Passion Fruit

PASSION FRUIT Passiflora edulis / P. edulis flavicarpa Passifloraceae Common Names: Passion Fruit, Granadilla, Purple Granadilla, Yellow Passion Fruit Related Species: Fragrant Granadilla (Passiflora alata), Red Granadilla (P. coccinea), Maypop (P. incarnata), Yellow Granadilla (P. Laurifolia), Sweet Granadilla (P. ligularis), Sweet Calabash (P. maliformis), Banana Passion Fruit (P. mollissima), Giant Granadilla (P. quadrangularis). Origin: The purple passion Read more…

Pawpaw

PAWPAW Asimina triloba Annonaceae Common Name:Pawpaw, Paw Paw, Papaw, Poor Man’s Banana, Hoosier Banana, etc. (In Australia the tropical papaya, Carica papaya, is also known as Pawpaw). Related species: Asimina incarna, A. longifolia, A. obovata, A. parviflora, A. pygmaea, A. reticulata, A. tetramera, A. X nashii. These eight Asimina species Read more…

Pepino Dulce

PEPINO DULCE Solanum muricatum Ait. Solanaceae Common Names: Pepino Dulce, Pepino, Melon Pear, Melon Shrub, Pear Mellon Related Species: Wonderberry (Solanum X burbanikii), Tzimbalo (S. caripense), Lulita (S. pectinatum), Lulo comun (S. pseudolulo), Naranjilla (S. quitoense), Garden Huckleberry (S. scabrum), Cocona (S. sessiliflorum), Distant Affinity: Tree Tomato, Tamarillo (Cyphomandra betacea), Read more…

Persimmon

PERSIMMON Diospyros kaki Linn Ebenaceae Common Names: Persimmon, Oriental Persimmon, Japanese Persimmon, Kaki. Related species: Black Sapote (Diospyros digyna), Mabolo, Velvet Apple (D. discolor), Date Plum (D. lotus), Texas Persimmon (D. texana), American Persimmon (D. virginiana). Origin: The oriental persimmon is native to China, where it has been cultivated for centuries and more than Read more…

Pineapple

PINEAPPLE Ananas comosus Bromeliaceae Common Names: Pineapple, Ananas, Nanas, Pina. Related Species: Pina de Playon (Ananas bracteatus). Distant affinity: Pingwing (Aechmea magdalenae), Pinguin (Bromelia pinguin), Pinuela (Karatas plumier). Origin: The pineapple is native to southern Brazil and Paraguay where wild relatives occur. It was spread by the Indians up through Read more…

Pistachio

PISTACHIO Pistacia vera L. Anacardiaceae Common Names: Pistachio, Pistache. Related Species: Mt. Atlas Pistache (Pistacia atlantica), Chinese Pistache (P. chinesis), Terebinth Pistache (P. terebinthus) Distant Affinity: Cashew (Anacardium occidentale), Mango (Mangifera indica), Ambarella (Spondias cytherea), Yellow Mombin (Spondias mombin), Red Mombin (Spondias purpurea), Imbu (Spondias tuberosa) and others. Origin: The Read more…

Pomegranate

POMEGRANATE Punica granatum L. Punicaceae Common Names: Pomegranate, Granada (Spanish), Grenade (French). Related Species: Punica proto-punica. Origin: The pomegranate is native from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and was cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region since ancient times. It is widely cultivated throughout India and the Read more…

Raisin Tree,

RAISIN TREE Hovenia dulcis Thunb. Rhamnaceae Common Names: Raisin Tree, Japanese Raisin Tree, Kenpo Nashi Distant Affinity: Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba), Indian Jujube (Z. mauritiana). Origin: The raisin tree is native to moist areas and mountains of China, although cultivation spread long ago to Japan, Korea and India. The plant was Read more…

Rose apple

ROSE APPLE Syzygium jambos Alston Myrtaceae Common Names: Rose apple, Plum rose, Malabar plum. Related Species: Water Apple (Syzygium aqueum), Blue Lilly Pilly (S. coolminianum), Water berry (S. cordatum), Jambolan, Java Plum (S. cumini), Water Pear (S. guineense), Malay Apple (S. malaccense), Java Apple (S. samarangense). Distant affinity: Eugenias (Eugenia Read more…

Sapodilla

SAPODILLA Manilkara zapota L. Sapotaceae Common Names: Sapodilla, Chico, Chico sapote, Zapote chico, Zapotillo, Chicle, Sapodilla plum, Naseberry. Distant Affinity: Star Apple (Chrysophyllum cainito), Abiu (Pouteria caimito), Canistel (P. campechiana), Lucmo (P. lucuma), Sapote (P. sapota), Green Sapote (P. viridis). Origin: The sapodilla is believed to be native to Yucatan Read more…