Wednesday, March 26, 2008
DOWN TO EARTH: Plant a sugar apple tree
IN OUR QUEST to become more food secure by substituting local food for imported, we should be encouraging householders to develop "kitchen gardens" and also to use fruit trees in their landscaping.
For those who have limited space, relatively small trees like the sugar apple are ideal.
In addition, since we are a water scarce country, the fact that the sugar apple is quite drought tolerant also makes it a good candidate for this purpose.
It appears as if the origin of the sugar apple (Annona squamosa) is unknown, but it has been grown in the tropics, including the Caribbean, for centuries.
Sugar apple tolerates a wide variety of soil types and shallow soils, but does not react well to waterlogging.