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I have always counted myself as a papaya hater unable to get over the vomit smell... until we went to Hawaii last year and had the local papayas there which were excellent (sunrise, rainbow, etc.).

We've been trying to grow the Hawaiian papayas here but I'm losing the battle to a group of iguanas that are climbing and eating the leaves/branches. Looks like I need to buy an air rifle to thin the herd because I can't get anything to grow more than 3 feet before it gets wiped out by the iguanas.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is Angie a Top-Tier Mango?
« on: July 14, 2018, 08:25:59 AM »
Surprised to see Carrie in your top 5 but not Angie. They are similar in terms of flavor profile, with Angie being more firm.

Angie is a good mango as a dwarf tree but in my garden I donít put it my Top 5 . Dot, Lemon zest, Coco cream, Carrie, Sweet tart. All of them have very strong sweetness and complex flavor.

What's crazy is that I like Angie (though I wouldn't say top 5) but absolutely despise Carrie. The qualifier I'll put on that is I only enjoy Angie when it's firm/tart. Once it gets softer and develops the Carrie 'odor,' I can't stand it.

Carrie and Angie are in my bottom 5, and you can add Ugly Betty to that pile.

Love the Ugly Betty, Angie and Carrie. I will take them any day compared to some other varieties such as Glenn, Rosigold, Cogshall and NDM #4. Better than Mahachanok as well, at least for my taste buds.

I agree, the others you mentioned are in the bottom pile.  Lol

My how tastes vary from person to person...

Truly Tropical grows and sells over 80 varieties of mangoes.  Carrie is their absolute #1 FAVORITE BEST SELLER!!  Most hard core mango lovers think Carrie is a superb mango - the facts speak for themselves.

I am very familiar with Truly Tropical and know Chris very well.  I dont choose mangoes based on sales.  I go by taste.  I am alsi very familiar with the Carrie and you will never see me eating one.  To me, they are horrible.  Please don't try to preach to me about how good it is and any mango lover would make it their favorite.  You will not even make me think of eating one or changing my mind.

Not trying to change your mind, trying to make you realize that the vast majority of people 90%?? think Carrie is an excellent mango. Telling people that Carrie is a bad tasting mango isn't accurate.  It's especially bad because your opinion and knowledge on most other things is spot on and well respected.  People are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.

Wait... in the same post you're telling him he's entitled to his own opinion but then telling him his opinion is wrong? The 'fact' that "90%" of people think Carrie is excellent (which I'll assume is a statistic you pulled out of your ass unless you have some poll to direct me to) does not mean that many people, myself included, would rather eat 3-day old cat barf than a Carrie mango. Individual tastes vary - that is an actual fact. You acting like a cheerleader does not make Carrie an excellent mango to those that disagree with its flavor/smell. Normally I wouldn't even post, but the arrogance of you trying to impose your will on others coupled with your 'you're entitled to your opinion even though it's wrong" attitude made me take the bait.

Here's a lesson for everyone out there:

1. Carrie is a mango. That is a FACT.

2. Carrie tastes like sweaty grandma socks. That is also a FACT. BECAUSE I SAID SO.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Cocktail aka 28-18
« on: July 10, 2018, 08:57:33 AM »
As I stare this morning at an endless tabletop of mangoes that I've lost all desire to eat after gorging for a month or two, I'm going to pretend I didn't see this post and wipe it from my memory. 14 mango trees seems to be sufficient for one family.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Purge: Mango Pruning
« on: July 07, 2018, 02:44:51 PM »
Nice trim job, yeah, I guess the grass is always greener on the other side.

Ain't that the truth. The 3-acre house we've been eyeing for years recently sold and we were somewhat saddened when it happened. Now I walk around my .4 acre yard and wonder how the hell I would ever take care of so much property since I can barely keep up after our... I dunno... 50 or so trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / The Purge: Mango Pruning
« on: July 07, 2018, 11:18:59 AM »
The less-fun part of mango season - battling spiders, ants, and the occasional snake to hack back at mango trees in the 100 degree heat. 4 trees pruned today including the below Glenn that I brought back to around 9 feet or so. The addition of a battery-powered pole saw this year has made getting to awkward center branches a lot easier, but not a fun job by any means. I think my shirt weighed 8lbs of sweat when I came in. Only 10 or so more mango trees to go. If all goes well I'll get some kind of Marvel super power with all the spider and ant bites.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kauai White Sugarloaf Pineapples
« on: July 05, 2018, 12:32:13 PM »
I think the 26.5 degree of brix might have been a fluke. I was just looking through the previous posts from simon_grow, and he was getting brix readings of 19 from the same grower for orders received in May and July.

19 degree of brix should be more typical of this fruit. So, I wouldn't assume that there is anything magical about the Kaui Sugarloaf over a regular sugarloaf or white jade. Probably just a good year for the grower.

I have had about 15 of them from Jude over the last year, 3 that were received in February 2018, all others were between June and September 2017.   The 3 from February were by far the worst I have had (all 3 were the same quality).  Lowest in terms of sweetness/sugars and highest in terms of acidity.  The ones from last year were consistently total sugar bombs with very little in the way of acidity (both Sheehan and Peter sampled them).

I am not saying every fruit harvested will be equal (they do have multiple fields) but just making a comparison of what I have been able to sample.

I have placed another order so will see if maybe its the year thats off, different with different seasons or just a total, unknown coincidence with no viable comparison to be made...

