The Fruit Forest of Peace Village -We are fanatical about Fruit!

At peace village, we will establish and maintain the World’s Largest Fruit Forest!  So what exactly is our fruit forest?  It is an ecologically sustained forest…one filled with fruit of course!  😉

Due to incorporating permaculture principles and practices, the fruit forest will be low maintenance over time.  The planting methodology creates environments similar to a well-established natural forest.  Diversification is paramount in establishing self-sustained natural environments.  Our forest will be filled with an optimal variety of plants growing at different ‘levels’.  Some plants and trees provide fruit, some provide medicine, some feed the forest itself nutrients, some attract beneficial insects, and others are for ground cover.  With these considerations in mind, we intend to plant as many fruit-bearing trees as possible!

Always a Fruit to Pick and Enjoy

Variety, variety, variety!  With an enormous variety of fruit trees growing in the Peace Village Fruit Forest, there is always something ripe and ready to enjoy, no matter the time of day or month of the year!

Some of the MANY varieties of fruit soon to be growing in our forest!

Coconut

Coconuts are a tropical fruit that grow on the tall coconut palm tree. The tree is sometimes referred to as “the tree of life”.  Rightly so, as the benefits of coconut  water and flesh are too numerous to list.  The fruit has a hard, fibrous outer shell and a large inner seed that is rich in nutrients and healthy fats. The sweet, creamy flesh inside the shell is a great source of hydration and is often used in a variety of dishes, such as curries, smoothies, and desserts. In addition to being a delicious food source, coconuts are also used for their oil, which has a variety of health benefits for the skin, hair, and body.

Papaya

Papaya is a tropical fruit that is believed to have originated in Central America and Southern Mexico. It is usually eaten when ripe and has a soft, orange flesh that is sweet and fragrant. Papayas are also known for their digestive properties, as they contain enzymes that can aid in the breakdown of protein. They are a good source of vitamins A and C, and are low in calories, making them a healthy addition to any diet.

Banana

Bananas are a curved, elongated fruit with a vibrant yellow or green color and a soft, pulpy flesh. They are widely known for their high potassium content, which is essential for heart health and maintaining fluid balance in the body. Bananas are also a great source of fiber, vitamins B6 and C, and antioxidants. They are versatile and can be eaten on their own or added to smoothies, baked goods, and breakfast dishes.

Mango

Mangoes are a sweet and juicy tropical fruit with a smooth, firm texture. They come in many varieties, from the large and sweet Haden to the small and tangy Ataulfo. Mangoes are high in vitamins C and A, as well as dietary fiber and antioxidants. They can be eaten fresh, frozen, or cooked, and are a popular ingredient in smoothies, salsas, and desserts. When ripe, their fragrant aroma and bright color make them a delicious and refreshing treat.

Avocado

Avocado is a unique fruit, often used in savory dishes and as a replacement for animal products due to its creamy texture. It is a good source of healthy fats, fiber, and essential nutrients like vitamins C, K, and B6. Its versatility in cooking, from being mashed into guacamole to sliced on top of toast, has made it a beloved ingredient in many cuisines around the world.

Mamay Sapote

Mamay sapote the “pumpkin pie fruit”, it is a tropical fruit that is native to Central and South America. The fruit is large and can weigh up to several pounds, with a tough outer skin that ranges from green to brown. The flesh of the fruit is sweet and custardy, many say it reminds them of a cooked pumpkin pie. Mamay sapote is high in vitamin C and antioxidants, and is often eaten fresh or used in smoothies and other desserts.

Citrus

Citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits, are known for their tangy, sour flavor and high vitamin C content. Oranges are the most commonly consumed citrus fruit, and are popular for their sweet, juicy flesh and easy-to-peel skin. Lemons and limes are often used for their tart juice and zest, which can add flavor to drinks, sauces, and desserts. Grapefruits are larger and have a more bitter taste, but are still a good source of vitamin C and other nutrients. All citrus fruits are also rich in antioxidants, which can help support a healthy immune system and prevent cell damage.

Sapodilla

Sapodilla, also known as chikoo, or chico, is a tropical fruit that has a brown, gritty skin and sweet, juicy flesh with a grainy texture. It is a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and is believed to have various health benefits, such as promoting digestive health and strengthening the immune system. The fruit can be eaten fresh, used in desserts or smoothies, and can also be made into a sweet, caramel-like paste called chikoo halwa. Additionally, the bark and leaves of the sapodilla tree have been used for medicinal purposes in some cultures.

