Frog Fruit Plant Care: Information On Growing Frog Fruit Plants
What Is A Frog Fruit?
A frog fruit is a small tree or shrub with a fleshy, greenish-yellow skin. They are usually found growing near streams and ponds. Their leaves may have white stripes around them. They grow up to 12 feet tall and their branches reach 3 feet high. Their fruits range from pale yellow to dark red in color, but they vary greatly in size and shape. Some frogs eat their own fruit while others eat other animals’ food.
The name “frog” comes from the Latin word frugum, which means “to roll.” The fruit itself is called a rind.
Where Are Frog Fruits Found?
They are common throughout Florida and southern Georgia.
How Do I Grow One?
You can start one from seed or you can buy one already rooted. You will need to dig out the roots and then water it regularly until it grows into a tree. If you want to purchase a frog fruit plant, check local nurseries or call your favorite nursery for recommendations. The best time to get one is when they are still young and tender, so don’t wait too long!
What Do Frog Fruits Taste Like?
It tastes like a mixture of a tomato and a banana. The texture is smooth and creamy. The flesh is greenish yellow in color and looks pretty gross at first, but don’t let it fool you! It tastes delicious.
How Do I Eat It?
You can use it in fruit salads, or eat it by itself! My personal favorite way to eat it is to mix it with cottage cheese. Yum! (It is also good with peanut butter). I also like to put it in a blender with milk and ice. It makes a great smoothie!
What Happens If I Eat Too Much?
You might get a stomach ache. The skin and the seeds are not edible. You have to peel off the skin and remove the seeds before you eat it.
Are There Any Health Benefits?
There are no known health benefits.
This is just a small part of what you need to know about growing frog fruit plants. Continue your research or consult your local nursery for further information on this plant, or other types of plants for that matter.
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If you want to find out more about frog fruit plants, please check out these books from Amazon:
Caring For Your Houseplants
Frog Fruits: How To Plant Grow And Care For Them
I do not own the rights to these books and am not affiliated with them in anyway. This is simply a recommendation for further reading on this subject.
Unfortunately, I do not yet own a copy of these books so I can not personally recommend them.
Thanks again for visiting and I wish you all the best on your frog fruit plant endeavors!
Gardener Wendy 🙂
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