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Support Orchards

"Support Orchards" is a unique project at Jerrapark.
You purchase a fruit tree and you own it. We plant the fruit tree for you and take care.
When you are visiting Jerrapark and the tree is in season and bears fruit you can eat, as much you like.
The idea is that you have a kind of "fruit security" for the future. Through climate change and peak oil our lives will change dramatically and we have to develop other ways to sustain ourselves.
So please spread the idea and help us to create a save future for our children and us.

Mango (Mangifera indica) var. $40.00  
The mango is now widely cultivated as a fruit tree in frost-free tropical and warmer subtropical climates throughout the Indian subcontinent, North, South and Central America, the Caribbean, south and central Africa, Australia and Southeast Asia. It is easily cultivated and there are now more than 1,000 cultivars, ranging from the "turpentine mango" (named for its strong taste of turpentine) to the huevos de toro (literally "eggs of the bull", a euphemism for "bull's testicles", referring to the shape and size).
Avocado (Persea americana) var. $40.00  
An average avocado tree produces about 120 avocados annually. Biennial bearing can be a problem, with heavy crops in one year being followed by poor yields the next. The fruit is sometimes called an avocado pear or alligator pear, due to its shape and rough green skin. The avocado tree does not tolerate freezing temperatures, and can be grown only in subtropical or tropical climates.
Lemon (Citrus lemon) var. $40.00  
The exact origin of the lemon has remained a mystery, though it is widely presumed that lemons are wildly grown in both India or China.[1][2] In the Far East, it was known for its antiseptic properties and it was used as antidote for various poisons. The lemon was later introduced to Iraq and Egypt around 700 A.D and was considered sacred by Muslim countries. The popular drink lemonade may have originated in medieval Egypt.[1] It was distributed widely throughout the Arabs world and the Mediterranean region between 1000 A.D. to 1150 A.D. At this time, the lemon was first recorded in literatures to a tenth century Arabic treatise on farming and was used as an ornamental plant in early Islamic gardens.[
Longan (Dimocarpus longan) $40.00  
The tree can grow up to 12 metres in height, and the plant is very sensitive to frost. Longan trees require sandy soil and temperatures that do not typically go below 4.5 degrees Celsius. Longans and lychees bear fruit at around the same time of the year.

The longan ("dragon eyes") is so named because of the fruit's resemblance to an eyeball when it is shelled (the black seed shows through the translucent flesh like a pupil/iris). The seed is small, round and hard.
Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) var. $40.00  
With careful variety selection mandarin fruit trees can bear from early April through to Late October. Our orchards are involved in the rapid multiplication of varieties that have been brought into Australia from some of the best citrus growing regions of the world.
Jaboticaba (Myrciaria cauliflora) $40.00  
Jaboticabas are mostly eaten out-of-hand. By squeezing the fruit between the thumb and forefinger, one can cause the skin to split and the pulp to slip into the mouth.

The fruits are often used for making jelly and marmalade, with the addition of pectin. It has been recommended that the skin be removed from at least half the fruits to avoid a strong tannin flavor. In view of the undesirability of tannin in the diet, it would be better to peel most of them. The same should apply to the preparation of juice for beverage purposes, fresh or fermented. The aborigines made wine of the jaboticabas, and wine is still made to a limited extent in Brazil.
Custard Apple (Annona reticulata) $40.00  
The fruit is variable in shape, ranging from a symmetrical globose to heart shaped, oblong or irregular. The size ranges from 7-12 cm. When ripe, the fruit is brown or yellowish, with red highlights and a varying degree of reticulation, depending on variety. The flavor is sweet and pleasant, but inferior to that of the cherimoya or sugar-apple. The latter fruit is sometimes confused with this species.
Cherimoya (Annona cherimola) $40.00  
The tree thrives throughout the subtropics. The name derives from Quechua chirimuya, meaning 'cold seeds', since the seeds will germinate at higher altitudes. Though sensitive to frost, it must have periods of cool temperatures or the tree will gradually go dormant. It is cultivated in many places throughout the Americas, including California, where it was introduced in 1871, and Hawaii. In the Mediterranean region, it is cultivated mainly in southern Spain, Madeira, Egypt and Israel. The first planting in Italy was in 1797 and it became a favored crop in the Province of Reggio Calabria. It is also grown in Taiwan and New Zealand.

