Forgotten Fruit Trees

Forgotten Fruit Trees
Forgotten Fruit Trees

Ripe For A Comeback In The Rural Money Homestead Garden!

We can blame forgotten fruit trees on the produce isles because supermarkets began to take them out of stock during the late 1930s.

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At that time, they needed fruits that ripened at consistent times, survived shipping and shelving without bruises, and looked and tasted the same from week to week.

As commercial growers turned their backs on less reliable fruit trees, home gardeners eventually did, too, and several beloved varieties ended up forgotten.

The same factors that drove these forgotten fruit trees (heirloom trees) into obscurity are the chief reasons they’re so prized today!

Their fruits burst with unexpected flavor.

Indeed, some are so pungent; they need to be tempered by the stove and turned into such delights as the mellow sweet cooked persimmon jelly.

Though prone to the same problems of more common trees, such as fire blight, aphids, and caterpillars as well as fruit-loving caterpillars, and fruit-loving pests such as, birds, squirrels, and possums, the singular beauty of these old-time fruit trees is a striking and bold presence in any garden.

Join me in planting heirloom smooth-skinned nectarines, non-astringent persimmons and Native American paw paw forgotten fruit trees.

Check out these three fruit trees of mine that are quickly coming back into favor with other gardeners.

3 Forgotten Fruit Trees


This lover of deep, well-drained loam features striking fall foliage.

The bright leaves drop to reveal orange fruits.

Moderate winters and mild to hot summers are its ideal growing conditions.


With the proper care of nectarine trees, they can grow successfully in more southern areas, but demands diligent watering during hot seasons.

These are smooth-skinned peaches that are self-fruitful; so you can grow a single tree and have fruit production without a pollinator.

Paw Paw

I am told inside the greenish-yellow exterior, the pale yellow flesh is soft and custard-like with the taste of mango-banana-citrus.

And, its flavor is sunny, electric, and downright tropical.

Pawpaw trees are the largest edible fruit trees native to North America.

If you are interested in adding one or more of these luscious forgotten fruit trees in your homestead garden, check out Fast Growing Trees!

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