Fruit and Nuts
Fruit and nut trees are special and unlike vegetables they will produce for a lot of years with a better return on effort than anything else in the garden.
In addition to fruit and nut production these trees can be value for shade, timber and as a support for climbing plants. Their crops are good sources of minerals, vitamins, protein and fats and make the perfect snacks for kids.
While the planting location of a tree is highly important for a successful production of fruit and nuts, when selecting a fruit tree or a nut tree from your local nursery, some additional factors you should consider are:
tree shape and size
taste, texture and use of fruit
time of harvest season
disease and pest resistance.
Multi-Grafted trees are an alternative for small gardens where space is limited and several types of fruit are desired.
Trees provide great ecological, economic and cultural values.
A Garden with Fruit Trees and Nut Trees is a Fulfilling, Meaningful and Worthy Undertaking.
Fruit and Nut Tree Enthusiasts
Backyard orchardists are generally small-scale agriculturists of rare and exotic fruit and nut trees and/or plants. However, some of their growing methods and innovative practices are uniquely suited to both the small-scale enthusiast and the commercial grower.
Saba nut | Guyana Chestnut – Pachira edulis
Saba Nut, Pachira edulis, is a sub-tropical, tropical nut bearing tree, indigenus to the Amazon River basin, also known as Guyana Chestnut. It is a medium sized fast growing, up to 5 meters tall but much taller in the wild It is a multi stemmed evergreen, grown in many parts of the world.
The Saba Nut is cultivated chiefly for its edible nuts (seeds); however, it also makes a desirable potted indoor plant or outdoor specimen for all coastal and inland climates.
Pachira edulis leaves are bright green, narrow fingered, elliptically formatted. The white, fluffy flowers are large, oddish, shaving brush shaped, very fragrant and ornamental. They are 8-10cm long and self-fertile.
Saba nut Fruit
The fruit of the Saba Nut are large, oval, woody green five-valved pods containing numerous brown, hairy nuts (seeds); that mature usually towards the end of summer. The capsules alter their color and break open open when the nuts are ripe.
The nuts can be consumed raw or cooked. When consumed raw they taste more or less like peanuts while roasted they taste like cashews or chestnuts. Raw nuts can keep for months in a cool, dry place.
Saba Nut Propagation Methods
Tree propagation is by seed or cuttings. It is a very tough plant that is drought and disease tolerant. The plant will do well in full sun to light shade. It needs well drained soil. Nut Production starts within a few years from planting.
The plant makes an ideal food tree and also well worth considering for landscaping. Pachira edulis is a member of the family Malvaceae the genus Pachira.
Saba Nut, Pachira edulis
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