The fruit is fleshy and soft, sweet, white in color, with a custard-like texture, which gives it its secondary name, custard apple. Some characterize the flavor as a blend of pineapple, mango and strawberry. Others describe it as tasting like commercial bubblegum. Similar in size to a grapefruit, it has large, glossy, dark seeds that are easily removed. The seeds are poisonous if crushed open; one should also avoid eating the skin. When ripe the skin is green and gives slightly to pressure, similar to the avocado. Ripe fruit may be kept in the refrigerator, but it is best to let immature cherimoyas ripen at room temperature. If the skin is brown, then it is good to eat and has ripened.

Fresh cherimoya contains about 15% sugar (about 60kcal/100g) and some vitamin C (up to 20mg/100g)
Black Sapote (Diospyros digyna) $40.00  
This fruit is a species of Persimmon native to eastern Mexico and Central America south to Colombia. Mature trees can grow to over 25 m in height and are evergreen. The leaves are elliptic-oblong, tapered at both ends, glossy, and 10-30 cm long. Black sapote fruit are tomato-like and measure 5-10 cm in diameter, with an inedible skin which turns from olive to a deep yellow-green when ripe and an edible, brown pulp whose flavor and texture are often likened to chocolate pudding.photo

The "Black Sapote" is also called the "Chocolate pudding fruit".

Black Sapote is unrelated to the mamey sapote (Sapotaceae), and the White Sapote (Rutaceae).

The fruit is seasonal and may be difficult to find. When in Mexico City, the fruit markets of Coyoacan are a good place to find Sapote Negro, as it is locally known.
Jack Fruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) $40.00  
The fruit is huge, seldom less than about 25 cm in diameter. Even a relatively thin tree (circa 10 cm) can have huge fruits hanging on it. The fruits can reach 36 kg in weight and up to 90 cm long and 50 cm in diameter. The jackfruit is the largest tree borne fruit in the world.

The sweet yellow sheaths around the seeds are about 3-5 mm thick and have a taste similar to pineapple but milder and less juicy.
Orange (Citrus sinensis) var. $40.00  
The Persian orange, grown widely in southern Europe after its introduction to Italy in the 11th century, was bitter. Sweet oranges brought to Europe in the 15th century from India by Portuguese traders, quickly displaced the bitter, and are now the most common variety of orange cultivated. The sweet orange will grow to different sizes and colours according to local conditions, most commonly with ten carpels, or segments, inside.

Portuguese, Spanish, Arab, and Dutch sailors planted citrus trees along trade routes to prevent scurvy. On his second voyage in 1493, Christopher Columbus brought the seeds of oranges, lemons and citrons to Haiti and the Caribbean. They were introduced in Florida (along with lemons) in 1513 by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, and were introduced to Hawaii in 1792.
Grape (Vitis vinfera) $40.00  
Grapes grow in clusters of 6 to 300, and can be crimson, black, dark blue, yellow, green and pink. However, "white" grapes are actually green in color, and are evolutionarily derived from the red grape. Mutations in two regulatory genes turn off production of anthocyanin, which is responsible for the color of the red grape.

Fur us it will be a dream to have a viniard.
Red Paw Paw (Carica papaya) $40.00  
Known as the papaya these fast growing trees can commence bearing within 12 months of planting. Paw paws are often cultivated as garden trees due to their attractive shape, manageable size and large tropical looking foliage as well as the delicious fruits they produce. Native to southern Mexico and Central America, paw paws are now commonly found in tropical and sub tropical climates where they are very easy to grow and are highly productive trees for about 5-6 years. The three types of Paw paw can all be distinguished by their flowers. If you are growing the male and female paw paws one male will happily fertilize seven females or more, bees are the main pollinator so they will need to be able to fly between trees.

Fruits take 60-120 days to mature and will need a long warm summer to fully ripen. In warm climates fruits will ripen all year round and healthy trees can produce 30kg of fruit a season.
Passion Fruit (Passiflora edulis) $40.00  
The two types of passion fruit have greatly different exterior appearances. The bright yellow variety of passion fruit, which is also known as the Golden Passionfruit, can grow up to the size of a grapefruit, has a smooth, glossy, light and airy rind, and has been used as a rootstock for the purple passion fruit in Australia. The dark purple passion fruit (for example, in Kenya) is smaller than a lemon, with a dry, wrinkled rind at maturity.
Kiwi Fruit (Actinidia deliciosa) $40.00  
Originally known as the Chinese Gooseberry, the fruit was renamed for marketing reasons in the mid-20th century, first to melonette, and then to kiwifruit. The latter name was chosen for the indigenous New Zealand bird, kiwi, which is one of the country's national symbols.
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