Founded in 1955, the Rare Fruit Council International, Inc. (RFCI) is a non-profit organization here to promote the development and use of tropical fruits in South Florida.
January 8, 2020 – Dr. Alan H. Chambers “Vanilla in Southern Florida: Conservation, Commercial Production, & Breeding New Cultivars” (UF TREC, Miami-Dade, Florida)
February 12, 2020 – Mike Winterstein “Updates on Research at USDA – ARS-SHRS & GRIN Global” (Subtropical Horticulture Research, Miami-Dade, Florida)
March 11, 2020 – Adrian Hunsberger “The Best Treatments for Fruit Tree Pests” (UF IFAS, Miami-Dade, Florida)
[POSTPONED - COVID-19] April 8, 2020 – Ian Wolinsky “Organic Gardening Guidelines” (The Gourmet Gardeners, Broward, Florida)
[CANCELLED - COVID-19] May 13, 2020 – Shari Blissett-Clark “Bats & Gardens: A Natural Connection” (Florida Bat Conservancy, Merritt Island, Florida)
[POSTPONED - COVID-19] June 10, 2020 – Dr. Geoffrey Meru “Pumpkins & Calabazas” (UF IFAS / TREC, Miami-Dade, Florida)
July 8, 2020 – Chantelle Sookram “Preparation of Fruits and Vegetables”
August 12, 2020 – John Coldwell “Beekeeping in South Florida” (Urban Beekeepers Aviary Supply & Management Co., Oakland Park, Florida)
September 9, 2020 – Har Mahdeem “How to Properly Spray Fruit Trees” (Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International, Florida)
October 14, 2020 – Marsha Eisenberg “Tomatoes” (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
November 11, 2020 – Open Board Meeting – Thanksgiving Dinner – Members are encouraged to bring a dish, accompaniment side, backyard fruits, soup, casseroles, beverages etc.
December 9, 2020 – Holiday Party – Members are encouraged to bring a dish, accompaniment side, backyard fruits, soup, casseroles, beverages etc.
Bixa Orellana, annatto, is an orange-red condiment and food coloring derived from the seeds of the achiote tree native to tropical regions from Mexico to Brazil. It is often used to impart a yellow or orange color to foods, but sometimes also for its flavor and aroma. Its scent is described as “slightly peppery with a hint of nutmeg” and flavor as “slightly nutty, sweet and peppery”
Annona montana, is an edible fruit in the Annonaceae family native to Central America, the Amazon, and islands in the Caribbean. It has fibrous fruits. Mountain Soursop may be used as a rootstock for cultivated Annonas.
The jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) is a species of tree in the fig, mulberry, and breadfruit family. Its origin is in the region between the Western Ghats of southern India and the rainforests of Malaysia. The fruits can reach 100lbs, and it is rumored to be the flavor inspiration behind Juicy Fruit gum.
Theobroma cacao, also called the cacao tree and the cocoa tree, is a small (13–26 ft tall) evergreen tree in the family Malvaceae, native to the deep tropical regions of Mesoamerica. Its seeds, cocoa beans, are used to make chocolate liquor, cocoa solids, cocoa butter and chocolate.
Artocarpus altilis, breadfruit is a dietary staple in many tropical areas. Captain Bligh of the Bounty transported breadfruit seedlings from the South Pacific to the West Indies. Mature fruit is roundish or ovoid and may weigh 2 to 10 pounds. The yellowish green rind is divided into many low, sometimes spiny, projections. The edible portion is the white to yellowish pulp of slightly immature fruit. The large central core is discarded. Fully ripe fruit is soft and yellow to brownish. Boiled or raw, the fruit can be frozen in suitable containers.
Blighia sapoda is an evergreen tree that grows about 10 meters tall, with a short trunk and a dense crown. The fruit, which is only edible once ripe, is pear-shaped. When it ripens, it turns from green to a bright red to yellow-orange, and splits open to reveal three large, shiny black seeds, each partly surrounded by soft, creamy or spongy, white to yellow flesh. The flesh, called the aril, has a nut-like flavor and texture of scrambled eggs.
Kumquat, Citrus japonica, is part of the Rutaceae citrus family. These small, delicious, sweet, and tart, citrus fruits can be eaten whole and turned into a fine array of preserves. Here's one way to preserve your kumquat harvest.
This banana oat cake makes a great grab-and-go alternative to your typical oatmeal breakfast. Prepare them as a bar using a brownie pan, or as loaf in a couple of bread pans, depending on your preference.