The Palm Beach chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International has held tropical fruit tree and edible plant sales twice a year for more than 30 years.
The next sale will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Agriplex on Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Established in 1970, the chapter is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and furthering the cultivation and use of tropical and rare fruit in South Florida and throughout the world.
There will be hundreds of varieties of fruits and thousands to choose from including: avocados, bananas, Barbados cherry, black sapote, canistel, carambola, citrus, dragon fruit, figs, guava, grumichama, Jackfruit, jaboticaba, longan, lychee, macadamia, mamey sapote, mango, miracle fruit, mulberry, papaya, peach, persimmon, soursop, sugar apple, star apple, tamarind, herbs and spices, specially formulated fruitilizer and more.
The organization includes several hundred members interested in learning about, growing and enjoying tropical fruits.
Monthly meetings are the second Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Mounts Building, 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. Each meeting has an educational lecture by a speaker in the field of fruit science or a related field, a fruit tree auction, a seed and plant exchange, and the famous “tasting table” — a chance to taste various tropical fruits grown by members.
Membership is $25 yearly. Member benefits include a monthly newsletter filled with informative articles about growing rare fruits and related topics, propagation classes where members learn how to graft and air-layer tropical fruit trees, and an annual ice cream social for members and their guests only, among other benefits. The ice cream is handmade with fruits grown by members.
Those attending the July 20 sale should enter through Gate 5 on Southern Blvd. Admission and parking are free.