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GOVARDHAN GARDENS
TROPICAL FRUIT TREE NURSERY

My tropical rare fruit tree nursery, central to Govardhan Gardens, is aiming at providing you the widest possible selection of fruit trees that grow in the Tropics.

It carries the most diversified selection in the Caribbean, including many exotic and rare specimens. You can choose from over 200 tropical fruit and nut species; customized, large orders require several months of preparation.

All trees are eco-organically grown, mostly in bioactive compost and healthy soils. The prices listed below refer to the smallest sizes (1-2 years old); medium-sized trees are between 2 and 4 years old; large trees are usually between 5 and 8 years old.

Most available rare fruit species are not listed on the web site because only small amounts are available for a short period of time.

As of recently, I am mostly designing and planting out entire fruit orchards in Puerto Rico, and my time for retail sales at my nursery is limited. If you want to visit the nursery, please give me sufficient notice for an appointment.

I am happy to share all the fruit pictures in higher resolutions as long as there is an acknowledgment and they are not used for commercial purpose.

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 ABIU

Fruit Fact Sheet

Abiu, Pouteria















































        caimito,















































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Common Name: Abiu

Botanical Name: Pouteria caimito

Max Size: 30 FT

Time To Fruit: 3-4 years

Availability: Limited Stock

Price - small size : $15.00

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Fruit Description
A bright yellow fruit with flesh that is whitish, translucent, sweet, and of jelly-like consistency. When fully ripe, it is eaten out of hand or used in sherbets and ice cream.

 ACEROLA

Fruit Fact Sheet

Acerola; Malpighia















































        glabra;















































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Common Name: Acerola

Botanical Name: Malpighia punicifolia

Max Size: 18 FT

Time To Fruit: 2-3 Years

Availability: All Year

Price - small size : $15.00

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Fruit Description
Fruit has very high vitamin C content and the flavor is very appealing. Eaten fresh or processed into vitamin C products.

 ACHACHAIRU

Fruit Fact Sheet

Achachairu; Rheedia















































        laterifolia;















































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Common Name: Achachairu

Botanical Name: Garcinia laterifolia

Max Size: 18 FT

Time To Fruit: 6-9 Years

Availability: Limited Stock

Price - small size : $20.00

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Fruit Description
The translucent subacid white pulp has an excellent flavor; one of the best fruits of its genus.  Currently, I am propagating four different types with different fruit quality, including a new, fantastic Bolivian variety, introduced to Puerto Rico in 2005.

 AFRICAN APRICOT

Fruit Fact Sheet

African Apricot;















































        Gambeya















































        lacourtiana; www.organicfarm.net;

Common Name: African Apricot

Botanical Name: Gambeya lacourtiana

Max Size: 40-75 FT

Time To Fruit: 7-10 Years

Availability: Limited Stock

Price - small size : $32.00

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Fruit Description
Medium-sized African fruit with apricot flavor. The structure of the tree is very attractive and the tree is easy to grow once the roots are established.

AFRICAN BREADFRUIT

Fruit Fact Sheet

African Apricot;

        Gambeya

        lacourtiana; www.organicfarm.net;

Common Name: African Breadfruit

Botanical Name: Treculia africana

Max Size: 35-50 FT

Time To Fruit: 4-5 Years

Availability: Limited Stock

Price - small size : $20.00

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Fruit Description
The seeds are extracted after macerating the fruit in water and then ground to a meal, known as breadfruit flour. A non-alcoholic beverage, almond milk, can be prepared from powdered seeds. Seeds can be dried, fried or roasted and eaten, and an edible oil can be extracted from them. The grains are even higher in proteins than soybeans.

AKEE

Fruit Fact Sheet

Akee

Common Name: Akee

Botanical Name: Blighia sapida

Max Size: 25 FT

Time To Fruit: 4-6 Years

Availability: Limited Stock

Price - small size : $15.00

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Fruit Description
West African fruit that became the national fruit of Jamaica. The white yellow, fleshy arils are cooked and then sautÚed. Unripe and inedible parts of the fruit contain toxic alkaloids.

ALMOND, TROPICAL

Fruit Fact Sheet

Almond Tropical

Common Name: Tropical Almond, Almendra

Botanical Name: Terminalia catappa

Max Size: 25 FT

Time To Fruit: 4-6 Years

Availability: Limited Stock

Price - small size : $15.00

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Fruit Description
A Malaysian nut tree with tasty edible seeds; planted widely in the tropics as a street tree or along beaches.

 ALUPAG

Fruit Fact Sheet

Alupag; Euphoria

        didyma;

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Common Name: Alupag

Botanical Name: Euphoria didyma

Max Size: 30 FT

Time To Fruit: 4-6 Years

Availability: Limited Stock

Price - small size : $25.00

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Fruit Description
Small, longan-like and very sweet fruits that grow in clusters. Since most longans are subtropical, this tropical species is a good alternative to regular longan in the Tropics. Dioecious.

