Emerging Fruit Crops

  • Kim E. Hummer
  • Kirk W. Pomper
  • Joseph Postman
  • Charles J. Graham
  • Ed Stover
  • Eric W. Mercure
  • Malli Aradhya
  • Carlos H. Crisosto
  • Louise Ferguson
  • Maxine M. Thompson
  • Patrick Byers
  • Francis Zee
Part of the Handbook of Plant Breeding book series (HBPB, volume 8)


Hundreds of fruit species with commercial potential are currently in a status of low economic importance. Some, such as quince, pomegranate, and figs, have been cultivated for thousands of years. Others have only been locally collected and consumed from wild populations of the fruit. The development of these underappreciated crops depends on a range of factors including the cultivation limitations, yields, uses of the fruit, and marketing potential. Although initially many crops are developed using selections from the wild, as they are developed, breeding programs work toward improving the crop for both production and quality. This chapter examines nine emerging crops chosen among hundreds of potential crops which are currently showing much promise as commercial crops. These include five tree fruits, namely, pawpaw, quince, mayhaw, pomegranate, and fig, and four berry crops, namely, blue honeysuckle, elder, goji, and ‘ōhelo.


Underutilized genetic resources Specialty crops Local crops Heritage fruit cultivars Potential new fruit 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kim E. Hummer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kirk W. Pomper
    • 3
  • Joseph Postman
    • 1
  • Charles J. Graham
    • 4
  • Ed Stover
    • 5
  • Eric W. Mercure
    • 6
  • Malli Aradhya
    • 7
  • Carlos H. Crisosto
    • 8
  • Louise Ferguson
    • 8
  • Maxine M. Thompson
    • 9
  • Patrick Byers
    • 10
  • Francis Zee
    • 11
  1. 1.USDA ARS National Clonal Germplasm RepositoryCorvallisUSA
  2. 2.USDA ARS Arctic and Subarctic Plant Gene BankPalmerUSA
  3. 3.Kentucky State UniversityFrankfortUSA
  4. 4.Pecan Research/Extension StationLSU Agricultural CenterShreveportUSA
  5. 5.USDA/ARS Horticulture and Plant Breeding UnitHorticultural Research LaboratoryFt. PierceUSA
  6. 6.Paramount Farming CompanyBakersfieldUSA
  7. 7.National Clonal Germplasm Repository, USDA, ARSUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  8. 8.Department of Plant SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  9. 9.Department of HorticultureOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  10. 10.Greene County Extension OfficeUniversity of Missouri ExtensionSpringfieldUSA
  11. 11.USDA, ARS Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center (PBARC)HiloUSA

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