Top 10 Tropical Fruit Trees You Must Grow if You Live in the Tropics

Alright! This is John Kohler with
! Today we have another exciting episode for you. And where we’re at today is a special
place here in Lake Worth, Florida in South Florida. So if you live in South Florida,
you’re going to want to come to this place to buy your fruit trees and some other very
important crops that you will want to grow in your home garden. And so I’ve been to
this place, Excalibur Fruit Trees, probably like 10 years ago when my friend who lives
in the area was buying some trees. And I came with them and I really loved the place back
then. But I don’t think I was making any videos then. But I’m back here today to share with you
guys what Excalibur Fruit Tree Nursery does, because it’s a lot different than most of
the nurseries that you may, you know, see in in ad or over on Craig’s list or here
or there or whatever, you know. And I always encourage you guys to support local family
owned businesses and Excalibur nursery, fruit tree nursery, is a family owned business.
Now the other thing that is cool about Excalibur is that they’ve been doing this for 35 years
now. So that’s a long time. They have special genetics of different fruit trees that you’re
really not going to find anywhere else. In addition, one of the things that I like about
Excalibur is that you could come here and actually buy the fruit, and to try it before
you buy the tree. And they also have some samples available too. And they are open basically
every day except Sunday, from 8 to 4. And I always encourage you guys to get, you know,
to one of these places early because you don’t want to be coming at 3:45 because this place
you know, is large, they’re going to show you around, give you a personal tour and help
you select the right plants for you. One of the questions i get a lot is, John
what fruit trees do I buy? So in this episode, what I’m going to share with you guys is
my 10 top favorite fruit trees I would buy if I lived here in Florida, South Florida,
to plant and to grow. And I have very specific reasons for the ones I’m choosing that you’ll
learn about in just a little bit. So once you get here, this is like a residential house
with the nursery attached. You’re going to park against the rock wall. It says Excalibur
Parking. Once you park you’re going to get out your car and then you’re going to walk
up over to the tent. So once you get here you walk across the street from the parking
area, you’re going to walk actually into this tent and there’ll be a person hanging
out there ready to answer all you questions and help you out. They also have some golf
carts ready and waiting so that you can jump on the golf cart and be taken to the different
fruit trees you’re interested in. Now it’s very important that you know what
you’re interested in, because they, they will be helpful and help you select the right
ones, but it’s always best to know what you want so they could take you there to it
and they could show you the different trees that are available. They have many different
sizes and the costs vary depending on, you know, the size and the specific variety of
tree. What I want to do next is actually really
cool. We’re going to go ahead and go into the tent and show you guys some of the fruits
that they have available this time of year so that you could buy some to eat for later
before your fruit trees start actually fruiting. So one of the cool things about Excalibur
Fruit Tree Nursery is that they will offer some fruits during different times of the
year, you know. The fruits that they’re offering here are all grown on the site and
actually they’re from some of the trees that you would buy if you came here. I mean,
some of the trees and small pots are already producing, you know, and that’s really important
because this is going to save you time. So you could be eating sooner off the fruit trees
you’re growing instead of later. So at this time of the year right now they got some of
these guys. These are known as black sapote’s. And these are related to the persimmons. They’re
just black and dark inside. They also have, of course, the jackfruit, which I love a lot,
as well as some avocados and some papayas. And, you know, the fruits that they sell here,
both the fresh fruits and also the trees, you know, they taste way different than the
store one. You go buy produce at the store, say you’re buying papayas. You’re getting
papayas that are, you know, picked unripe, they’re shipped unripe, you know, and the
flavor is greatly diminished and the varieties you’re buying in a store are very limited,
you know. Many papaya varieties are grown because they store and ship well. And when
you grow ones at home you have a wider selection that you could choose from because they may
not store as well. But let me tell you, they’re going to taste much better. So what I’m going to do next actually I’m
going to go ahead and get on a little golf cart, get a tour. And I’m going to share
with you guys my top 10 fruit trees that I would buy if I lived in this area. But also
we’re going to go ahead before we do the fruit trees, we’re going to do 3 bonus plants
that you guys should grow even before you start growing the fruit trees. So now I’m with Rudy and he’s my personal
chauffeur or tour guide today at Excalibur. And whenever you come to Excalibur, each one
of you guys is going to get a personal tour of the place to get the trees that you want.
