Rare Fruit Tree Nursery in California sells over 1000 Varieties


Alright, this is John Kohler, with growingyourgreens.com. Have another exciting episode for you. And, I’m on a field trip, once again. I’m here at Exotica Rare Fruit Nursery, sharing
with you guys some exotic trees, and some trees you may wanna consider if you’re living
somewhere in the subtropics. So, I guess, uh, let’s head by the front door,
and share with you guys some more information about the Exotica Rare Fruit Nursery. So, now, we’re at the entrance of Exotica
Rare Fruit Nursery. And, one of the reasons why I like Exotica,
is because they have nearly a thousand different varieties of different rare, and exotic fruit
trees. I mean, I’m all about spreading the genetic
diversity, and I think it’s just far too common that people are just plant apples, or oranges,
and there’s so many other very interesting, and quite delicious fruits that I’m gonna
be sharing with you guys, today. Now, I can’t cover all 1,000 varieties that
they’re growing here, but I’m gonna cover a good handful of the ones that, you know,
you may wanna consider growing, ’cause they are rare, and unique, and depending on where
you live, they may do quite well. So, you know, we are here in Vista, California. This is like a subtropical, very subtropical,
uh, climate. Ver—, rarely, uh, you know, gets down past
the 32 degree mark, and that’s why many of these trees will grow here. So, if you live in, like, Michigan, Chicago,
you know, most of the things that I’m gonna be sharing with you guys in this episode will
not work. If you live in Hawaii, or South Florida, then
yeah, you’d probably be able to grow all these guys. Of course, in the Southern California area,
which is where this nursery focuses selling, you know, the fruit trees, most of these guys
are gonna do quite well, and you wanna consider growing some of them. So, anyways, let’s come inside to Exotica,
and give you guys the tour around. First thing is I like is that, uh, they are,
uh, certified organic. So, yeah, they use all organic growing practices,
here. So, what I wanna share with you guys now is
a little tour, here. And, they have, like, uh, six acres here,
so this is a huge nursery. And, uh, you know, they got signs with where
everything is. But, pretty much, if you want something, you’re
gonna have to ask them for what you want, with all the different varieties. They have so many different things, and they
know where they all are. But, coming in new and fresh, it’s not, you
know, organized like a standard nursery would. In addition, besides having over a thousand
different varieties of fruit trees in pots available for sale, they have about 800 plants
in the ground, fruit trees in the ground, around the property here, that’s growing,
that they’re actually using as their breeding stock, as well as to, uh, you know, uh, enjoy
some of the fruits off of. Uh, the first thing I wanna cover is a little,
uh, fruit tasting station that they have here. So, when you come, you always wanna visit
the fruit tasting station, ’cause you might learn about a new fruit that you would enjoy
eating, and that you can actually buy, and bring home the tree. I think every nursery should have a fruit
tasting station, so that you can know what the fruit tastes like before you buy ’em. So, your first stop at Exotica should always
be the fruit sampling table, here. They always have different in season fruits
available, so that you can try, espeically if you’ve never tried some of these rare,
and exotic fruits before. Today, I have things like papaya, and the
Surinam cherries, which we’re gonna look at, the elderberries, some passion fruit, some
Natal plums, some papaya, also tamarind, the carob pods, which is, actually, one of my
favorites that we will be looking at, in a little bit. And, over here, we got some Brazilian cherries. This is one of the ones that I’m gonna try. Here’s a Brazilian cherry. Now, this is not related to the standard cherry
you know, and love. It’s a tropical. Mmm. Quite delicious, and check it out. Three seeds on the inside. To me, this kinda tastes a little bit like,
little bit like a plum. The skin’s kinda nice and, uh, hard, kinda
like a plum, and really chewy, the flesh on the inside literally melted in my mouth, had
an amazing flavor. I’m gonna save the seeds, and try to grow
these guys, now. But, if you do wanna wait for the seeds to
germinate and grow, you can definitely buy all the different trees of the fruits you’re
sampling, here. That’s something I like. I mean, I think every nursery needs to have
