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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

natal plum

eugenia repanda, eugenia pyriformis, psidium cattleianum red, almonds

I am doing mermelade with uvaia, strawberry guava, ñangapiré negro and even the pulp of the almonds...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / more jaboticabas do ID
« on: February 12, 2018, 01:21:38 PM »
Hi, in this first too photos, they look like coronata or trunciflora to me:

And in the next photo the new growth seems similar to red hybrid (the color and by the remarkable ribs)... but I dont know, the leaves are more elongated than my red hybrids... so... ¿?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / inga spectabilis sprouting
« on: February 11, 2018, 11:05:05 AM »
I am very happy about this:

I assume that they will prefer some shade now when they are small, or half shade, not full sun ...

maybe I should enter them in my house in winter, since they are quite tropical? Will I do as I do with guanabana?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / can you ID this garcinia?
« on: February 04, 2018, 11:15:12 AM »
The tree is from Misiones, maybe 3 or 4 years old. I have 2 more of them, they dont like full sun or wind.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / I made an uvaia mermelade
« on: January 24, 2018, 03:49:45 PM »
During these weeks I harvested approx 60 fruits of uvaia from different trees, it was not such a big crop but it was enough for me to make tests: the juice has a similar flavor to passion fruit, although maybe a little less strong ... the fruit opens and gives off a aromatic juice that, with sugar, is very good (you even dont need to include the rest of the pulp and skin).

Then I kept the fruits in the fridge to make a jam that was extremely delicious and has nothing to envy to the best jams on earth. The flavor reminds me a bit of the tropical guava but also has shades of passion fruit, orange, ubajay and mango. I would say that it is clearly tropical, strong and interesting. The color is also attractive because it does not remain brown as it happens with many other fruits, but orange.

UPDATE, 24 may 2018: I have some very rare cephalotaxus fortunei seeds on sale now. 10 seeds USD 18.

* Biribá (annona mucosa or rollinia deliciosa) , frost hardy to -2º C or so, sweet taste similar to lemon pie, fruit weights 1k, very nice variety from Misiones, Argentina.  Climate: tropical and subtropical

10 seeds USD 20
20 seeds USD 18

(photo from the net; the fruit is big and weights 1 to 1.2 k)

* big feijoa (acca sellowiana) , frost hardy to -12º C, very nice variety, sweet and tasty similar to banana but juicy and refreshing. Climate: subtropical and temperate.

10 seeds: 8 USD
20 seeds: 15 USD
30 seeds: 23 USD
40 seeds: 28 USD
80 seeds: 54 USD

* SOLD GUABIJU / GUAVIYU: myrcianthes pungens. This variety is early bearing (4 years old) Climate: subtropical and temperate.

5 seeds --> USD 10
10 seeds -->  USD 18
20 seeds -->  USD 34

Fruit is sweet and not acid, very nice. 24º Brix!

Frost resistance of guaviyú: -9 or -10º C (similar to feijoa -acca sellowiana-).  It bears at 4 years old.

* (I will harvest some more by march and then june...) Sete capotes (campomanesia guazumifolia), frost resistance -6º C or so. Hardy and tasty species, the flowers have the most wonderful perfume. One of my favourite fruits: it tastes very good. Climate: tropical, subtropical

5 seeds (USD 10),
10 seeds (USD 18)
20 seeds (USD 34)
40 seeds (USD 60)

* (SOLD) Araticum da restinga (annona parviflora) , frost hardy to -5º C or so, sweet taste similar to chirimoya but, in the case of these first fruits ever, not so strong. VERY rare species! Climate: tropical and subtropical

10 seeds USD 20 (SOLD)

We should wait some weeks for the rest... you can reserve them later, not accepting orders from this species now.

next harvest in some weeks (4 to 7 more fruits, aprox 40 to 70 more seeds)

arazá serrano (Psidium longipetiolatum) (NEW march 2018)  Very rare psidium, similar to strawberry guava but hardy to -7 or -8º C, bigger leaves and taller tree. I like it more than strawberry guava: deeper citrusy taste. This is my favourite psidium now along with p. robustum and p. australe; it has stronger taste. Climate: tropical, subtropical, temperate

5 seeds, 10 USD
10 seeds, 19 USD
20 seeds, 36 USD
40 seeds, 68 USD

* Psidium ROBUSTUM (NEW 4 march 2018)  Very rare psidium, it tastes very good, acid and sweet, similar to a mix of pineapple/apple/strawberry guava. Hardy to -3 or -4º C and to 6 months of drought. Plant in a soil with some sand or perlite for good drainage. Climate: tropical and subtropical

