100 Tropical Fruits

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Paperback, 327 pages.
by Roy M. Danforth and Paul D. Noren

Roy Danforth and Paul Noren have over 30 years of experience in the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and Cameroon. Over the years they have collected seeds from the forests, obtained seeds through gifts and exchanges, and established over 500 different kinds of trees. This book is a compilation of 100 of the most promising fruit trees for a Central African Home.

The reader will be familiar with some of the trees, such as mango, avocado, guava, cashew and loquat. Few will have heard of indigenous trees like "ndea" and "dolea," about which little is known. Many of the other included fruit trees originated in Latin America or Asia.

The book is organized alphabetically by scientific names. Each species entry contains information about common names, a description, growing conditions, production, cultivation, uses, nutritional value, and medicinal value. Most species are also illustrated beautifully by Joshua Danforth.

This book is intended to help people in similar climates review and select trees that might serve as an important addition to their garden and improve nutrition.