a sampling station, so you can try the fruit trees before you buy ’em. So, besides the fruit tasting station, you
mu—, may also want to look at some of these picture books, if you’re not familiar with,
uh, exotic, uh, fruits, here. They have, uh, different pictures of the different
varieties of the fruits. Here’s, like, a passion fruit growing, and
mangoes, and here’s a Panache fig. Look at that, man. Nice and jelly on the inside. Mulberries, more mangoes, passion fruits. Here’s a star apple, sugar apple, mountain
apple, so many different kinds. Jackfruit, White Wax Jambu, durian mango,
and, uh, I wanna show you guys these, right here. These are some of the selections of the guavas,
that we will look at in a little bit. Indonesian seedless, snow white, giant Thai
pink, Ruby-x, Indian red, yellow strawberry. I mean, this is why Exotica, you know, is
really cool, to me, is because they’re literally saving, and preserving, and spreading the
genetic diversity of all these different rare, edible fruits from around the world, that
now you have access to, that you could just come here as a one stop shop, to get over
a thousand different varieties of rare, and tropical, and, uh, subtropical fruit trees. So, while Exotica has many standard plants
in pots, such as these macadamia nut trees, probably my favorite nut to grow here, in
Southern California, by far. I love the macadamia nut. And, um, you know, a whole area with different,
you know, uh, fruit trees available for you guys, I’m gonna kinda give you guys a special
tour of the property, including some of the trees plant in the ground, and some of the
plants, and trees, that I would recommend you guys grow if you live here, in uh, Southern
California. So, the first crop I would grow if I lived
down here, in Southern California. These guys are known as the Surinam cherries. And, uh, let’s see. These are the dark purple Lolita, and these
ones are actually quite delicious. Let’s see if we can see some, here. Uh, here are ones. Not quite ripe, here. They need to be nice, dark purple, and uh,
soft. Here’s one right here. We’re gonna pull that guy off. And, this is the Surinam cherry. Now, this is not related to the standard cherry,
but they’re called Surinam cherries. They grow excellent in Southern California. Mmm. Nice, sweet flavor, unlike a cherry, and they
have multiple varieties. They grow very fast, and they’re easy to grow,
and fruit out. Something you definitely wanna have in your
Southern California garden. Now, what we’re looking at is a candy bar
tree! Yes, candy can grow on trees. And no, it’s not chocolate, or cacao. This is my favorite kinda candy, that grows
on a tree. This is known as the carob pod. And, check it out. This thing is loaded with carob. And, if you look closely here, man, these
things are dripping of the sap. So, this is the sap. This is what makes the carob sweet. But, as you guys can see, uh, these are not
yet ripe. They’re still kind of green, and they need
to turn brown to be fully ripe, and mature, and ready to eat. So, when the carob pods are ripe, they are
absolutely delicious. You literally just eat ’em, the whole shell,
and all. Uh, the carob tree is also a le—, in the
legume family, so it’s a nitrogen fixer, so it actually enhances the soil that it’s being
grown in. The carob is, actually, high in fiber, and
has just enough sweetness to make it taste really good. And, this variety here, actually, had some
nice, uh, honey sap inside. And, it’s definitely important to grow your
own, because most times, you just can’t find whole carob pods available in the U.S. If you’re lucky enough to live in, you know,
uh, Europe, many health food stores actually sell whole carob pods, and they’re quite delicious. I was in Cyprus, and had plenty of fresh carob
out of the tree. Some of the best carob I had. And, actually, this stuff will grow in places
like the Bay Area. Even, like, in Fresno, it’s gonna thrive,
and do great. Another one of my favorite trees are these
guys, right here. You guys can see. This is loaded up. This is a mulberry, and they have multiple
different kinds of mulberries. Think I see a ripe one up here. There’s a little ripe mulberry. Not too big, yet. Probably gonna be, uh, fruiten and uh, in
season, just in a little bit. Mmm. Amazing flavor in just a small, little fruit. Mulberries are gonna do great. Southern California, many parts of Northern
California, and even places like Las Vegas. Now, we’re gonna give you guys a special sneak
peek tour at the back forty, actually the back three acres. It’s not normally open to public, ’cause they’re
