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Fruit for dry climates

Postby Bass » Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:57 pm

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I'm wondering what would you recommend as a good fruit for dry climates?

I have been in contact with ACSAD a center for studying, breeding and collecting plants and animals for agriculture purposes. Specifically the dry climates of countries like Morroco, Northern Africa and some arid areas of the Middle east. They have a germplasm collection similar to UCDavis in Syria, Morroco, Tunis, and other Arab countries. Here's their translated link http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A//acsad.net/index.php&hl=en&langpair=auto|en&tbb=1&ie=UTF-8
They currently have Figs, Olives, grapes, Pistachio and Almonds for the fruit bearing trees.
I have recommended and donating materials of Figs, Jujube, and Che.
Since I don't live in an arid area, I'm in Pennsylvania. I'm wondering what the growers in California recommend as a good fruit for dry climates that I can also suggest to the center?
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Re: Fruit for dry climates

Postby RodneyS » Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:07 pm

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Re: Fruit for dry climates

Postby fruitnut » Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:47 pm

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That's not much of a dry climate fruit collection if they don't already have jujube. I'd also recommend pomegranate. It loves hot dry weather.

Re: Fruit for dry climates

Postby George » Mon Mar 14, 2011 1:27 pm

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Of course there are Dates and Argan but those already grow in the region. How about Opuntia? Opuntia fruits and the leaves are eaten as vegetables.

Re: Fruit for dry climates

Postby gino45 » Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:17 am

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Mangoes grow best in hot, dry climates. In Hawaii the commercial mangos grow on the lee (dry) side at low elevations.
Not that I live in such conditions; however, we had a horrible drought in the '09-.'10 winter and the mangos loved it. I never had to water them, unlike everything else, and they set a huge crop of fruit.

Re: Fruit for dry climates

Postby Joshua_TX » Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:41 pm

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On an audio recording I have of Bill Mollison, he talks about food plants that do well in arid climates. He lists:

Date Palm
Spanish Chestnut - Castanea sativa
Quandong - Santalum acuminatum
Mongongo Nut
Acacias / Mesquites
Cactus (Cereus/Prickly Pear/Stenocereus)
Doum Palm - Hyphaene thebaica

Re: Fruit for dry climates

Postby nullzero » Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:42 am

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Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) is also is drought tolerant, from what I hear.

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