Growing fruit in your garden is an amazing way to bring a variety of homegrown nutrients into your diet. As well as being highly nutritious, fruit brings plenty of vibrancy and intrigue to any garden.
However, with there being over 2,000 different types of fruit to choose from, where do we even start when it comes to deciding which fruits to plant?
One place to start is by looking at fruits by color. Today, we’ll start by looking at one of the most common colors of fruit. That color is green.
To give you a good idea of what fruits you can grow in your garden, in this post, we will show you 10 green fruits you can easily grow in containers or vertically in a small garden.
If you want to grow your own green fruits, full of nutrients, be sure to stick around!
It seems only fitting to start with the apple. After all, this is one of, if not the most popular green fruit there is. Varieties like the granny smith apple also happen to be one of the easiest green fruits to grow.
Reaching heights of 12 to 16 feet, a granny smith apple tree not only produces wonderfully vibrant and juicy apples perfect for cooking but also acts as a great centerpiece in any garden, towering tall above other plants.
Apple trees usually need to be planted next to another tree in order to pollinate. If you don’t have the space for two trees, make sure you choose a variety that is self-pollinating.
Dwarf trees can be easily grown in containers if you find them a sunny spot in the garden.
Nutritional value: Like most fruits, Granny Smith apples are high in fiber. This can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower LDL cholesterol. Green apples also contain a compound known as pectin, a prebiotic that can aid digestion and promote healthy bacteria in your body.
The beauty of growing grapes in your garden is that there is a range of different varieties to choose from and the plant they grow off looks quite spectacular.
Growing in bunches from a 6 to 9-foot vine plant, you can easily grow your very own grape plant on a pergola or trellis. Needing regular pruning to keep it under control and full sun, one grape plant is capable of producing approximately 40 clusters of grapes. That is enough to make 10 bottles of wine.
In terms of the best grape to grow, Thompson seedless are a solid choice. This type of grape is great for snacking. For a sweeter grape, why not try growing some cotton candy grapes.
Nutritional value: Grapes contain a high concentration of vitamins K and C. They’re also a good source of riboflavin, potassium, and manganese. They’re high in antioxidants, which can be beneficial in preventing chronic diseases.
Next up, we have the pear. Pears are a hugely popular fruit found in many gardens all over the world. The reason for their popularity is how easy they are to grow.
Generally considered to be easier to grow than apples, pears are also a lot less susceptible to common garden diseases and pests. This helps make them a lot easier to manage.
Unfortunately, most varieties of pear aren’t self-pollinating. Therefore, you’ll need enough space in your garden for at least two trees.
If not maintained and pruned regularly, a standard pear tree can reach 9 feet tall, so you will need plenty of room for two.
Pear trees need to absorb at least six hours of sun per day. When you dig the hole for the tree, keep in mind it should be four to six inches (10.16 to 15.24 cm) deeper than the length of the sapling’s roots because it will need space to spread out as it matures.
Nutritional value: Although not often discussed, the pear has a lot of nutrients and health benefits to offer. The fruit is densely packed with fiber, which prolongs your appetite and keeps the bacteria in your gut healthy.
4. Honeydew Melons
Honeydew melon plants are easily recognized thanks to the large, round, smooth, creamy yellow fruit it produces. The flesh of a honeydew melon is light green and its taste is beautifully sweet.
Packed with essential vitamins and nutrients, the honeydew melon is a lovely plant to grow, adding color and style to your garden.
Honeydew melons grow on vines. These vines grow best when planted in raised mounds approximately 6 inches tall and spaced 4 inches apart. They also grow well in trellises when kept roughly 4 inches apart.
This type of melon does have a long growing season so you will have to be patient. If you can be patient, you can expect it to take 65 to 100 days for the melons to mature.
Nutritional value: Honeydew is a powerful antioxidant that is very high in vitamin C. It’s also low in sodium and high in potassium, which is known to help reduce blood pressure. Additionally, it has a high concentration of water and electrolytes.
