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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: GEM avocado in Los Angeles area?
« Last post by raiders36 on Today at 01:22:54 AM »
Lamb hass is very prolific. I have a 3-4 ft tree for like 5 years in the ground with about 30-40 avocado. Majority of the avocado are touching the mulch. I was so impressed with the cultivar that I bought 4 more tree (3-15 gal, 1- 5 gal) this year. The heavy fruit set is preventing the tree from growing big.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sex and the Salaks . . .
« Last post by shafak on Today at 12:22:39 AM »
I just received some already peeled salak from Bangkok.  Often it's mentioned that only fruits with 3 locules would be female.  Unfortunately, almost all the 50+ fruits that I received are either one or two locules  :'( :'( :'(  What are the chances of me getting female from these?
Citrus General Discussion / Re: Replacement for Tahitian Lime
« Last post by brian on October 17, 2018, 11:17:01 PM »
Persian/Tahitian lime is pretty much perfect, and itís easily propagated from cuttings.  What donít you like about it?
Gypsum is a good additive for breaking up heavy clay soil. Pretty sure you can get a bag of it at HD pretty cheaply.
My passion fruit vine really took off and did much better in the ground than in a pot. Though it was hammered by that heat wave that we experienced this year, but I was away when it hit and couldnít water when it needed it most.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Any suggestions what to do with Kiwano melons?
« Last post by fruitlovers on October 17, 2018, 11:02:32 PM »
Scoop out, mix in blender, use as salad dressing, or mix with other vegetable juices. Would be great with tomato juice, carrot juice, or others with strong taste like beets or celey. Whatever juice you can't use right away you can freeze for later use.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What does a pawpaw taste like?
« Last post by So_Cal_Mike on October 17, 2018, 10:53:33 PM »
There are three small paw paw trees at the Fullerton Arboretum, here in Southern California. Iíve seen them in bloom, but I havenít been there at the right time to see if they held fruit.
Citrus General Discussion / Re: Replacement for Tahitian Lime
« Last post by Laaz on October 17, 2018, 10:52:42 PM »
Yes, all limes turn yellow when completely ripe.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Jade Pineapple
« Last post by simon_grow on October 17, 2018, 10:20:31 PM »
I just cut open this runt of a pineapple but before I cut it open, I smelled it and smelled like candy. This fruit is only the size of a softball and after skinning it, it was even smaller.

The taste was sweet and creamy but it was definitely much less sweet than I was expecting. I didnít write down the date I first saw the bloom spike so I believe I harvested this fruit a bit early. It had a Brix of 16% but had relatively low acid although it did have acidity, especially noticeable because of the lower Brix.

The core was extremely soft and my daughters are eagerly chomping down the last few pieces as I type. The flavor of this pineapple is excellent, sweet and creamy. I just wish this particular fruit were a bit sweeter.

To me personally, the White Jade tastes exactly the same as the Kuai White Sugarloaf. Iím sure the fruit we grow at Brads place will be much larger and sweeter. I neglected my plants and they still turned out decent so I can imagine that a properly grown fruit will be even better. Here are some pictures.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What does a pawpaw taste like?
« Last post by fruitlovers on October 17, 2018, 10:14:05 PM »
Indeed - needs both chill and summer heat.  It's the latter that prevents me from growing them here.  They're quite temperature-hardy, but even the least heat-demanding cultivars can be hard to ripen in for the example the Pacific Northwest due to heat requirements.

Pawpaws are adapted to continental climates, where it gets both cold and hot.  That said, there are California pawpaw growers (for example, Lagier Ranch in the San Joaquin Valley), although I've never heard of any growing as far south as San Diego.  You can always contact KSU (the foremost experts in pawpaws) and ask.  But I imagine chill will be a big problem (in the SF area, both chill and heat can be problems, depending on the location and cultivar)
CRFG president has fruited pawpaw in Santa Monica, southern California, not far from the coast. So there are types that can fruit without extreme heat or cold.

Wow really? This gives me some hope!

You wouldn't know what varieties the president has? Or perhaps where I can get more info on this?
I think i posted about it before. Try the search feature. Subject: Paw paw. User: fruitlovers. Her name is Margaret Frane, or something like that.
Citrus General Discussion / Re: Replacement for Tahitian Lime
« Last post by Millet on October 17, 2018, 10:10:37 PM »
Tahitian lime is vigorous, sets a lot of fruit, is seedless, and is normally picked while it is still green (before it turns yellow).  In my opinion the best lime of all. Tahitian lime is a very round fruit, much more so than a lemon, and should be very easy to tell apart from an Eureka even if both are a mature yellow.
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