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July 18, 2009

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Watermelon

Watermelon, Citrullus lanatus, is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, and is more  related to squash than the other varieties of melons from the Cucumis

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Tomato and Tomatillo

Tomato, Solanum lycopersicum, is related to the tamarillo, or tree tomato, as they are both part of the nightshade family, which includes eggplant, tobacco, potatoes,

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Tamarillo

Tamarillo, Solanum betaceum, also known as tree tomato or tomate de arbol, is a shrub- like plant or small tree, native to the Andes of

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Tamarind

Tamarind, Tamarindus indica, is native to tropical Africa, and grows wild throughout the Sudan. It was introduced into India so long ago that it is

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Star Apple

Star Apple, Chrysophyllum cainito, is a member of the Sapodilla family and is native to Central America and the Caribbean.  It is cultivated for its

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Soursop

Soursop, Annona muricata, is a broadleaf evergreen tree native to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and northern South America, where it is known as guanabana. 

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Rambutan

Rambutan

Rambutan, Nephelium lappaceum, is closely related to lychee and mamoncillo.  It is native to Malaysia, but is cultivated in many areas of the world.  In

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Pomegranate

Pomegranate

Pomegranate, Punica gran, is an ancient fruit native to Persia (Iran).  It is both a tropical and sub-tropical plant that has been cultivated and naturalized

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Pineapple

Pineapple, Ananas comosus, is native to Southern Brazil and Paraguay, and was passed along through indigenous tribes up to the Caribbean, where Columbus first encountered

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Passion Fruit and Lilikoi

Passion Fruit, Passiflora edulis, known also as “‘Maracuya,”  “Parcha” and “Maracuja,” is a delicious fruit that is native to Southern Brazil, Paraguay and Northern Argentina,

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Papaya

Papaya, Carica papaya, and of the genus Carica, is native to tropical Americas, from Southern Mexico, to Central and Northern South America.  It was cultivated

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Nopal

Nopal

Nopal, Opuntia lasiacanta, is the paddle of the prickly pear cactus. The cactus itself is native to the Southern U.S., Mexico, and Central and South

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Noni

Noni

Noni, Morinda citrifolia, also sometimes called “cheese fruit” (or even “vomit fruit”) is native to Southeast Asia, but was spread spread throughout Oceania by the

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Musk Melon

Muskmelon, Cucumis melo is a species of melon that has evolved, through breeding, into a variety of the melons now grown worldwide.  It originated in

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Miracle Fruit

Miracle Fruit, Synsepalum dulcificum, is a simple berry that looks like a pomegrante seed, and has the remarkable ability to turn the sour taste of

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Mangosteen

Mangosteen

Mangosteen, Garcinia mangostana, also known as Purple Mangosteen, is usually referred to as mangosteen. It is a tropical evergreen tree that grows from 20-80 feet

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Mango

Mango comes from the genus Mangifera.  It is indigenous to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Southeast Asia, and cultivated and distributed widely in the world.  The

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Mamey Sapote

Mamey Sapote, Pouteria sapota, is native to Southern Mexico, Belize and Northern Guatemala, but is now cultivated in much of the Caribbean, Central America and

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Longon

Longan, Dimocarpus longana, fruits are similar to lychees but come from a different family of plants, Sapindaceae.  They are known in Chinese as “dragon eyes”

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Citrus Fruits

Lemon, Citrus limon, a most valued resource for culinary and medicinal purposes, is used in most parts of the world.  Its origins are a mystery,

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