doing a lot of propagation, and a lot, have a lot of their fruit trees in the ground. I’m gonna share with you guys some of the
cool ones that they’re, actually, growing here, in the back, that’s, uh, definitely
really cool. I mean, this is one of the coolest nurseries,
because this is more than just a nursery. To me, this is, like, a full on fruit botanic
garden. I’ve been to this place called the Fruit & Spice
Park, in South Florida. I mean, this is the equivalent, in my opinion,
on the west coast. Although, you know, they probably, they’re
not as set up as a park. They’re set up as a nursery, and sometimes,
they give special tours to groups, and what not, of all the different exotic, and rare
fruit trees they have growing from, literally, around the world, that they collect from all
over. So, uh, let’s, uh, head back here, and share
with you guys some more exotic fruits, at Exotica. So now, I’m gonna share with you guys, actually,
one of my favorite foods, and another fruit that’s very valuable to grow, especially in
these times of drought, and you know, water restrictions. It actually does well in poor soil, with actually,
very little water. And actually, you don’t wanna take too good
of care of it, ’cause then, the plant might be susceptible to more bugs, and diseases. And, it’s all underneath this big, uh, shade
cloth, here. What they’re doing is, they’re propagating,
right here, all the cactus. And, they have different kinds of cactus collected
from Mexico, and California. They have over 20 varieties of the cactus,
that makes the edible cactus fruits. In addition to the edible cactus fruits, the
pads are also edible. Of course, there are some varieties of cactus
that are better for eating the pads, and some varieties are better for eating the fruits. You know, and my breakfast today was actually
cactus fruit juice, coconut milk, and my favorite juices of all time. And so, yeah, they’re, they’re putting these
guys under to let them harden off, and then callous up, and then, they’re gonna plant
them into pots, and be able to sell these to people, to spread the genetic diversity. And, I think that’s really important about
the work they’re doing here at Exotica is, you know, they just don’t have, you know,
200 varieties of fruits. You know, they have, actually, 200 varieties
of just pomegranates, alone. I mean, one of the largest collection of pomegranates,
from all over the world, you know, in one place. So, actually, let’s cover the pomegranates
next. This is one of over 800 fruit trees in the
ground, here, on the back forty. And, what this is, this is a special variety
of the sapote. And uh, they grew this, actually, and it’s
been growing for, like, 20 years without giving any fruit, yet. And, uh, but when it, once it is productive,
what they’re gonna use this as for breeding stock, and this will be, uh, basically, air
layered, which I’ll show you in a minute, and that’s how they propagate, and make more
trees out of an existing tree. And, this is some of the trials, and tribulations
of, literally, exotic fruit farming. You, kind of, never know what you’re gonna
get with some of these crops that come in from all over the world, and how it’s gonna
grow, specifically, in this climate. So, what they’ve done on many varieties, is
actually, research. They’ve grown these varieties out, and they
know how they’re gonna perform for ya. This is why, in my opinion, it’s very important
to visit a nursery like Exotica, that has real world experience. You know, if you just go to a standard nursery,
they’re selling fruit trees from some other company, and they’re not producing them on
sight, they don’t exactly know how they’re gonna grow in that specific area. I mean, they know at Exotica. I mean, this tree has been in the ground,
has not fruited yet, but it is currently flowering, so maybe it’ll make some delicious fruit,
this year, after 20 years. So now, what we’re looking at, is an excellent
example of what’s called air layering. And, this is, literally, how they produce,
you know, the same cultivar, or same variety of fruit trees, to have nursery stock to sell
to you guys. I mean, check it out. Once you have an established tree of some
of these guys, you can air layer it, or propagate it to yoursel—, yourself to sell trees to
other people, or to plant more on your property. And, uh, this is what it looks like. As you guys can see, they’ve, basically, got
some tin foil that looks like a ball, when you were kids in the cafeteria, and you had
those, and you wadded up into a ball. And, uh, what they do, literally is, they
