Fruit and Vegetable Trees in Puerto Rican Backyards

By: Gerardo Torres Madera

This is an avocado tree, approximately 10 years old, the last of  four trees planted in the right side of my house. It almost died because strong winds from a storm brought all its branches down. The avocado tree is native to Mexico and Central America and they are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates around the world.

This is an avocado tree, approximately 10 years old, the last of four trees planted in the right side of my house. It almost died because strong winds from a storm brought all its branches down. The avocado tree is native to Mexico and Central America and they are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates around the world.

This is a small mango tree, planted in the right side of my house, just before the avocado tree. It used to be a bit bigger but some of its branches were cut down and it has not grown back since. Mango trees can grow up to 131 feet tall and can reach a radius of 33 feet.

This is a small mango tree, planted in the right side of my house, just before the avocado tree. It used to be a bit bigger but some of its branches were cut down and it has not grown back since. Mango trees can grow up to 131 feet tall and can reach a radius of 33 feet.

Here is a huge “quenepa” tree, which is planted in my neighbor’s backyard. Last year, my neighbor sold it’s harvest because he was offered a good amount of money for it. These trees grow very slow but they can reach a height of 85 feet.

Here is a huge “quenepa” tree, which is planted in my neighbor’s backyard. Last year, my neighbor sold it’s harvest because he was offered a good amount of money for it. These trees grow very slow but they can reach a height of 85 feet.

Here is one of many clumps of banana located in the steep part of my house’s backyard. The last time we planted a clump of banana there was about two years ago, and they have been reproducing since. Clumps of banana grow and harvest in less than a year and unlike other trees, they can harvest in any season.

Here is one of many clumps of banana located in the steep part of my house’s backyard. The last time we planted a clump of banana there was about two years ago, and they have been reproducing since. Clumps of banana grow and harvest in less than a year and unlike other trees, they can harvest in any season.

This is a juvenile orange tree, which is also located in the right side of my house, just before the mango tree. My father planted it there about six months ago because the tree that used to be in that spot died. Orange trees are grown in tropical and subtropical climates, and as of 2012, sweet oranges accounted for 70% of citrus production.

This is a juvenile orange tree, which is also located in the right side of my house, just before the mango tree. My father planted it there about six months ago because the tree that used to be in that spot died. Orange trees are grown in tropical and subtropical climates, and as of 2012, sweet oranges accounted for 70% of citrus production.

If you look carefully, you can see this is a widespread lemon tree that grew around a palm. Last year something went wrong with its harvest and it barely gave us lemons. Lemon trees are native to Asia.

If you look carefully, you can see this is a widespread lemon tree that grew around a palm. Last year something went wrong with its harvest and it barely gave us lemons. Lemon trees are native to Asia.

Here we can see a medium-sized soursop tree which is located near the back fence of my house. It had grown too big and a couple of years ago my father cut most of its branches for it to begin to grow again. Soursop is native to Mexico, Cuba, Central America, the Caribbean and Northern South America.

Here we can see a medium-sized soursop tree which is located near the back fence of my house. It had grown too big and a couple of years ago my father cut most of its branches for it to begin to grow again. Soursop is native to Mexico, Cuba, Central America, the Caribbean and Northern South America.

This is one of many coconut palms situated in the back part of my house. These palms were planted here mostly because their roots are well known to hold large amounts of terrain in place. Coconut palms require full sunlight and drained soils, but they can resist most soils and strong winds.

This is one of many coconut palms situated in the back part of my house. These palms were planted here mostly because their roots are well known to hold large amounts of terrain in place. Coconut palms require full sunlight and drained soils, but they can resist most soils and strong winds.

This is the first and only milky tree planted in my house and it is located between the coconut palms. It has only given us one harvest. Its fruits are also known as “papayas, ”and its origin is from Central America.

This is the first and only milky tree planted in my house and it is located between the coconut palms. It has only given us one harvest. Its fruits are also known as “papayas, ”and its origin is from Central America.

Here we see a tamarind tree full of tamarinds, located in my neighbors backyard. That tree was not planted there by my neighbor, it grew by itself. Tamarind trees are indigenous to tropical Africa and unlike other trees, this one is used for its fruits and for its wood.

Here we see a tamarind tree full of tamarinds, located in my neighbors backyard. That tree was not planted there by my neighbor, it grew by itself. Tamarind trees are indigenous to tropical Africa and unlike other trees, this one is used for its fruits and for its wood.

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