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Thank you so much for the post!!
Very interesting and Im glad to find out that one of the so called African potatoes are tasty! Now I just eed to get myself one :)
Waiting for your report on air Yam :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cecropia fruit plant
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:20:05 AM »
What is the best tasting species?
I saw a video where they claim it is nice and reminds of gummy worms but they didnt specify species.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cecropia fruit plant
« on: November 21, 2017, 04:43:17 AM »
Are the seeds easy to transport over post or are they recalcitrant?
Im very interested in this plant know any sources of seeds if they transport ok?

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Flying Fox Fruits Nursery
« on: November 08, 2017, 12:58:05 AM »
I wish people could give seed sellers a break! There are so few of them and a one man business in demand simply cant respond to all request and I think logically larger orders will take priority.
Once you have paid and ordered then maybe you can complain but before I think its just that your order doesnt take priority. If he is too busy to respond to you then obviosly the way the business is being run is working very well  ;)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mamme Africana Vs Mamme Americana
« on: October 30, 2017, 08:42:06 AM »
I have heard africana is not great but have no first hand experience with it

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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Kratom tree cuttings
« on: October 14, 2017, 11:47:54 AM »
Thanks D-G :)
Do you know any good seed sources?

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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Tylosema esculentum
« on: October 08, 2017, 01:15:20 AM »
A friend managed to germinate some Tylosema esculentum. Edible bean/nut and root. Anyone heard of it?

http://tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Tylosema+esculentum

"The seeds have a protein content around 30% (approaching that of the soya bean) and an oil content around 40% (approaching that of the peanut)[301
].
The immature seeds and stems may be eaten cooked as a vegetable or in soups[299
].
A coffee-like beverage can be made from the seeds[317
].

An edible oil is obtained from the seed[301
]. Similar to almond oil in consistency and taste[299
, 301
]. Golden-yellow, with a nutty odour and a pleasant, although slightly bitter flavour[299
]

Tuber - cooked. The sweet-tasting tuber can be baked, boiled or roasted[301
, 317
]. Young tubers have a sweet and pleasant taste and the texture has been described as similar to that of artichoke[299
]. Tubers older than 2 years become fibrous and bitter and are usually not eaten, but they are an important emergency source of water for humans and animals"

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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Polianthes tuberosa
« on: October 08, 2017, 01:11:31 AM »
Anyone ever try Polianthes tuberosa?
It's pretty and apparently smells really nice with edible flowers. I saw I can get this as they are sold by ornamental bulb catalogues.
http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Polianthes+tuberosa

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Of all the Eugenia I grow and that's quite a few , my personal favorites are E. involucrata and E. pyriformis the sweet variety .

Like Casio mentioned the Rio Grande can vary a lot in size of fruit , leaves , taste . Some of them are great producers others a zillion of flowers and poor fruit- set . I have the impression some came from a colder area .

The E. calycina is not bad at all but doesn't come close to my best Rio .

Some people may not agree , but I am very happy with my E. florida .....

Now , there are others acid and sweet ones that are absolutely worth growing . In the acid : E. stipitata ssp sororia is my favorite , fast fruiting , great producer ( several times a year ) , large fruit and very indicated for keeping in a planter . Not for eating out of hand but a delight in a milkshake with some sugar added . E. victoriana aka Sundrop is a waste of time and space .

Is it poor taste that makes sundrop a waste Luc or other factors?

Just skin and seeds Stuart.....
Oh ok thanks Luc!
Too many fruits Iv tried have been like that and they always look pretty good until you try ha ha :'(

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Of all the Eugenia I grow and that's quite a few , my personal favorites are E. involucrata and E. pyriformis the sweet variety .

Like Casio mentioned the Rio Grande can vary a lot in size of fruit , leaves , taste . Some of them are great producers others a zillion of flowers and poor fruit- set . I have the impression some came from a colder area .

The E. calycina is not bad at all but doesn't come close to my best Rio .

Some people may not agree , but I am very happy with my E. florida .....

Now , there are others acid and sweet ones that are absolutely worth growing . In the acid : E. stipitata ssp sororia is my favorite , fast fruiting , great producer ( several times a year ) , large fruit and very indicated for keeping in a planter . Not for eating out of hand but a delight in a milkshake with some sugar added . E. victoriana aka Sundrop is a waste of time and space .

Is it poor taste that makes sundrop a waste Luc or other factors?

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Ugni molinae - autumn crop.
« on: September 29, 2017, 02:04:06 AM »
How does the taste compare to strawberry guava? Is it nicer?

thanks
Hi! for me is totaly diferent. The flavour is like a chewing gum!  :P
That sounds nice:)
Iv tried from seeds before without success but now I am keen to give another shot!

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Ugni molinae - autumn crop.
« on: September 28, 2017, 06:02:56 AM »
How does the taste compare to strawberry guava? Is it nicer?

thanks

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mycorrhizal inoculant
« on: September 21, 2017, 01:57:36 PM »
The cannabis people drive a lot of this, they can throw money at 'pot' plants like crazy.

Cannabis growers are the biggest suckers for rocket fuels and yes, they bring every shyster out of the woodwork known to man quick to fork over the money to anyone claiming "bigger yields".