5 seeds, 10 USD (last year was 15 usd)
10 seeds, 19 USD
20 seeds, 36 USD
40 seeds, 68 USD
80 seeds, 110 USD


* Araçá morango (psidium guineense var morango), harvest April 2018. Acid and sweet, hardy to -5º C, it start producing at 1 year and 6 months after sowing. Climate: tropical and subtropical

5 seeds: 6 USD
10 seeds: 10 USD
20 seeds: 18 USD
40 seeds: 34 USD
80 seeds: 66 USD

(Araçá de cacho, Araçá do Campo, Araçá de Anta, Araçá da praia e Araçá morango)

* Araçá campestre (psidium australe var. argenteum or  var. australe), very rare, tastes and smells like pineapple/caramel. Hardy to -5º C or maybe -6º C, it likes irrigation very much but does not tolerate flooding. It bears fruit in 2 to 3 years in pots. Climate: tropical and subtropical

7 seeds: USD 15 (SOLD 29 march 2018)
10 seeds:  USD 18 (wait some weeks)
20 seeds:  USD 34 (wait some months)

* SOLD black Eugenia Repanda (harvesting now, then later on march and april) (cheaper than 2017), Climate: tropical and subtropical:

5 seeds USD 12,
10 seeds USD 20
20 seeds USD 38

This small and hardy bush likes shade and bears small cherry like (acid and sweet) fruits, it could be in full sun, semi shaded spot or full shade: it will fruit anywhere. Frost resistance: -6ºC

I have a very rare variety: ripe fruits are almost black! Normally, eugenia repanda use to be red.

SOLD * Anacahuita (blepharocalyx salicifolius) (march 2018), Small fruits, taste is sweet but tart and spicy too. Climate: subtropical

5 seeds (USD 8 )
10 seeds (USD 15 )
20 seeds (USD 29 )

* feijoa (acca sellowiana), frost hardy to -12º C, very nice variety, small, rounded but super sweet and tasty.  Climate: subtropical

10 seeds: 5 USD
20 seeds: 9 USD
40 seeds: 17 USD

* tropical guava (psidium guajava) pink/yellow variety, frost hardy to -4.4º C, sweet. Climate: tropical and subtropical

20 seeds (USD 8  )
40 seeds (USD 15)
80 seeds (USD 28)

brazilian  yellow/yellow nice taste
brazilian yellow/white maybe the best taste
cuban green/pink very nice taste, firm, big fruit
paraguayan yellow/pink very nice perfume, nice taste
peruvian yellow/pink, more pulp, few seeds, nice taste

* Red Strawberry guava (psidium cattleianum var sabine) Climate: tropical and subtropical
20 seeds (USD 4)
40 seeds (USD 7)
80 seeds (USD 12)

* Lemon guava (psidium cattleianum var lucidum), very nice lemon flavour, not acid, sweet. Climate: tropical and subtropical
20 seeds (USD 4)
40 seeds (USD 7)
80 seeds (USD 12)

* Araçá-una / black arazá or purple forest guava (psidium myrtoides), harvest feb/march 2018. Climate: tropical and subtropical

5 seeds: 9 USD
10 seeds: 16 USD
20 seeds: 30 USD
40 seeds: 56 USD
80 seeds: 100 USD

SOLD * acid uvaia (eugenia sp.) Climate: tropical and subtropical

3 to 4cm diameter, rough skin pear shaped fruits, The perfume of the flowers is one of the best I know (along with citrus flowers and sete capotes), good for mermelades, icecreams, jams, etc.

3 seeds --> USD 7
5 seeds --> USD 11
10 seeds --> USD 20

* (april/march, very few) Cedar Bay cherries (eugenia reinwardtiana), Australian fruit, that bears in about 2 years from seed. A very tasty berry (similar to plums). Climate: tropical and subtropical

5 seeds --> 5 USD

Max order: 5 seeds.

Updated Shipping costs:
17 USD aprox. 30 days
23 USD aprox. 15 days

For dry seeds it could be cheaper, but wet seeds are just heavier.

Wet seeds: uvaia, guaviyú, cedar bay cherry, eugenia uniflora, ubajay, and more to come
Dry seeds: all psidium, acca sellowiana, aguaymanto and others

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cedar bay cherry fruiting for the first time
« on: January 10, 2018, 06:12:44 AM »
We have two 3 years old plants, one of them 40cm tall, poted, and the other one 60cm tall on the ground. Growing slowly but steady, thanks to Steven from Portugal for the seeds!

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