The Indiana Nut & Fruit Growers Association (INFGA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the culture of Indiana hardy nut and fruit trees, their advancement and helping those interested in cultivating them. INFGA was founded in 1953 as the Indiana Nut Growers Association (INGA) INFGA offers free training and plant material exchange opportunities at regularly held meetings.
Some of the nut trees that can be grown in Indiana are:
Almonds: Select cultivars will grow in Indiana, however they are no more hardy or reliable than peaches.
Black Walnuts: Similar in shape to the "English Walnuts" but more hardy and flavorful, this is a valuable timber tree that bears edible nuts.
Butternuts: The hardiest northern species, sometimes called the white walnut.
Chestnuts: Smaller, fast-growing trees with nuts that are almost fat-free. Almost all varieties are imported as American Chestnut is susceptible to a blight that has killed most stands.
Heartnuts: Fast-growing trees that are a type of Japanese Walnut. Also an early bearing tree.
Hazelnuts & Filberts: Small trees and bushes that, similar to Chestnuts, produce a nut that has a lower fat content.
Hickory: One of the tallest growing nut trees and the slowest to bear nuts. However, it is very hardy and tasty and some selected cultivars produce thin shelled nuts.
Hicans: A Hickory-Pecan hybrid.
Pecans: Although typically a southern crop, some selected cultivars will bear in Indiana.
Persian Walnuts: Frequently these are called "English Walnuts". Most of the cultivars grown in Indiana are of the Carpathian strain.
You will find members are also interested in the propagation of fruits such as Apples and Pears, Pawpaw, Persimmon, Prunus (stone fruits) and rare fruits.
Authored by Vern Vanderkleed.