Rare Fruit Orchard

Another part of the farm park in San Jose was a rare fruit garden with many exotic and tropical species. I’ll try to name as many as I can, but most of them lacked name plates.

This is a bitter orange, used only in advanced cooking techniques due to the bitter qualities

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A menagerie of rare apple trees

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Many more citrus, mostly oranges

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To the right is a loquat, which has apricot-like fruit and a citrus tang

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This is from that three on the left, I think it is a south american paw-paw

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A brazilian feijoa guava (I hate their distinctive odor and  taste from the methyl benzoate it exudes)

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No idea what this is

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Bacon avocados. Unlike their haas cousins, these have a smooth skin and much more oil. Very tasty when ripe

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Hazelnuts grow on trees or bushes

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Pomegranate does the same

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I think these are immature currents

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That become golden when ripe

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A grove of banana’s

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Mulberries that were not ripe, they turn purple/black in most varieties when ripe

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Perhaps a very immature kiwi?

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Goji berries

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These look like rose hips, but something else entirely

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I saw three stages to this mystery fruit

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These ones weren’t quite ripe

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And I saw these and they tasted of sour strawberries

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A candy-stripe fig, one of my favorite varieties

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These were jujube’s, which I found out were an actual fruit and not just candy

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Something else

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A finger lime, if you haven’t tried one of these you really should seek them out. Instead of normal lime structure, it has tiny pearls of lime juice like caviar. They add great pop to any dish, especially southeast asian ones

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Next up, tons of amazing shots from my summer trip to Santa Cruz

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