John Picone, will guide you through his exotic orchard which boasts some 200 exotic fruits and 20 vegetables. The species originate from South America, Europe, Asia, India, Japan, and Mexico and are from traditional stock. The trees are not grown in a hothouse, but are often growing in conditions quite different from their origins.
John’s very personal touch and spray free methods are essential to the successful growth and harvest and even include some hand pollinating. Surprising species found in his open garden include the vanilla pod orchids, and the pepper plant, normally not found in this climate.
John is an Encyclopaedia of knowledge on growing, cooking, preserving, bush kitchen preparing and nutritional qualities of his produce. His personable stories, are rich with generosity of sharing and garnished with astounding flavoured samples..
Produce: snake beans, asparagus, cucumbers (old varieties), lima beans (fresh), warrigal spinach,edamame soy beans (fresh), krachai, green papaya, chillies, torch ginger (edible flower), peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, grapes, nashi, oranges, bergamot orange, monsteria peliciosa, betel leaf, tomatillo, pomegranates, jujube, sapotes, sapodila, rollinia, carambola, abiu, guava, longans, lychee, feijoa, mammey sapote, pineapple, persimmons, apples, pears, figs, citrus, melons, custard apples, soursop, pepino, cassava, taro, bamboo shoots, garlic, ginger, lotus, galangal, dec 13- koubo fruit, cocoa, red velvet apple, soncoya, mangosteen, pumpkin (trombone, marina di chioggia), davidsons plum (whole)