Here is what’s Growing at Aloha Farms, listed Alphabetically
Almonds: Delicious seeds of the almond fruits that grow on the almond tree. These are in season in late summer and early fall.
Aloe Vera: This is always in season and we have an unlimited supply because it continually sends out new plants through the soil.
We use the juicy green insides of the leaves as skin lotion and the yellow/orange circulatory fluid as hair coloring. We planted some starts from these plants in the front garden bed as well, so that if a passer-by is sunburned or hot, they can use a leaf to cool off their skin. They are super easy to grow here.
Apples: The apple tree is known around the world for its sweet, juicy fruit. In the 1900’s, when we were growing up, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” was a commonly spoken phrase, and I’d like to add – “A fresh apple right off the tree makes me as happy as can be!”
Apricots: Relatives to peaches, apricots are small, golden orange fruits, with velvety skin, slightly juicy and smooth and sweet.
Artichokes: These thistle-like plants grow the edible flowers we call artichokes.
Bananas: Growing tall from spreading underground roots, creamy sweet bananas grow in clusters from the top of the plant.
Basil: Widely used cooking herb, and the flowers are full of seeds. Basil is easy to grow from seed.
Beets: So healthy for our bodies, both the leaves and the roots are edible. We had around a gazillion beet seeds from a crazy huge beet plant last year, so we planted the seeds all over the food forest.
This old beet started growing small beets on its stems, along with seeds!
Blackberries: bramble vines with delicious berries.
Brush Cherries Syzygium paniculatum: These are part of a hedge that looks ornamental, but they are delicious to eat and very pretty. I eat them sometimes while I’m working in the garden and they give me good energy.
Not a great photo, but see all of the white flowers growing on this carrot? Each flower grows hundreds of seeds, so from one seed, we got all of these carrot seeds – That’s an abundant return on investment!
Cherry of the Rio Grande (Eugenia Aggregata):
This is a type of cherry we can grow in our warm climate. We tasted them at the Exotica Rare Fruit Nursery, where we bought this young tree – they are beautiful and tasty!
Although it’s a small tree, we are hoping it will grow and produce lots of delicious cherries.
Citrus Royale or White Citrus: This is probably a root-stock that was originally used for grafting a known citrus variety onto it, but sometimes the root-stock will overtake the graft and grow on its own. We like it anyway, because it has mild-flavored, sweet juice and a wonderful unique citrus fragrance. It’s stems are covered in huge thorns too – which turned out to be a great rabbit deterrent when we placed some of the thorny stems in front of a hole that the rabbits use to pass into our yard.
Coffee: We really love the coffee trees! Their white blossoms are sweetly fragrant and the coffee cherries are delicious to eat fresh off of the tree when they’re ripe. We also roast the beans and brew our own Delicious coffee. We don’t always have beans though, so we hope to grow more trees using the ground-layering method. (The Ground Layering method is burying part of a stem that is still growing on the tree, and letting it form roots, then cutting the stem off from the tree and planting it in a different place).
Corn: One of our most successful crops, we have been enjoying eating corn and getting corn seeds for future harvests.
Cutting Celery: This fun little herb has the celery leaves without the stalks. We haven’t had success in growing celery yet, but this new little seedling is doing well. It’s such a great flavor in soups and potato salad, etc.
Licorice flavored herb – delicious and useful in many recipes and great for snacking on raw.
Feverfew: A pretty flower with gorgeous smelling leaves. It’s fun to crush the leaves and enjoy the smell! Of course there are many uses for hair care and tea making.
Figs: We planted three fig trees a year ago, and they’re already fruiting! They will also provide shade for the blackberries, which are getting too much sun.
Flax: These beautiful blue-flowering “weeds” volunteered themselves to grow in the front forest one day, and they turned out to be flax! We eat the delicious, healthy seeds right off of the stems and even made a nifty whisk-broom with a bundle of the stems for sweeping the outdoor shower!
Garlic: Spicy hot garlic green-tops and root bulbs make a great addition to many recipes and are very healthy to eat. We have planted so much garlic all over the food forest that the turkeys couldn’t even begin to eat it all. We harvested, dried, and stored many bulbs of garlic for use in cooking, and we’re now selling it in our farm stand. Ours are spicier than the ones from the store.
Garlic Growing in the Middle Garden
Ginger: This healthy and delicious root is growing underground, and we will add pictures soon!
Goji Berry: These berries are said to be a super-food – ours have flowered for 3 seasons and just this year have put out fruit!
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Flame Seedless
Guava: Delicious pink-fleshed fragrant fruit will fill a room with fragrance and delight your taste buds!
Java Plum: A tropical fruit tree we found at Exotica Rare Fruit Nursery in Vista it has a cherry-like fruit that we look forward to seeing. Ours hasn’t fruited yet – it’s only a year old.
Kale: The popular veggie of the moment, these cabbage family members have been so easy to grow and look like little trees.
Lavender: Grown for its fragrant flowers, which can be used to flavor food and drinks, or to make a room smell beautiful.