So we’re going to go ahead and take off on this golf cart that’s actually powered
by electricity, electric baby. So before I get into the fruit trees that
I’m going to recommend to you guys and the ones that I would actually plant, I want to
talk about this plant first. And actually it’s coming up first because it’s actually
the most important plant you need to purchase and grow if you own a place here in South
Florida. This is known as the Katuk. They might mispronounce it here in the South called
kay-tack or kay-tuk or something, but it’s katuk. And it’s also known as Sauropus.
And it’s quite a delicious edible leafy green vegetable. So you guys could see this
is in a 3 gallon pot and these guys are standing, I don’t know, like four feet, four and a
half feet tall, really nice. This would be great to make a hedge out of. So just plant
a bunch, you know, I don’t know, about every four feet and it will actually fill out. You
could actually take cuttings of this, stick it back in the ground or stick in water. It
will root out, and you could actually have some more. They’ve done al the hard work
for you. So you just got to come here, pluck down your catch and take these babies home.
So this is the standard green katuk here. And you could just basically just pick and
eat the leaves off these guys. And if you do that, what you’re going to be rewarded
with is like, it’s like the leafy green doesn’t taste like lettuce, it kind of tastes
like peanut butter, and I’m not kidding. This is so incredible. So like if you’re
making a salad, you could use like, I don’t know, 50% lettuce, 50% of this, and it’s
going to taste like you got peanut butter lettuce. So the green katuk that they have
here is a standard variety. But, you know, here at Excalibur they’ve got all kinds
of cool different varieties that you can’t find anywhere else, you know. Matter of fact,
all the trees and plants that they’re offering here, they propagate here except for the citrus.
I guess there’s special requirements for citrus. But they do it all in house. So that’s
actually quite unique and rare, because you know, most nurseries these days are just simply
resellers. So I’m going to go ahead and show you two
more different kinds of katuk that they have here that you’re not going to find anywhere
else. And I’ve actually never seen them anywhere else myself. So the special kind of katuk that they have
here that you’re not going to see anywhere else is actually a beautiful katuk. Well,
they’re all beautiful. But they have actually two different kinds of variegated katuk, you
know. You get it over in South East Asia or you could get it here. And I think it’s
a lot easier to just buy your plants here instead of going all the way to Asia to smuggle
these guys back. So I’m glad they have these. I’ve never seen them anywhere else. And
I saw these like first like ten years ago. And since all my travels I’ve never seen
the variegated anywhere else. So that’s definitely really cool. The variegated, you
know, it’s just you know the leaves are a little bit different. They have two different
variegated kinds. They have like a strongly variegated, you know, mostly variegated or
mostly white, and then they have a generally or mild variegated kind. And let me tell you,
mmm, they both taste like peanut butter. So the next plant I want to share with you
guys that you guys should also grow if you live here in South Florida like for sure,
is this guy. This guy is known as the Malabar Spinach. And there’s a green malabar spinach,
they also have a red malabar spinach. I actually grew the red malabar this past year, and the
berries are just simple amazing. They’re like super rich in antioxidants. And yeah
I’ll post a link down below to a video I did when I juiced my Malabar Spinach berries.
And this guy also is going to do great here, even in the summer heat, no problem. I mean,
this guy took a hundred plus degree weather in my garden. And I’m sure it will be fine
here. The thing it doesn’t like is the frost. Another one that I’m not showing today that
they also may have here is also known as the water spinach, another leafy green you guys
should grow as well. It’s going to do amazing in this climate. So the third bonus plant I want you guys to
plant if you have space available. Like if you’re on a small residential lot don’t
plant this one. But if you got acreage, this is something you’re definitely going to
want to plant in your space. Because it’s going to provide you guys a year round food
source. And it’s one of the most delicious things in the world. It’s these guys. It’s
a grass. And it’s known as Sugarcane. Sugarcane grows in the tropics. It takes about, I don’t
know, 18 months to fully mature. So when I’ve grown it in a non-tropical environment, it
really hasn’t produced well for me. But here it’s going to be great. Invest in a
sugarcane juicer once you’ve got a lot of cane going on, and you’re going to thank
me for it. Because it’s going to be one of the best things you ever did. Now the sugarcane
because it is a grass, can absorb up to 90 different trace minerals. So it’s very nutritious.
