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Tropical Fruit S-Z


  • Rhus dentata - Nana Berry
    $2.00

    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 mukorossi - Chinese Soapberry

    Sapindus mukorossi - Chinese Soapberry
    $2.50

    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...

     
  • Schleichera oleosa - Kusum Tree
    $3.00

    7 seeds per pack. A medium to large sized deciduous tree native to India, known for being the source of Kusum Oil. The oil has a number of medicinal, topical and edible uses. The tree also features attractive, red-colored...

     
  • Selenicereus megalanthus - Yellow Pitaya

    Selenicereus megalanthus - Yellow Pitaya
    $3.25

    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...

     
  • Sicana odorifera - Cassabanana

    Sicana odorifera - Cassabanana
    $2.50

    10 seeds per pack. An herbaceous vine bearing a striking 12-24" long, bright red fruit with a delightful melon-like smell and flavor. Vines are vigorous, often growing up to 50ft. The fruit is common in parts of South and...

     
  • Sideroxylon inerme - White Milkwood

    Sideroxylon inerme - White Milkwood
    $2.00

    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...

     
  • Simmondsia chinensis - Jojoba Nut

    Simmondsia chinensis - Jojoba Nut
    $2.00

    5 seeds per pack. Desert shrub bearing the jojoba nut, an edible nut tasting somewhat like a hazelnut. The jojoba is famously known as the source of jojoba oil, an oil with important uses in cosmetics and skin care. The...

     
  • Solanum burbankii - Wonderberry

    Solanum burbankii - Wonderberry
    $2.00

    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 caripense - Tzimbalo

    Solanum caripense - Tzimbalo
    $2.00

    10 seeds per pack. A South American fruit closely related to the pepino. The fruits are smaller than the pepino, but with similar striped skin coloration. Flavor also has similarities, but the fruits tend to be juicier. Low...

     
  • Solanum melanocerasum - Garden Huckleberry

    Solanum melanocerasum - Garden Huckleberry
    $2.00

    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 muricatum - Pepino

    Solanum muricatum - Pepino
    $3.00

    10 seeds per pack. Large sized fruit, to 4-6", sometimes weighing a pound or two. Quick growing shrub. Fruit is quite good and tastes very similar to a cantaloupe. Hardy to 27F. Will fruit in 9-12 months from seed. Becoming...

  • Solanum quitoense - Naranjilla

    Solanum quitoense - Naranjilla
    $2.00

    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
    $2.00

    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 uporo - Cannibal's Tomato

    Solanum uporo - Cannibal's Tomato
    $2.25

    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
    $3.00

    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...

     
  • Stevia rebaudiana - Stevia

    Stevia rebaudiana - Stevia
    $2.50

    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...

     
  • Strychnos madagascariensis - Black Monkey Orange
    $3.00

    8 seeds per pack. A hard shelled, round fruit ripening to yellow orange, with edible flesh. Both the flesh and the dried seeds are enjoyed by people in its native range. Small tree to 10-25 feet, probably not frost hardy...

     
  • Strychnos spinosa - Monkey Orange
    $2.50

    5 seeds per pack. A little known African tree with hard shelled, orange fruits with flesh that is reportedly edible. The seeds (and unripe fruits) are poisonous and should not be ingested under any circumstances. Native to...

     
  • Tamarindus indica - Tamarind

    Tamarindus indica - Tamarind
    $2.25

    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
    $3.50

    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
    $2.00

    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
    $2.50

    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
    $5.00

    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...

     
  • Uvaria grandiflora - Calabao

    Uvaria grandiflora - Calabao
    $4.50

    2 seeds per pack. A very rare Annona native to Thailand. Bears strange fruits with multiple, finger-like parts. In some ways, a single fruit resembles a clump of bananas. The fruits are edible and sometimes sold locally in...

     
  • Uvaria rufa - Calabao
    $4.50

    2 seeds per pack. A tropical vine bearing small, multi-lobed, edible berries with a sweet and sour flavor. Related to the Annona's. Also notable for its colorful, red flowers. Grows to around 5 m / 16 ft. Tropical. #3915 We...

     
  • Vangueria infausta - African Medlar

    Vangueria infausta - African Medlar
    $3.00

    5 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
    $3.00

    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...

     
  • Withania aristata - Orobal
    $2.00

    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
    $2.00

    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 whipplei - Our Lord's Candle

    Yucca whipplei - Our Lord's Candle
    $2.00

    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
    $2.00

    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
    $2.00

    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
    $2.00

    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 oenopolia - Jackal Jujube

    Ziziphus oenopolia - Jackal Jujube
    $3.00

    5 seeds per pack. A lesser-known, wild jujube, native throughout tropical Asia and Australia. It bears lots of small, edible, black fruits. It has light hairs on its branches and fairly attractive foliage, similar to the...

     
  • Ziziphus spinosa - Suan Zao Ren

    Ziziphus spinosa - Suan Zao Ren
    $2.25

    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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