Cashew Fruit

Cashew fruit, also known as cashew apple, is a fruit native to Brazil. The fruit is shaped like a bell, and it has a yellow or red-orange color when ripe. The flesh of the fruit is soft and juicy, and it has a sweet and slightly tangy flavor. The fruit is also rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, and minerals like calcium and iron. The juice of the fruit is also used in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. The cashew “nut” we are all familiar with grows on the bottom of the fruit and is attached to the fruit’s fleshy stalk.

Abiu

abiu is a tropical fruit native to South America. It has a thin, smooth, yellow skin and a sweet, juicy, yellow or white flesh . The sweet, creamy flesh is often compared to a mixture of caramel, sweet custard, and pear. Abiu is also a good source of vitamin C and fiber, making it a nutritious addition to your diet. It can be eaten raw, used in desserts, or blended into smoothies.

Lychee

Lychee is a small, round fruit with a rough, pink-red skin that peels away easily to reveal a translucent, juicy flesh. The flavor is sweet and floral, with a slightly tart undertone. Lychees are high in vitamin C and fiber, and are often enjoyed as a healthy snack or used in desserts and drinks. The fruit is native to China but is now grown in many tropical and subtropical regions around the world.

Cherimoya

Cherimoya, also known as “custard apple,” is a tropical fruit with a sweet and creamy flavor. The green, scaly exterior gives way to a soft, white flesh with dark seeds. Cherimoyas are high in vitamin C and dietary fiber, and are often used in smoothies, ice creams, and other desserts. The fruit is also believed to have medicinal properties and has been used in traditional medicine to treat ailments such as high blood pressure and anxiety.

Soursop

Soursop, also known as guanabana, is a tropical fruit with a prickly green exterior and a soft, creamy flesh inside. It has a sweet, tangy, and slightly sour flavor, with hints of pineapple, strawberry, and citrus. Soursop is high in vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants, and has been traditionally used in many cultures for its medicinal properties, such as reducing inflammation, promoting digestion, and improving sleep. It is commonly eaten fresh, but can also be used in juices, smoothies, ice creams, and other desserts.

Passion Fruit

Passion fruit, also known as “chinola,” is a tropical fruit with a tart and sweet flavor. The fruit is small and round, with a hard and smooth outer shell that can be purple, yellow, or orange. Inside, the fruit has a juicy and pulpy flesh, ranging from very sour to very sweet depending upon variety and growing conditions. It’s a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as fiber, making it a healthy and delicious addition to any diet. Some studies suggest that passion fruit may have health benefits, such as reducing inflammation and improving digestion.

Eggfruit

Eggfruit, also known as canistel, is a tropical fruit with a unique texture and flavor. When ripe, its creamy, custard-like flesh tastes similar to sweet potato or pumpkin, with hints of caramel and vanilla. Besides being delicious, eggfruit is also packed with nutrients. It’s a great source of vitamins A and C, which support healthy immune function and promote healthy skin, hair, and eyes. It also contains fiber, potassium, calcium, and iron, which are all essential for maintaining good health.

Jackfruit

Jackfruit is a large and exotic tropical fruit known for its unique flavor and texture. The fruit is commonly consumed ripe and sweet, with a taste that is often compared to a combination of pineapple, mango, and banana. When unripe, jackfruit has a neutral taste and is often used as a meat substitute in vegetarian and vegan cuisine due to its meaty texture. Jackfruit is also rich in nutrients, containing high levels of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. Some studies suggest that consuming jackfruit may help lower blood pressure, improve digestion, and support immune function.

Durian

Durian is a fruit known for its strong odor and distinctive flavor. Its smell has been described as pungent and offensive by some, while others find it sweet and pleasant. Despite its smell, durian is a popular fruit in Southeast Asia and is often used in a variety of dishes. The fruit itself is large, spiky, and has a greenish-brown exterior. Inside, the flesh is yellow and custard-like, with large seeds in the center. In addition to being a delicious treat, durian is also rich in vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, potassium, and iron. It is believed to have several health benefits, including improving digestion, reducing inflammation, and promoting healthy skin.