Lemon: Such a lovely tree to have in the food forest! Its blossoms are fragrant and the fruit is useful for cooking and cleaning and personal grooming. This tree is 36 years old and still fruits year-round!
Lettuce: The leaves of the lettuce plant are a favorite of people and animals alike! One of our turkeys’ favorite treats, we initially grew it safely and well in the aquaponic growbed, and after getting lots of seeds from those plants, we planted seeds in the ground all over the forest too. Now we have several types of lettuce growing in all states, from seedlings to mature plants creating seed.
Loquats: We are so excited to have these unusual fruits growing here. They are similar in flavor to apricots and are delicious right off the tree. This young plant is around 1-year-old, and hasn’t produced fruit yet, but has grown amazingly well.
Macadamia Nuts: There was a large macadamia tree already growing and fruiting here.
Mint: Lovely mint – the popular herb used to flavor gum and candy and toothpaste. We grow it in the herb garden and use it to flavor many things, from our baking soda toothpaste to drinking water or lemonade. It’s also fun to pick and eat fresh.
Moringa: The “Miracle Tree” – its leaves contain more than 90 nutrients and 46 antioxidants and are the most nutritious tree leaves on earth. The nutrients in moringa leaves adapt our human bodies into a balanced state of health, balancing the thyroid, immune system, digestive system, healing skin, and the list goes on. The seeds give valuable oil that never goes rancid and can be used in machinery, heating, and light, and can heal wounds, scars, and wrinkles, and sooth skin disorders and after they’ve been pressed for oil, the seeds can also clarify water. All parts of the tree are useful and healthful. We were so happy to have it growing here, and then a gopher at the roots and killed it 🙁 We will try again.
Nasturtium: The flowers and leaves are edible and make fun garnishes and additions to salads or decorations for cakes. They are annual plants, so they form flowers, then seeds and then die, and then the seeds spring up into new plants, and they start all over again. The new seedlings pop up in unexpected places, and can have yellow, orange, or red flowers.
Nectarines: The fruits are much like peaches, except with smooth skin rather than fuzzy. This variety is white-fleshed, sweet and juicy.
Olives: This bushy little tree gave us our first olives in 2015. We soaked some of them in brine for eating and they were pretty good, and we also enjoyed just rubbing the fruits on our hands to cover our skin with olive oil.
Onions: A favorite ingredient in many recipes we prepare, they are also a favorite with the turkeys, the gophers, and the bees.
Here you can see the happy gopher enjoying the garden. Even though he does eat some of our roots, we think he’s pretty cute! He’s less cute since he ate our moringa tree roots!
Oranges: As we grew up in Orange County, California, we were surrounded by orange groves and we fondly remember the amazing fragrance of orange blossoms and the incredibly juicy fruits. Oranges are still one of our favorite fruits, and honestly, the oranges we grow are the juiciest and most flavorful we’ve had in years! We were so lucky that these mature trees were already growing here when we moved in.
Oregano: Another lovely herb…
Parsley: The leaves of this herb add flavor and color to our prepared recipes, and they’re a good source of green leaves, which are healthy for us to eat 🙂
This vine is one of the most beautiful plants we grow. The flowers are spectacular and the fruits are full of vibrant orange juice. They are said to make you happy!
Peanuts: We love peanuts! The turkeys love even the sprouting plants so much that we have to grow them in the fenced-off garden or the turkeys will eat them the day they sprout! We couldn’t grow them in the original hard clay soil, but now that our soil is becoming more loose and crumbly all the time, we are able to grow them here!
Peas: We’re talking good old-fashioned garden peas here!
Pigeon Peas: This is another one of our favorites! We have a post about it on this website, but in summary, it’s a perennial plant, so it will live for 5 years or so, and it makes the garden soil healthier just by growing here. We really enjoy the flowers and the peas that it produces, plus it can provide shade for low plants, and act as a trellis for vining plants. Here are some pictures:
We have two plum trees, but so far no plums! The winters haven’t been cold enough yet…
The potatoes love moisture and rich soil, so they are very happy growing on the side of one of our Hugelkulture mounds. Several varieties of potatoes are growing. We are also growing potatoes in pots, because we have seen others grow potatoes in pots so successfully on YouTube videos, and we wanted to try it too.
Potatoes growing on the hugelkulture mound, May 2016
The paddles and the fruits are edible. They’re very thorny, so you have to handle them with care as you cut off the thorns. Delicious and healthy too 🙂
This popular herb flavors foods in many recipes, and we used rosemary oil to heal the skin on our turkey’s leg when she got hurt. We tried many things to heal her, and the rosemary was the one that worked best.
Strawberries: We started these in the aquaponic system, then transplanted them to the middle garden, and now we have transplanted many of the rooted plants into the back orchard, where they are beginning to take hold and grow between the trees.
Thyme Delightful herb used in cooking and medicine. Here it is covering the ground in the herb garden.
We’ve had a lot of tomato harvests from the aquaponic system and also from the ground.
These plants came from a seed packet, and they have given us a great abundance of zucchini.