What kind of fruit is this? It is the size of a small avocado or a plum

What kind of fruit is this? It is the size of a small avocado or a plum

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The flesh inside them seems ripe as it is squishy, and it gives off a strange odor. The smell at first reminded me of menthol. It's about the size of a small avocado, or a plum. A coworker of mine left a few on my desk before he left, but he didn't say what they were.

After doing a bit more research and asking a few friends, I found out that it was a feijoa, or pineapple guava. I think the ones in the picture aren't fully ripe yet, though.

10 fruits high in vitamin C

Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) is one of the most common nutrients. It has powerful antioxidant properties and is needed for wound healing, repairing tissue, iron absorption, scurvy prevention and protecting heart health. The amount of vitamin C you need will depend on your age and gender, ranging from 40 mg to 120 mg per day.

Just to be safe, I usually get the majority of my vitamin c from REAL berry-sourced supplements (not the synthetic junk). On top of that though, here are the fruits that I focus on to top off my vitamin c needs.

It is commonly thought that citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons are the only sources of vitamin C, but this is not the case. There are in fact lots of fruits and vegetables you can eat that will provide you with significant quantities of vitamin C.

Do eat: Pineapple

If you're looking for a tropical fruit packed with excellent health benefits, look no further than the pineapple, rich in vitamin C and manganese. The best reason to eat pineapple, however, is an enzyme called bromelain, which you can only get by eating this tasty fruit.

Bromelain helps you absorb antibiotics, stops diarrhea, and may even fight diabetes, heart disease and cancer, according to a study by Biotechnology Research International. It also shortens the healing time after surgery, and is used for treating inflammation and sports injuries.

If you're looking for ways to incorporate more pineapple into your diet, try putting it on your pizza, cutting up a pineapple and eating it as a snack, or adding it to your smoothies. You can also put in on your oatmeal, add it to beef tacos, or chop it up into some salsa.


Serving: 1 cup

About the size of. a tennis ball

Calories: These juicy little fruits are low in calories:

  • Blueberries: 85
  • Strawberries: 47
  • Raspberries: 65
  • Grapes: 61

Berries are big on flavor, but most of them (besides grapes) come in low on the glycemic index, a scale that ranks food (as low, moderate or high) when it comes to how likely it is to spike your blood sugar. Foods that are low on the index help keep blood sugar levels steady, which is beneficial for weight loss, according to Harvard Health Publishing.

This colorful fruit group is probably best known for being rich in antioxidants, or nutrients that can help protect our cells from damage, according to Harvard Health Publishing. Berries are also rich in flavonoids (plant chemicals), which may reduce cognitive decline in older adults, according to an April 2012 study published in Annals of Neurology.

Grapes, specifically, provide more than a quarter of your recommended daily intake of vitamin K, which supports bone health, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Plus, a 1-cup serving of grapes (about 32 seedless) contains about 176 milligrams of potassium, which helps maintain or lower blood pressure, according to the Blood Pressure Association.

Mexican Hybrids:

(These are crosses, containing parentage of both the Mexican subspecies and either Guatemalan or West Indies subspecies. These typically have somewhat less cold-hardiness than pure Mexican types, but more than the commercial varieties.)


‘Brogden’ cold-hardy avocados are a hybrid between Mexican and West Indies types. They are mid-range in cold-hardiness between the pure Mexican varieties and commercial types, and they have a phenomenal flavor and texture.

‘Brogden’ avocados have a smooth-as-silk flesh unlike other avocados, and a high oil content that gives them the rich flavor characteristic of Mexican and Guatemalan varieties. ‘Brogden’ is an avocado-lover’s avocado. While the other avo varieties I’ve been profiling here are pure Mexican subspecies, ‘Brogden’ is a cross between Mexican and West Indies types. So the skin on this one is a little thicker than the skin on pure Mexican varieties, and the tree can take a hard freeze, but not quite as much cold as the pure Mexi-cados like ‘Del Rio’. But Brogden fruits get larger than the pure Mexican types, up to at least 10 ounces (280g). This variety seems like an extremely promising market fruit both for existing avocado-growing territory, and also for areas slightly too cold to grow commercial avocados.

‘Winter Mexican’

I haven’t grown or sampled the fruits of ‘Winter Mexican’, so can’t say much about it, except that it is not of pure Mexican subspecies parentage: it’s a hybrid between the Mexican and West Indies types. So it does not have the full cold hardiness of the Mexican cultivars. If your area is subject to winter lows that dip down to 20F (-7C) or colder, you really want the cold hardiness of the pure Mexican subspecies. ‘Winter Mexican’ has gotten distributed in the nursery trade and sold in the Gainesville (North Florida) area. I’ve spoken to more than one person around here who said, “I planted one of those supposedly cold-hardy Mexican avocado trees, and it froze!” In each case, it turned out that what they had planted was ‘Winter Mexican’. In North Florida and similar climate zones, nurseries should be selling avocado varieties that have pure Mexican parentage – a glance at this page will show there’s lots to choose from.

