By Chris Fish
MELBOURNE -- Residents looking for rare and unusual fruit trees are encouraged to attend the 31st annual "Fruit Tree Sale" by the Brevard Tropical Fruit Club.
On Saturday, April 27, the club will be selling several exotic tropical and subtropical fruit trees at the Melbourne Auditorium on Hibiscus Boulevard.
"This is a once-a-year sale, with more than 2,500 trees and bushes being offered, (as well as) many rare and unusual collectibles," said Brian Wright, president of the Brevard Tropical Fruit Club.
The event will feature avocados, bananas, blackberries, coconuts, grapes, lychees, mangos, mulberries, miracle fruit, passion fruit and more.
Mr. Wright said new items at this year's event will be jaboticaba, a fruit-bearing tree native to Minas Gerais and Sao Paula in Brazil, as well as star anise and oro negro avocado.
New mango varieties will also be included, like coconut cream, lemon zest, sweet tart and sunrise.
Mr. Wright said funds raised from the event will go toward updating and beatifying the Fruit Tree Park in Melbourne, monthly educational lectures given by speakers in the field of fruit science and scholarships the group gives each year to students, who are pursing a higher education in agriculture or horticulture.
Organizers said guests must be prepared to plant their new trees as soon as possible or be prepared to water the tree every three days.
The sale is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, outside the Melbourne Auditorium on the south-east lawn. If it rains the day of the event, organizers said the sale will be rescheduled for the same time, the following day on Sunday.