Plus there’s other plant polyphenols and antioxidants in there that there’s a lot
of research on. And it’s actually quite healthy for you. And one of the latest crazes
these days is going on like a sugarcane juice detox, right. And if you might think, but
John you’re drinking sugar water man when you drink the sugarcane juice right? Well,
let me tell you guys. You guys probably had for breakfast something that had more sugar
in it than the sugarcane juice you’d make. The orange juice has way more sugar than the
sugarcane juice. Because sugarcane juice, unlike refined white sugar, is mostly water,
with some added sugar but also a lot of extra nutrition. And that’s why it’s really
good for you and you guys should include some every day if you had a you know, cane orchard.
And if you do get one, you get a juicer, let me know when you’re at full production,
I’ll come down and visit you. So now I’m going to go ahead and share with
you guys the fruit trees that I would get on my property here in South Florida, right.
And the first tree is actually not a tree at all. It’s a papaya plant. It’s not
really a tree because it’s not really wood here. But the papaya is an amazing fruit.
And the variety I would get in this area is this guy. This is known as the Red Lady. They
also have different varieties. But I like the Red Lady because it’s a nice deep dark
rich red flesh. It’s actually quite sweet. Actually I had one for lunch today. And the
papayas they’ll basically produce year round for you, you know. And this will serve a purpose
for me because I need to eat every day. The papayas are going to produce all the time.
So, you know, get a couple dozen papaya plants and always have a papaya ripening and going
off, so that you have it available to eat. So yeah, grow some papaya. Now, I’m getting specifically the red lady
variety because it is from Thailand. So you could eat actually Thai tropical fruits here
in South Florida without having to go to Thailand. They have many other varieties. Of course
you could take papaya seeds from a grocery store, buy a papaya, and sprout those and
grow those. But then the quality of the fruit may not be that good. And Excalibur nursery
fruit tree nursery, has gone through a lot of links to get, you know, some of the best
tasting best fruit trees around. So the next fruit that I would grow is not
a tree at all. It’s a banana. And a banana is an herbaceous shrub, not a tree, but people
call them banana trees. But they’re not really a tree, they’re just like the papaya.
But this is another one that I would grow, because you know, they’re going to produce
year round for you. And here they have, I don’t know, at least over a dozen different
varieties of bananas. And the one that I personally would get is actually called the Lakatan.
And this is a special banana from the Philippines that actually is high in beta carotene , and
also I’ve heard has an excellent taste. I haven’t yet tasted that one. But, you
know, I want to encourage you guys to just grow anything but the kind you get in the
store. Because those taste terrible, right. And when you grow your own bananas they’re
going to taste amazing, right. There’s like ice-cream bananas and so many different kinds.
They also have a red skin banana. That’s probably another one that I’d get, it’s
a dwarf red skin variety. And the skin is like really almost like black before you eat
it. And then the skin has like a tinge of like reddish pigments. And I really want to
encourage you guys to grow fruit trees that actually have high antioxidant properties
because I think they can and are healthier than just like standard white banana fruits. So the next tree that I would actually grow
is right here. This is known as the black sapote. It’s related to the persimmon. But
these guys are quite unique. This is in a 3 gallon, as you guys could see, it’s already,
actually already fruiting. And they got larger sizes that have lots of fruits on the tree.
And I always want to encourage you guys to get the largest size pot that you can afford.
And then when you get that size pot, then pick out the largest tree, the healthiest
looking tree, the tree that has the most fruits, you know, in that pot size. So you’re going
to get the best value, right. And you know, by buying a tree that’s actually larger,
you know, you’re going to be more bountiful and it’s going to produce fruit sooner for
you. Now the black sapote, you know, one of the things about it is it’s not necessarily
a sweet fruit, right. But this can be a good thing. I mean, people are really concerned
about sugar and all these things these days. And, you know to me, because it’s not as
sweet, it’s more of a wild type fruit. And one of the things that you get when you buy
your black sapote at Excalibur Fruit Tree Nursery, is you’re going to get the variety
called Excalibur. And this is their special variety that in the first of the season it
may have some seeds. But later in the season these will be seedless fruits so that you
guys don’t have to deal with it. So that’s really cool. But yeah, grow some black sapotes
if you live here in South Florida, and you could make some amazing puddings with like
black sapote fruit blended up with some dates. That stuff is real good. So the next fruit tree I would grow is actually
not a fruit, it’s a berry. I guess berries are fruits too, let’s not discriminate here.
