensland.

Langsat

$29.00

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.

African Breadfruit

$24.90

Young fruits are cooked as a vegetable. The seeds from the mature fruit are ground into a meal known as breadfruit flour which can be made into bread, pasta and snacks. Dried seeds can be fried or roasted and eaten as a snack. The tree thrives in tropical and subtropical climates and is fast growing and much hardier than the breadfruit. The wood is used for furniture, firewood and can be processed into paper. It is native to riverbanks and waterways so can be used for erosion control and as a source of mulch. The sap of the male tree is caustic and toxic

Black Sapote - Tahiti

$79.00

A large fruited variety of the Black Sapote, an attractive and surprisingly tough tree. The 'Chocolate Pudding Fruit' are delicious when eaten as a desert with cream and a touch of Rum or vanilla

Pedalai

$49.00

Similar to the marang, the pulp is very tasty, without the strong aroma of the marang. The seeds are also edible and consumed like peanuts. The fruit is hairy and looks like a giant rambutan, orange and hairy. The pulp is white and very sweet. Some say the the Pedalai is the tastiest of all the Artocarpus. Strictly tropical, requires are wet, humid climate.

Star Gooseberry

$19.75 ($19.75-$24.90 choose a size)

This interesting and ornamental small tropical tree features a bushy crown, red flowers and abundant waxy yellow fruit. It is popular for its medicinal values and as an ingredient in sweet relishes and preserves in its native region of India and Madagascar. Its popularity has spread it widely throughout Asia and the Pacific and is occasionally spotted throughout Central America. The young leaves are also cooked as a green. While tolerant to most soil types, it prefers moist sites in the full sun in the sub/tropics. Also know as Otaheite Gooseberry or Tahitian Gooseberry

Palm - Jucara

$19.75 ($19.75-$59.00 choose a size)

Closely related to the Acai Palm, the fruits are eaten fresh and can be used much like the acai, the Jucara (pronounced Jussara) is commonly used for its edible heart which is eaten steamed. An emergent rainforest palm, it is found across large areas of south-eastern Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina, and Paraguay. A tall, slim, solitary palm to 8m high, with an attractive crown of drooping leaves, and a coloured crownshaft. Requires a warm sheltered, and moist position that is well drained. Likes filtered sun when young, but can take full sun as it matures.

Safou

$31.95

An African fruit that can be eaten raw or cooked. Fruit is pleasant with a sub acid flavour. Trees also produce a good amount of biomass and are well suited to agroforestry. Fruit is high in protein, fat and vitamins. Fruits can range in colour from light pink to purple. Trees can grow up to 10-20m.

Bakupari

$49.00 ($24.75-$49.00 choose a size)

Thick, orange coloured skin that is easily broken to reveal the white, sweet/sour, aromatic pulp that surrounds one to three seeds. Grows best in fertile soil with abundant moisture and will take 7-10 years to commence fruiting. Best enjoyed fresh or can be used in juices and jellies. The tree with its glossy green leaves and symmetrical shape is also a beautiful ornamental tree.

Red Mombin

$29.00 ($29.00-$79.00 choose a size)

One of the most popular small fruits of the American tropics, the Red Mombin - Spondias purpurea.The Red Mombin may be a shrub or low-branched small tree 8m in height. The branches are thick and brittle. The tiny, 4- to 5-petalled flowers are red or purple and borne in short, hairy panicles along the branches before the leaves appear which are a beautiful bright-red or purple when young. The fruits are plum-like, borne singly or in groups of 2 or 3,varying in colour from purple to bright-red, even yellow sometimes. They vary in shape and size from 2-5cm. The skin is glossy and firm; the flesh aromatic, yellow, fibrous, very juicy, with a rich, plum-like, subacid to acid flavor. Best eaten fresh for a light refreshing snack, but can also be made into jams, chutney, stewed, boiled or dried.

Achiote - Bixa

$19.75 ($4.95-$19.75 choose a size)

Also known as Annatto or the Lipstick tree, originates from South America and has spread in popularity to many parts of Asia. It is very popular in Philippine cooking. Grows and a dense small tree or shrub. The heart shaped fruits are brown or reddish brown at maturity, and are covered with short stiff hairs. When fully mature the fruits split open exposing the numerous dark red seeds. While the fruit itself is not edible, the orange-red pulp that covers the seed is used as a commercial food colouring and dye (similar to turmeric). The achiote dye is prepared by stirring the seeds in water, and is popular in South America and Asia to colour rice, desserts, butter, cheese, and many other foods. In the Philippine Islands the seeds are ground and used as a condiment. Tree is extremely beautiful in full flowering and fruiting. Can be grown in a container, prefers a frost-free climate.

