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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit ID ?
« on: August 18, 2018, 02:49:14 PM »
This is what I found online about kembayau:

Dabai and Kembayau are two different jungle produce of Sarawak rainforest. Kembayau,lacking popularity,is still very much kept as a wild and edible fruit of Sarawak rainforest.

Dabai is canarium odontophyllum while Kembayau is dacryodes rostrata forma cuspidata in latin.
1. Kembayau is darker,almost black in color while dabai is purplish in color.
2. Kembayau is oblong in shape while dabai is round and short.
3. Kembayau seeds are soft and slimy while dabai seeds are hard.
4. Kembayau has dry,thick and dull skin whereas dabai has smooth and shiny skin.
5. Kembayau has seeds that are soft and slimy whereas dabai has seeds with hard shells.
6. Kembayau has seeds that are round in cross-section whereas dabai has seeds that are triangular in cross-section.
7. Kembayau seeds are not edible whereas dabai seeds contain kernels that are clunchy and nutty as almond seeds.Chop or hammer the seeds and eat the kernels inside,though troublesome but worth the efforts once you have an unforgettable taste of the nuts inside.

Dabai seeds with edible kernels inside

The main difference is in the taste and texture.
Kembayau flesh is thin and slightly sour whereas dabai flesh is  thicker,more fragrant,creamy and richer in flavour.

Dabai is just so unique,in every sense and every aspect.It is one of the gems from the vast rainforest of Sarawak.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit ID ?
« on: August 18, 2018, 02:45:31 PM »
Another possibility is Kembayau

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit ID ?
« on: August 18, 2018, 12:19:03 PM »
Looks like Indian Jamun (Syzygium cumini) to me

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is happening to mango leaves?
« on: August 14, 2018, 05:49:49 PM »
I have had the same problem before and applying copper fixed the issue. Not 100% sure it's fungal but I'm 100% sure that curling leaves is not caused by over-watering.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit identification
« on: August 10, 2018, 12:21:11 PM »
Thanks, guys! Do you think a cutting from this could be grafted onto a lychee or orange tree? Or really, any other variety of fruit tree?

Don't think so, but this is a vigorous, fast growing tree that can get huge in no time from seed. A friend of mine had a tree in Cuba (we call it mamoncillo or mamon) and as far as I can remember, it needs to get to a certain size to start bearing fruits and once it fruited, the only way to collect the fruit was by climbing the tree —which is not advisable for the average guy in the U.S. for the following reasons:
1. Climbing trees is something you have to learn as a kid and for that, you were NOT supposed to be a spoiled-stay-home-playing-games-all-day type of kid, you were supposed to be a barefoot street kid, full of scratches and broken bones.
2. If you think you learned with the Boy Scouts how to climb a tree, by now you're most likely fat and heavy and you need to get to the tip of the branches, so you'll break the branches and fall down.
3. If you decide to climb the tree anyway and you fall down, you'll most likely get sued by someone, don't know, but someone will sue you, your wife, your kids, your city, even yourself, so don't go broke for a Spanish Lime tree, it's not worth it.

BTW, I recently got some from my Puerto Rican friend and over there they call it "quenepa"

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best mango varieties for high rainfall
« on: August 07, 2018, 04:02:10 PM »
Also, high inland humidity does not equal significant rainfall amounts.

Not an expert on that subject, but my perception is that we do get more rain on West Broward than those cities near the coast. I just took a phone screenshot of a Doppler radar app and guess what? All the rain showers are happening right now inland and lots of it on west Broward county.

Somehow attaching the image is not working...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best mango varieties for high rainfall
« on: August 07, 2018, 09:57:02 AM »
I disagree with your statement above. I have had Pickering for a number of years and this year they were washed out flavor wise with all the rain we had. Some of my Carries had washed out flavor also. But almost every Pickering was sub-par. But I may have also had more rain than your location...

Sorry to hear that. Perhaps it's just my tree. I'm practically on top of the Everglades where we receive daily rainshowers and humidity and heat is higher than coastal areas. One thing I have never stopped doing is fertilizing my trees since Har recommended me the No-Nitrogen Fruit Fertilizer 0-3-16 with Micronutrients.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ID this Mango (Picture attached)
« on: August 06, 2018, 10:43:02 AM »
This is yet another person that got screwed over by this careless online nursery business called Top Tropicals.
Sorry behlgarden for not answering your question. I have no idea which variety it's, but it's frustrating to find out that this nursery bamboozles everyone they can even after charging premium prices for their plants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best mango varieties for high rainfall
« on: August 06, 2018, 10:31:01 AM »
Pickering is the only mango tree that I've been able to grow successfully on the north side of my house where it stays wet with occasional flooding almost all year since this side gets shaded by the house (not much in the summer) and it's where most of the rainwater gets drained by my house and all my neighbor's houses. This year my 4'x4' Pickering bore 19 fruits even after suffering the impacts of Irma last year and staying in the shade for almost all winter. Best of all, the fruits are never washed out like with other varieties under the same conditions. I recently planted another Pickering and so far so good.

I have a small one as well that is doing fine so far. I'm on top of the Everglades, so I'm also getting showers every afternoon. Where my tree is located the soil gets very saturated since it's near where the pool overflows.

Thanks a lot guys!! Great comments!! Hopefully it'll heal nicely.

Can someone please shed a light on what's going on with this little Pickering Tree? It looks healthy until you see that part of the bark is gone —everything is dry, no gummosis or something of that nature. Have you experienced the same issue? should I keep it or get rid of it now that it's just a little over 2' tall?