Fruits Dogs Can and Can’t Eat

Yes, dogs can eat apples. Apples are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as fiber for your dog. They are low in protein and fat, making them the perfect snack for senior dogs. Just be sure to remove the seeds and core first. Try them frozen for an icy warm weather snack.

No, dogs should not eat avocado. While avocado may be a healthy snack for dog owners, it should not be given to dogs at all. The pit, skin, and leaves of avocados contain persin, a toxin that often causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. The fleshy inside of the fruit doesn’t have as much persin as the rest of the plant, but it is still too much for dogs to handle.

Yes, dogs can eat bananas. In moderation, bananas are a great low-calorie treat for dogs. They’re high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, fiber, and copper. They are low in cholesterol and sodium, but because of their high sugar content, bananas should be given as a treat, not part of your dog’s main diet.

Yes, dogs can eat blueberries. Blueberries are a superfood rich in antioxidants, which prevent cell damage in humans and canines alike. They’re packed with fiber and phytochemicals as well. Teaching your dog to catch treats in the air? Try blueberries as an alternative to store-bought treats.

Yes, cantaloupe is safe for dogs. Cantaloupe is packed with nutrients, low in calories, and a great source of water and fiber. It is, however, high in sugar, so should be shared in moderation, especially for dogs who are overweight or have diabetes.

No, dogs should not eat cherries. With the exception of the fleshy part around the seed, cherry plants contain cyanide and are toxic to dogs. Cyanide disrupts cellular oxygen transport, which means that your dog’s blood cells can’t get enough oxygen. If your dog eats cherries, be on the lookout for dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, and red gums, as these may be signs of cyanide poisoning.

Yes, cranberries are safe for dogs to eat. Both cranberries and dried cranberries are safe to feed to dogs in small quantities. Whether your dog will like this tart treat is another question. Either way, moderation is important when feeding cranberries to dogs, as with any treat, as too many cranberries can lead to an upset stomach.

Yes, dogs can eat cucumbers. Cucumbers are especially good for overweight dogs, as they hold little to no carbohydrates, fats, or oils and they can even boost energy levels. They’re loaded with vitamins K, C, and B1, as well as potassium, copper, magnesium, and biotin.

No, dogs should never eat grapes. Grapes and raisins (dried grapes) have proved to be very toxic for dogs no matter the dog’s breed, sex, or age. In fact, grapes are so toxic that they can lead to acute sudden kidney failure. Always be mindful of this dangerous fruit for dogs.

Yes, dogs can eat mangoes. This sweet summer treat is packed with four different vitamins: A, B6, C, and E. They also have potassium and both beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. Just remember, as with most fruits, remove the hard pit first, as it contains small amounts of cyanide and can become a choking hazard. Mango is high in sugar, so use it as an occasional treat.

Yes, dogs can eat oranges. Oranges are fine for dogs to eat, according to veterinarians, but they may not be fans of any strong-smelling citrus. Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, and in small quantities, the juicy flesh of an orange can be a tasty treat for your dog. Vets do recommend tossing the peel and only offering your dog the flesh of the orange, minus any seeds. Orange peel is rough on their digestive systems, and the oils may make your dog literally turn up their sensitive nose.

Yes, peaches are safe for dogs to eat. Small amounts of cut-up fresh or frozen peaches are a great source of fiber and vitamin A, and can even help fight infections, but just like cherries, the pit contains cyanide. As long as you completely cut around the pit first, fresh peaches can be a great summer treat. Skip canned peaches, as they usually contain high amounts of sugary syrups.

Yes, dogs can eat pears. Pears are a great snack because they’re high in copper, vitamins C and K, and fiber. It’s been suggested that eating the fruit can reduce the risk of having a stroke by 50 percent. Just be sure to cut pears into bite-size chunks and remove the pit and seeds first, as the seeds contain traces of cyanide. Skip canned pears with sugary syrups.

Yes, pineapple is safe for dogs to eat. A few chunks of pineapple is a great sweet treat for dogs, as long as the prickly outside peel and crown are removed first. The tropical fruit is full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It also contains bromelain, an enzyme that makes it easier for dogs to absorb proteins.

Yes, dogs can eat raspberries. Raspberries are fine in moderation. They contain antioxidants that are great for dogs. They’re low in sugar and calories, but high in fiber, manganese, and vitamin C. Raspberries are especially good for senior dogs because they have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help aging joints. However, they do contain small amounts of xylitol, so limit your dog to less than a cup of raspberries at a time.

