San Diego Fruit Growing

San Diego Fruit Growing

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, which was grafted onto a young cherimoya seedling in 1989.  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.

Walter Andersen Honey Delight Fig (aka Corky's Honey Delight Fig)

(Click on title to see more info)  Honey Delight Fig, from the Walter Andersen Nursery family (aka 'Corky's Honey Delight Fig, - a family member named Corky).   Excellent, beautifully luscious sweet fruit.  Main crop and typically most luscious crop is the June crop, if weather is warm or hot and not too humid, which form on previous years twig/branch growth (aka Breba crop), - beautiful luscious flavorful soft-green-ripe fruits.

Prickly Pear Fruits (Opuntia ficus-indica)

(Click on title to see more photos) Three different varieties of Prickly Pear (aka Tunas) grown here in San Diego, an orange-ish one, a red-magenta one, and a yellow one.   All very drought tolerant and produce excellent for eating nourishing and refreshing fruit, if you like Prickly Pear.  Ripens mainly during summer-autumn.   The yellow one is 'Quillota' from the Luther Burbank Farm, which I acquired by mail order.

New York Muscat Grape

(Click on title to see more photos and info)New York Muscat grape, grown in Point Loma/OB, two and a half blocks from the ocean.  Excellent for fresh eating, has very pronounced muscat-vanilla-labrusca flavored grapes (labrusca being eastern American species typical flavor).   NYM gets no disease here of any significance, no fuss, ripens well, no cracked fruit.

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