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Tropical Fruit


  • Garcinia forbesii - Kundong
    $5.00

    1 seed per pack. Could be Garcinia parvifolia. Produces small red fruits with delicious white pulp, sort of like a mini-mangosteen. Tropical tree, no frost tolerance. The fruits are relished in their native Borneo, but are...

     
  • Garcinia gerardii - Forest Mangosteen
    $3.00

    3 seeds per pack. An interesting mangosteen relative native to India. It bears small yellow fruits that can grow up to an inch across. The tree has some medicinal uses as well as being an attractive ornamental. The fruits...

     
  • Garcinia hombroniana - Seashore Mangosteen

    Garcinia hombroniana - Seashore Mangosteen
    $6.50

    1 seed per pack. An extremely rare relative of the fabled Mangosteen, bearing 1-2" pink ripening fruits that have a delicious sour flavored pulp. Small tree, tropical, not frost hardy, good in containers. Seeds are fresh,...

     
  • Garcinia intermedia - Lemon Mangosteen

    Garcinia intermedia - Lemon Mangosteen
    $2.50

    1 seed per pack. A tasty and rare mangosteen relative bearing 1", rounded, yellow fruits with an aromatic and sour flavor. Fruits grow on a small bushy tree that can grow to 10-20ft. Unknown hardiness. Should do well in...

     
  • Garcinia kola - Bitter Kola
    $4.50

    1 seed per pack. A West African Garcinia, related to mangosteen, most known for its uses in traditional medicine. The seeds, as well as the fruit, nuts and bark are used. The medium sized fruits are sour, but said to be...

     
  • Garcinia lanceifolia - Garcinia lanceifolia
    $4.00

    1 seed per pack. A southeast Asian Garcinia, producing small, red skinned fruits that are edible, with a tart flavor. Probably most common in Thailand, but overall the fruit is lesser known. Small tree, flourishes in...

     
  • Garcinia livingstonei - Imbe

    Garcinia livingstonei - Imbe
    $4.50

    1 seed per pack. Small-fruited relative of the mangosteen having a tasty, tart flavor. Fruits are orange, grow to 2" and a single tree can produce hundreds of fruits a season. Trees grow to 10-15ft, hardy to about 26F...

     
  • Garcinia pedunculata - Bar Thekera
    $3.00

    1 seed per pack. An interesting Garcinia from India with greenish fruits that are eaten fresh but most popularly sun-dried. The dried fruits are used in a number of cooked meals and as a seasoning. Small to medium sized...

     
  • Garcinia schomburgkiana - Madan

    Garcinia schomburgkiana - Madan
    $4.00

    2 seeds per pack. A mangosteen relative native to Thailand. Bears green, edible fruits that are said to have a sour flavor. Short tree, similar in growth habit to other Garcinia's. Unknown frost tolerance. Seeds are fresh,...

     
  • Garcinia sp. - Mexican Garcinia
    $6.00

    1 seed per pack. A newly discovered Garcinia from Mexico. Related to the gamboge and mangosteen, this unknown species bears medium sized fruits that ripen to orange-yellow. Fruits have a very nice, sub-acid flavor. Growth...

     
  • Garcinia xanthochymus - Gamboge

    Garcinia xanthochymus - Gamboge
    $3.50

    1 seed per pack. Yellow fruited mangosteen relative with fruits 3" across, having a white-yellow, juicy, acidic-sweet pulp. Tree is hardy to brief frosts, grows in both subtropical and tropical climates. Trees tend to be...

  • Gardenia erubescens - West African Gardenia
    $3.50

    5 seeds per pack. An exotic gardenia native to West Africa. The fruits are supposedly edible and eaten locally in areas where the plant is native, though little information about their uses is available. Features ornamental...

     
  • Genipa americana - Genip

    Genipa americana - Genip
    $3.00

    4 seeds per pack. Large brown fruit with edible pulp flavored somewhat like an apple or quince. Tropical tree, likes humid climates, probably not frost hardy. Popular in parts of the Caribbean and South America and used for...

     
  • Glycosmis pentaphylla - Orange Berry

    Glycosmis pentaphylla - Orange Berry
    $3.00

    2 seeds per pack. a.k.a. Gin Berry. Translucent pink berry with juicy, sweet pulp. Pleasant to look at and to taste, the small fruits can be used as flavorings in beverages. Small to medium sized tree. Hardy to 25F. Seeds...

     
  • Gnetum macrostachyum - Gnetum
    $3.50

    3 seeds per pack. A woody vine and part of the conifer group, bearing bright red fruits with seeds that are edible after roasting. This species is quite rare, but has a number of fruiting similarities to the more common...

     
  • Grewia occidentalis - Lavender Star Flower

    Grewia occidentalis - Lavender Star Flower
    $2.00

    10 seeds per pack. A South African native, grown both for its colorful blossoms as well as its small fruits. Lavender, star-shaped blossoms are the main attraction which the shrub produces profusely through warm seasons...

  • Grewia oppositifolia - Bihul
    $2.00

    8 seeds per pack. An Indian native Grewia, probably best known for its bright yellow, ornamental flowers. The flowers are much like the popular starflower, but with different coloring. Also produces tiny fruits that are said...

     
  • Guazuma ulmifolia - West Indian Elm

    Guazuma ulmifolia - West Indian Elm
    $2.00

    15 seeds per pack. An interesting tropical tree, found widely throughout the Caribbean and parts of Central and South America. The tree is best known for its wide ranging medicinal applications as well as its use in...

