With its combination of traditional knowledge and insights gained from research, the aim of this revised text is to foster your interest in, and understanding of, fruit growing. Although it does not highlight specific fruit crops, the text contains a wealth of information for home gardeners, growers interested in supplementing their income from fruit sales, extension workers and other advisers.
Fruits play a role in almost all farming systems. Some fruits are collected in the wild, a variety of fruit crops are used to enrich the vegetation of fallow fields in shifting cultivation, and the widest variety of fruit crops is found in home gardens. Only a minority of tropical fruits are suited to commercial production in orchards. The largest commercial enterprises, such as corporate plantations, are virtually limited to pineapple and banana. Commercial fruits crop heavily and regularly; usually they come into bearing quickly and the trees remain small.