Longan

Longan, also known as “dragon’s eye” in Chinese, is a small, round fruit that is native to southern China. It has a thin brownish-yellow shell and translucent white flesh that is juicy and sweet, with a mild floral flavor. The flesh contains a single black seed, which is not edible. Longan is a rich source of vitamin C, potassium, and other antioxidants that are good for the immune system and overall health. It is often eaten fresh or dried, and is also used in desserts, beverages, and as a flavoring in many Asian dishes.

Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit, also known as pitahaya, is a visually striking fruit with a sweet, delicate flavor. Its vibrant pink skin, dotted with green scales, encases a creamy white or pink interior studded with black seeds. Dragon fruit is low in calories and a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and essential minerals like iron and calcium. Its mildly sweet flavor and unique texture make it a popular ingredient in smoothies, salads, and other dishes. Whether eaten alone or used to enhance other flavors, dragon fruit is a tasty and nutritious addition to any diet.

Star Fruit

Star fruit, also known as carambola, is a tropical fruit that has a unique shape and a juicy, crunchy texture. The fruit gets its name from the five-pointed star shape that forms when it’s sliced crosswise. The fruit has a tart, slightly sweet flavor and is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber. It’s commonly used in juices, jams, salads, and as a garnish for drinks. Star fruit is a popular fruit in Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and South America, and is also gaining popularity in other parts of the world due to its nutritional benefits and unique flavor.

Cherries

Cherries are a small, round, and brightly-colored fruit with a sweet and tangy flavor. They are typically eaten fresh and can be found in a range of colors, from bright red to dark purple. Cherries are also used in cooking and baking, often in pies and cakes. They are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C and potassium. Cherries are also known for their antioxidants, which may provide health benefits such as reducing inflammation and lowering the risk of chronic diseases.

Mountain Apple

Mountain apple is also known as Jamaican apple or rose apple. This fruit has a slightly sweet taste and a crisp texture that’s similar to a pear or watermelon. It’s rich in vitamins A and C, fiber, and antioxidants, which can help boost your immune system and protect your cells from damage. The fruit is commonly eaten fresh or used in salads, desserts, and drinks. It’s a popular fruit in tropical regions, and it’s often used in traditional medicine to treat various ailments such as diarrhea, fever, and high blood pressure.

Chocolate Sapote

Chocolate sapote, also known as black sapote, is a tropical fruit native to Mexico and Central America. The fruit’s skin turns from green to brown-black when it ripens, and the flesh inside is a dark brown color that has a sweet, rich flavor similar to chocolate pudding. The pulp is often used in desserts and smoothies, and it’s a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and dietary fiber. Additionally, some research suggests that the fruit may have potential health benefits, such as aiding in digestion and reducing inflammation.

Longsats

Longsat is a tropical fruit that is native to Southeast Asia. The fruit is small and round, with a brownish-yellow outer skin that is covered in soft spines. The edible pulp inside is sweet and juicy, with a tangy flavor that is similar to a combination of lychee and grape. Longsat is a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber. It is often eaten fresh as a snack or used in salads, desserts, and other sweet dishes. In the Dominican Republic, longsat is known as “jobo chino.”

Rambutan

Rambutan is a tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia, and is also grown in other parts of the world with similar climates. The fruit has a red and hairy exterior, and its flesh is sweet and juicy with a slightly sour taste. The name “rambutan” is derived from the Malay word for “hairy,” which describes the fruit’s spiky appearance. Rambutan is a good source of vitamin C and dietary fiber, and is also low in calories. In addition to its nutritional benefits, rambutan is also used in traditional medicine for a variety of ailments, including digestive issues, fever, and skin problems.

Loquat

Loquat is a small, sweet fruit that is packed with nutrients. It has a delicate, slightly tart flavor and is commonly eaten fresh or used in jams and baked goods. The fruit is also known for its health benefits, as it is high in vitamins A and C, fiber, and antioxidants. In some countries, such as Japan, loquat is considered a medicinal food and is used to treat a variety of ailments. The fruit is also sometimes referred to as the Japanese plum, though it is not actually related to plums.