Thanks for your input!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 5 best dwarf mango tree/fruit
« on: July 11, 2018, 01:02:52 PM »
Hard to beat Pickering.  Recently got a custom select box from Alex (Tropical Acres) and his Pickering confirmed how much I like this small, productive tree and its great fruit.

I totally agree. The tree itself is a winner. I have one located on the north side of the house where it gets flooded with torrential summer rains and very shady in the winter time and where hurricane Irma did more damage to my property last year by knocking down a full ficus hedge, part of a clusia hedge, a guava tree and a Fruit Punch mango tree —the Pickering was still standing up with a few broken branches. This year it set 18 delicious mangos (not washed out at all) with practically no new growth. For me, it's the most wet feet and shade resistant mango tree I have seen. Mine is still 4' x 4' after 3 years in the ground –I'm hoping it will flush some new growth soon, so it'll get more light this winter.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango identification (Rapoza???)
« on: July 10, 2018, 12:45:41 AM »
OP’s fruit might be a Manzanillo.

You're right, it's a Manzanillo. A new flush is showing brownish young leaves —they quickly turn to light green, but yes, they start with that brown-reddish color. I'll probably keep the tree since it seems to be a great producer and decease resistant. The fruits have the classic Florida flavor but more spicy and hints of other flavors that I cannot describe. It also has very little fiber and a small seed.

Thank you guys!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango identification (Rapoza???)
« on: July 09, 2018, 12:43:56 AM »
Definitely not a Rapoza  :(

I was reading about the Manzanillo variety and it says that "Young leaves are brown-reddish in color" but the young leaves of my tree are light green. The tree is not a vigorous grower at all and the leaves are on the small side.

Great  >:( I now have a mango tree without a name  :o

Any input will be greatly appreciated

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango identification (Rapoza???)
« on: July 08, 2018, 03:14:12 PM »
Hello everyone, I just ate the first "Rapoza" mango off my tree. The fruit was delicious, spicy, juicy and I was able to detect some citrus flavor as described by TopTropicals (where I bought my tree from) However, it wasn't completely fiberless —the fibers were not enough to bother my daughter or myself though. Now, I'm curious to know whether I have a real Rapoza or something else since Rapozas are supposed to be fiberless. The tree's characteristics seem to jive with those of a Rapoza tree like random blooming throughout the year, over 20 mangoes on a 6'x6' tree, very decease resistant and even got some gummosis due to cooper deficiency last year.

This is the link to TT:

These are the pictures of the mangoes I just picked off the tree ( The tree still has some green ones )


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to pick Mallika mango?
« on: July 02, 2018, 12:28:16 AM »
I just tasted one of them for the first time and it was beyond my expectation. Wow, what a great mango, is all I can say. It's very juicy, but has a compact, fiber-less flesh. It's very sweet, but has a complex spectrum of flavors that I cannot describe since I'm not a mango expert.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Identification?
« on: July 01, 2018, 11:04:52 AM »
I agree that it could also be a Carrie. I do also have a Carrie tree and the flushes and fruits look similar, except that my carries don't get as yellow as my glenns.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Identification?
« on: June 30, 2018, 11:14:36 PM »
The tree and the fruits look a lot like my Glenn. If they taste peachy, then it's definitely a Glenn.

Here is my Glenn:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to pick Mallika mango?
« on: June 30, 2018, 11:02:46 PM »
I recently picked all mine. They're larger than what I thought (see pics) and definitely mature green. This is the first year that my tree set fruits, so I only have a few of them and I don't want the squirrels to eat them. Next year I'll let some of them ripen on the tree to compare the flavor. Can you post some pictures of yours?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anthracnose on my Mangos?
« on: June 29, 2018, 05:47:47 PM »
You're definitely doing something wrong —perhaps too much nitrogen and/or not providing your plants with essential micro-elements. I have received a lot of water here as well and I also have sprinklers, but my trees are very healthy and my mangos have no signs of anthracnose. Take a look at my pickerings and mallikas.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango thief captured
« on: June 27, 2018, 07:08:21 PM »
Two days later and I haven't lost another mango. Before the squirrel got captured and relocated, I was losing one per day.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango thief captured
« on: June 26, 2018, 12:44:38 AM »
I relocated the squirrel a few miles away —across I-75. Let's see tomorrow what happens.

Now, take a look at the marks left on a Mallika mango, do they look like a raccoon's teeth to you?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango thief captured
« on: June 25, 2018, 07:19:11 PM »
I haven't seen a raccoon around my house in a long time. Years ago there was a couple hanging around but I believe animal control eliminated them. The reason why I believe it was the squirrel is because the mangoes were getting eaten right under the tree and at around noon time (raccoons are nocturnal animals.)  Let's see what happens next...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango thief captured
« on: June 25, 2018, 05:18:25 PM »
Here is the one that was eating my Rapoza mangoes before I had the chance to try them for the first time. I used a half eaten mango to lure him into the trap and it worked. Now, it's BBQ time my friends.

The critter tried my Mallika mangoes first, but apparently the Mallikas were too hard, so it switched to the Rapoza tree. Now, since I'm already here, can someone please tell me whether it's time to pick my Mallikas 'cause they all look mature green to me. I have a Mallika ( see picture below next to a Pickering) that the prisoner knocked down but didn't touch, which is approx 6 inches long and has started to turn yellow.

The ones on the tree are even larger (7 inches long) as shown in the picture below (keep in mind that I don't have small hands)

Thanks a lot for your input!!

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