But this guy is the Thai dwarf everbearing mulberry. So everbearing means produces all
year round. So to me, you know, producing all year round is better than producing like
once a year. And that’s what you’re going to get with the Thai dwarf mulberry here.
And as you guys could see, here’s actually a little mulberry right here. Mulberries are
really great because this is one of the foods actually that money can’t buy. It’s very
rare to find mulberries for sale in the store. You might find it at a farmer’s market occasionally.
But most of the time if you don’t have your own tree, the bird get them, the birds get
them. And you know, to get have optimal ripeness, you know, you need to really grow them yourself
and pick them yourself at peak ripeness, otherwise they’re just not going to be the same. It’s
like store bought raspberries versus home grown raspberries, you know, major difference.
Yeah so grow some mulberries for the deep rich highly pigmented delicious fruit. So the next fruit tree I would grow is probably
because of my girlfriend. This is one of her top favorite fruits, as it is mine. I love
this fruit and I wish I could just grow it instead of having to keep buying it. But this
is actually known as the jackfruit. Now these trees look small now but they’ll get gigantic.
And jackfruits, certain varieties can get to a 100 pounds in one fruit. That might weigh
more than your baby. Well, it will weigh more than your baby, maybe more than you. But it
can make an incredible amounts of fruit. And they have some very special varieties here.
Besides the standard, you know, yellow and orange kind of jackfruit on the inside, they
have red varieties. And that’s the kind I would encourage you to buy, because it has
a rich deep red pigment. I really like to get unique fruits, you know. Most people have
seen like a yellow jackfruit. Maybe some people have seen an orange. But it’s very rare
to see the red jackfruit. And it’s more of a crunchy kind, the varieties here, the
morning. And it’s really sweet and super delicious. So that’s the one I would get.
I’d get a red jackfruit, quite rare, quite unique, available here at Excalibur Fruit
Tree Nursery. So the next fruit tree that I personally would
get is this guy right here. And it’s also because of my girlfriend. She loves this fruit,
probably even more than me. This is known as Mamey Sapote. And the particular variety
I would get is known as the Pantin. And it actually has a nice dark deep rich orange
color. And actually the fruits are rather large. And they have almost a dozen different
varieties of the Mamey Sapotes. And I think one of the things that’s really sad is when
you go to the store and buy the mamey sapote, it’s just labelled mamey sapote, and you
don’t know what variety. And each variety is unique and tastes different than the other.
Plus some may grow better. And they will have different characteristics than others, you
know. Some are like kind of like long and skinny, and some are kind of like shorter
and fatter, you know. They’re kind of like dropping off all over the ground here because
I think they’re like immature fruits. But some of these trees, even in just the pots,
are like twenty feet tall and have a bunch of mameys on there already. So yeah come during
mamey season, i’m sure they’ll have samples out, so you could try all the different varieties. So the next fruit that I would grow is this
guy right here. This is known as Sapodilla or Chico Sapote. And I just talked about the
Mamey Sapote, which I didn’t describe how it tastes actually. A ripe mamey sapote tastes
like pumpkin pie. Like the pumpkin pie you had on Thanksgiving, that’s what it tastes
like but in a fruit that’s naturally ripened, you know. They do need to be soft and ripened
to perfection for them to taste good. Now these guy, the sapodilla or chico sapote,
you know, these are also known as brown sugar fruit. And actually they have a variety of
the chico sapote called Brown Sugar. But the variety I would get is actually known as the
Alano, and that’s this guy right here. And this produces a nice sized, fairly large,
fairly sweet fruit with nice like dark brown texture on the inside. And there is some sap
in the sapodillas , and you know, which is known as chiclete or like it’s like chewing
gum. But that stuff when you eat it, it will get stuck to the top of your mouth and then
you won’t be able to get it off. So it’s probably best not to eat the white sap. And
these guys also once again, they need to be ripened to perfection, you know. Many places
I go to buy the chico sapotes, it’s quite unfortunate that actually they pick the fruits
too early. And when they do that, the fruit will never get the optimal level of ripeness
, it will never get the optimal level of sugar content.. And it’s just to going to taste
as good as it should. So just yet another reason to buy your own fruit tree. So that
