Seagrapes in Season – Thriving Coccoloba Uvifera

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One of the healthiest Seagrape trees (Coccoloba uvifera) I've ever seen, spotted along Florida's coast in Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park.

Okay, okay… if you are familiar with Coccoloba uvifera, you know that these Seagrapes aren't actually in season. These grapes are still young – when they ripen, they become a dark purplish color. But I wanted a title which conveyed the fertility and abundance of this tree. The Seagrape tends to be a pretty robust tree here in South Florida, but even so, this is one of the healthiest and most-fruiting specimens I've ever seen. It reminded me that the indigenous people living here many millennia ago actually had a pretty easy time finding food. Not just abundant edible plants like this, but also abundant fish and crustaceans in the nearby waters. But that doesn't mean life was easy – they still had to deal with hurricanes, intense heat, and worst of all, the never-ending mosquitoes.

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