How many different fruits can you grow on a tree?

I really love a fruit salad on a hot, sunny day. And lately the days have been pretty hot and pretty sunny.

Recently my dad, Chief Invez made me my favorite summer drink – a watermelon gazpacho. You can definitely try it out and share this wonderful summer drink with your family.

But to get back to the heading of our blog post, how many different types of fruit do you think you can grow on a tree? You must think that is a pretty silly question. I mean, everyone knows that each tree can have only one type of fruit. Like my dad tells me, an apple will grow only on an apple tree – you can’t get a banana on that tree!!

Well, do I have news for you!

As a way to spread diversity on a small scale, artist and professor at Syracuse University, Sam Van Aken came up with the brilliant idea of using ‘chip grafting’ to create trees that each bear 40 different varieties of stone fruits or fruits with pits.

He does this with an interesting technique of inserting a branch of a tree into the slit of the ‘working tree’. He then wraps the cut till it heals and the bud starts to grow into a new branch. Over the years he has added several slices of branches from other varieties to this tree to create a beautiful tree of blossoms that can only be described as “out of this world”.

He has currently planted around 16 such trees in seven states across the country.

What an amazing idea! Imagine picking out 40 different fruits from the same tree. Ingenuity lies everywhere around us, just waiting to be discovered!

Until next time….our discoveries continue!!


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