.comment-link {margin-left:.6em;}

Fruit Blog Header.jpg

My cherimoya, shortly before it became smoothie fodder.

Archive of past images



Recent Cultivar Releases

Current Work in Pomology



Atom Feed

Powered by Blogger

Add to Technorati Favorites

April 9, 2008

Balanites...Sounds like a mineral, eats like a fruit

Actually, I'm only guessing at how it eats. I've never had it or even seen it. And I only know what I read about it in the following article:

African Fruits Could Help Alleviate Hunger and Bolster Rural Development (ScienceDaily)

One rather unfortunate legacy of colonialism (among many) is that Europeans' fruit crops to a great extent displaced the native crops in Africa and, to an extent, South America. North America's mostly held their own (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, assorted are all mostly or partly North American in origin--the main fruit native to North America that hasn't hit it big that comes to mind is the Pawpaw) and were exported to the rest of the world themselves, and Asia and Europe had kind of shared a common pool of crop species for centuries. (I don't know enough about the native fruits of Australia to even comment, but I notice there aren't too many Australian species in the supermarket these days...)

The native fruits in Africa and South America are still around, for the most part, some on a small scale and some relatively common in the local market. But because they're unknown in the rest of the world, there's no great market and not that much money in them to prompt further cultivation and research.

Anyway, the linked article was prompted by the completion of the latest book in the Lost Crops of Africa series--Vol. III: Fruits. I read and enjoyed Vol. II: Vegetables, so I expect this to be a quality piece of work. And, because it's from the National Academies Press, the whole book is available online, as is the earlier Lost Crops of the Incas which has some cool info on South American species as well.

Labels: , , ,


At 4/10/2008 03:37:00 AM, Blogger Megan Lynch said...

Wow. This is very timely for me. I have an acquaintance who's doing Peace Corps in Mali. I've sent him the link.

At 4/10/2008 10:33:00 AM, Blogger Evil Fruit Lord said...

The blog got a hit from Mali this morning, so I think he must have gotten it. (I don't get a ton of traffic from Mali normally, as hard as that may be to believe, so I suspect it's more than a coincidence...)

At 4/11/2008 12:47:00 AM, Blogger Megan Lynch said...

Yup. I hadn't expected him to have internet access so soon after I'd heard from him but he wrote me saying he found the link useful and would be forwarding it to the project lead there.

At 4/25/2008 07:54:00 AM, Anonymous Θεμις Μαντζαβινος said...


it is a great post and I really appriciate it.

At 5/04/2008 04:46:00 AM, Blogger Nat said...

Hi Evil fruit lord,

Nat here, the fruit geek from the Mangosteen video (yes, I admit I'm a fruit geek!). Though I did part of my Ph.D. field work in Mali and I tasted many strange fruits there (a dry crumbly legume vaguely like tamarind Detarium senegalense, caper relatives, and the mango relative Marula used to make South African liquor) I never did get to try the Balanites fruit. I did see this tree several times, but never in fruit, unfortunately.

I love your pink-fleshed etter apple photos. I pick these often in Central Park on edible plant walks and have been trying to figure out what variety they are. Maybe 'Niedwetzkyana' or some other variety propagated by Etter. They're delicious anyway!

Keep up the great fruit blogging! Belem, Brazil was the best place to go to increase the numbers on my life list! ;-)

At 5/04/2008 04:54:00 AM, Blogger Nat said...

Oh, and I forgot, if you did get that nice fruit breeding job, want to help me scheme how to cross a cherimoya and a paw paw, and a mangosteen and St. John's Wort (yes, strangely enough, those last two are in the same family)!

I was pretty excited to find a wild Mangosteen relative in Laos last summer:
maybe that can start the breeding process.

At 11/21/2011 10:44:00 AM, Anonymous www.e3d.es said...

This won't succeed in actual fact, that is what I believe.

At 10/09/2015 07:04:00 AM, Blogger Zheng junxai5 said...

2015-10-10 zhengjx
ugg boots
ugg boots
Ray Ban Sunglasses Outlet Store Online
coach factory outlet
toms outlet
coach factory outlet online
Abercrombie & Fitch Clothing With Big Discount
Cheap Jordan 13 Shoes For Sale Free Shipping
Ugg Boots,Ugg Boots Outlet,Ugg Outlet,Cheap Uggs,Uggs On Sale,Ugg Boots Clearance,Uggs For Women
Louis Vuitton Outlet Handbags Pursers In USA
michael kors handbags
ugg boots sale
ralph lauren
louis vuitton
Kobe Shoes,Kobe 9,Kobe 8 Discount
Mont Blanc Pens For Sale
Cheap Michael Kors Handbags On Sale
Christian Louboutin Outlet For Women
Cheap Louis Vuitton Handbags Luggage Bags Sale
michael kors outlet
abercrombie & fitch
coach outlet store online
Louis Vuitton Outlet Authentic Handbags Discount
Hollister UK Clothing Store
canada goose
michale kors outlet
Christian Louboutin Shoes Outlet Sale Cheap Price
Canada Goose,Canada Goose Outlet,Canada Goose Jackets,Canada Goose Sale
Cheap Jordans Shoes For Sale

At 7/25/2016 11:55:00 PM, Blogger xjd7410@gmail.com said...

gucci outlet
lebron shoes for kids
mont blanc pens
louis vuitton outlet
kevin durant shoes 7
toms outlet
louis vuitton bags
michael kors handbags
true religion sale
oakley canada
supra shoes
adidas originals shoes
coach factory outlet online
louis vuitton outlet
cheap basketball shoes
ray ban sunglasses
ray ban sunglasses
ralph lauren outlet
toms outlet
nike air force 1
louis vuitton handbags
nike sb dunks
celine bags
louis vuitton purses
tory burch handbags
cheap air jordans
louis vuitton purses
replica rolex watches
tiffany jewelry

At 6/08/2018 10:45:00 PM, Blogger Fghkfhk Dfgaert said...

oakley sunglasses
mbt shoes
michael kors outlet online
ray ban sunglasses
canada goose outlet
true religion jeans
polo ralph lauren
ralph lauren polo shirts
nike shoes
longchamp outlet

At 6/27/2018 11:18:00 PM, Blogger jeje said...

off-white clothing
kate spade outlet
vibram fivefingers shoes
canada goose jackets
kate spade outlet online
bottega veneta
canada goose outlet
jordan shoes
yeezy boost 350 v2
christian louboutin shoes

At 7/02/2018 05:44:00 AM, Blogger Yaro Gabriel said...


christian louboutin outlet
ugg boots
michael kors outlet
canada goose outlet
cheap mlb jerseys
birkenstock outlet
canada goose outlet
michael kors
ugg outlet
ray ban sunglasses

At 7/23/2018 03:32:00 AM, Blogger Pansys Silvaz said...

prada outlet
canada goose jackets
oakley sunglasses
merrell shoes
mulberry outlet
coach outlet online
pacers jerseys
tory burch outlet
jordan 32

At 10/29/2018 03:23:00 AM, Blogger zzyytt said...

adidas shoes
vans store
air max 270
golden goose outlet
fake rolex
goyard handbags
lacoste polo shirts
nike hyperdunk


Post a Comment

<< Home