Most people know the cucumber as a vegetable but scientifically it is actually classified as a type of fruit.
If you only have a small garden but still want to grow your own green fruits in abundance, the cucumber is a great choice. Requiring very little space, time, and effort, there are a large number of cucumber varieties to choose from.
Having said that, the two most popular varieties tend to be the Burpless cucumber and Lebanese cucumber. These two varieties require the least amount of space to grow.
Unsurprisingly, the Burpless cucumber is said to prevent gas and burping.
You can grow your cucumbers on trellises or on a wire fence if you need to save space.
Nutritional value: Cucumbers provide a lot of nutritional advantages. They’re antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory. They also contain a compound called beta-carotene that helps prevent cancer.
The avocado is easily one of the most beautiful and healthy green fruits. Adding to the beauty of your garden, avocados have quickly become one of the most popular fruits to eat.
This is because of how many nutrients they contain and how versatile they are. Blended in a smoothie, eaten on toast, or turned into guacamole, avocados are packed with folate, potassium, monounsaturated fat, and vitamin C.
Avocado trees typically prefer warmer, tropical climates to grow, but don’t worry, there are some varieties that grow in cooler regions too.
If you don’t have a garden big enough for a full tree, you could plant a dwarf avocado tree instead. The dwarf avocado tree can be grown in a container.
Nutritional value: Avocados are a very healthy fruit that can provide many nutritional benefits. They can offer about 20 different vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C, B6, and E. They also contain considerable amounts of fiber.
7. Kiwi Fruit
While they may have a light brown, fuzzy exterior, small kiwi fruits have a bright green flesh hiding on the inside.
This green flesh has a deliciously tangy, tart taste that stands out nicely in a fresh fruit salad or smoothie. In fact, the kiwi doesn’t taste like any other fruit you’ll have ever tried.
With a taste that seems to combine the flavors of pineapple, banana, and strawberry, kiwis grow on stunning vines that can reach 20 feet in height.
This makes them perfect for smaller gardens as they can be grown vertically on a trellis, fence, or pergola.
If you want to grow a large amount of fruit in a small space, the kiwi could be your best option.
Nutritional value: Kiwi fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C and is high in antioxidants. These fruits also contain levels of serotonin, which can help improve your mood and sleep. Kiwi also contains high concentrations of fiber and potassium.
The next green fruit on our list is lime. Limes are a popular variety of citrus fruit that can be easily grown in your garden. However, if you want the best results, you will need to live in a region that has temperatures that continuously stay above 50 °F.
Limes have a strong bitter taste that doesn’t taste that nice on its own. Instead, this fruit tastes nicer when accompanied by other types of fruit, in a drink, or when drizzled on various types of food like fish.
Lime trees require regular watering no matter the weather. In the summer months, this is particularly important. Without sufficient watering, the lime plant will dry out and its leaves will fall off.
Nutritional value: For a tiny fruit, the lime packs a powerful nutritional punch. Adding limes to your diet is proven to aid heart health, reduce asthma, and promote a clear complexion. It’ll also help to boost the immune system and increase the body’s ability to take in iron.
9. Nashi Pear
Commonly referred to as the Asian pear, the nashi pear is a small, round, green fruit that looks like a cross between a lime and a common variety of pear.
Thanks to their small size, nashi pears are perfect for snacking on their own.
The great thing about growing nashi pears is that they grow on compact trees that don’t take up too much space in smaller gardens. Having said that, being able to reach a height of 20 feet makes the tree a great centerpiece.
Regular pruning of the tree will stop it from growing too high.
The nashi tree grows quickly without too much care and in most soil types and climates, so why not plant one in your backyard now.
Nutritional value: Nashi pears are an Asian fruit that can provide your diet with many nutrients. High in fiber and low in calories, they’re very beneficial fruit for weight loss and increasing your body’s ability to take in vitamins and minerals.
The final green fruit on our list is gooseberries. While they share a similar appearance to the grape, gooseberries grow on individual stems on a bush as opposed to a vine.