Noni fruit

Noni, also known as Indian mulberry or Morinda citrifolia, is a fruit native to Southeast Asia and Australasia. The fruit is typically picked when it’s a yellowish-white color, it turns more white and translucent as it reaches full ripeness. The flesh is sweet and sour, also pungent. Despite most people consider the smell and flavor to be unpleasant, noni has been used for centuries for its purported health benefits, including boosting the immune system, reducing inflammation, and aiding digestion. It is also a common ingredient in beauty and personal care products.

Mangosteen

Mangosteen is a tropical fruit that is native to Southeast Asia. It has a hard purple exterior and white, juicy flesh inside that is divided into sections, similar to an orange. Mangosteen is sometimes referred to as the “queen of fruits” and is highly valued for its sweet, tangy taste and potential health benefits. Some research suggests that mangosteen may have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties, and may help support a healthy immune system.

Rollinia/Rolenia

Rollinia is a fruit native to the Amazon region of Brazil, but is also found in other parts of South America. It has a uniquely soft feeling, spiky outer layer, and inside, it is filled with soft, creamy, and tangy flesh that is similar in texture to custard. The flavor of rollinia has been compared to a blend of banana, pineapple, and lemon. Rollinia is highly nutritious, being a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber, as well as having anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Salak

Salak, also known as snake fruit, is a tropical fruit that is native to Indonesia. It gets its name from the scaly texture of its skin, which can be brown or red. The flesh inside is white and has a sweet and slightly acidic flavor. Salak is a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium, and iron. It’s also rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Ice Cream Bean

Ice cream bean, also known as Inga, is a tropical fruit native to South and Central America. It has a soft and fluffy white flesh with a sweet and refreshing taste that is reminiscent of vanilla ice cream. The pod-shaped fruit is covered in brown velvety hairs and contains large brown seeds. The fruit is rich in fiber, vitamin C, and iron, and is said to have various health benefits such as aiding digestion and promoting healthy skin. The ice cream bean tree is also important for its nitrogen-fixing properties, making it a valuable component in agroforestry systems.

Santol

Santol, also known as cotton fruit, is a tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia. It is a large, round fruit with a tough outer skin that must be peeled to reveal the sweet and tangy flesh inside. The flesh is juicy and can be eaten fresh, used to make jams or jellies, or even used as a souring agent in soups and stews. Santol is rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins C and B, making it a nutritious addition to your diet.

yangmei

Yangmei, also known as red bayberry or yumberry, is a small fruit native to China with a sweet and tangy flavor. It is a good source of vitamin C and antioxidants, and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Yangmei is often consumed fresh, but is also used to make jams, jellies, and other fruit-based products. Its unique taste and health benefits make it a popular ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes.

breadfruit

Breadfruit is a tropical fruit that is both versatile and nutritious. It is commonly found in the Pacific Islands, and has been used as a staple food for centuries. The fruit can be cooked and prepared in a variety of ways, including roasting, boiling, and frying. It has a starchy texture and a mild, nutty flavor that is often compared to bread or potatoes. In addition to being delicious, breadfruit is also high in nutrients such as fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, making it a healthy and sustainable food choice.

Water Apple

Water apple, also known as Java apple or Syzygium samarangense, is a tropical fruit that is a member of the myrtle family. It is named for its high water content and apple-like appearance, although the taste and texture of the fruit are quite different from that of a traditional apple. The fruit is typically bell-shaped or oval and varies in color from green to red, depending on the ripeness. The flesh is crisp and juicy, with a mildly sweet and slightly tart flavor. Water apple is low in calories and a good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, and antioxidants.

Nipah

Nipah is a type of palm tree that grows in Southeast Asia, which is known for its many uses. The fruit of the nipah palm is similar in shape and size to a grapefruit, with a hard, woody outer shell and a white, fleshy interior. The fruit is often used in local cuisine to make preserves and fermented beverages, and its leaves and trunk are used for construction, thatching roofs, and making furniture. The nipah palm has also been used medicinally in traditional Southeast Asian medicine, with the fruit and leaves having antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Pulasan

Pulasan is a tropical fruit native to Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. It has a reddish-brown skin that is covered in spiky hairs, and when the fruit is opened, it reveals a juicy and sweet white pulp with a large seed in the center. Pulasan is often compared to rambutan, but its flavor is more intense and has a hint of grape-like acidity. In addition to its delicious taste, pulasan is a good source of vitamin C, iron, and fiber.

