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I love those grapes.  Unfortunately, we don't see them very often.

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10 hours ago, liuzhou said:

Here's a new one to me.

 

紫手指 (zǐ shǒu zhǐ), literally purple fingers. They are finger grapes aka witches' finger grapes.

 

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A grower in Ojai,CA used to raise them to sell to high end restaurants, hotels, and cruise ships.

There is also a red variety.  They were called Lady Finger grapes, Black or Blue, Red or Scarlet.

I met the grower when I visited an herb farm in Ojai in the early 2000s and he gave me a couple of bunches of each.

The black ones had a flavor reminiscent of Concord grapes.  The red ones were sweet and reminded me of the "Roger's Red" grapes on the vine I planted when I moved here in 1988.  It began bearing two years later and did fine until 2005 when the neighbor back there poured oil into a pit next to the fence. He was working on cars illegally -  and dumping the oil instead of paying to have it recycled.  He got a stiff fine and I got dead grape vines.

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We picked the last of our Afghan mulberries, they will be missed until next year. But fear not, as we were gifted almost 3 kg pounds of short mulberries, of tow varieties, which are now in peak season. Our white mulberry fruits is also starting to ripen.

There's also loquats, though I'm not their biggest fan.

And lovely pitanga (Suriname cherries).

 

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The anonas are close to ready. There are plenty of tiny mangoes which are getting bigger every day.

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Fruits in progress.

 

White mulberries.

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Mango 

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I don't recall ever having the mango still in bloom when some fruits are already at this size. Hopefully, we'll have a long fruit season.

 

Avocado.

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Pomegranate. 

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@shain, I grew up in an area where many houses had "pet" pomegranate trees. Despite that, I don't think I ever noticed the blossoms, until they were at the end of a fruit. Thank you for that picture.

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9 hours ago, Smithy said:

@shain, I grew up in an area where many houses had "pet" pomegranate trees. Despite that, I don't think I ever noticed the blossoms, until they were at the end of a fruit. Thank you for that picture.

 

I'm glad you enjoyed it. Just to share some info, this is actually not the flower, but rather the "base" that held it (Google tells me that it's called receptacle). It will become the crown of the fruit. The flower looks like that.

 

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