You do have to nurture your soil helpers.  My veggie garden hasn't had compost in about 3 years and I can tell it in the marginal production and health of what's left.
But you have to admit cannabis growers have also furthered knowledge considerably! It's there money that has fueled businesses to make amazing lowlights and brought hydroponics into the mainstream among other things. Also lots of interesting experiments on hormones etc you can see from them online.

Yeah that industry does have many of the new breed of snake oil salesman though!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mycorrhizal inoculant
« on: September 21, 2017, 01:20:20 AM »
I have found that if I let good soil completly dry in a pot it becomes crap, even if I wet it again its just not as good as it was. This is purely subjective though perhaps its all in my mind?

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Too often I have checked on buried seeds only to find them terminated but I just broke the root checking! :P

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mycorrhizal inoculant
« on: September 20, 2017, 02:33:41 PM »
Will good compost tea made with a bubbler compare at all to these types of products?
I've read that compost tea(&genetics obviously) are the secret behind giant veggie champions

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Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking for gotu kola.
« on: September 13, 2017, 06:34:46 AM »
Gutukola is Centella asiatica. Gotukola is a Sinhala word. If you go to the following link, you can read about it. Is this what you mean by Gotu Kola

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centella_asiatica

Yup thats it ;D

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Found on the net , would this be Marula ?


It looks more like Kei Apple - Dovyalis caffra I think

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Hey Stuart , what do you mean by higher up in Africa , closer to the equator or at a higher level above the sea ?

Luc


I think I just assumed Kenya because they apparantly have the highest level of genetic diversity with all three recognised subspecies(S.A we have caffra as far as I know). There is a picture of red colouration in this booklet page 5.

http://www.eefri.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Booklet_on_.-birrea-Marula.pdf

Im trying to find the link where it said more on the red type.
There really is a big variety in this species though! One of the improved types propergated by Prof Kas at Pretoria University is slightly smaller than a tennis ball (with bigger seed too but thats not bad since the kernel is apparantly delicious). Im holding thumbs I can get some of the truncheons they are starting in the next couple months!

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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles - Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Seed Trade
« on: September 11, 2017, 04:19:02 AM »
What kind of thing you looking for?

I still have lots of Marula seed.

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This paper mentions an improved cultivar called 'Namibian Wonder'- Stuart since you are in S. Africa you could perhaps contact they author at the email provided and get scions or large cuttings (they are reported to root fairly easily): https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10457-005-2420-6

This paper discusses the activities of ICRAF in collecting marula varieties from the wild - perhaps they could be contacted as well....
http://www.the-eis.com/data/literature/Knowledge%20on%20Sclerocarya%20birrea%202.pdf

Hope this helps


Thank you for the link I will also check it out!

I have made contact with Pretoria university they are apparently trying to propergate material from Prof Lucas 'Kas' Holtzhausen who apparantly selected a lot of supirior types :) They have promised me so scions if their large cuttings/trunchoens take( I didnt even know it could be propergated like this but they the experts ha ha)

I am Also currently on the hunt for a red marula because I have read that they do exist higher up in Africa.

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I've killed many container tiresome this especially younger ones! In ground I almost killed a moringa but that was also from the mulch being too close to the trunk. Most other things in ground seems I can't water enough ha ha

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Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: WTB or trade for Mesquite seeds
« on: August 21, 2017, 05:47:11 AM »
Yes still interested! Do you still have any seeds?


R u still looking for mesquite seeds, cause they are falling all over the the place, this is about 2 maybe 2.5 weeks of them falling.

Only saw this now!!! I am still very interested!!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Breeding/selecting with dioecious plants
« on: August 21, 2017, 05:44:08 AM »
Thanks everyone!

Some great tips and advice here:)

I will try keep this thread updated as I slowly progress

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Breeding/selecting with dioecious plants
« on: August 18, 2017, 10:29:43 AM »
I plan to casually select and improve Marula a dioecious species.

How i see it is I have about fifty trees and should have space to plant them out soon. I would then see which ones were best and cull the worst say 70% and graft seedlings from the best 30% onto them. Then just keep doing this for many years and hopefully get some nicer fruit over time. This would just be for hobby reasons as I am an amateur. I don't expect professional or dramatic results but even slight improvement s would be really awesome. I am 29 now so should have quite a few years to have fun with this:)
I have some questions though for the more knowledgeable here :) :
1. Is there a better way to do this than described? I know the attributes I would want, namely: bigger fruit, better flesh to seed ratio, less cling on seed. I already love the natural wild taste so any of these attributes improving even a little would be great!

2. Is this population big enough? Would say 100 trees get me better chances?
I could do many more trees in very large containers but my assumption was in ground trees would be a better bet.

3.How the he'll do you select for the males? It must matter what males you decide to get rid of or keep but I have no idea how you would make this decision.

This is really interesting to me so any insights or advice would be cool

P.S - One last question
All my plants come from local populations would it be worth it try source seeds from far away, maybe more north into Africa for genetic diversity?
I have tried and failed to source from already improved plants but maybe I could catch a break in the future.

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