Month: March 2023
Malabar Chestnut, Saba Nut, or Money Tree!
By Jason Hauser Like Icecream bean, Peanut butter fruit and Madrono, the popular Malabar chestnut is probably one of the most readily confused and frequently mis-identified plant species in the nursery trade. There are at least 3 closely related but distinct species that fall under this common name Malabar chestnut, Pachira aquatica, P. insignis, and…
Ice Cream Bean Tree (Inga sp.)
Article by Jason Hauser Ice cream bean tree. The name alone sparks interest amongst fruit tree enthusiasts and novice growers alike. It certainly grabbed my attention, how could it not. A tree that produces ice cream! With a name like that, the question we all have is: does it live up to expectations? Like other…
Blue Java Bananas
The blue Java bananas are ready! Also known as ice cream bananas, the flavour is vanilla like with a creamy texture. They aren’t the shortest of bananas (which is why this bunch isn’t bagged) but most survived the possums, flying foxes and birds. Blue Java bananas are a good choice for our climate and are…
White sapote (Casimiroa edulis). Beautiful sweet custard like flavour. Well suited to subtropical gardens. Drought hardy once established. Native to Mexico and Central America. Not actually a sapote at all but they are delicious.
Descriptions of the flavour of Panama berry range from caramel to fairy floss. It is truly the queen of sweet tasting fruits. The ripe red berries range in size from 10-20mm depending on the amount of water the tree receives. The fruit can be enjoyed whole, skin, flesh and seeds but is tastiest when you…
Ornamental Edible Gardening
Vegetable patches are wonderfully productive areas however they aren’t always as attractive as the rest of a garden. With annual plants in different stages of dying back and compost piles they may be beautiful to a gardener’s eye, but they are decidedly less so to a visiting relative or passer-by. As a result, food production…