 AMAZON TREE GRAPE

Fruit Fact Sheet

Amazon Tree

        Grape;

        Pourouma cecropiaefolia;        www.organicfarm.net;

Common Name: Amazon Tree Grape, Uvilla

Botanical Name: Pourouma cecropiaefolia

Max Size: 35 FT

Time To Fruit: 3-4 Years

Availability: Limited Stock

Price - small size : $20.00

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Fruit Description
Fruits are purple, grape-like with juicy, white pulp - a pleasant treat. Dioecious.

 AMBARELLA, DWARF

Fruit Fact Sheet

Ambarella dwarf;

        Jobo

        enano; Spondias        cytherea;        www.organicfarm.net;

Common Name: Ambarella Dwarf, Jobo Enano

Botanical Name: Spondias cytherea

Max Size: 7 FT

Time To Fruit: 2-3 Years

Availability: All Year

Price - small size : $15.00

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Fruit Description
A small-growing ambarella; well-liked tropical fruit; ideal for limited space/containers.

 ANON, GREEN

Fruit Fact Sheet

Anon green;

        Sweetsop;

        Annona squamosa;        www.organicfarm.net;

Common Name: Green Anon, Anon, Sweetsop, Sugar Apple

Botanical Name: Annona squamosa

Max Size: 25 FT

Time To Fruit: 3-4 Years

Availability: All Year

Price - small size : $15.00

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Fruit Description
Also known as sugar apple; best eaten cold, very pleasant flavor.

 ANON, PURPLE

Fruit Fact Sheet

Anon, Purple

Common Name: Purple Anon, Red Anon, Sugar Apple

Botanical Name: Annona squamosa

Max Size: 25 FT

Time To Fruit: 3-4 Years

Availability: Limited Stock

Price - small size : $15.00

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Fruit Description
Less common purple variety of anon. Also known as sugar apple; best eaten cold, very pleasant flavor.

 ARAăA-BOI

Fruit Fact Sheet

Araca-boi; Eugenia stipitata; www.organicfarm.net;

Common Name: Araša-boi

Botanical Name: Eugenia stipitata

Max Size: 10-15 FT

Time To Fruit: 2-3 Years

Availability: All Year

Price - small size : $15.00

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Fruit Description
Very aromatic fruit; sweetened juice is excellent and popular in parts of South and Central America.

 ASSAI (Ašai)

Fruit Fact Sheet

Acai; Assai; Acai dwarf; Assai dwarf; Euterpe oleracea; www.organicfarm.net;

Common Name: Assai (Ašai)

Botanical Name: Euterpe oleraceae

Max Size: 30 FT

Time To Fruit: 5-8 Years

Availability: Most of the time

Price - small size : $20.00

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Fruit Description
Clustering palm with bunches of purplish, highly nutritious fruits with high antioxidant content. One of the most popular fruits in the Amazon reaches of Brazil. Currently, both the regular and dwarf variety of this species are available. The dwarf type fruits within three to four years at a much lower height and the fruit is slightly larger than the regular type.

 AVOCADO, GRAFTED

Fruit Fact Sheet

Avocado; Persea americana; www.organicfarm.net

Common Name: Avocado

Botanical Name: Persea americana

Max Size: 40 FT

Time To Fruit: 3-5 Years

Availability: All Year

Price - small size : Inquire

Ordering Information

Fruit Description
Various selected cultivars; inquire about price and availability.

BACURI CASCUDO

Fruit Fact Sheet

Rheedia acuminata, Bacuri cascudo, www.organicfarm.net

Common Name: Bacuri cascudo, Brazilian madro˝o

Botanical Name: Rheedia acuminata

Max Size: 20 FT

Time To Fruit: 5-7 Years

Availability: Limited Stock

Price - small size : $32.00

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Fruit Description
This Brazilian Rheedia species is very similar to R. madruno; the fruits are slightly smaller and the flavor is excellent. Easy to grow, even in heavy clay soils or poor quality.

 BAKURIPARI-MIRIM

Fruit Fact Sheet

Bakuripari-mirim, Garcinia, www.organicfarm.net

Common Name: Bakuripari-mirim

Botanical Name: Rheedia gardneriana

Max Size: 25 FT

Time To Fruit: 5-8 Years

Availability: Limited Stock

Price - small size : $35.00

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Fruit Description
High quality and very rare tropical fruit that was found in Mexico. It is said to be one of the best species in the Rheedia/Garcinia genus. Sub-acid, pleasant flavor.

BIGNAY

Fruit Fact Sheet

Bignay, Currant Tree, Antidesma bunius, www.organicfarm.net

Common Name: Bignay, Currant Tree

Botanical Name: Antidesma bunius

Max Size: 30 FT

Time To Fruit: 4-5 Years

Availability: Limited Stock

Price - small size : $20.00

Ordering Information

Fruit Description
The fruits of this highly ornamental Asian tree are eaten fresh, or used to make jams, jellies, syrup or wine. Dioecious.