Fairly easy to grow, a gooseberry bush can be trained to grow on a trellis. This comes in handy for those of us with smaller gardens.
The plant is also self-fertile so you only need one to grow your very own gooseberries. This should help you save even more space.
In terms of taste, gooseberries can be both sweet and sour. They do taste nice on their own but a lot of people like to use them in baking.
To prevent birds from stealing your homegrown gooseberries, consider covering them with a bird-proof net.
Nutritional value: While gooseberries are a relatively unknown fruit, they provide many health benefits. They’re loaded with vitamins, including B5 and B6. Their ratio of fiber to calories makes them a great way to balance your diet.
Although most people consider them vegetables, peppers are technically classified as a fruit. They are plants that grow most efficiently in raised beds or containers. They should be planted relatively spaced out from one another, and the soil must have adequate drainage. Placing mulch on the top layer of their soil can also help retain the moisture necessary for them to grow.
Nutritional value: Peppers are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. They’re rich in vitamins E, K, and A. They’re also a good provider of potassium and folate, which may improve heart health.
12. Green Orange
Compared to all the other green fruits listed above, the green orange (also known as cam sành or the king orange) is one of the tougher ones to grow in your backyard. It can be done, but they require a reasonably tropical climate to grow. Ripe oranges will maintain a green color depending on the temperature in which they’re grown.
Nutritional value: Oranges are a well-known source of calcium and vitamin C. In addition, they’re also high in potassium and protein. They’re also known to boost the immune system and promote the growth of collagen, a protein that helps your body heal faster.
13. Green Plums
When planting a green plum tree, the bare-root sapling should be explicitly planted during the wintertime when it’s dormant. A container-grown plum can be planted at any time during the year.
Nutritional value: Besides containing vitamins and minerals, plums have a surprising set of nutritional benefits. It has been proven that eating plums can lower blood pressure, promote bone health, and reduce blood sugar.
Jackfruit is an exotic, spiny fruit in the fig and breadfruit category. They require warm and rich soil to grow and cannot be exposed to frost. Germination of a jackfruit seed takes about six weeks. After the root is sprouted, they may be planted into the soil.
Nutritional value: Jackfruit has a high concentration of vitamin C. It has also been shown to reduce inflammation, promote the growth of skin cells, and maintain heart health. It may also help with weight loss and is popular with vegans because it’s an excellent substitute for meat, particularly barbecue.
15. Custard Apple
A custard apple will grow best if kept in a container or pot. They grow very slowly, and it can take up to four years before a tree produces any fruit. They’re susceptible to temperature changes and require humidity of above 70%.
Nutritional value: The custard apple, also known as a cherimoya fruit, has a lot of health benefits. Custard apples are high in antioxidants, specifically carotenoids, which can help reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Typically, breadfruit is grown by taking root cuttings from a parent plant and placing them into the soil. However, they may also be produced from a seed. Germination typically only takes up to two weeks. They grow best in soil that is partially shaded.
Nutritional value: Breadfruit is an excellent source of many different vitamins and minerals. They contain high levels of protein, fiber, magnesium, and phosphorus. Like custard apples, they also contain carotenoids, which help lower disease risk.
Guava trees can grow in various climates but will produce more fruit in environments that stay warm all year long. They can be grown from a seed, and once planted, should take about 24 weeks to bear fruit.
Nutritional value: Like most fruits, guava contains high amounts of vitamins and minerals. They’re also shown to lower blood sugar, reduce the risk of diabetes, and prevent certain types of cancer.
There you have it, 10 green fruits for your garden.
In truth, we have only scratched the surface in regards to fruits you can grow at home, but these green fruits should be enough to get you started.
Now you’ve read our list, you should have a much better understanding of green fruits you can grow in your garden. Our list contains a wide range of interesting fruits that vary in shape, size, and taste.
All you need to do now is decide which green-colored fruit you want to grow first.
If you have enough space, why not grow two or three and bring even more color and nutrients into your diet!