scar the wood, they, basically, put some peat moss in there, they wrap it with some, like
uh, a plastic wrap, and then they put the, uh, the tin foil over it, to hold it in place,
and depending on what kind of tree, and how fast it roots, they’ll, basically then, take,
uh, cutters, they’ll cut this off, and then this whole thing goes into a pot, uh, with
more soil, and then, it will literally just grow into a bla—, brand new plant. And, this is one of the ways they use to,
basically, uh, propagate the trees. And, if you look closely at this tree, what
this one is right here, and this is one of my favorite fruits. This the lychee nut. Lychee, lychee, lychee. What we’re looking at now, is a very useful,
and crop that will do well in many places, whether it’s Northern California, Southern
California, even places like Las Vegas, in the desert heat, this is one of the plants
that’s gonna do quite well. And, this is known as the ole’ mighty pomegranate. Rich in antioxidants, really delicious flavor. A lot of no po—, a lot of people think pomegranates
are always tart, but they have plenty sweet varieties, here. And, uh, these are two unique varieties on
either side of me, here. I want to show you guys this. You can see the, uh, pomegranate fruit’s starting
to develop, uh, right here. Aye, kinda looks like a little octopus. Let’s draw some eyes on there. But, uh, here’s the standard pomegranate flower,
that you guys may be familiar with. But, I know you guys are probably not familiar
with the, uh, flower that’s, actually, next door, right here, on this pomegranate. And, if you look at it, you know, the leaves
are fairly similar, but the flowers are way different. And, check it out, this is a carnation style
pomegranate flower. You know, quite beautiful, and when this guy
is in bloom, there’s just so many flowers on here. And, uh, definitely vouch… Wow, that smells amazing. It’s, like, a smell I’ve never smelt before. I gotta smell it again. It smells, kind of, floral, and just… Man, smells like flowers. It’s really cool. Now, this variety, it has a really unique,
and cool flower, but the fruits are small, and maybe, not so good for eatin’. So, you know, with the different 200 varieties
of pomegranates they have here, you’re sure to find one, whether you want it to have a
nice, brilliant flowers, nice, tart fruit, black fruit, actually, or nice, sweet fruit,
they got all your basis covered, ’cause this is one of the largest selection of pomegranates
anywhere in the world, available, uh, for sale. So, one of the fruits you may not think you
can grow in Southern California, spe—, specifically, are these guys right here. This is, actually, a mango tree, producing
little baby mangoes. They’re not quite yet ripe, here. And, this is special cultivar, actually, that
has a, uh, string list of fruit, that’s, actually, quite sweet. They have many varieties of mangoes, and I
wanna let you guys know why you can’t grow mangoes in Southern California. They are considered a, quote unquote, experimental
fruit. You know, some fruits will produce reliably,
and some fruits, like the mango, you know, if it gets a little bit, tad too cold, they’re
not gonna like it too much. Although, I did learn, today, that there may
be some mango varieties out there that can, even, out stand, you know, the high 20s’,
you know, and still produce, for you, reliably. There is a California mango that’s commercially
available, grown… Grown, um, known as the Keitt mango, which
is, definitely, one of my favorites. You know, once again, growing fruit at home,
the quality’s gonna always be better, than the stuff you buy at the store. It’s quite sad that all the mangoes that are
imported must be treated, either by irradiation, or by hot water dipping, which in my opinion,
you know, lowers the flavor of the fruits, so you don’t get that full flavor, and that
full mango flavor that you would experience if you grew them yourself, like you can here,
in Southern California. And, Exotica Rare Fruit Nursery has a variety,
one of the largest selection of mangoes, you know, anywhere. And, we’ll show you guys, in a little bit,
you know, some of the propagation, and the little mango seedlings that they’re starting
to grow out, now. So, what we’re looking at now, is one of the
many fruit trees, here, plant in the ground. And, what we’re looking at here, is a citrus
tree. Now, I wanna encourage you guys, if you have
property, don’t just grow common trees. I mean, everybody grows citrus trees. How many people grow Chinese mulberries, or
Mexican guavas, or Chinese dates. So many different fruits. And, what I think you guys should grow, instead
