Fruits of the Butterfly House

There’s so much to see in the butterfly house like our emergence chambers and amazing butterflies! A few things that don't get noticed as often are our fruit trees!

 Loquat in the Butterfly House.

Loquat in the Butterfly House.

Loquat is a small yellow fruit that is native to Asia. The pleasantly tart fruit has large seeds. Loquat trees prefer warmer climates, but can still be grown in North Texas. In fact, we have a loquat tree in our Gardens right outside the Grand Allee. Our other loquat trees can be found in the Butterfly House.  

 Starfurit flowers.

Starfurit flowers.

Starfruit has a unique shape and it’s crisp texture makes it a great option for fruit salads. Our starfruit tree just started producing fruit. Our staff loves it!

Jackfruit is a vegan food superstar. Unripe jackfruit can be seasoned to taste like pulled pork. Once ripe Jackfruit tastes like a mix of banana, pineapple and mango.  Our jackfruit tree is very tall and you probably won’t notice the fruit unless you look up in the right spot.

Our lychee tree is small and hasn’t produced fruit yet but we can’t wait!

Look out for these trees and other amazing tropical plants on your next visit to Texas Discovery Gardens!

Haley Estrada