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Tropical Fruit S-Z

  • Rhus dentata - Nana Berry

    5 seeds per pack. A small South African shrub bearing little red berry-fruits that are quite popular with birds. Some sources claim the fruits are edible and have some local uses. Very colorful in bloom, excellent for...

  • Sapindus drummondii - Western Soapberry

    5 seeds per pack. A native U.S. soapberry, similar to S. saponaria. Bears small orange fruits with a single seed. Fruits are not edible, but with the seed, can be used as a soap substitute or in jewelry making. Adaptable to...

  • Sapindus mukorossi - Chinese Soapberry

    Sapindus mukorossi - Chinese Soapberry

    4 seeds per pack. Similar to its close relative the Soapberry, the Chinese Soapberry bears 1", yellow fruits with a large seed. The fruits and seed contain high levels of saponin and are commonly used as a detergent. Medium...

  • Sapindus saponaria - Soapberry

    Sapindus saponaria - Soapberry

    6 seeds per pack. Closely related to the Soapnut, the Soapberry has a similar shape and appearance. Fruits are slightly smaller than the Soapnut and the tree is hardier, able to withstand frosts and light freezes. The...

  • Schotia brachypetala - African Walnut

    Schotia brachypetala - African Walnut

    5 seeds per pack. A wonderful ornamental tree from South Africa. Most renowned for its beautiful red blossoms which have popularized the species as a street tree in some subtropical areas. Also bears legume fruits with seeds...

  • Sclerocarya birrea - Marula

    Sclerocarya birrea - Marula

    3 seeds per pack. Medium sized fruit with sweet-sour tasting flesh that is highly esteemed in parts of Africa. Often used in juices and alcoholic drinks. Very high in vitamin C. The marula is one of Africa's main native,...

  • Selenicereus grandiflorus - Queen of the Night

    Selenicereus grandiflorus - Queen of the Night

    10 seeds per pack. A gorgeous night blooming cactus with large white flowers that grow to several inches. The flowers are also fragrant, with a mild vanilla-like scent. Bears spiny, 2-4" long red ripening fruits that are...

  • Selenicereus megalanthus - Yellow Pitaya

    Selenicereus megalanthus - Yellow Pitaya

    8 seeds per pack. Tasty yellow skinned dragon fruit relative. Very popular in Asia. The plant is a vining cactus growing either out of the soil or as an epiphyte, with aerial roots. Plants are tolerant of short frosts and...

  • Sideroxylon inerme - White Milkwood

    Sideroxylon inerme - White Milkwood

    5 seeds per pack. A medium sized South African native tree bearing small purple-black berry-like fruits. Some sources list the fruits as edible, but the tree has a popular history of landscape use in South Africa, with many...

  • Solanum burbankii - Wonderberry

    Solanum burbankii - Wonderberry

    30 seeds per pack. Small, purple-black fruit similar to the huckleberry. The wonderberry grows on a small annual shrub, from 6"-3' in height. Fruits are used to make pies and preserves. Easily grown in pots, growth...

  • Solanum melanocerasum - Garden Huckleberry

    Solanum melanocerasum - Garden Huckleberry

    40 seeds per pack. Small, purple-black fruit similar in appearance to the huckleberry. The true garden huckleberry is larger (about 1.5-2x) than the wonderberry (a hybrid relative). This variety is sweeter than most and of...

  • Solanum quitoense - Naranjilla

    Solanum quitoense - Naranjilla

    10 seeds per pack. Orange, fuzzy skinned fruit about the size of a large cherry tomato. Has tasty acidic green pulp that can be eaten fresh but is also used in Central and South America to make a popular beverage...

  • Solanum sessiliflorum - Cocona

    Solanum sessiliflorum - Cocona

    10 seeds per pack. Orange-red colored fruit from the Amazon, used fresh and for drinks. Hardiness unknown, though the plant is native to tropical mountainous regions so it may survive some frosts. Fruits are popular in its...

  • Solanum stramoniifolium - Coconilla

    Solanum stramoniifolium - Coconilla

    10 seeds per pack. A small to medium sized shrubby plant bearing furry, orange-red fruits that are said to be edible. Found throughout much of tropical South America. Has similarities to the naranjilla and cocona. The plant...

  • Solanum uporo - Cannibal's Tomato

    Solanum uporo - Cannibal's Tomato

    10 seeds per pack. An infamous fruit from the South Seas, the Cannibal's Tomato was once called the perfect accompaniment for a cannibals favorite meal. Fruits are rounded, about the size of large cherry tomatoes, and are...

  • Spondias pinnata - Malaysian Mombin

    Spondias pinnata - Malaysian Mombin

    2 seeds per pack. A popular mombin fruit, native to southeast Asia, well regarded for its sour flavored, edible pulp. The fruits are widely cultivated in the region and along with their edible uses, are also found as an...

  • Stauntonia hexaphylla - Sausage Vine

    Stauntonia hexaphylla - Sausage Vine

    5 seeds per pack. A dioecious vine native to Southern Japan and parts of mainland Eastern Asia. The sausage-like fruits are a delicacy in parts of Japan and have a sweet, honey-like flavor. Vining growth to 20-30 ft / 6-10 m...

  • Stevia rebaudiana - Stevia

    Stevia rebaudiana - Stevia

    10 seeds per pack. The source of the growing in popularity Stevia sweetener. Plants are compact and grow to about 1-2ft. Easily grown as an annual in colder climates. The leaves have a sweet flavor and when dried, can be...

  • Synsepalum dulcificum - Miracle Fruit

    Synsepalum dulcificum - Miracle Fruit

    2 seeds per pack. Small berry with tasteless flesh but an amazing side effect that will make sour things taste sweet. The effect lasts for an hour or two. After eating a single miracle fruit, you can eat a lemon raw without...

  • Tamarindus indica - Tamarind

    Tamarindus indica - Tamarind

    10 seeds per pack. Beautiful large tropical tree native to Africa. Can withstand temperatures down to 28F. Fruit is a 4-8" long pod with several large seeds surrounded by sticky, paste-like flesh with a tasty sweet/sour...

  • Terminalia catappa - Tropical Almond

    Terminalia catappa - Tropical Almond

    2 seeds per pack. Large tropical tree commonly growing near river banks or ocean shorefronts. The large seed/nut is edible and has an almond-like flavor. The tropical almond is commonly grown for its large canopy, and high...

  • Terminalia ivorensis - Ivory Coast Almond

    Terminalia ivorensis - Ivory Coast Almond

    10 seeds per pack. A large deciduous tree native to West Africa. Valued for its timber and as a shade tree for crops. Grows to 45-120 feet. Large, spreading and attractive canopy. The tree is also the source of dye and some...

  • Tetrapleura tetraptera - Aridan

    2 seeds per pack. A West African tree, best-known for its woody looking fruits which are used as a spice. Also features fragrant flowers and a number of parts of the plant have varying medicinal uses. Deciduous, grows to 25...

  • Tubocapsicum anomalum - Wild Japanese Pepper

    Tubocapsicum anomalum - Wild Japanese Pepper

    10 seeds per pack. a.k.a. Capsicum anomalum. A strange wild pepper, having some close relation to the five common hot pepper species. Bears small, round berry-fruits that ripen to bright red. They have a uniquely aromatic...

  • Vangueria infausta - African Medlar

    Vangueria infausta - African Medlar

    8 seeds per pack. A popular and traditional fruit in portions of Africa but barely known in the rest of the world. Fruits are usually eaten raw but can also be processed into drinks and alcoholic beverages. Flavor is mildly...

  • Vigna subterranea - Bambara Groundnut

    Vigna subterranea - Bambara Groundnut

    10 seeds per pack. An interesting member of the legume family bearing fruits that remain underground, much like the common peanut. The fruits contain edible seeds of various colors with a tasty flavor and supposedly high...

  • Willughbeia angustifolia - Pitabu

    Willughbeia angustifolia - Pitabu

    A vigorous tropical vining liana, bearing tennis ball-sized fruits with a tart-sweet flavor. Similar to the Gitak, and esteemed for fresh eating in its local range. The fruits are usually harvested wild. Can grow to dozens...

  • Willughbeia sarawakensis - Gitak

    Willughbeia sarawakensis - Gitak

    1 seed per pack. An extremely rare and large fruit growing wild in the Bornean rainforests. The fruits grow on a liana, which uses large rainforest trees as support. The edible pulp is reportedly very tasty and sweet, with a...

  • Withania aristata - Orobal

    15 seeds per pack. Related to ashwagandha, the orobal is a scarcely known medicinal plant from the Canary Islands. It is sometimes compared to ginseng for its medicinal properties. Bright orange-red fruits grow to the size...

  • Withania somnifera - Ashwagandha

    Withania somnifera - Ashwagandha

    25 seeds per pack. Small bushy tomatillo relative well-known for its many medicinal qualities. Roots, leaves, and fruits are used to treat stress, exhaustion, memory problems, and much more. Small bright red/orange fruits...

  • Yucca baccata - Banana Yucca

    Yucca baccata - Banana Yucca

    8 seeds per pack. A desert yucca bearing a 4-6" long, yellow fruit resembling a banana. The fruits are sweet and were once considered a delicacy by many Native American tribes who used the food as a staple. The flowers,...

  • Yucca whipplei - Our Lord's Candle

    Yucca whipplei - Our Lord's Candle

    15 seeds per pack. Native to the Pacific coast, from California to Mexico, this yucca has a number of uses, both edible and ornamental. Yields edible fruits that were once part of the diet of local tribes. The flowers are...

  • Ziziphus jujube - Jujube

    Ziziphus jujube - Jujube

    5 seeds per pack. Native to China, but now grown throughout the subtropics and temperate world. Fruit can be eaten at different stages, with a taste reminiscent of a mild and sweet apple. Very hardy, to -25F. Small,...

  • Ziziphus mauritiana - Indian Jujube

    Ziziphus mauritiana - Indian Jujube

    5 seeds per pack. Small or large tropical tree similar to the jujube but better suited for tropical climates. Fruits are very similar to the jujube in taste and appearance. Will stand only brief frosts, does well in warm,...

  • Ziziphus mucronata - Buffalo Thorn

    5 seeds per pack. A jujube relative bearing tan-red, grape sized fruits with a variety of uses. Seeds can be used as a coffee substitute, leaves are cooked like spinach, and the fruit is edible, though not well appreciated...

  • Ziziphus spinosa - Suan Zao Ren

    Ziziphus spinosa - Suan Zao Ren

    6 seeds per pack. A Ziziphus bearing olive-shaped fruits that bear a resemblance to the common jujube. Fruits have an acid-sweet flavor. The tree is best known for its use in Chinese medicine. The seeds have a number of...



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