you could grow it yourself and harvest them when they’re completely ripe. So another fruit that actually I would plant
is not a tree either. It’s this guy. This is called the Jade Pineapple. It’s a white
pineapple that the core that you normally cut out and discard is edible because it’s
nice and soft. So I had a variety in Hawaii that was actually like this, you know. It
was amazing. So maybe this is the same variety. On this guy, you know, there’s no serrated
edges on the edge. So it’s a smooth kind. So it’s not quite as dangerous as standard
pineapples. And I’d probably have like a whole patch of pineapples because let me tell
you, the pineapples you get in the store half the time they’re not even ripe. And you
know, these sweet white pines are absolutely delicious. I have videos where I show and
sample white pines, you know, on the camera and they taste like nothing else. So yeah
grow one of these guys. You won’t regret it. And once you got one going, you could
just take the top off and then replant it and you know, get a whole patch sooner or
later. So the next fruit tree that I’d plant is
once again not a tree at all. I like these non-tree fruits. But it’s these guys right
here. They’re palm, and palms are not trees. But this palm is known as the Acai berry palm.
And if you guys, you know, go to your local health food store you could get like Acai
berry powder or frozen Acai. It’s actually very high in antioxidants. And this is why
I would grow it. It probably is going to make a million little small berries and you just
can’t find these guys fresh, because they are highly perishable. But here at Excalibur
they offer really rare things that you’re not going to find anywhere else like the Acai.
So get one so you can be antioxidant rich and have your own fresh Acai berries. So now I’m going to share with you guys
the last fruit tree that I would purchase. And of course it has to be the Mango. Here
at Excalibur Fruit Tree Nursery they have nearly a 100 different unique varieties of
mangoes. Mangoes is something that’s very easy to grow here. And it’s something I
think everybody should grow. And there’s many different kinds. And the kinds unfortunately
the handful of varieties you could buy in the store and the ones from the store are
usually imported, and they’re hot water dipped and they’re picked unripe. So you
just don’t get the full flavor on how a mango should taste. And some of them taste
amazing. The one that I would choose, although it’s very difficult and I haven’t tasted
them all. But of the ones I have tasted to date, this is one of my favorites. It’s
actually called the Namdokmai. And actually has a really floral kind of flavor instead
of just like an overwhelming sweetness. And it’s just like it trips you out when you
eat it because you do not think that you’re actually eating a mango. But yeah, I’m sure
they have, you know, ripe mangoes in season so that can try them and also go to a mango
tasting. I think they do have one here in South Florida and it’s on my list to get
to a mango tasting so I could taste all the different varieties of mangoes. So now that you guys heard all my ten fruits
that I would buy if I had a place here in South Florida, you know. One of the things
you might be thinking, John why didn’t you say citrus,why won’t you grow citrus fruits
man? Well, like to me citrus is like a semi or sub-tropical tree and actually I’d prefer
to grow full on tropicals. Because I have eaten enough citrus in my life. And some of
these other trees that I have shared with you guys today are quite unique and different.
And, you know, why not grow what is unique and different and what’s not widely available.
I mean if you go to the local store you could often find citrus. Everybody seems to grow
citrus, right. But people do not grow some of the, you know, unique and rare fruits and
more specifically some of the varieties that I’ve been able to share with you guys today. I want to thank Excalibur Nursery for allowing
me to make this episode. And if you live here in South Florida and you were from you know
Miami, West Palm, wherever, you want to definitely come to Excalibur Nursery and support them
so that they could continue to be in business, and you know, bring in rare plants from all
over the world that have been in quarantine. And they have you know tropical fruit trees,
rare, that are not even up for sale yet, that they are propagating in their greenhouses.
And if you’re looking for something, you know, give them a call. And be sure to check
their website. I’ll post a link down below, Excalibur Fruit Trees Nursery. And yeah I’ve
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home. So I’m glad Excalibur is here as a great resource for all of South Florida. So
once again, my name is John Kohler with . We’ll see you next time and until then
remember – keep on growing.