13454Re: [fukuoka_farming] Almond Tree and Apricot Tree nuts
- May 1, 2012Dear friend Kostas,
One additional fruit tree species that immediately comes to my mind from desert like conditions in east Asia, which you may not have considered is:
Jujube (sometimes jujuba),
red date, Chinese date, Korean date, or Indian date
i love to eat the very sweet AND very healthy (?even medicinal food?) dates kind of fruit---buying them in Asian and wholefood shops here in Australia.
i'm sorry that as yet i haven't got experience to share of growing them myself.
i have heard from people who have them growing and that they can be grown in deserts,
as they are naturally ((r)evolutionarily) adapted to these desert regions as their natural home.
Some salient quick quotations from Wikipedia:
Jujube was domesticated in South Asia by 9000 BCE. Over 400 cultivars have been selected.
The tree tolerates a wide range of temperatures and rainfall, though it requires hot summers and sufficient water for acceptable fruiting. Unlike most of the other species in the genus, it tolerates fairly cold winters, surviving temperatures down to about −15 °C (5 °F). This enables the jujube to grow in the mountain desert habitats, provided there is access to underground water through the summer. The species Z.zizyphus grows in cooler regions of Asia. Five or more other species of Ziziphus are widely distributed in milder climates to hot deserts of Asia and Africa. (ref. S. Chaudhary. Rhamnaceae in : S. Chaudhary (Edit.). Flora of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Vol II(Part One) 2001.
Its precise natural distribution is uncertain due to extensive cultivation, but is thought to be in southern Asia, between Lebanon, Iran, Pakistan, India,Bangladesh, Nepal (called as Bayar), the Korean peninsula, and southern and central China, and also southeastern Europe though more likely introduced there.
It is a small deciduous tree or shrub reaching a height of 5–10 m, usually with thorny branches. The leaves are shiny-green, ovate-acute, 2–7-cm wide and 1–3-cm broad, with three conspicuous veins at the base, and a finely toothed margin. The flowers are small, 5-mm wide, with five inconspicuous yellowish-green petals. The fruit is an edible oval drupe 1.5–3-cm deep; when immature it is smooth-green, with the consistency and taste of an apple, maturing brown to purplish-black and eventually wrinkled, looking like a small date. There is a single hard stone similar to an olive stone.
Here in Australia they are sold as the common name Chinese Dates.
Biggest best true nature with all of you,
--currently in Cairns, Bama country, The Wet Tropics of far north Queensland.
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On 01/05/2012, at 1:25 AM, KONSTANTINOS wrote:
> Thanks Ruthie
> I will definitely try wild peach - if I can find stones of wild peach - a company in Italy (florsilva) sells stones of what it describes as wild peach tree - I may try them if I have to.
> The cost of placing a stone/nut in the ground is minuscule in comparison to buying a young tree and watering it for a year or two.
> I hope these trees (almond, apricot, wild peach and maybe nectarine) will be tried in desert like conditions - like southern Greece ( I will definitely try them), Arizona/Texas, Palestine/Israel and the desert like places of India.
> Again its important to properly collect seeds - store bought fruit is not suitable, because they cut the fruits prematurely and store them in refrigerators, so the stones/nuts do not germinate
> --- In email@example.com, Ruthie Aquino <ruthieaquino1@...> wrote:
> > Hello Kostas,
> > In my experience, wild peach also grows without any kind of care. Just
> > throw the stone after eating.
> > Since I am still bound by my old fears engendered by scientific farming, my
> > first experiment was to put the stones in a pot with earth. They grew, of
> > course. So I tried the same thing with red peach last summer, that grew of
> > course.
> > Now those tiny trees are planted in the ground. I use the young leaves to
> > flavor a delicious liquor. I noticed however that this year which is very
> > rainy the leaves curl and blister. I think peach doesn't like rain.
> > The friend who gave me the red peaches got them from a tree...that grew
> > from a stone she left on the ground. Now hers is a tall tree but rather
> > thin because it is not watered or fertilized, but we don't care, do we? We
> > just want some nice fruit.
> > Happy n-farming.
> > RUTHIE
> > 2012/4/30 KONSTANTINOS <karoubas@...>
> > > **
> > >
> > >
> > > I have in the past discussed the strength/virtues of the Almond tree
> > > in reforestation efforts - how without watering or any care an almond nut
> > > buried in the ground will produce a tree even in arid - desert like
> > > conditions. To me this amazing - a person can devote an hour of his/her
> > > life and create a mini forest using almond nuts. Care of course must be
> > > taken to collect nuts from healthy and disease free trees - not to old or
> > > young - etc etc.
> > >
> > > To the almond tree, I think we can add the apricot tree - it has the same
> > > abilities - I have been placing apricot nuts in different places and
> > > without care they do well and grow small trees.
> > >
> > > I hope other volunteers will try this in arid/barren places and report
> > > back on the results. Also if you have any experience with other trees that
> > > have the same characteristics please let us know.
> > >
> > > Kostas
> > >
> > >
> > >
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