Egg Fruit

by T Akery | November 7th, 2012 | Fruits

Egg fruit is an interesting tropical fruit. It is a shaped like a dew drop, and it is sunshiny yellow on the inside and out. While you won’t find this one as juicy due to a lower water content, it does contain both beta carotene and ascorbic acid.  It is not available in grocery stores, making it an ideal addition for gardeners in warmer climates.

The egg fruit tree is usually started from a seed. If taking the seed from existing fruit, you need to plant it within a couple of days. The seeds go bad after about five days outside the fruit. Once you have started the tree, it takes about three years before fruit production.  You might have success in locating a tree at a local nursery. The advantage of using a nursery is that you can actually inspect the tree you are buying.

Trees need well-drained soil. Unlike other citrus trees, they don’t necessarily require acidic soil. They can thrive in alkaline soil. Fertilize on a regular basis. They also need to be watered during dry conditions, but well-established trees can handle both drought and flooding conditions.

A sunny spot along with plenty of space is required. Trees can get up to fifty feet in height unless they are pruned. Pruning will keep them at the size you want. Their roots also take up considerable space. Don’t plant near power lines or near your home. The ideal location is on the south side of the garden.

They are a little cold tolerant, but they should be covered up or brought indoors if temperatures drop below freezing. Young trees are more susceptible to the cold.

Egg fruit is not something you find sitting on grocery store shelves. It is a delicate fruit that requires care in handling. It is a good addition to gardens.

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