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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Three Ingas
« on: March 31, 2017, 05:14:31 AM »
From bottom: IngaInga cinnamomea, Inga spectabilis, Inga fastuosa:


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Strange Mushroom ID wanted
« on: January 29, 2017, 12:14:21 AM »
Anybody know what the name of this mushroom is?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How to make an air layer video
« on: November 22, 2016, 01:23:37 AM »
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Peanut Butter Fruit, Blackberry Jam Fruit, and Breadfruit. The perfect American combination:

The main ingredient: Peanut Butter fruits

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Patience Pays off with Duku Langsat
« on: October 14, 2016, 06:51:45 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / The Real Problem with Durians
« on: September 24, 2016, 04:40:52 AM »
No the biggest problem with durians is not the odor, although that seems to be the only problem ever discussed. The smell discussion has become so much of an obsession that it seems to me the real bigger problems are never even brought up.
For example,this is probably the least user friendly fruit imaginable. The whole outer rind is covered in needle sharp spines. Carrying one of these fruits is hard enough. Opening them up can be right down dangerous. Some cultivars are easier to open than other. Some will pop open at the perfect ripe stage. The 2 Thai varieties i'm dealing with now are over ripe once the segments pop open. So prying them open is quite a strong laborious effort and takes a lot of skill to open one without mauling your hand.
Then there is the problem of lots and lots of sharp rind waste after eating to dispose of. One past calculation i did on a Chanee showed that 72% of the fruit is waste and only 28% is pulp. If you are buying the fruits for $5 a pound then you are in fact paying around $17.85 for the edible portion. So it's a very expensive fruit!
From a cultivation point of view the plant material is hard to obtain, hard to transport, scions stay viable a very short time and are hard to graft. The trees  are slow to bare, often taking as long or longer than the notoriously slow mangosteen. The trees get quite large and the wood is brittle and breaks easily in high winds. The trees easily succcumb to phytophthora (fungal root rot).
So why do people bother? First taste of an exquisite durian and all these problems don't seem very problematic any longer. As a fruit durian is really in a class all its own.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / First Fruiting of Red Chempadek
« on: September 24, 2016, 02:04:40 AM »
Finally got my first fruits off my own chempadek trees. This one has been a real challenge for some unknown reason. I have 4 trees, 2 just came into bearing. The other 2, also quite large, didn't even flower. The fruits on this loaded tree are similar to what MikeT posted calling Twisted Chempadek. But i didn't get them from him. The taste was rather strange and a bit chalky, also very chewy. Might just  be because they are the first fruits.

9 fruits of Garcinia prainiana randomly picked fruits weighed 11.5 ounces (326 grams).
The 39 seeds from those 9 fruits weighed 1 ounce (28 grams).
The rinds from the 9 fruits was 3.6 ounces (102 grams).
By adding weight of seeds + rinds = 4.6 ounces (130 grams),
and subtracting that from total fruit's weight then get the weight of pulp: 11.5 - 4.6= 6.9 ounces (196 grams) of edible pulp.
So the weight of the pulp 6.9 ounces is 60% of total weight of the 10 fruits. Waste (seed + rind) is 40%. So it's almost 2/3 edible pulp and 1/3 waste.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Durian tasteoff: Chanee vs. Monthong
« on: September 23, 2016, 05:25:53 AM »
Big difference between there 2 cultivars. Monthong on left, Chanee on the right. The Monthongs are the size champions, but the Chanees (D123) are the taste and texture champions. The Chanees are a lot more creamy, often with a rich butterscotch flavor. The Monthongs are good, but not outrageous like the Chanees. This is probably not a fair test as both of these are being sampled from one coltivar tree of each.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Contest: Name all the fruits Win $20
« on: September 21, 2016, 03:50:07 AM »
First person to name all the fruis in this photo i just took correctly wins $20 gift certificate for any item on my website. Answers must be posted on this thread. Don't PM me or email me.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mangosteen: calculating pulp to waste ratio
« on: September 21, 2016, 02:20:56 AM »
10 mangosteen fruits of randomly picked fruits weighed 34.6 ounces (981 grams).
The 13 seeds from those 10 fruits weighed .3 ounce (8.5 grams).
The rinds from the 10 fruits was 16 ounces (454 grams).
By adding weight of seeds + rinds = 16.3 ounces (462 grams),
and subtracting that from total fruit's weight then get the weight of pulp: 34.6 - 16.2= 18.4 ounces (522 grams) of edible pulp.
So the weight of the pulp 18.4. ounces is 53% of total weight of the 10 fruits. Waste (seed + rind) is 47%. So it's lees than 1/2 waste and over 1/2 edible pulp.
I did same calculation for achachairu which has only 1/3  edible pulp and 2/3 waste.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Achachairu: Calculating Pulp to Waste Ratio
« on: September 16, 2016, 02:47:23 AM »
10 fruits of randomly picked fruits weighed 11 ounces (313 grams).
The seeds from those 10 fruits weighed 1 ounce (28 grams).
The rinds from the 10 fruits was 5.8 ounces (164 grams).
By adding weight of seeds + rinds = 6.8 ounces (193 grams),
and subtracting that from total fruit's weight then get the weight of pulp: 11 - 6.8= 4.2 ounces (119 grams) of edible pulp.
So the weight of the pulp 4.2 ounces is 38% of total weight of the 10 fruits. Waste (seed + rind) is 62%. So it's almost 2/3 waste and 1/3 edble pulp.

