The Rare Fruit Council International, Inc. (RFCI) founded in 1955 is a non-profit organization organized to promote the development and use of tropical fruits in South Florida. The benign climate is conducive to growing many tropical fruits that cannot be fruited anywhere else in the continental mainland continental United States. So great has the interest grown in the many delightful fruits of the tropics, the Rare Fruit Council Intl. has been instrumental in obtaining superior varieties of tropical fruits from other countries, selecting meritorious plant materials from the local area, to growing and fruiting these fruits successfully.

We also teach members and the general public methods of propagation and the cultural requirements of fruits trees. The Rare Fruit Council is indebted to its many worldwide members for donating seeds, scions and plant materials to achieve this goal. Our committee is grateful to all contributors whose efforts made the first edition of our Tropical Fruit Recipes cookbook a success and also to those who helped prepare the revised tropical fruit recipes.