Chris Rollins retired a couple of years ago after managing the Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead for 34 years. In February, Chris will be visiting fruit enthusiasts around the state. He will be speaking to our club at our February meeting. The topic will be Edible Wild Plants of South Florida.
As usual, we will have a plant raffle and auction, along with a tasting table.
Elizabeth A. Baldwin, PhD is a Research Leader at the
USDA Horticultural Research Laboratory just north of our meeting location on S. Rock Road. She works in the area of post-harvest fruit physiology and food science including research on tropical fruits. The topic will be Flavor, Quality, and Health Benefits of Tropical/Subtropical Fruit.
Don’t forget to renew your membership this month.
♦ Remember to bring any extra fruit, or anything you think we’d enjoy eating for the tasting table.
♦ If you have any interesting plants you have started from seeds, division or cuttings, or other garden goodies, bring those for the raffle.
♦ Club members can bring up to three plants for the auction.
Reminder: annual membership renewal is in January.
Our annual Christmas holiday banquet this year is Thursday, December 15 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, open to club members and their immediate family. Members can also bring guests for $10 each, (or give them a club membership). Note we start the banquet a half hour earlier than our usual meeting. We won’t have an auction, but there will be White Jade and Florida Special pineapple plants under the tree as you leave and there will be lots of door prizes.
This month we have rare fruit grower Noel Ramos speaking about Annonas. Sugar Apple and Atemoya are two delicious rare fruits in the Annona family.
Noel has been involved with tropical agriculture and food sustainability in South Florida for the past 25 years and has been a board member of Slow Food Miami and Glades-To-Coast as well as the Broward Rare Fruit Council. He has written over a dozen articles and book Continue reading
This Thursday, Nick Larsen of NK Lago Farms in Canal Point will speak on Bananas. Nick has a PhD in horticulture from the University of Florida. He has worked as a laborer, manager, researcher, certified crop adviser and farmer during his career in agriculture. Currently, he is the executive director of the International Responsible Farming Council and is spreading the gospel of precision agriculture to all that will listen.
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Our speaker this month is Alexander Salazar, owner of Tropical Acres Farms of Loxahatchee. Alex is also the horticultural manager of Sturrock Groves in West Palm Beach, specializing in mangoes, which have been grown on the Sturrock farm since the 1920’s. In addition, they grow many varieties of avocados, as well as banana, black sapote, carambola, guava, lychees, and sapodilla.
Mango season is rapidly coming to a close with late varieties, but now is a good time to decide what your next mango should be. Here’s our short list. And Alex’s.
If you want to learn how to grow the best mangoes, Alex is a great resource!
The topic this month is growing Heliconia and Ginger varieties, including edible Gingers!
Florida is sub-tropical, even the central areas, so why not let your yard reflect your climate? Ginger root is only one of many related plants that are used for flavor, medicine and tropical beauty.
Our speaker is John Goss, of JG’s Tropical Plants. You may have seen him at plant shows around the state offering a stunning collection of colorful Heliconia and Gingers. A resident of Florida for more than 35 years, owner John treks the jungles of Central America to locate new and unique plants that thrive in our similar Florida climate. Continue reading