Yes, dogs can eat strawberries. Strawberries are full of fiber and vitamin C. Along with that, they also contain an enzyme that can help whiten your dog’s teeth as he or she eats them. They contain sugar, so be sure to give them in moderation.

No, dogs should avoid tomatoes. While the ripened fruit of the tomato plant is generally considered safe for dogs, the green parts of the plant contain a toxic substance called solanine. While a dog would need to eat a large amount of the tomato plant to make him or her sick, it’s better to skip tomatoes all together just to be safe.

Yes, dogs can eat watermelon. It’s important to remove the rind and seeds first, as they can cause intestinal blockage, but watermelon flesh is otherwise safe for dogs. It’s full of vitamin A, B-6, and C, as well as potassium. Watermelon is 92 percent water, so it’s a great way to help keep your dog hydrated on hot summer days.

Avocado Preparation

Store avocados at room temperature, keeping in mind that they can take 4-5 days to ripen. To speed up the ripening process, put them in a paper bag along with an apple or banana. When the outside skins are black or dark purple and yield to gentle pressure, they’re ready to eat or refrigerate.

Wash them before cutting so dirt and bacteria aren’t transferred from the knife onto the pulp.

While guacamole is arguably the most popular way to eat avocado, you can also puree and toss with pasta, substitute for butter or oil in your favorite baked good recipes, or spread or slice onto sandwiches.

When ordering at a restaurant, remember that not all avocado dishes are created equal. Some items -- like avocado fries and avocado egg rolls -- are coated in batter and fried, making them much higher in both calories and fat.

We carry a huge selection of size and varieties of fruit and nut trees.
Availability and sizes change, we can not list every size and price here.
Please email or call for specifics on fruit tree varieties, pricing, and sizes available.

Pricing in general is.

Apple, Peach, Plum, Pear, and Fig Trees 5 gal. - $20 to $25
7 gal. - $30 to $40
10 and 15 gal. - $35 to $55 Persimmons, Nut Trees and Asian Pear A little more
Patented varieties of anything are a little more. Grapes $15 to $20 in 3 or 5 gal. Pomegranates $35 to $49.95 in 3, 7, 15 gal.

Call for specifics and availability.

Taste Test for peaches in our fruit tree selection.

Starting from the best tasting

  • Tropic Snow, outstanding tangy sweet flavor #1
  • Florida Prince, sweet and juicy, large
  • Mid Pride, outstanding flavor
  • Red Baron, sweet and juicy rich flavor
  • La Feliciana, large rich and juicy
  • John Fanick, desert quality
  • Texas Star, large rich sweet flavor
  • Sam Houston, smaller but sweet, firm fruit
  • Florida King, large fruit not very juicy, a little dry

* Not available for tasting: Saturn Peach, Eva's Pride Peach

This is a peach tree at our friend's house.

This peach is Tropic Snow.
It's a demonstration on how good the peaches bore in 2010 due to the cold winter weather of 2009-2010.

It's unusual to see any peaches load up with fruit like all of these did, in this area!

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Twenty minutes from Houston out Hwy 59 south, Exit Hwy 36 south to first full traffic light at Band Road,
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7. Asian Pear

They are sold with the styrofoam cushions for protection.

The Asian pear is known by many names, including Chinese pear, Japanese pear, and Korean pear. The East Asian tree on which this fruit grows is a common symbol of early spring.

Because they have higher water content and a grainier texture than the pear type familiar to Americans and Europeans, Asian pears are most commonly eaten fresh versus being baked into pies or made into jams.

Blemish-free, perfectly-round Asian pears can be relatively expensive. These prized gems are typically given as gifts, eaten on special occasions, and cushioned by foam in grocery stores to protect their round shape and flesh. Prices are reasonable for shoppers who are not concerned about appearance. They are also easily sourced in the United States at Asian grocers.

How to Eat an Asian Pear

Eat Asian pears, just like any other pear or apple. They have a slim core with seeds that you&rsquoll bite or cut around. Because of their size, I have a hard time finishing a whole pear in one sitting.

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Jimbilin (c) Dinesh Valke, bilimbi (c) Chandrika Nair, Mammee Apple (c) Arria Belli, Abiu (c) Forest and Kim Starr, barbadine (c) Forest and Kim Starr, Cocorite (c) Bernard Dupont, Governor’s Plum (c) Dinesh Valke, peewah (c) Kalamazadkhan, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons, Penny Piece (c) AgReach, Trinidad Market (c) Kalamazadkhan, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons , Lead photo by Kenrick Baksh

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