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Fruit Facts : Lychee

Distant Affinity: Akee (Blighia sapida), Longan (Dimocarpus longan), Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum), Pulasan (N. mutabile), Fijian longan (Pometia pinnata).    Origin: The lychee is native to low elevations of the provinces of Kwangtung and Fukien in Southern China. Cultivation spread over the years through neighboring areas of southeastern Asia and offshore …

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Fruit Fact: Mango

Distant affinity: Cashew (Anacardium occidentale), Gandaria (Bouea gandaria), Pistachio (Pistacia vera), Marula (Sclerocarya birrea), Ambarella (Spondias cytherea), Yellow Mombin (Spondias mombin), Red Mombin (Spondias purpurea), Imbu (Spondias tuberosa). Origin: The mango is native to southern Asia, especially Burma and eastern India. It spread early on to Malaya, eastern Asia and …

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Fruit Facts : Papaya

Common Names: Papaya, , Mamao (Brazil), Tree Melon.  Related Species: Babaco (Carica pentagona), Mountain Papaya (C. pubescens), Chamburo (C. stipulata). Origin: The papaya is believed to be native to southern Mexico and neighboring Central America. It is now present in every tropical and subtropical country.   Adaptation: Papayas have exacting …

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Fruit Facts : Pineapple

Common Names: Pineapple, Ananas, Nanas, Pina.  Related Species: Pina de Playon (Ananas bracteatus). Distant affinity: Pingwing (Aechmea magdalenae), Pinguin (Bromelia pinguin), Pinuela (Karatas plumier).  Origin: The pineapple is native to southern Brazil and Paraguay where wild relatives occur. It was spread by the Indians up through South and Central America …

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Fruit Facts : Tropical Guava

Common Names: Guava, guyava, kuawa.  Related species: Brazilian guava, Guisaro (Psidium guinense Sw.), Cattley Guava, Strawberry Guava (P. cattleianum Sabine), Costa Rican Guava (P. friedrichsthalianum Ndz.), Para Guava (P. acutangulum DC.), Rumberry, Guavaberry (Myrciaria floribunda Berg.).

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Potatoes goodness unearthed

Agriculture is the main sector of the Pakistan economy. It provides jobs to 45 per cent of the population. Due to the high prices of agricultural produce an additional amount of Rs342 billion was transferred to the rural areas in 2010-11 alone. As against Rs329 billion were transferred during the …

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Fruit Facts : Loquat

Common Names: Loquat, Japanese medlar, Nispero. Distant Affinity: Apples (Malus spp.), Medlar (Mispilus germanica), Stone Fruit (Prunus spp.), Pears (Pyrus spp.) and others.  Origin: The loquat is indigenous to southeastern China. It was introduced into Japan and became naturalized there in very early times. It has been cultivated in Japan …

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Fruit Facts : Olive

Common Name: Olive. Related Species: Wild Olive (Olea africana), Oleaster (O. europaea var. oleaster). Distant Affinity: American Olive (Osmanthus americana), Fragrant Olive (O. fragrans). Origin: The olive is native to the Mediterranean region, tropical and central Asia and various parts of Africa. The olive has a history almost as long as …

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Fruit Truth : Passion Fruit

Common Names: Passion Fruit, Granadilla, Purple Granadilla, Yellow Passion Fruit Related Species: Fragrant Granadilla (Passiflora alata), Red Granadilla (P. coccinea), Maypop (P. incarnata), Yellow Granadilla (P. Laurifolia), Sweet Granadilla (P. ligularis), Sweet Calabash (P. maliformis), Banana Passion Fruit (P. mollissima), Giant Granadilla (P. quadrangularis).

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Fruit Truth ; PERSIMMON

Common Names: Persimmon, Oriental Persimmon, Japanese Persimmon, Kaki. Related species: Black Sapote (Diospyros digyna), Mabolo, Velvet Apple (D. discolor), Date Plum (D. lotus), Texas Persimmon (D. texana), American Persimmon (D. virginiana).

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