The RARE FRUIT COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL (RFCI) , founded in 1955 with headquarters in Miami, Florida, is the premier organization dedicated to the education, introduction, and promotion of rare tropical fruits. Through close ties with botanical collections and horticultural research centers worldwide, the RFCI has become a major international source of information regarding tropical fruits. The RFCI has introduced species or varieties of rare fruits into many parts of the world. In addition, the RFCI has been helpful in establishing the tropical fruit industry in the United States.
PURPOSES of the RFCI
To collect, introduce, and distribute new fruit species.
Select and propagate improved varieties of existing species and encourage the development of superior ones.
Promote tropical pomology by providing information on tropical fruits.
Develop propagation methods and provide education materials on culture.
Explore parts of the world associated with tropical pomology.
Establish relations with local and foreign agriculture organizations, both private and governmental.
ACTIVITIES of the RFCI
Monthly meeting, field trips, plant sales, conventions, workshops and classes, and collecting trips to foreign countries.
MEMBERS of the RFCI belong to an international body of dooryard and commercial growers, professional researchers and hobbyists, fruit breeders and fruit eaters — anyone with an interest in rare fruits. Membership in the RFCI includes a subscription to TROPICAL FRUIT NEWS, a monthly magazine devoted to current and topical information regarding tropical fruits. TFN is also a news service on local and international events pertaining to rare fruits as well as the developing ethnic food industry.
PUBLICATIONS of the RFCI include TROPICAL FRUIT NEWS (the official publication of RFCI). Reprints of published scientific papers delivered by RFCI members at various conventions and seminars are also available, as are Data and Fact Sheets on various fruit crops. The RFCI published the first cookbook devoted solely to the recipes using rare tropical fruit. Meetings consist of fruit tasting, a seed and plant exchange, and an educational program with guest speakers and slide presentations devoted to tropical pomology.