In our new book, How to Cultivate Tropical Fruit, we cover all the fruit-growing and fruit-eating techniques you need to keep your backyard tropical.
You’ll learn how to harvest fruits from the trees, set them in a terrarium, and cook them.
You can even plant tropical fruits on your own patio.
In this video, we’ll show you how to get started on a tropical fruit garden.
If you’re new to growing fruits, we’ve included some of our favorite fruit growing tips below.1.
Choose a large container that can hold fruits.
We’ve found that an 8-by-10-inch container is the ideal size for most fruit.
The best way to determine if a container will work for you is to use your thumb and forefinger to pinch a small area of fruit.
If the area is dry, the container should be left undisturbed.2.
Cut a corner to cut through the soil.
In a 12-inch by 16-inch garden, we cut a corner of the soil to access the fruit.
A corner will allow you to access and manipulate fruit.3.
Fill the container with fresh soil.
This allows for the fruit to ripen quickly.
You should also fill the container to at least 20 percent with fresh compost.4.
Make sure the container is fully filled with fruit.
Once you’ve harvested your first fruit, you’ll want to add the second fruit in the same container.
The fruit should be evenly packed.
This will keep the fruit fresh for up to three months.5.
Place the fruit in a pot.
This way, you can place it in the refrigerator, which will help the fruit ripen in the fridge.6.
Cut the fruit into bite-sized pieces.
For our first fruit-harvesting recipe, we decided to make about 3-inch pieces and cut them into bite sized pieces.7.
Set the container in the freezer to prevent mold growth.8.
Cook the fruit at room temperature.
Once the fruit is cooked, remove the container and let it cool for 10 minutes.
The fruits should still be firm.9.
Use a food processor to make the pulp.
For this fruit, we just made a paste of fruit pulp, water, and sugar.
This process produces a tasty pulp.10.
Use the pulp to make sugar syrup.
For the second piece of fruit, the sugar was made by heating sugar in a large saucepan until it liquefied.
This sugar syrup can be used to make honey syrup or any other fruit-related sweetener.11.
Use your fingers to crush the fruit chunks.
The more the fruit pieces are crushed, the easier they will be to eat.12.
Add the fruit pulp to a bowl of ice water to chill.
The ice water will help reduce the water content of the pulp and will help keep the pulp from freezing.13.
Place a piece of fresh compost on the fruit and cut the fruits into small pieces.
The compost can be placed in the back of a small, plastic container.14.
Cook and harvest the fruits in a separate bowl.
The first fruits should be cooked and cooled before the second ones are ready.
The fresh compost can also be placed on top of the second fruits for added moisture.15.
Once fruits are cooked and chilled, you should remove the containers from the freezer and place them on the countertop for about 20 minutes.
They should be ready to eat immediately.