of just the common stuff, is some unique, and rare varieties. And, what we’re gonna do next in this episode
is, actually, share with you guys some rare, and unique varieties, that you may wanna consider
growin’, that I know I would grow, that are some of my favorites that they’re offering
here, at Exotica Rare Fruit Nursery. One of the trees that I would grow, definitely
if I lived in Southern California, are these guys. The, the uh, guavas. And, they have, like, over 10 varieties of
different kinds of guavas. You got ones that are pink on the inside,
white on the inside, even, a purple-ish color on the inside. And, uh, these are what the guavas look like. Now, it’s quite sad that, you know, if you
buy guavas in the store, they’re never operably ripe, and they’re never gonna develop their
full flavor, because really, guavas are such a fragile fruit, that they ne—, need to
be picked ripe, off the tree, so that you can eat them, and enjoy them to their maximum
benefit. Now, the one thing, if you do grow a guava
tree, you will want to, you know, break open that guava, and look inside before you eat
it, because, you know, I’ve plant—, found plenty of guava in Hawaii with, uh, fruit
fly larvae in there. And, that wouldn’t be too fun to eat. So, we’re gonna go into one of the greenhouse
structures, and they have many. They’re created different micro climates inside
here, and, uh, different conditions to propagate, and grow all the different plants. You guys can see, over there, they have, uh,
a curry… All the different curry leaf plants that they’re
growing out, over there. And, uh, over here, we’re looking at is, all
these different kinds, and varieties, of mangoes that are getting ready to, uh, sell to the
public. So, what we’re looking at now, are many different
varieties of the guavas that I like so much. And, check it out, man. They got some good prices here. Now, the price of the plants, or the trees
you buy, will be dependent on how old the plant is. These are, actually, quite, uh, young guava
trees here, growing. And, these are only five bucks, for, you know,
the nice, small size. Of course, as the trees get larger, as they
move up in pot sizes, then they cost a lot more money. So, I always encourage you guys, if you have
a lot of money, but the biggest pot size, and plants that you can afford, because they’re
gonna be more fruitful, produce in poundage for you earlier, rather than later. ‘Course, if you don’t have so much money,
you wanna get off your chair right now, and come down to Exotica, and start buying the
cheap plants, and plant them now, so that they’ll be fruiting earlier, rather than later. And, you’ll also be saving a bunch of cash. So, this is one of the propagation greenhouses
here, where they got all the baby plants, now. You know, one of the cool things is, about
Exotica is, many nurseries may just resell other peoples’ plants. At Exotica, here, they start making their
own. Actually, probably the majority of the plants
they start, graft, uh, air layer, or actually, start from seed, themselves. As you guys can see here, there’s just all
these little baby plants, all over. And, I mean, they just have tons of plants. So, here’s one of my favorite trees, besides
the fruit trees that they’re offering here. And, these are little baby Moringa, uh, trees. These Moringa trees, uh, actually produce
edible pods, known as drumstick, uh, for people that are, uh, from India. But, also, the leaves are, actually, quite
edible, and one of the most nutritious leaves that a trees grows, that you can just, literally
just, pick and eat. Now, they have a nice, uh, I don’t know, flavor
to ’em. Like, a little bit spicy. So, what I prefer to do is, actually, uh,
when the trees get large, I like to cut off the baby leaves, dehydrate them, and then
powder them up, so that I can have my own Moringa leaf powder, any time a year. Now, if you go to a health food store, they’re
gonna try to sell you Moringa leaf powder for, like, 50 dollars a pound. But, easily, in Southern California, places
where you don’t get frost, or minimal frost, you’re gonna be able to, easily, plant these
in the ground, and grow them year, after year, to provide endless amounts of, uh, food for
ya. For you, and your family. Now, we’re gonna show you guys how they start
some of the tropical seeds. Now, tropical seeds, you know, they don’t
like cold weather. They need nice, warm weather. So, what they’ve done is, inside this, uh,
little, uh, hoop house we’re in, they’ve created a secondary greenhouse, with plastic up, and