Loroco

$29.00

Lorocco is a vine grown for its edible, unopened flower buds. The flowers set in large clusters and their texture is crisp and succulent. The flavour is reminiscent of vegetables, such as artichoke and chard, with a floral sweetness. Sweet, tangy and robust tasting, it is a popular part of El Salvadorean cuisine.

Kola Nut

$27.00 ($19.75-$27.00 choose a size)

The kola nut is a caffeine-containing nut from an evergreen tree. The tree have yellow flowers with purple spots and star-shaped fruit. Inside the fruit about a dozen round or square seeds develop in a white seed pod. The nut's aroma is sweet and rose-like. The first taste is bitter, but it sweetens on chewing. The nut can be boiled to extract the cola. This tree reaches 25 metres in height and is grown from seed.

Amla - Bundy

$34.00 ($19.75-$34.00 choose a size)

A vigorous plant that fruits quickly after planting. The Amla fruit is often referred to as the Indian Gooseberry because of its edible and tart flavour. Very good for jam making and Amla oil is prepared from dried amla berries, which have been soaked in coconut oil for several days. This is a cutting grown selection from the Bundaberg QLD Australia region. The foliage is delicate on young trees, and our potted plants are known for their older leaves to turn yellow and drop during transport to conserve energy. This is not a problem long term. With care and acclimatisation they will bounce back

Breadnut

$29.00

The ancestor of the Breadfruit, it is similar in form to others in the Jakfruit family - green and spiky enclosing a pulp that can be sliced and boiled when green as a vegetable. Left to ripen it is sweet and soft. The seeds are nutritious and can be cooked tasting similar to chestnuts. The trees are large and productive with the potential to produce hundreds of fruit when mature. Breadnut evolved in Papua New Guinea so is best suited to tropical areas, tolerating heavy wet season inundation. This tree is a great addition to tropical agroforestry.

Ketembilla

$21.90

Fruits are succulent, a little acid and high in Vitamin C. A small tree or shrub native to India and Sri Lanka, deciduous in the dry season with some thorns. Plants can be bisexual, but mostly are dioecious, with male and female flowers on separate plants.

Kepel Apple

$29.00

Very rare and endangered tree from Southeast Asia. Fruit is borne on the lower trunk and has a coconut/mango flavour. Suited to tropical areas only.Ancient Indonesians believed that eating the fruit would cause body secretions to take on a perfume scent.

Chempedak

$24.90 ($24.90-$29.00 choose a size)

The Chempedak is native to south east Asia where it grows into a large tree. The soft fruits are very sweet with some fiber and a fairly smooth skin. They are smaller, less acidic and less fibrous than the jakfruit. The strongly odored fruits smell like durians when ripe, however if the peel is removed this will remove most of the odor. They are tropical in their growing requirements needing a warm, moist position and deep fertile soil in the full sun . Fruits can be eaten fresh or used in desserts, the young unripe fruit can also be eaten as a vegetable and made into pickles. Seedling trees start bearing after 3-6 years, they flower in Spring and the fruit mature 3-6 months later. The wood from the tree is an excellent quality timberthat is as strong as teak and the tannins extracted from the heartwood produce a saffron coloured dye that is used to colour the robes of Buddhists.

Perfume Guava

$17.90

The yellow fruit is aromatic, sweet and juicy. They resemble guavas but rounded and flattened, and are up to 6cm in diameter. The fruit are borne in abundance on evergreen trees that are easily pruned to below 5m. Native to tropical South America, the species prefers warm, humid conditions with high rainfall. It does well in the frost free sub-tropics, but should be able to tolerate light frosts with care. Trees have a handsome rounded habit and a perfume can be extracted from the papery leaves.

Dabai

$29.00

Resembling olives, the ripe black fruit is soaked for 10 minutes to soften the skin and the flesh is sucked off the seed. Taste is creamy, like avocado, suits both savoury and sweet seasoning. Native to Borneo this tall tree can be pruned to control size. Trees are dioecious, meaning male and female flowers are on separate trees. The seed can also be extracted for a nutritious snack.