Fruits & Nuts


Apples in the Home Landscape

Visiting an apple orchard is fun, but even cooler is picking the crisp fruit off a tree growing in your own back yard! Here are a few basics you need to know so you and your home orchard can live appley ever after.


Charentais Melon: C’est Magnifique!

The French variety of cantaloupe – Charentais melon – is a deliciously sweet (and petite) alternative to the usual American variety. Northern gardens can enjoy this tasty fruit in spring in summer, while warmer climates can savor the flavor in fall and winter. Bon appétit!


Dwarf Citrus for Your Indoor Garden

Don’t give up on fresh citrus this winter. Grow your own citrus tree indoors, and enjoy subtropical fruit and fragrance year-round!


Giving Your Garden Some Fruity Flavor

Fruit trees and small fruit bushes offer year after year of healthy, delightful harvest. The hardest part may be selecting which variety to plant! Here are a few things to consider when planting a garden of fruity goodness - from plant and site selection to personal needs.


Got the Blueberries?

Blueberries are a wonderful fruit to grow and enjoy. Here are a few tips on how to grow the plant in your own gardens.


Grow Your Own Pineapple

Instead of tossing the top of your pineapple in the trash, turn it into a tasty treasure! Once rooted (and with a little patience), pineapple is an easy-to-grow tropical plant that can reward you and your family with sweet fruit for years to come!


Happily Appley

It’s autumn, and that means apple time again! Right now the country’s just bursting at its seams with all different kinds of healthful varieties. Learn which of your favorites are best for baking or eating right out of your hand!


It’s Apple (Tree) Pickin’ Time!

Apple trees come in all shapes and sizes, with surprisingly varied fruits. With just a little research, you can find the right size – and flavor – for your yard. Learn the different types of apple trees available, as well as the kind of apples they produce.


Melon Mania

Melons are loaded with flavor, nutrients and water – important traits any time of year, but critical during those days of high heat. Learn how to select, store and savor your juiciest picks of the season.


Persimmons – the Proof is in the Pudding

Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary fruit tree for your yard? Consider persimmons. The sweet fruit is ready for harvest in fall, long after most other trees have finished for the year. Learn more about planting this fruitful beauty, as well as making a delicious rich pudding with the bounty.


Prepare Your Pick of Pricklypears (Then Drink to Your Success!)

The fruit of the prickly pear cactus ripens in summer through fall. This little-used desert delicacy can be enjoyed many ways – including in margaritas! Unfortunately, this prickly fellow and its fruit are armed with sharp microscopic glochids. Learn how to safely remove them – then celebrate with a margarita!

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