Mangos growing in Greece and related thoughts on sub-tropical fruit cultivation in Mediterranean micro-climates
Below I’ve posted a few photos of a Mango tree I photographed (with a phone) on the Greek island Kefalonia, in the Ionian Sea.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been taking mental note of the fruit and nut trees I see growing in small orchards and yards around the island. The most common trees are your typical Mediterranean species, olives, almonds, fig, pomegranate, quince, wine and table grapes, loquat, and all kinds of citrus. Apricots also do very well, as do persimmons, peaches, plums, apples, pistachios, and walnuts. Kiwis do pretty well too. Last summer I saw a number of relatively healthy bananas, some with immature racks of fruit. Some varieties of Avocado also apparently grow well here and produce a lot of fruit. Then I saw this Mango tree, grown from a seed brought over from Zaire fifteen years ago. The owner of the tree says it produces good fruit in September, which he’s been eating for years. He gave me some seeds which appear to still be viable.
Needless to say, I was excited to make this discovery, it’s helping me reconsider what is possible in terms of cultivation of sub-tropical species in Mediterranean micro-climates. I’m germinating seeds of the seedling Zaire mango with the intention of grafting it in a year or so. I’m also pondering ways to get some White Sapote (Casimiroa edulis), sub-tropical guava species and Passiflora spp. over here. If any readers have insight or experience to offer along these lines I’d be very interested. Would Macadamia be worth trying? Others that come to mind are Ziziphus spp., Jaboticaba (Myrciaria cauliflora), Chico Sapote (Manilkara sapota), and Atemoya (Anona x atemoya).