Platonia/Bacuri

Platonia, also known as Bacuri, is a fruit native to the Amazon rainforest. It has a thick, hard, and inedible shell that houses the creamy and sweet pulp inside, which is highly valued for its unique flavor. The fruit is high in nutrients such as vitamin C, iron, and calcium, and has been used for its medicinal properties by indigenous communities for centuries. Platonia is a popular ingredient in desserts and ice creams in Brazil, and its consumption has gained popularity in other countries due to its exotic flavor and nutritional value. The oil of the seed is also said to be exceptional for use on the skin and hair.

Duku

Duku is a type of tropical fruit that is native to Southeast Asia. It is also known as Langsat, Lanzones or Longkong, depending on the country. The fruit is typically small, round, and has a yellowish-brown skin that can be peeled easily to reveal a translucent, juicy, and slightly acidic flesh. It is commonly consumed fresh, but can also be used in various desserts and dishes. Duku is rich in nutrients, including vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, and may offer several health benefits such as aiding digestion, boosting the immune system, and preventing anemia.

Safou

Safou, also known as African pear or bush pear, is a fruit native to Africa. It has a green outer skin and a large seed in the center, which is covered by a thick layer of flesh that ranges in color from yellow to purple-black. The flesh has a buttery texture and a rich, nutty flavor. Safou is a good source of healthy fats, fiber, and vitamins and minerals, and is used in a variety of traditional dishes in African cuisine.

Salmonberry

Salmonberry is a deciduous shrub that is native to the Pacific coast of North America. It produces edible, raspberry-like fruits that range in color from bright red to deep purple. The fruits have a tart, slightly sweet flavor and are often used to make jams and jellies. Salmonberry is also known for its ornamental value, with showy pink flowers in the spring and bright green foliage in the summer. The plant is sometimes used in erosion control and habitat restoration projects, and is an important food source for wildlife. While not widely known, salmonberry has a number of potential health benefits, including high levels of vitamin C and other antioxidants.

Star Apple

Star apple, also known as caimito, is a tropical fruit with a green or purple skin and a white, creamy flesh inside that has a sweet and slightly tangy flavor. The fruit is native to the Caribbean and Central America, but can now be found in many tropical regions around the world. Star apple is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, particularly vitamin C and vitamin A, which can help support a healthy immune system and promote healthy skin. It’s also a good source of dietary fiber, which can help with digestion and keep you feeling full. The fruit is typically eaten fresh, and can be enjoyed on its own or used in salads and smoothies.

Strawberry Tree AKA Arbutus unedo

The Strawberry Tree, also known as Arbutus unedo, is a small evergreen tree that is native to the Mediterranean region. The tree produces small, bright red, strawberry-like fruits that are edible, but can be quite tart. The fruits ripen in the autumn and are often used to make jams and jellies. The tree also has attractive, flaky, red-brown bark and glossy green leaves, making it a popular ornamental plant. In addition, the leaves of the Strawberry Tree are used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments including digestive issues and inflammation.

Medlar

The medlar is a small, unusual fruit that is not often seen in grocery stores. It has a unique flavor that is a combination of sweet and tart, and it is often used in jams, jellies, and baked goods. The fruit is high in dietary fiber, vitamin C, and iron, and may offer several potential health benefits, including improving digestive health, boosting the immune system, and reducing inflammation. Medlars are typically in season from late autumn to early winter and can be enjoyed fresh or cooked.

Gac Fruit

The Gac fruit, also known as baby jackfruit, is a tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia. It is a spiny, orange-red fruit that is roughly the size of a cantaloupe. The fruit is high in antioxidants and is often used in traditional medicine and as a natural food coloring.

Imbe

Imbe, or Garcinia livingstonei, is a fruit tree that is native to tropical Africa. The fruit is round or oval, about 1 inch in diameter, and has a smooth, thin, bright orange or yellow skin. The pulp is juicy and yellow, with a flavor similar to a mango, but not as sweet. Imbe is eaten fresh, dried, or cooked in a variety of sweet or savory dishes, and it is also used for medicinal purposes in some cultures. Some of the reported health benefits of imbe include anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-diabetic properties.

Kei Apple

The Kei Apple, also known as Dovyalis caffra, is a fruit tree that is native to southern Africa. The fruit is small and round, similar in size to a cherry tomato, and has a yellow-orange color when ripe. It has a tart flavor and is often used to make jams, jellies, and juices. The tree is also valued for its ornamental qualities and is sometimes grown as a hedge.

