Fruit Forest

What is a fruit forest?

What is a fruit forest...

A fruit forest, also called a food forest or forest garden, is a garden that attempts to mimic the ecosystems and patterns found in nature. Fruit forests are three dimensional designs, with life extending in all directions – up, down, and out.

Generally, there are seven layers of a forest garden – the canopy (tallest trees), the sub-canopy (shorter trees), the shrub layer, the herbaceous layer, the rhizospher (root) layer, the ground cover layer, and the vine/vertical layer. Some also like to recognize the mycelial (mushroom) layer as an eighth layer. Using this layer system, more plants can be fit into an area without causing failure due to competition. Once a fruit forest is established, it requires very little work to maintain. The fruit still has to be picked, but that’s the fun part!

Current status

The Coryan is off to a good start with a wide variety of food. Fruit includes; plantains, bananas, oranges, limes, papayas, mangos, lulos, mammeas, avocados, guanabanas, pitayas, guavas, sapotes, mangosteens, uchuvas, tomatoes, coconuts, watermelons, and pineapples. Non-fruit includes sugar cane, yucca, radishes, basil, onions, arugula, garlic, malabar spinach, zuchini, carrots, squash, and nasturtium. By the time you read this, there will probably be more.