they got these big boxes. And, this is to keep the animals out. In addition, they got these screens underneath,
here. And, uh, they got all the little plant starts,
uh, growing in there. All the seeds. And, you can lift this, uh, wire mesh stuff
up, right here, and they can have access to all the little baby plants underneath here. They’re starting so many different varieties
of trees, and plants. Here’s a whole bunch of Moringa, coming up. And, uh, different kinds of, uh, crops, including
the holy basil, and so many different kinds of things, in here. There’s some red sugar apples. This is nice and warm in here. It’s kind of like how I like to sleep at night. Nice and warm. And, uh, this is where the, uh, tropical fruits
germinate the best. Once they get larger, they’re gonna take these
guys out, and put them in the, uh, greenhouse, to raise ’em, until they get larger. And then, they’ll, probably, end up going
outside, and available for sale, to you guys. Here’s another one of my fruit tree picks,
that you’ll definitely wanna grow if you live here, in Southern California,. In Hawaii, I loved ’em a lot, and they grow
great there. But, they also grow great here. And, they’re, actually, quite inexpensive,
and will fruit, you know, soon enough, and provide you a nice, beautiful tree, with lots
of food for you guys to eat. And, what it is, is right here. This is actually called the ice-cream-bean. It actually… Uh, we’ll get one in a second. We’ll get a ripe one. This is not quite ripe. But, look at these, uh, beautiful flowers
on here. I like the, uh, foliage on here. And, there’s some of the new growth. But, these are an amazing, edible fruit that,
literally, money cannot buy you. You can’t go to the farmer’s market and buy
ice-cream-bean. You know, unless you have your own tree, you’re
not gonna be eatin’ ’em, if you live in California. And, here in Southern California, it’s something
very easy to grow, that’s gonna grow fast, and more importantly, the trees are actually
inexpensive to purchase, so that everybody should be growing an ice-cream-bean. And then, I’ll come over to your house, and
be your best friend when they are ripe, and in season. So now, we have a ripe ice-cream-bean. And, I wanna share with you guys, what it
looks like on the inside. And, you can twist these guys apart, but I’m
gonna go ahead and, uh, basically, uh, peel this guy apart, and kind of, reveal, kind
of like, opening an oyster, or something. All the seeds on the inside, but why we—,
why we’re opening it is not the seeds that, actually, starting to sprout, and germinate
inside, so you can actually plant these seeds, and have your own ice-cream-bean tree. But, what I’m after is inside. Around the seed, actually, is this little,
uh, fruit pulp. And, this is fruit pulp, it’s like, this cotton
candy style consistency. Kind of like, light, and fluffy, watery, and
actually, quite sweet. Let me go ahead and taste this one. Mmm. So delicious. Definitely one of my favorite fruits to eat
in the whole wide world, that I rarely get to have. And, I’m glad that Exotica is making them
available for people, here. So, that’ll bring us to the end of this episode
here, at Exotica. And, uh, what I’m standing next to now is,
uh, the plumeria. It’s not edible, or nothing, but it has an
amazing scent. If I lived here in Southern California, I’d
be planting a plumeria outside my bedroom window, so when the wind waft in, it’d be
smelling like, uh, plumerias inside the house. And, plumeria is, actually, a flower, not
a scent, you know, in perfumes. You know, I wanna encourage you guys to get
back to nature, whether it’s growing your own scents, growing your own fruits, which
is more important to me, and eating them. You know, and Exotica allows you to do that
with over 200 different varieties of unique, rare, and topical, subtropical fruits trees
from around the world. Hopefully, if you guys live in the Southern
California area, you may wanna take some of my recommendations that I shared with you
guys in this video. ‘Cause, surely enough, if I did have property
in Southern California, some of the ones that I shared with you guys today, are the ones
that I would personally plant myself, in my garden. I hope that you guys plant some fruit trees,
and uh, invite me over, uh, you know, when they’re ripe, and I’ll be comin’, and scarfin’
on all your fruit. Hopefully, you guys enjoyed this episode. Once again, my name is John Kohler, with growingyourgreens.com. We’ll see you next time. And, remember, keep on growing.

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