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At our home in San Diego - Rancho Peñasquitos suburb - you will find such fruit as Mango, Cherimoya, Pitanga, Guava, Rose Apple, Cherry-of-the-Rio-Grande, Atemoya, Capulin Cherry, Longan, Passion Fruit, White Sapote, Papaya, Carambola, Citrus, Jujube, Pineapple, Japanese Persimmon, Pitaya, and a few others. Most people in the United States would call those rare fruit.
Mango is my favorite fruit, but
pitahaya (aka Pitaya, Dragon Fruit, etc.) has taken up
much of my
time and energy in recent years. Paul Thomson in
nearby Bonsall experimented with crossing different
Hylocereus varieties. Most of my plants came from him.
His death in 2008 created a huge vacancy in many of
We also have fruit not so rare: Apple, Plum, Peach, Apricot, Nectarine, Fig, Mulberry, Raspberry ....
Please tell us what's growing at your home.
Our family moved to San Diego in 1963, from Kansas, and lived about three miles from the coast for almost thirty years, where it was too cool to satisfactorily grow some of the rare fruit. In 1992, we moved farther inland, and have had greater success. I have been a member of California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc. since about 1970. I retired from teaching in 1993 and don't spend as much time outdoors as I would like, because too much time is also spent in front of the computer.
We have three children: Brenda, Peggy, and Leo, Jr.
Brenda lives in St. Paul, Minn., and plays violin in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She and husband David are parents of our only two grand-daughters, Erin and Sara.
Peggy lives in Del Mar, near San Diego, is a pediatrician. She and husband Michael Stelmach are parents of our youngest grandson, Robert.
Leo, Jr. lives in Poway, only a few miles from our home, and is a computer software engineer. He and wife Noy are parents of our older grandson, Joshua.
|Betty (Cox) is a retired school teacher, from Pittsburg Kansas. She wrote an autobiography of her mother's life in the Ozarks of Arkansas, Winfrey Valley Girl ? Stories of a Child of the 1920s Ozarks. If you want information about her book, send e-mail to Betty, Betty (Cox) Manuel, with questions or comments. Her mother's maiden name was Pense, and their many relatives are discussed. The book will appeal to you if you have lived in the Ozarks, had relatives who did, or if you're just interested in reading about people who are isolated, independent, and deeply caring about their neighbors.|
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The Pitahaya, Pitaya,
or 'Dragon Fruit' is unknown to most gardening books.
It is even omitted in the Sunset Western Gardening
Book. The revised "Pitahaya - A Promising New Fruit
Crop For Southern California" is a pioneering book
by the California pitahaya pioneer grower.
Paul Thomson, experimenter and
grower near San Diego, California, gave us insider
information about culture, species descriptions, fruit
quality, and his hybrids.
The revision has ten color pictures, including front and back, and eight color plates within contain a total of more than 50 pictures. The binding allows the book to lie flat while open. Write to me for ordering information. firstname.lastname@example.org.
I enthusiastically recommend the following links:
California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc.
David Archer's Bonita Creek Nursery
Fruit Lover's Megalinks, Oscar Jaitt
Pitaya Fruit Newsgroup