If you are a plant-lover and have a special spot in your heart for exotic fruits like I do, then Exotica Rare Fruit Farm will be heaven on earth to you. Set on 4 acres, the owner of this nursery originally began planting what now looks like a tropical paradise over 30 years ago. It all started out as a seed business in Hawaii, but when he moved back home, he started the fruit farm with his mother, Jeanette. Vista has a rare climate that can grow a wide variety of plants. For this reason, many sub-tropical plants thrive here.
The owner, Steve Spangler, used to travel the world when he was younger, gathering rare fruit seeds from each spot which he then planted on this land. You can find fruit trees from places such as Mexico, Hawaii, Florida, Guatemala, Ecuador, Fiji and Burma.
He has over 1,000 varieties of fruit trees here, including 200 pomegranate varieties, 10 banana varieties, 7 different passionfruit, 20 different guava trees and so much more! They even have a fruit-tasting table where you can sample the fruits that are currently in season. Get ready for an adventure because you'll certainly want to explore!
I asked him what advice he could give them world, since he obviously is quite in tune with the universe. He response was "How much love and devotion we put into any artistic activity, whether you are a poet, musician, mother, will determine how we form our community and nature around us."
He recommends everyone have even one plant in their house and that it can shift their entire household. "Plants breathe our breath and we breathe their breath. That is why they are so healing."
The greenhouse is being taken over by dragon fruit!
Make sure to stop by their fruit-tasting table to see what's in season!
Tasting nasturtium flowers:
One of the amazing owners, Steve:
And his mom and business partner: