Welcome to the California Rare Fruit Growers, San Diego Chapter!

March Meeting:

Festival of Fruit in Hawaii
Presentation by Fang Liu and Bob Holzinger

Wednesday, March 25
(Every 4th Wednesday of the month, except Nov. and Dec.)
Starts at 7:00 PM

Balboa Park, Casa del Prado, Room 101

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Cherimoya Ice Cream

1 C Cherimoya pulp (limited supplies will be available at the meeting)
1 T Fresh squeezed Tangerine or Orange Juice
1 Egg
3/4 C Sugar (or less to taste)
1 C Heavy Whipping Cream (not whipped)
1/2 t Vanilla

Blend cherimoya pulp with juice, egg and sugar until pureed.

Add heavy whipping cream and vanilla, mix, then process in an ice-cream maker til frozen. No ice-cream maker? No problem; just pour into an airtight container and freeze!

Makes about 3 Cups

Thank you everyone for attending the March Cherimoya Meeting. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

RE: Frozen Pulp. For those of you who received bags of frozen pulp marked “Incl. Selma” please know that the variety Selma is naturally pink-fleshed so you will see flecks of pink in this pulp. Selma is equally as sweet and delicious as all others.

While the results of the cherimoya tasting are nearly too close to call (fractions of points), results are in order below, member comments immediately following:

Dylan (#7 on rate sheet). Best, slight aftertaste, appley, my 2nd favorite, strawberry, very sweet and fruity, bubblegum flavor, melon, 2nd best
Pierce (#2 on rate sheet). Excellent, quite good, apricot, great flavor, best, pineapply, #1
Fortuna (#8 on rate sheet). Slightly rubbery, plain, banana, fell apart, watery, tangy pineapply
Lucida (#4 on rate sheet). Rubbery, good
Fortuna (#6 on rate sheet). Pineapply x2, after taste, sweet, firm creamy, cheesy, my favorite, a little acidy, Fino-like, good flavor
Bays (#1 on rate sheet). Mushy, banana flavor, slightly off taste, sweet/some acidity, banana, fishy flavor, pineapple x2, 2nd best, bubblegum, great
Coochie Island (#5 on the rate sheet). 2nd best, rich and complex, the best, poor flavor, banana, very different, sapote-like, a little chewy, the best
Fino de Jete (#3 on the rate sheet). Watery, pear like x2, smooth/middle of the road, fell apart, bland, mushy, good flavor
White (#9 on the rate sheet). Sprite tasting, overripe, watery, so-so, soft, a little citrusy, good

Thank you to everyone who turned in a rating sheet. Your comments are greatly appreciated. See you next month!

Festival of Fruit

August 7, 8 & 9, 2015

Location: TBA

  The San Diego Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers will be hosting the 2015 statewide meeting, The Festival of Fruit, with the theme of the festival being "The Year of the Drought Tolerant Fruits".  

This event will feature a day of dynamic speaker presentations on Saturday August 8 revolving around some of the more drought tolerant fruits that can be grown in Southern California as well as products and cultural practices that can be used to help reduce water use and help in water conservation.  

On Saturday there will also be fruit tastings, a opportunity drawing, educational displays, both a plant auction and plant sale and a closing dinner.  In addition, the San Diego Master Gardeners will be organizing a “marketplace” with vendors, agencies and non-profit organizations and will be having educational instructional demonstrations throughout the day.  The marketplace will free and open to the public from 8:00am-4:00pm.  There will be garden and nursery tours on Fri. August 7th and Sunday August 9th.   

Attendance at the 2015 Festival of Fruit is expected to be over 400 fruit enthusiasts from California and Arizona and the Marketplace should have more than 1000 visitors coming from the San Diego area.  Mark your calendars.  August 7, 8 & 9, 2015

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The San Diego Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers was created to educate people about rare fruits, to identify fruits that are adaptable to the local area, and to propagate and to exchange plant materials.

What do we do?

During the year, the San Diego Chapter has many activities related to growing rare, unusual and exotic fruits. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in growing fruits in the San Diego area and a desire to improve their gardening skills.

Our meetings cover a wide variety of subjects such as selecting rare or semitropical fruit trees, how to plant and take care of them, how enhance your garden with fruit trees, and what to do with your new source of food.

During our meetings, we have a raffle of rare and exotic plants, mostly scarce fruit trees, donated to the Chapter by our generous membership. We also have a fruit tasting table, where the members get to enjoy fresh fruit prepared in many ways.

In addition, members receive a monthly newsletter filled with information about activities of interest to San Diego gardeners, and recipes using exotic fruits.

For other cities please visit our parent organization's web page at http://www.crfg.org. We also welcome suggestions on how to provide timely and specific information to everyone interested in growing rare fruits in San Diego.


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Last Updated:  March 27, 2015