Pineapple

Pineapple is a tropical fruit that is both sweet and tangy. It has a tough, spiky exterior that needs to be removed before eating the soft, juicy interior. Pineapple is a good source of vitamin C, manganese, and bromelain, an enzyme that can aid in digestion. It can be eaten fresh, cooked, grilled, or juiced and is used in a variety of dishes, such as fruit salads, smoothies, and desserts.

Pomegrenate

Pomegranate is a fruit that is packed with tiny, juicy seeds called arils. It is a vibrant red fruit with a tough, leathery skin, and is often used in cooking, juicing, and as a garnish. Pomegranates are known for their high antioxidant content, and have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects, help improve blood flow, and potentially lower blood pressure. In addition to being a healthy fruit, pomegranates also have a unique and delicious flavor that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.

Akebi

Akebi, also known as chocolate vine, is a fruit that grows in the cooler regions of Japan, Korea, and China. The fruit has a thick, edible skin that covers a jelly-like pulp that is sweet and slightly sour. The texture of the pulp is similar to that of the passion fruit, and it is often used in desserts, drinks, and sauces. The seeds are edible and are often roasted and eaten as a snack. Akebi is a good source of vitamin C and dietary fiber.

Cacao

Cacao, also known as the cocoa tree, is a tropical plant that produces cocoa beans, which are used to make chocolate. The fruit of the cacao tree is a large, oblong pod that contains numerous seeds surrounded by a sweet, tangy white pulp. This pulp, while often overlooked, is edible and has a fruity flavor reminiscent of citrus and mango. The pulp is also used to make juices and smoothies in some regions where cacao is grown.

Cupuacu

Cupuaçu (Theobroma grandiflorum) is a tropical fruit native to the Amazon rainforest, commonly found in Brazil, Peru, and Colombia. It is related to cacao and is sometimes called “theobroma’s cousin”. The fruit has a hard, thick rind and a soft, white pulp that surrounds large seeds which are used to make cupuaçu butter or oil, often used in cosmetics and chocolate-making. The pulp has a sweet, tangy, and creamy taste with a unique aroma, and is rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids, making it a popular ingredient in juices, ice creams, jams, and other desserts in South America.

Genips (Spanish Lime)

Genip, also known as Spanish Lime, is a small, green or yellow fruit that is popular throughout the Caribbean and Central America. It has a thin, hard outer shell, which must be cracked open to reveal the juicy, translucent flesh and a single, large seed. The fruit is known for its tangy-sweet flavor, and is often eaten fresh or used in desserts and drinks. The seed is also used to produce oil that has various uses in the cosmetic and food industries. In the Dominican Republic, it is called “quenepa” and is a popular fruit sold in roadside stands during the summer months.

Jujube

Jujube, also known as Chinese red date or Korean date, is a fruit that grows on a small deciduous tree or shrub. The fruit is small and round with a sweet and crisp flesh that is often dried for use in traditional medicine. Jujube is believed to have various health benefits, such as improving sleep quality and reducing anxiety, and is used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a range of ailments. The fruit can be eaten fresh or dried and is used in a variety of sweet and savory dishes in Asian cuisine.

Jambula

Jambula, also known as black plum, java plum or jamun, is a fruit native to the Indian subcontinent and adjacent regions of Southeast Asia. It is a sweet and tangy fruit, often eaten fresh or used in making jams, jellies, and drinks. The fruit is known for its medicinal properties and is used in traditional medicine to treat various ailments such as diabetes, heart diseases, and stomach disorders. Jambula is also a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Ice Apple

Ice apple, also known as taal, nungu or tadgola, is a fruit found in tropical regions. It is a jelly-like fruit with a translucent white color, and has a watery, refreshing taste with a hint of sweetness. The fruit is known for its cooling properties and is often consumed in the summer to combat dehydration. It is also used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat various ailments such as liver disorders and urinary tract infections.

Acai

Acai is a small, purple fruit that grows on the acai palm tree in South and Central America. It is known for its high levels of antioxidants, fiber, and heart-healthy fats. Acai berries are often consumed as a juice or in smoothie bowls, and the pulp can be used in a variety of food products, such as energy bars and sorbets. The seeds of the acai berry are often used to make acai seed oil, which is used in various beauty and cosmetic products for its moisturizing and anti-aging properties.

