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Cherry of the Rio Grande (Eugenia aggregata)

This Cherry Tree (Eugenia aggregata) grows as a narrow evergreen shrub, 10-20 ft high. It flowers in the spring and summer. Flowers are followed in three weeks by 1-2″ oblong, dark- red/purple fruits that are sweet, have a thin skin and a single seed. Cherry of the Rio Grande tolerates a wide range of soils, […]

Prickly Pear

Commonly used in landscaping, the Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia) is the only cactus native to the eastern. Its flat, succulent, leaf-like structures are known as platyclades or Nopales.

Our plants are clones of a cactus grown by Farmer John of Starke, whose fruits are the best we’ve sampled, and are really fantastic—they are an […]


Elderberry (a.k.a. American Elder – Sambucus Canadensis) is a large shrub found in wet areas. It bears panicles of white flowers, followed by collections of tiny black berries. Elderberries supply large amounts of potassium and beta carotene, and also contain calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C.

Though naturally found in wetlands, elderberries can be grown […]


The Loquat or Japanese Plum (Eriobotrya japonica) is an easy-to-grow, low maintenance, medium size tree that produces delicious, succulent fruit in the spring.

The Edible Plant Project’s “super” loquat is a cross of various large fruit producing cultivars. It should grow fruits much larger than those typically encountered around Gainesville.

Loquats need picking when […]

Cranberry Hibiscus

Cranberry Hibiscus ( (a.k.a False roselle, African rosemallow – Hibiscus acetosella) is a striking and colorful plant with red leaves that resemble a maple leaf. It can be grown as a border or hedge plant – its dramatic purple leaves contrasting nicely with plants that have paler green leaves.

Zones: 8-11 Mature Height/Spread: 4-6 […]

Okinawa Sweet Potato with Peaches and Cream

I had some of the mashed Okinawa Sweet Potatoes left over and a lot of peaches on the tree looking for a home. This is what came about. It serves 1-2 people.

Vegans can make it with soy cream and vegetarians with regular cream. It tastes just as unbelievably good as it looks.


Sour Orange Ice Cream

6 large egg yolks 2 cans sweetened condensed milk pinch of salt

1 cup half and half 1 cup whole milk

2 cups sour orange juice 1/4 cup orange zest Put the half & half, milk, condensed milk, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat.

While it is heating whisk the egg yolks […]

Leek and Potato Soup

I don’t think quantities matter that much when it comes to soups. I like making a recipe with different proportions each time. That way my soups are always a bit different and I am never bored.

Butter makes a difference to the taste in this soup – I mostly use unsalted to cook with as […]

Pindo Palm Puree

Wash the fruit in lots of water. Swish about to make sure no ants or other creepy crawlies end up in your dessert! Drain. Cut fruit from seeds, place in a pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer until fruit is soft (15-20 mins). Blend or process until smooth. Push though […]

Simple Syrup

1 cup of sugar 1 cup of water

Heat until sugar is dissolved. That’s it! I like to make a big jar of it and keep it in the fridge to have on hand for lemonade or for spontaneous sorbet making sessions! I white/cane sugar or half white and half soft brown as brown sugar […]