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The Complete Book of Fruit Growing in Australia - Louis Glowinski New Softcover book

Louis Glowinski MB, BS, FRACGP came to Melbourne when he was four. Emerging some two decades later with a medical degree from Melbourne University, he joined a busy family medical practice in the western suburbs. The rejuvenation of a neglected backyard orchard in his Caulfield home sparked his interest in, or more correctly obsession with, growing fruit, nuts and berries - including many unusual and tropical and semi-tropical plants. Dr Glowinski is a member of the Rare Fruit Council of Australia, the International Rare Fruit Council, the California Rare Fruit Growers, the North American Fruit Explorers, the West Australia Nut and Tree Crop Association, the Exotic Fruit Growers, and the AMA

Over 20 years ago Dr Louis Glowinski bought a house in suburban Melbourne with a huge backyard six feet deep in Morning Glory. As he penetrated the creeper jungle, he uncovered a pomegranate, apples, apricots and other fruit trees. He soon realised that he was the owner of a neglected backyard orchard, which he set about rejuvenating. From this base, a passion for growing unusual fruit and nuts developed. A member of many Australian and international rare and exotic fruit growers organisations, he has also written a comprehensive book on fruit and nut growing in Australia.

Louis finds rare and unusual fruit easier to grow than the more common ones, because they are less prone to pest and disease problems. There are more likely to be disease spores and pest larvae lying in waiting for commonly grown fruit such as apples and peaches. He has also learnt from experience that with frost protection, many subtropical and tropical fruits, including avocados, white sapotes, babacos, bananas, lychees and strawberry guavas, can be grown very successfully in Melbourne. He has tested out many different fruits, but the only ones that are kept on after initial trials are those of which his children approve.
Some of the fruit that he has in his garden at present include:

Pineapple Guava (Feijoa sellowiana) is an attractive, small, bushy, evergreen tree. It can be kept clipped to form a hedge or shrub. The fruits are small and green with a variable flavour, as the plants are grown from seed. The pulp is aromatic, creamy and slightly tart. Feijoas are hardy, tolerating heavy frosts and most soils.

Bacon Avocado (Persea americana 'Bacon'), cold-tolerant to -3 or -4 degrees, is as hardy as a lemon. It is tall-growing and quick to mature, producing fruit in its third year. The thin skin makes it fruit fly-prone where this pest is a problem. Tip prune to encourage bushier growth.

Babaco (Carica pentagona) is a handsome plant, a member of the pawpaw family, and makes a great landscape feature as well as fruiting prolifically. Being seedless, it is propagated using stem cuttings. Cut back to reduce height and force laterals. It will produce fruit which tastes like a lemon-flavoured melon when only 1 metre tall.

White Sapote (Casimiroa edulis 'Vista') is an ornamental evergreen tree which bears hundreds of fruit. The fruit has a flavour like a banana custard apple. It needs a pollinator, which for this variety is 'Ortega' or 'Vernon'. If you only have room for one tree, just plant a pollinator. The crop will be smaller but still good eating.

Chinese Date (Zizyphys jujuba) is the original jujube. It can be eaten hard and ripe, when it tastes like an apple, or it can be left on the tree to dry naturally, when it tastes like a date.

Chilean Guava (Ugni molinae) produces tiny berries with a highly concentrated guava-like flavour. It is a useful hedging plant.

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