Ambarella

Ambarella, also known as Otaheite apple or Tahitian quince, is a tropical fruit tree native to the Pacific Islands. The fruit is oval-shaped and has a tangy, acidic taste that is often described as a combination of mango and pineapple. The outer skin is tough and inedible, while the flesh is juicy and has a fibrous texture. The fruit is often eaten fresh, but can also be used in jams, chutneys, and other dishes. The tree is also valued for its medicinal properties, as the bark, leaves, and roots are used in traditional medicine.

Karonda Fruit, Carunda, Natal Plum

Karonda fruit, also known as carunda or natal plum, is a small sour fruit native to the Indian subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia. It is yellow when ripe, tart, with a hint of sweetness. It is often used in chutneys and pickles, and can also be eaten fresh. Karonda is high in vitamin C and other antioxidants, and is believed to have various health benefits. The fruit is also used to make jams and jellies, and the leaves are used in traditional medicine.

Guava

Guava is a tropical fruit that is native to Mexico, Central, and South America, but is also widely grown in many tropical and subtropical regions. It has a unique fragrance, and its flesh can range from white to pink to red, depending on the variety. The flesh is juicy and sweet with a slightly grainy texture, and it can be eaten fresh or used to make juices, jams, and other sweet dishes. Guava is rich in vitamin C, dietary fiber, and other nutrients, and has been associated with various health benefits, including improved digestion, better immune function, and lower risk of chronic diseases.

Other Fruits

We intend to plant as much variety as possible, some other fruits we’d like to be growing are: Figs, Kwai muk, Mabolo (Velvet Apple), Miracle Fruit, Kiwano, Pitomba, Pouteria Sapote, Atemoya, Tamarind, Jabuticaba, Marang, Rambai, Hog Plum, Bignay, White, Sapote, Canistel, Java Olive, Barbados Cherry, Longaniza, Araza, Borojo, Feijoa, Golden Kiwi, Ilama, Jamaican Ackee, Japanese Raisin Tree, Kiwano, Longkong, Mombin, Nance, Persimmon, Pouteria sapota, Red Mombin, Sweetsop, Yellow Passion Fruit, Ylang-ylang fruit, Casimiroa, Cempedak, Champedak

Planting Techniques and Philosophies Utilized

Swales

A principle used in permaculture used to collect and slow rain water giving it time to soak into the ground where our trees are planted. This gives our trees a more consistent source of deep-level waterings, but even more importantly, it prevents soil degradation which normally occurs due to topsoil being washed away over time by heavy rainfall.

One of the many steps involved with establishing a successful fruit forest is to find the contour lines of each area.  This way we are able to plant our fruit-bearing trees along them.  Even on a steep slope has perfectly level lines running sideways across it.  The practice of digging swales allows transformation of even ‘difficult’ plots of land into thriving ecosystems, a fruit forest!

Purposeful Inter-plantings

We will cultivate many non-edible plants and trees throughout the forest to be utilized for their benefit to the ecosystem.  An excellent example of this is comfrey.  Comfrey excels at digging it’s roots deep into the soil.  It makes for an excellent mulch which slowly feeds plants as it decomposes back into the soil.  In essence, comfrey ‘mines’ minerals from deep within the soil and put those minerals into their leaves, which in turn, decompose on top of the soil.  The trees and other plants can then more easily access the minerals.

Intensive Soil Remineralization

The benefits of soil remineralization are numerous. Adding minerals to the soil improves soil structure and fertility, leading to increased plant growth and yield. This, in turn, can lead to higher-quality food with more, better flavor and nutrient content. Additionally, remineralized soil can hold water more effectively, reducing the need for irrigation and helping to mitigate the effects of drought. Finally, remineralization can help to sequester carbon in the soil, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and contributing to efforts to combat climate change.

There are a variety of ways to remineralize soil, including adding rock dust or other mineral supplements to the soil, using compost or other organic matter to build up soil structure, and rotating crops to allow the soil to recover.

Some advocates of soil remineralization also suggest that it can help to combat desertification and reduce erosion by improving soil structure and water-holding capacity. Overall, soil remineralization is an effective and sustainable way to improve soil health and support more productive and resilient agricultural syste