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Fruits of Warm Climates, Julia Morton

A classic reference book.

Rare Fruit Society of South Australia

The climate of SA is very similar to ours in WA. The Society is vibrant and thriving, and has an excellent website, mainly for members, but there is a public section. Membership is $25pa for families, $20 for singles.

Sub-Tropical Fruit Club of Queensland Inc.

Another vigorous fruit society, in a slightly more subtropical area. Membership is $20 per year. They have an expanding website and bi-monthly newsletters.

West Australian Nut & Tree Crop Association (WANATCA)

This site, which is now archived, contains a wealth of information about fruits from all parts of the world.

The Archives of the Rare Fruit Council of Australia

This site is a compilation of the information from twenty two years of the newsletters of the Rare Fruit Council of Australia. There is a good collection of recipes, as well as fruit and cultivation info.

California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc.

Much of southern California has a climate very similar to South West WA. This is a large, active association which produces an excellent newsletter and sponsors an annual Festival of Fruit get-together (a great opportunity to chat, network and taste fruit) plus the "Fruit Shoot" photography competition. It is possible to sign up for electronic copies of the newsletter for US$25pa.

University of California Topics In Subtropics

A free quarterly electronic newsletter on horticultural topics in conditions similar to ours. Back issues are available also..

Fruit Lover's Megalinks

A vast collection of fruit links. The Home of this site is a tropical fruit tree Nursery on Hawaii, run by Oscar Jaitt.

Rare Fruits Australia

The Rare Fruit Council of Australia continues under a slightly different name. The emphasis is tropical, there is a website and a once-a-year newsletter.

The Permaculture Research Institute

Permaculture has a broad palette of topics; only some of them are about subtropical fruits. But there is plenty of information about soils, soil health, gardening, water conservation techniques that every gardener can use, and much more.

The Drylands Permaculture Farm

Located on the mid-west coast of Western Australia, its purpose is to demonstrate and promote the practical application of environmental sustainability in a dryland climate. Water harvesting and soil conservation is demonstrated. Workshops are offered in a range of subjects. There is a nursery that propagates and sells multi-use plants, fruit trees (about a dozen species including marula) and local natives, and an heirloom vegetable and herb seed business. A good source of seeds of heat-tolerant varieties.

New Zealand Tree Crops Association

An excellent society. Their emphasis is necessarily more on temperate fruits.

University of Florida: Fruits and Nuts.

Much of their advice is relevant to WA as they have similar poor sandy and alkaline soils.


An American site that is hard to categorise. It has links to various fruit societies and other topics, including the popular Rare Fruit - Rare Edible Plants Facebook site

Miami Rare Fruit Council International – RFCI

The RFCI has been going since 1955. It has its headquarters in Miami, Florida. It has monthly meetings, field trips, plant sales and a bi-monthly magazine. An annual subscription for foreigners is US$55.


An Encyclopedia of the edible fruits of the world that was initiated, coordinated and edited by Dr. Chiranjit Parmar. A great source of photos and information about very many fruits.

Fruitworld Online

A new on-line fruit magazine edited by Dr. Parmar. It is so new, there are still only a few articles available.

Tropical Fruit Forum

A large American site. There are knowledgeable people active, but the majority of letters are from beginners. Much of the information and advice here is often rather unsatisfying.

Permaculture West

Permaculture is a wholistic approach to all matters relating to growing crops and the human environment, including the planning of landscape design, water conservation, house design, soil improvement and much, much more. Currently, the local permaculture communities interact in individual groups in various locations. They implement garden visits, working bees, seed saving and plant exchanges plus courses in permaculture topics.

Rare Fruit Online

This is a twice-a-month email newsletter put out by Leo Manuel who lives in southern California. Members write to him about their fruit-growing experiences. Information is exchanged.

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