Rare Fruit Council To Host Tree And Plant Sale March 29

The Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International will host its bi-annual Tropical Fruit Tree & Plant Sale on Saturday, March 29. The popular event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds’ Agriplex building.

This year’s Tropical Fruit Tree & Plant Sale will offer numerous delightful and delicious fruit trees, including: avocado, banana, Barbados cherry, black sapote, canistel, carambola, citrus, dragon fruit, fig, guava, grumichama, jackfruit, jaboticaba, longan, lychee, macadamia, mamey sapote, mango, miracle fruit, mulberry, papaya, peach, persimmon, soursop, sugar apple, star apple and tamarind, plus herbs and spices, along with specially formulated “fruitilizer” and more.

Tree and plant fans should enter the South Florida Fairgrounds through Gate 5 on Southern Blvd. Both admission and parking are free.

Established in 1970, the Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council 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. The organization includes several hundred members interested in learning about, growing and enjoying tropical fruit.

Monthly meetings are held the second Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach, directly across from the west side of Palm Beach International Airport.

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 chapter’s famous “tasting table” — a chance to taste various tropical fruits grown by members.

Annual membership is $25, and 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; an annual ice cream social for members and guests featuring ice cream handmade with fruits grown by members; plant sales twice yearly, during which members can bring fruit trees and edible plants to sell to the general public; organized field trips to regional fruit tree collections and plantings; monthly field trips to member yards and local orchards; and numerous volunteer opportunities.

In addition, specially formulated fertilizer and pruning/grafting tools are offered at a discount to members.

For more information chapter, visit www.pbrarefruitcouncil.org.