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Tropical Fruit Discussion / psidium sp. ¿?
« on: June 16, 2018, 09:54:46 AM »
Mother trees and fruits from Misiones (not mine):

Unripe fruits are green, they ripe in a light yellow.

our tree:

the leaves are similar to psidium cattleianum but when I break them the smell is not similar to strawberry guava (var sabine), and it is similar to lemon guava (var lucidum); but the trunks get red/pink and the new leaves get this redish or pinkish color, different to psidium cattleianum... and the veins are not so noticeable... what do you think?

Hi, I got these plants from Misiones this week. The seller said that cabeludinha is m. glazioviana, from seeds from Brazil, and that the fruits has a lot of pulp and very sweet... it sounds good, what do you think, do they look like m. glomerata or m. glazioviana?

And this achachairu or pacurí: she said the fruits are orange (not yellow as another native species) and very sweet too, would it be garcinia humilis like she believe?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / pine sawdust in the soil: good or not?
« on: June 10, 2018, 10:41:45 AM »
Do you think pine sawdust in pots for jaboticabas and other myrtáceas or even garcinias, will it be good?

It is from loggers in the area where they cut assembled pine woods, maybe glued with some vinyl glue, which should be remnants of vinyl glue in the substrate ... but I found out that a nursery that sells me jaboticabas includes sawdust (I do not know from what wood) to lighten the substrate and the plants look great! they keep moist and drains well.

I need it because is free and I can get a lot of it! that way my pots will be lighter and cheaper... but, would the plants suffer?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / could it be eugenia pitanga?
« on: May 30, 2018, 09:48:45 PM »

Hi, the seller said that it bears fruits at 2 years old, 30cm tall... but could these fruits be from that species? or just a normal eugenia uniflora?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / stressed jaboticaba trying to flower?
« on: May 28, 2018, 10:38:39 PM »
Hi, I got this jaboticaba, it suffered from lack of rain this summer

maybe they are flower buds?

if so, should I let it to produce fruits? It has barely some leaves... but it is "big": 1.5m tall, 5 years old or so.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / annona ID: atemoya or what?
« on: May 26, 2018, 04:36:27 PM »
Hi, the tree is from Misiones and the seller said he get the green fruits from the market: white or cream pulp inside... should it be atemoya?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / when should I harvest our chirimoya?
« on: May 18, 2018, 09:54:56 AM »
When to harvest cherimoya? (Annona cherimola) Does anyone knows?. It has been changing color to a more yellowish or clear tone; It is still hard to the touch and does not detach if I try to pull it out ...

it has black dots that I suppose are some disease or fruit fly bite. It is the first time that our tree bears fruit, it is about 4 or 5 years old.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / plant ID, is it edible?
« on: May 05, 2018, 01:36:16 PM »

The woman said it is from Tucuman, the photos are not mine...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / how do you clean cupuazu seeds?
« on: May 04, 2018, 10:04:52 AM »
hi, I just have these seeds but the pulp is so attached to the seed... can I plant them as this? or should I clean them? how?

The ice cream of native fruits are ready for the talks/workshop of the weekend at Buenos Aires, thanks Anibal from Fruttos for all the art you put in this delicious experiment! Flavors currently on sale at Rivadavia 950, Junín: Guayaba Serrana (feijoa), Tropical Guava; flavors that are not for sale but that I will take to Buenos Aires too: arazá negro (psidium myrtoides) and arazá amarillo/lemon guava (psidium cattleianum).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / biribá? it has another smell
« on: April 24, 2018, 11:34:13 AM »

I bouth those 6 plants from a nursery, they are from Misiones and they call them "chirimoya" but, obviously, they are not chirimoya, they should be biribá.

But when I crush their leaves, they smell so strong and nice, stronger than the biribá from Hawaii I use to grow, and the main trunk has those white bumps that I do not see in the Hawaiian biriba:

From Hawaii (no whit bumps in the bark, softer smell in crushed leaves):

These are the new ones (white bumps, stronger smell, lemony, really different! in fact, I like it more):

Tropical Fruit Discussion / are all pereskia edible?
« on: April 22, 2018, 04:42:32 PM »
Hi, I have pereskia aculeata since some days and it is a tasty cactus leaf, its fruits are nice too. Pereskia grandifolia and bleo have edible leaves too.