  • Hamelia patens - Mexican Firebush

    Hamelia patens - Mexican Firebush
    $2.00

    10 seeds per pack. A small, shrubby bush, with little, red-purple colored edible fruits. Also noteworthy for its fire-red/orange blossoms which are popular with hummingbirds and butterflies. Grows to 3-6 feet. Hardy to mild...

  • Hibiscus sabdariffa - Roselle

    Hibiscus sabdariffa - Roselle
    $2.50

    25 seeds per pack. A plant of many edible uses, the roselle is also a pretty, ornamental type of hibiscus. The bright red calyces are widely used to flavor beverages and color foods. The popular Latin American beverage...

     
  • Hornstedtia tomentosa - Wild Ginger
    $2.50

    5 seeds per pack. A wild ginger, native to Java and Borneo. It bears oblong, black, grizzled looking fruits with a pleasant citrusy flavor. Also has ornamental leaves and attractive flowers. Very rare. Little information is...

     
  • Hylocereus undatus  - Dragon Fruit, Red

    Hylocereus undatus - Dragon Fruit, Red
    $2.50

    12 seeds per pack. Large, strangely shaped red fruit with sweet flavored pulp. The fruit has recently become a popular flavoring for beverages and there is much interest in growing the fruit as a commercial crop. This is the...

     
  • Hylocereus x - Natural Mystic Dragon Fruit

    Hylocereus x - Natural Mystic Dragon Fruit
    $2.00

    10 seeds per pack. Seeds are from the Natural Mystic variety, a cross between Hylocereus polyrhizus and H. undatus. Fruits are large, weight up to and over a pound, with fairly deep red flesh, with tones of magenta. Good...

     
  • Hymenaea courbaril - Jatoba

    Hymenaea courbaril - Jatoba
    $4.00

    2 seeds per pack. A well known tree throughout much of tropical America. Yields hard fruit pods with edible flesh and beautiful hardwood that is used in fine woodworking and furniture. The pulp has a stinky odor, but a sweet...

     
  • Ilex paraguariensis - Yerba Mate

    Ilex paraguariensis - Yerba Mate
    $2.50

    15 seeds per pack. A subtropical holly, native to South America and the source of the famous yerba mate tea. The dried leaves and twigs are steeped into tea. A shrubby, small to medium sized tree up to 15-30 ft. Not hardy to...

     
  • Illicium verum - Star Anise

    Illicium verum - Star Anise
    $3.00

    10 seeds per pack. Small Asian-native tree which yields the spice star anise. The spice is used in a wide variety of dishes and the tree itself has a number of medicinal uses. Related to the magnolia, the tree is also a...

     
  • Irvingia gabonensis - Wild African Mango
    $6.00

    1 seed per pack. A rare, mango-like fruit from West Africa. Fruits can be eaten fresh, but they are particularly prized for their large seeds (nuts) which are packed with protein. The nuts are known as dika nuts and are...

     
  • Jacaratia mexicana - Mexican Mountain Papaya

    Jacaratia mexicana - Mexican Mountain Papaya
    $6.00

    4 seeds per pack. A fantastic wild, dry-forest papaya bearing strongly winged fruits that ripen to yellow-green, with tasty, yellow-orange pulp. This species is native to dry areas in Southern Mexico and into Central America...

     
  • Jaltomata bernardelloana - Jaltomata

    Jaltomata bernardelloana - Jaltomata
    $3.00

    10 seeds per pack. A very rare Physalis relative native to a tiny area in the Peruvian Andes. Features bright purple flowers and small, orange fruits that are said to be edible. The fruits look somewhat like ground cherries...

     
  • Jaltomata herrerae - Aguaymanto

    Jaltomata herrerae - Aguaymanto
    $3.00

    10 seeds per pack. Another of an interesting group of Jaltomata species from the Peruvian Andes. This species is notable for its orange fruits and lovely white flowers containing blood red nectar. The fruits are listed as...

     
  • Jaltomata procumbens - Jaltomato

    Jaltomata procumbens - Jaltomato
    $2.50

    10 seeds per pack. A rare, shrubby annual with small purple berries that are a bit like Garden Huckleberries. The berries have a sweet flavor and are popularly used in jams and jellies. Shrub to 2-3ft. Grows well in...

     
  • Jarilla caudata - Jarilla

    Jarilla caudata - Jarilla
    $5.50

    4 seeds per pack. A rare papaya relative with strange and wonderful fruits that can reach up to 12" wide. The fruits have prominent horns at their end and will ripen to yellow. They are sometimes sold locally in their native...

     
  • Jarilla chocola - Chocola

    Jarilla chocola - Chocola
    $5.50

    4 seeds per pack. An amazingly exotic papaya relative with small pink-red fruits having white flesh and a creamy-acidic flavor. The plant also yields starchy, potato-like tubers. Native to the Pacific coast of Mexico, both...

     
  • Jarilla heterophylla - Granadina

    Jarilla heterophylla - Granadina
    $6.50

    5 seeds per pack. An obscure relative of the common papaya, this herbaceous perennial bears colorful, purple and yellow oval fruits that grow to about 2.5 cm / 1". The fruits have prominent horns at their end and have a...

     
  • Kraussia floribunda - Rhino Coffee
    $2.00

    5 seeds per pack. A shrubby bush growing to 5-15 ft with profuse clusters of attractive white flowers which are followed by purple-black fruits. The fruits are reportedly edible, with a mildly sweet flavor. The leaves are...

     
  • Laurus nobilis - Bay Leaf

    Laurus nobilis - Bay Leaf
    $2.25

    5 seeds per pack. The beautiful and fabled Bay Leaf tree provides the bay leaf of culinary fame. The leaves are highly fragrant and impart a delicious flavor to numerous foods and seasonings. The tree also has an ancient...


 

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