To be totally fair the rind can be used to make a delicious drink. Just take rinds of a couple fruits, blend in blender, let sit for a few hours, filter through screen, add sweetener, and some ice cubes. Tastes similar to a good iced tea. Very refreshing. Probably would also be great in jams or marmelade.
Ofcourse the seeds are not total waste if you plant them or trade them.
Still i feel this fruit could be improved a lot by selective process for smaller or seedless fruit. If that were done i think this fruit could become an important world wide crop. The goal should be minimum 2/3 pulp and 1/3 waste. The taste is very good, i think most people would like them, fruits keep very well, and plants are very productive. Also the fruits should ship very well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / First Good Harvest of Kwai Muk
« on: September 10, 2016, 06:52:51 AM »
At long last i got a good sampling of these fruits and they are very tasty indeed. Very much unlike any other artocarpus, except Lakoocha, bur far tastier than Lakoocha. They have a nice berry like background taste and with nice soft texture.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Photo Large Monthong Durian Harvested
« on: September 10, 2016, 04:43:47 AM »
Just harvested this 16 pound Monthong durian

Even the seeds were very large

Going back through photos i see that i had a bigger 18 pounder last year. Still this one was very impressive in size and taste. A good ending to this durian season.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Photos of Some Fruits Harvested Now
« on: August 22, 2016, 06:26:13 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Comparison Photo Kuini Kasturi Mango
« on: June 10, 2016, 05:43:42 AM »
From left to right: Kuini (Mangifera odorata), Kasturi (Mangifera kasturi), and Mango (Mangifera indica).


The fruits haven't fully formed yet. I had some in Ecuador. They tasted a bit like fig. Here is a photo i took in Ecuador of the fruits:

This tree is about 8+ years old:

I got original seeds from this pod from a local tree:

I've been fruiting this one for a while but hadn't tried eating any of them till today. The exterior is a bit hard to crack. It is spongy, kind of like tropical almond (Terminalia catapa). I did finally crack it with a hammer. The interior is much bigger than tropical almond, or even regular almond, so more than worth the work. The taste was sweet, crunchy, and juicy. Quite good even in raw state. All in all quite worth growing, especially given the tree is very ornamental, and the long spiked flowers spectacular.

Sorry did not take any photos of interior of fruit as i ended up smashing the nut with the hammer.

Does anybody have any information on the quality of this fruit? I have a good sized potted plant and am wondering if it's worth planting it into the ground?

If it hadn't been for the fact that the kepel tree flushed spectacular bright colored growth i wouldn't have even noticed that it had also at the same time flowered. The flowers are contained inside the tree off interior branches and not visible from far off.

The 2 trees i have are over a dozen years old. They both flowered at the same time. It's been so long since i planted them that ii had kind of given up on them ever fruiting, or more precisely, i had put the possibility of them fruiting out of my mind.

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