page contains answers to frequently asked questions to California
Rare Fruit Growers members.
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is a rare fruit?
can I find information about rare fruits?
I plant rare fruit trees in my garden?
is the California Rare Fruit Growers Organization?
do I register to become a member of the CRFG?
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)
Facts are a series of publications prepared by the
Rare Fruit Growers, Inc. It contains information on individual
fruits, including botanical identification, plant description
notes, and characteristics of cultivars. The information
is derived from
growers' experience based largely on California
research, as well as
various published sources.
this question you first need to know what is the coldest
in your garden. CRFG members have prepared an excellent
guide to selecting rare fruits based on their tolerance to lowest
temperatures that are likely to occur in the winter
Guide for Choosing Rare Fruit Trees for Your Yard.
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and foster public and scientific interest, research,
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
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
For further information please visit the award winning
of the California Rare Fruit Growers,
We meet every
fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm in Room 101, Casa del Prado
in Balboa Park.
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.
Last Updated: November 15, 2012 14:11