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Fruit, Sub-Tropical and Non-Citrus

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Circa 1935

The climatic conditions in South Florida make it possible for residents of that section to produce a great variety and abundance of sub tropical fruits, many of which are as yet little known to the general trade in this country, but are, however, delicious and healthful.

Among the better known varieties and those produced on a commercial scale are the avocado, the mango, papaya, pineapple, banana, sapodilla and guava; of lesser importance at the present time commercially, although produced for home use and local market, are such varieties as the surinam cherry, loquat, cherimoya, sugar apple, roselle, ti-es, the monstera deliciosa, and many others of a tropical or sub-tropical nature. Other non-citrus fruit produced in Florida include pears, peaches, plums, figs, blackberries, blueberries, dewberries, Japanese persimmons, grapes, etc.

According to the 1931-32 agricultural census of the State, Dade County led in production of avocados with 47,461 crates. In mangoes Lee County was in the lead with 29,342 crates. St. Lucie County was first in the production of pineapples, with 4,356 crates. In guavas Hillsborough County led with 18,968 crates, and Dade County reports 10,120 bunches of bananas.

In the production of peaches, Jackson was top with 5,579 bushels; with pears Baker County reports 12,211 barrels. Jackson County led in fig production with 4,012 crates. Lake County led in the production of grapes.

Florida fruits are unexcelled in deliciousness, nutritive value and healthful properties.

Excerpt from "Sub-Tropical and Non-Citrus Fruits" Know Florida, Issued by the Department of Agriculture, Tallahassee, Circa 1935, pg 18.


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