Same experience. I got 4 (one of them was smaller so she adds an extra) a few months ago and they were nothing to write home about. What I got from her last year was amazing - night and day difference in the crops.

PS -- Carrie is not a shipping mango.

Agree. It's also not an eating mango or a growing mango. Blech!

which one you like the most?

usually lemon zest but this year they've been very washed out. some are starting to get some citrusy flavor but nowhere near as intense as they should be.

Super colorful fruit punch and colorful others. Fruit punch looks like a mango that would sell based on "curb appeal" plus I read it has great taste. Have not eaten one yet.

the couple we've had so far have been leaps and bounds better than everyrhing else this year. Thus far it is the only non-washed out mango in the yard.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Nice selection of mangoes picked today
« on: June 16, 2018, 01:52:06 PM »
Nice small group of mangoes picked while walking around the yard doing general maintenance. Fruit Punch, Lemon Zest, Rosigold, Coconut Cream, Angie, and Cogshall.

This, of course, is in addition to the dozens upon dozens of Glenn and even more Haden (from my wife's mother) that are rotting on the counter because we can't keep up with cutting/freezing them for smoothies.

My abiu seedling from Noel is about 5 years old and around 8ft tall (pruned somewhat to keep it under control). Other than doing battle with lobate scales, it is relatively healthy. It has flowered the last 3 years - thought this year we'd finally see fruits as I really babied it. More disappointment as every flower did nothing. Another year of waiting.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Mangos of 2018
« on: June 04, 2018, 09:34:34 AM »
Thus far everything has been totally washed out with Cogshall being the closest to having somewhat of flavor.

Glenn, Nam Doc Mai, Angie, Cogshall, Rosigold, and Lemon Zest... all mehhh.

The most frustrating has been the couple very early LZ. Yiu can taste the faintest hint of a citrusy flavor and knowing it's therr under all that blandness is infuriating. Hopefully everything will start getting better.

Nothing ripening yet on Pickering, fruit punch, or coconut cream.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: High rainfall == Low brix?
« on: May 29, 2018, 07:56:33 PM »
Every mango to date from my trees (Angie, Glenn, Rosigold, and a few Lemon Zest) has been relatively tasteless/bland. The LZ I can understand because what we've had so far was super early, but I'm definitely concerned about the total washout of flavor.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Mangos of 2018
« on: May 28, 2018, 07:34:20 AM »
Where do you buy the clamshells online?

There's a bunch of places, but I bought from Berry Hill Drip:

(make sure you select the strawberry one - not the cherry tomato default)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Mangos of 2018
« on: May 27, 2018, 07:41:54 PM »
Doing my best to protect the harvest this year - been saving strawberry clamshells for a couple years and also bought a box online of 500 more. Going to try clamshells and a pepper wax spray on the clamshells. Maybe between the two I can keep the squirrels and iguanas at bay.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Mangos of 2018
« on: May 26, 2018, 08:10:18 PM »
So I was wondering what type lychee savemejebus has and is it good during the rainy weather?

Mauritius. They are delicious this year. We picked a bunch before the cruise because we were worried they'd be gone by the time we got back. They were not fully ripe at that point and, while good, did not have the full lychee flavor. The ones we picked today were at the perfect ripeness and a full/deep red. Excellent flavor. Unfortunately, both of my sweetheart trees set a ton of flowers/fruit but everything fell off/aborted. So it's just one tree for us this year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Mangos of 2018
« on: May 26, 2018, 01:30:38 PM »
Just got back from a cruise today and found a few lemon zest fallen from the tree (heavily affected by fungus) in addition to 1 rosigold and 1 angie ready to pick. Hopefully they'll be salvageable.

The lychees are at their peak - we were worried the birds/critters would have demolished the tree while we were gone. They took a lot, but we still get a nice harvest.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chipper recommendations
« on: May 23, 2018, 02:59:43 PM »
this is what I use. not as fast as gas, but super convenient and easily eats through about 1.5 inches relatively quickly. only issue is supplying enough power - you want to make sure the outlet you're using is not providing elsewhere or you'll likely blow a fuse.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Amazing new lychee variety...
« on: May 05, 2018, 01:32:35 PM »
The "great dane" lychee - for some reason, standing under this tree is his favorite spot in the yard.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Very large Hasya sapodilla fruit
« on: May 03, 2018, 03:46:21 PM »
Are all your fruit that round? My Haysa doesn't have round fruit.

most of mine were oblong like in the picture posted by the other guy above. this one was a genetic freak.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soon.... soon, my pretties!
« on: May 03, 2018, 10:54:44 AM »
Starting to get some color... won't be long now before the squirrels, blue jays, and iguanas start to take interest.

Beautiful.  What variety?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Very large Hasya sapodilla fruit
« on: May 02, 2018, 09:31:35 PM »
We've had about 10 sapodilla off this tree thus far, but this one (which held on the longest) absolutely dwarfs every other fruit that was on the tree (which were not tiny). Not sure why this one grew to freakishly large size but looking forward to devouring it in a couple days.

And before the jokes start rolling in... no, I'm not a manlet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Soon.... soon, my pretties!
« on: May 02, 2018, 08:36:01 PM »
Starting to get some color... won't be long now before the squirrels, blue jays, and iguanas start to take interest.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grumichama in full bloom
« on: April 22, 2018, 12:01:58 PM »
Nice; how old?

I guess around 5-6 years in ground.

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