Tree sale proves to be fruit of local club’s labor


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Asit Ghosh is proud of the fruit on his sapodilla tree.

courtesy of Ayan Ghosh

Asit Ghosh owns a pocket Garden of Eden.

It’s easy to spot Ghosh’s garden in his very traditional development in Rockledge. Just look for the yard brimming with luscious fruit trees.

Ghosh, a member of the Brevard Tropical Fruit Club, has more than 60 mature fruit trees of an amazing number of varieties stuffed into a quarter-acre lot. That’s proof that a place in the country is not necessary to have a significant orchard.

The fruits of Ghosh’s labor abundantly satisfy his family’s needs, as well as those of neighbors and friends. In fact, it borders on an embarrassment of riches.

“I get so many mangoes that I share with my neighbors that it gets to the point that when they see me coming with a box of mangoes, they shut the doors,” he joked.

Many of the varieties in Ghosh’s backyard paradise were found at the Fruit Club’s annual tree sale, an event that draws experienced fruit tree fanciers and casual gardeners alike. This year’s sale, scheduled for Saturday, April 27, will start with approximately 3,000 trees. By the end of the day, almost all will have been sold.

“It’s your chance each year to buy many different kinds of exotic tropical and subtropical fruit trees with varieties that have been cultivated for our local climates and are cold-hardy,” club spokesperson Brian Wright said.

Avocados, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, coconuts, grapes, lychees, mangos, mulberries, miracle fruit and passion fruit will be available in abundance. Other lesser-known species, all at reasonable prices, will run from $10 for a small common fruit tree to a shade under $100 for unusual trees in 20- and 30-gallon containers.

Ghosh probably won’t buy anything this year, simply because he has no room. But then again, there might be room in his Eden for one more tree.

The Brevard Tropical Fruit Club’s Tree Sale will be held from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. April 27 on the southeast lawn of Melbourne Auditorium at 625 E. New Haven Ave. The rain date is April 28. Arrive early for the best selections.

There is no admission charge. For more information, go to brevardtropicalfruitclub.org.

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