San Diego Fruit Growing

San Diego Fruit Growing

Grapes in San Diego area

 Beginning now, July 28, 2019, I'm sharing some of my observations with growing grapes here in the San Diego area since the early 1990's, with emphasis on home garden growing.   I only grow grapes with seeds, -  to me with-seed grapes have a more nutritive feel to my body,... apparently a more nutritive effect on my body.  These are all grown with reference to fresh-eating.  I'm not involved with wine-concerns:

'Cocktail' Mandelo Citrus

 This is 'Cocktail' mandelo, a mandarin x pummelo hybrid.  The fruit is beautifully flavored with usually low acidity with a mild grapefruit flavor and refreshingly sweet.    The flesh is golden colored; grapefruit sized fruit.   'Cocktail' is a very productive variety and does well from at least coastal to foothill locations.   The tangerine/mandarin fruits in the background on the tree are the 'Clementine' mandarin/tangerine.

White Sapote (Casimiroa edulis)

(CLICK ON TITLE TO SEE MORE INFO)  White Sapote fruit, a very sweet, lightly juicy, or, more so creamy, very sweet soft fleshed fruit, with large white seeds in the center of the fruit about 1.5 inches long and a bit narrower in width.   The fruits are a few inches in diameter, the skin color ranges from green to yellow, variable per sun exposure of the fruit and the particular variety or genetics of the individual tree.

Ice Cream Bean - Inga edulis

 (click underlined title to see more photos)   The tree grows fairly fast to about 20 feet tall, 25 feet or more wide, a few feet per year, and is very resourceful with its roots getting water.   Ice Cream Bean trees are typically rather productive with fruiting.   The fruit is mild mellow sweet, no acid tang, and mildly moist to dry-ish.   The flesh is about a 1/4" thick with a fused seed of about 1"x1/2" in size.

Lychee / Litchi fruit growing in San Diego area

 (click on underlined title to see more photos and info)   Lychees / Litchis can do really well in the San Diego area in average diggable San Diego region soils.   The variety in these photos is on a north facing slight slope aspect in the La Mesa / Spring Valley area.    The tree is about 18' tall by 20' wide, with the trunk diameter about 10" wide near ground level.   I estimate the age of the tree about 40 to 50 years old.

'Royale' Fig, aka 'Black Madeira Fig', in San Diego

(Click on underlined title to see more info and pictures)  Royale Fig, 2017, in OB, Sunset Cliffs, after a luscious bite, and a bit of adjustment of the fruit-meat for the photo(more photos further below if you click on the title).   Excellent rich very sweet fig, can sometimes have raspberry jam flavor notes, with delicious skin, which is marshmallowy and chewy.   I've grown this fig since 1990.  Ripens better in warmer dryer climate or micro-climate, best quality further inland.

Prickly Pear fruit - Round deep red fruits

 Deep red Prickly Pear fruit, from plants growing in Poway.  This is not a native Opuntia, this is an Opuntia ficus-indica sort.  This is a round fruited form, with round leaves/pads.   Fruit has soft juicy flesh, juicier than typical prickly pear fruits for fresh eating, which is mildly sweet, with more tanginess/acidity(but not 'too much') than typical prickly pear fruit varieties used for fresh eating.    Pleasant, refreshing eating quality.

Apricot and Peach grafted together

 (Click on title to see photos of the individual fruit)  Photo taken 2011.  Here we have an old apricot variety from Pt. Loma(could be Blenheim, Royal,.. who knows), with Mid Pride Peach, of which both were grafted onto an apricot seedling, MidPride Peach being grafted on in 1995, the apricot a few years later.   Both are excellent eating varieties for quality flavor, and most years are very productive, two blocks from the ocean here in Pt. Loma/South-OceanBeach.

Cherimoya (Annona cherimola)

(Click on title to see more info)   Cherimoya of the El Bumpo variety, original tree grown By Rudy Haluza in Villa Park, CA, but this one grown in Point Loma/Ocean Beach, where I've grown it since the early 1990's.  Showing same fruit below, one week later, soft-ripe ready to eat and getting eaten.  El Bumpo has a light 'grain' texture, pineapple-banana flavor, weak medium thick skin, not a leathery strong skin.

Dessert King Fig / Desert King Fig, most likely. - (originally understood to be Andersen's / Corky's Honey Delight Fig)

(Click on title to see more info)  Excellent, beautifully luscious sweet fruit.  I acquired this fig tree as a baby-tree from Walter Andersen Jr. in 1992, and have grown it in the ground since that year, and it has performed great all along.   The main crop with Dessert King is the first crop, the June crop, aka 'breba crop', which is typically the most luscious crop, if the weather is warm or hot and not too cool and overcast, and which forms on the previous year's branch growth.

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