I am about to get some pereskia nemorosa: do you think that all pereskia species leaves are edible?

photo of p aculeata from internet:

Hi, some forum members told me that my only planted tree had femenine flowers.... but the fruits are forming now... would they be hermaphrodite? there is no other papaya near at all.

Hi, the seller wrote that the fruit is green... but this should be annona mucosa, biribá:

could it be something else?

Hi, I harvested this one and it was better than when fully yellow: nice taste acid and sweet, similar to chirimoya but softer; then I smell the perfume of the skin and it remembers me lemon pie. I never tasted a rollinia deliciosa but I think it should be similar.

It was very attached to the plant, I tought it would be very unripe but no: it was soft to the touch and good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit ID: lilly pilly?
« on: April 11, 2018, 04:52:00 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / sprout to ID: pereskia aculeata?
« on: April 04, 2018, 11:17:17 PM »
Hi, would it be ora-pro-nobis? or just a weed?


Hi, I received seeds from Hawaii 4 years ago, from Micah.

I cant contact him

do you think it could be hermaphrodite? or we couldnt know it just by watching the photos?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / fruit fly and jaboticaba?
« on: March 25, 2018, 09:09:58 AM »
Hi, some months ago Adam S. wrote that jaboticabas are not affected by fruit fly because of the thick skin

So I planted many of them (I would did it anyway! I love the plants and the taste of the fruits) thinking I will eat any fruit without worms in the future

So I ask another jaboticaba growers here: did you ever saw a worm into a jaboticaba fruit?

for sure different species or varieties will be more or less resistant...

look at this

Tropical Fruit Discussion / annonas to ID!
« on: March 23, 2018, 04:32:17 PM »
Hi, can you believe that, at Misiones they call CHIRIMOYA to the Biribá?

the other fruits seem to be atemoya, araticú (maybe rollinia sylvatica) and so on... the woman said that the araticú she likes it more than biribá...

First of all: thanks Miguel for the seeds!

This is a new species that I had the pleasure of tasting today, it was cultivated from seeds for 3 years and gave its first fruits when the tree reached a meter and 30 cm high during this summer.

You can see in that photo two fruits on the right on top of a leaf and to compare I place two red strawberry guava fruits on the left. The flavor is different to this one, being more lemony and stronger. I would say that it is both more acidic and sweeter: deeper. The skin tastes like lemon guava and I enjoy eating it more than most of the skin fruits I know.

Other notable differences are: the pulp of the arazá serrano is yellowish while that of strawberry guava is white, the consistency of serrano is harder and less damaged when falling to the ground, perhaps less perishable but I doubt it. It is a taller tree that supports up to -7 or -8 º C, more rare and it should be growed to save it from extinction.

Hi, I received this plant from a collectionist 4 years ago labeled as psidium guyanense.

august 2014:

january 2016:


It grew up fast in a pot with no problems, then I planted it in a hot and sunny place at my garden and it fruited for the first time the last year, 24 march 2017

1.6m tall

But it had only one fruit, it was green and with 2 fruit fly worms (not properly ripe). Anyway it was tasty, 12º Brix.

march 2018

I dont have a refractometer now, but its sweetness is better now, I suppose something like 16º Brix or so.

The size is really big for an "arazá" that is a sister of the strawberry guava

It was very difficult to get it properly ripe here because of the fruit fly worms (and maybe because of our cold nights? 13º C), but I got some good fruits, as for instance this one:

As you can see, the bigger fruits are yet to come and I love this species: it tastes very complex, like a mix of pineaple, pear, apple, guava, strawberry guava, banana, plum and so on (I gave it to taste to some friends and family and they got all those flavours of different fruits, I agree) if properly ripe. If not properly ripe, it can taste to tomato or some vegetable, and it smells like an unripe banana.

When ripe It smells like it tastes. The perfume is not like a guava, nor like strawberry guava, it is not strong but I love it. Some parts of the skin are tart and some are sweet.

no fruit fly thanks to the traps

one of the best fruits I ever had, it reminded me guaviyú, oranges and jaboticaba, acid and sweet

Tropical Fruit Discussion / can you ID this big brazilian seeds?
« on: February 23, 2018, 11:17:49 PM »
Hi, a friend got some seeds from a person who came from Brazil and gave them to him... she said the seeds are red inside if you brake them:

5 cm diameter

and the person said that at Brazil they call it just "almond", amendoa

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