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PAUL THOMSON, CO-FOUNDER OF CALIFORNIA RARE FRUIT GROWERS PUT VISTA, CALIFORNIA ON THE "MANGO WORLD MAP"....

Paul Thomson, a self-taught botanist who co-founded the California Rare Fruit Growers organization and helped expand exotic fruit-growing in the state, has died. He was 91.

Mr. Thomson died May 31 of complications related to old age at a Fallbrook (San Diego County) retirement home, said Patti Humphreys, a friend.

Two years after John Riley, a Lockheed engineer from Santa Clara, sought Mr. Thomson's advice, the pair founded the fruit growers group in 1968 as a clearinghouse for exotic plant enthusiasts. The organization of amateur horticulturists now has more than 3,000 members in about 35 countries.

Locally, the time was ripe for new ideas, because newcomers were piling into California in the late 1960s "without prejudice to what could not be grown here," according to an association history.

The group played a major role in promoting many once-rare fruits that became widely available at farmers markets throughout Southern California, the online newsletter Seasonal Chef…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: "NOTHING HAPPENS IN A VACUUM"

"Nothing happens in a vacuum."
This statement gives credence to every situation that happens in our lives.
Nothing happens in and of itself.
It's always a sequential process of events that bring things to its present situation.
Regardless of what we are referring too.

TURNS OUT, VISTA, CALFORNIA HAS A VERY IMPORTANT HISTORY IN THE TROPICAL FRUIT WORLD...MANGOES WERE SUCCESFULLY GROWN HERE ! ....

IMO NOTE: "Nothing ever happens in a vacuum...not even a vacuum"...author unknown

Paul Thomson (June 29, 1916 - May 31, 2008) was an Americanexotic fruit enthusiast, self taught botanist, fruit farmer and the co-founder of the California Rare Fruit Growers Association, a group of amateur horticulturists which now has more than 3,000 members in approximately 35 countries.[1]



Thomson is credited with helping to expand the farming of exotic fruits in California - everything from cherimoyas to longans to pitahayas.[2][3]


Paul Thomson was born on June 29, 1916, in India to parents, Clinton and Bertha Mangon Thomson.[1]
His mother was a doctor who ran a local Indian hospital while his father was a minister.[1]
Tragedy struck the family when Thomson was hunting with his father when he was 11 years old. 
His father had shot two ducks for the family's Christmas dinner, but drowned while trying to retrieve them from a lake.[1]

Thomson, his mother and his four younger sisters returned …

PHILIPPINE DATA BASE TEACHES SOMETHING NEW; SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HOME TO SEVERAL CULTIVARS !....

Mango Facts


A. Taxonomy

The genus Mangifera belongs to the order Sapindales in the family Anacardiaceae, which is a family of mainly tropical species.


Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Sub-Class: Rosidae
Order: Sapindales
Family: Anacardiaceae
Genus: Mangifera
Species: indica
Scientific Name: Mangifera indica L.

The Mango, Mangifera indica L., is the most economically important fruit crop in the Anacardiaceae (Cashew or poison ivy family). 
Other important members of this family include cashew, pistachio, and the mombins (Spondias spp.). 
The family contains 73 genera and about 600-850 species, with a few representatives in temperate regions, distinguished by their resinous bark and caustic oils in leaves, bark, and fruits. 
The other distant relatives of Mangifera are cashew (Anacardium occidentale), gandaria (Bouea gandaria), pistachio (Pistacia vera), marula (Sclerocarya birrea), ambarella (Spondias cytherea), yellow mombin (Spondias mombin), red mombin (Spondias purpurea), imbu (Spon…