 BILIMBI

Fruit Fact Sheet

bilimbi; averrhoa bilimbi; www.organicfarm.net;

Common Name: Bilimbi

Botanical Name: Averrhoa bilimbi

Max Size: 30 FT

Time To Fruit: 2-4 Years

Availability: Limited Stock

Price - small size : $15.00

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Fruit Description
Popular Asian fruit; acidic; used for refreshing drinks, stir fries, or eaten raw, dipped in rock salt.

 BIRIBA

Fruit Fact Sheet

Biriba, Rollinia deliciosa, www.organicfarm.net

Common Name: Biriba

Botanical Name: Rollinia deliciosa

Max Size: 25 FT

Time To Fruit: 3-4 Years

Availability: All Year

Price - small size : $18.00

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Fruit Description
Select variety which is very sweet, with a custard-like consistency and flavor. Fast grower and very prolific producer. In average, this species is by far superior to the more common R. mucosa.

 BLUE GRAPE

Fruit Fact Sheet

Blue Grape, Myrciaria vexator, www.organicfarm.net

Common Name: Blue Grape

Botanical Name: Myrciaria vexator

Max Size: 15 FT

Time To Fruit: 3-4 Years

Availability: Limited Stock

Price - small size : $25.00

Ordering Information

Fruit Description
This jaboticaba relative has grape-like purple excellent fruits that taste somewhat like sweet grapes. The nursery specimen are from a high quality cultivar grown at Govardhan Gardens. Of all the Myrciarias, it is one of the fastest spreading new fruits in Puerto Rico.

 BLACK PEPPER, "Thai"

Fruit Fact Sheet

Black Pepper, Piper nigrum, www.organicfarm.net

Common Name: Black Pepper

Botanical Name: Piper nigrum

Max Size: 10 FT

Time To Fruit: 3-4 Years

Availability: All Year

Price - small size : $20.00

Ordering Information

Fruit Description
Common spice; fresh, organic pepper is easy to grow and by far superior to the regular, commercially available spice. The nursery variety offered is a good Thai cultivar.

 

 BOROJO

Fruit Fact Sheet

Borojo, Borojoa patinoi, www.organicfarm.net

Common Name: Borojo

Botanical Name: Borojoa patinoi

Max Size: 12 FT

Time To Fruit: 2-4 Years

Availability: Limited Stock

Price - small size : $18.00

Ordering Information

Fruit Description
Legendary South American fruit; appealing flavor, prized for its energizing / aphrodisiac and medicinal qualities; dioecious.

 BREADFRUIT

Fruit Fact Sheet

Breadfruit

Common Name: Breadfruit

Botanical Name: Artocarpus altilis

Max Size: 70 FT

Time To Fruit: 4-5 Years

Availability: Limited Stock

Price - small size : $18.00

Ordering Information

Fruit Description
Important tropical staple fruit which originated in Polynesia; used cooked in many tropical dishes; potato-like flavor; plants are grafted.

 BREADNUT

Fruit Fact Sheet

Breadnut www.organicfarm.net

Common Name: Breadnut

Botanical Name: Artocarpus altilis

Max Size: 70 FT

Time To Fruit: 4-7 Years

Availability: All Year

Price - small size : $10.00

Ordering Information

Fruit Description
Seeded form of breadfruit; mostly used for it's nutritious seeds.

 BURAHOL, KEPEL

Fruit Fact Sheet

Burahol fruit

Common Name: Burahol, Kepel

Botanical Name: Stelechocarpus burahol

Max Size: 30 FT

Time To Fruit: 6-10 Years

Availability: Limited

Price - small size : Inquire

Ordering Information

Fruit Description
Rare, Asian species; fascinating fruit that acts as an internal deodorant and causes bodily secretions to take on a perfume scent, especially for people who don't eat toxic food like meat.

 BURMESE GRAPE

Fruit Fact Sheet

Burmese Grape, Baccaurea ramiflora, www.organicfarm.net

Common Name: Burmese Grape

Botanical Name: Baccaurea ramiflora

Max Size: 30 FT

Time To Fruit: 3-5 Years

Availability: All Year

Price - small size : $28.00

Ordering Information

Fruit Description
Small to medium-sized, refreshing and juicy rare Asian fruit with good flavor. Very prolific producer. Dioecious.

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Sadhu Govardhan is an independent thinker, eco-organic farmer, tropical rare fruit connoisseur and researcher. Extensive journeys for over twenty years have allowed him to study indigenous cultures and different life styles throughout the world.

His first publications on philosophical and spiritual topics were published in Europe and translated into several languages. He now lives in Puerto Rico and has dedicated himself to researching and growing tropical food crops and promoting alternative farming methods. He is currently involved with consultant work and inspiring and developing educational sustainable role model projects in the Caribbean.

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I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has helped out this project over the years. Even if I can't acknowledge all of you individually since so many people have supported Govardhan Gardens in so many ways, I certainly remember every one of you.

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ECO LIBRARY

This revamped page is Govardhan Garden's new "eco library". You can find videos, links, articles and other media about relevant environmental topics.

Please contact me if you know of any additional good links that you think should be a part of this library. Thank you. 

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