This month we are pleased to have a world renowned tropical fruit expert speaking to our club. Jonathan Crane, Ph.D., is a UF professor of tropical fruit agronomy and the assistant director of the Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) in Homestead, Florida (visit their Facebook Page here).
In addition to helping run TREC, he stays busy providing consulting services all over the world. Dr. Crane also teaches the UF graduate course in tropical fruit horticulture.
Dr. Crane will be speaking to our club about four lesser known fruits that do quite well here in Sarasota, the wax jambu, (aka rose apple), (Syzygium samarangense) , the white sapote (Casimiroa edulis), the caimito (aka Star Apple), (Chrysophyllum cainito), and the popular abiu (Pouteria caimito).
This talk will feature fruits with a diverse geography. The wax jambu is native to Java and Sumatra. The white sapote’s home is central eastern Mexico. The caimito’s origin is from the largest of the Caribbean Islands, the Greater Antilles. The recently passed Nobel Prize winning poet Derek Walcott was so taken by the caimito he dedicated a book to it, The Star Apple Kingdom, feeling it was THE symbol of the entire Caribbean (please……..don’t anyone tell Jimmy Buffett). Finishing our world tour, the abiu’s home is the Amazon basin.
Topics to be covered will include growing requirements, native habitat, and varieties best suited for the home gardener.
Due to of Dr. Crane’s busy schedule he is not available to speak to us very often, so you don’t want to miss this talk. He will cover a lot of ground and you will learn much by attending. See you there!