This page contains answers to frequently asked questions to California Rare Fruit Growers members.

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  1. What is a rare fruit?
  2. Where can I find information about rare fruits?
  3. Can I plant rare fruit trees in my garden?
  4. What is the California Rare Fruit Growers Organization?
  5. Where do I register to become a member of the CRFG?
  6. What makes growing rare fruit so important?

What is a rare fruit?

There has been some debate of what is a 'rare' fruit. A fruit is considered to be rare because it is:

- not normally grown in a particular area (in our case, the Jaboticaba is a rare tree in San Diego, but not in Brazil),

- scarce or about to be extinct,

- of unusual properties, such as the Miracle Fruit which changes the sense of taste,

- a new species that has recently been introduced or discovered,

- a species that has not been grown commercially.

(by J. M. Gallego)

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Where can I find information about rare fruit?

Fruit Facts are a series of publications prepared by the
California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc. It contains information on individual fruits, including botanical identification, plant description and culture notes, and characteristics of cultivars. The information is derived from growers' experience based largely on California research, as well as various published sources. 

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Can I plant rare fruit trees in my garden?

To answer this question you first need to know what is the coldest temperature in your garden.  CRFG members have prepared an excellent guide to selecting rare fruits based on their tolerance to lowest overnight temperatures that are likely to occur in the winter months. 
A Guide for Choosing Rare Fruit Trees for Your Yard.

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What is the CRFG Organization?


"To encourage and foster public and scientific interest, research, education in and the preservation of rare fruit plants that have edible seeds, fruits, leaves, stems or roots and are not commonly grown commercially. The furtherance and encouragement of these activities shall be for the benefit of the public rather than commercial interests."

Founded in 1968, California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc. (CRFG) is the largest amateur fruit-growing organization in the world, with members in 48 states and U.S. territories, and 30 countries. The worldwide membership of CRFG includes many nationally recognized botanical gardens, rare fruit enthusiasts, commercial fruit growers, and internationally recognized horticultural researchers. The organization has a general interest in all aspects of fruit growing with a primary focus on subtropical fruits and uncommon fruits and vegetables. For further information please visit the award winning site of the California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc.

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When and where are the meeting of the San Diego Chapter?

We meet every fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm in Room 101, Casa del Prado in Balboa Park.

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What makes growing rare fruit so important?

New fruits are constantly being discovered or developed into new cultivars with possibilities of commercial ventures for California fruit producers. Also, to preserve rare fruits from becoming extinct due to the mindless exploitation of areas such as the rain forests.

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Last Updated: November 15, 2012 14:11