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Rob is probably the one with the most tasting experience. I bought my Excalibur red there 2 or 3 years ago. No fruit yet but there were some male flowers. It was blown over in Irma last year and the roots havenít fully re established so it may be another couple of years to get fruit from the tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: J-31 Jackfruit Fruits or Plant Needed
« on: September 30, 2018, 12:31:20 PM »
Mine are already harvested but it was my favorite jackfruit for me out of the varieties Iíve planted that fruited (sweet Fairchild, ns1/j31 seedling, and orange crush). Iím still wait on my amber, black and yellow golds, j30, Bangkok Lemon, red morning, and Excalibur red to fruit. But I donít have any seeds till next year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia in Kauai
« on: July 21, 2018, 04:59:04 AM »
Iím on the big island and Rollinia are hard to find. Season is over from what I hear.

I have a 2 year old Yai Grom that I got from Maurice. I hope to taste some next season for the first time.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangosteen at 99 Ranch Market
« on: July 13, 2018, 06:22:12 PM »
In Miami theyíll be available at the SW Farmers market in Tropical Park from 9 to 3. I tried one this week. Very fresh and good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best tasting mangos of 2018
« on: July 09, 2018, 03:21:28 PM »
I had my first ever peach cobblers from my tree. All I can say is that it is named correctly as it had the strongest peach flavor Iíve ever had in a mango.

I brought some juicy peaches (and others) to Illinois with me and the people I shared them with were blown away by how good it was.  Their farm xperience is mostly Tommyís from the supermarket. But I agree the JP was fantastic.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango identification (Rapoza???)
« on: July 08, 2018, 09:18:51 PM »
It doesnít look like my Rapoza. Mine are a deep red color with little green and yours have almost an apple shape. Maybe one of the other experts can opine. Here are mine on the tree two months before harvest and a cut open ripe fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 3 mango Talks This Week
« on: July 08, 2018, 12:25:46 PM »
Is your Miami talk going to be the same as the one at fruit and spice Park?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Harvest Moon mango questions
« on: July 08, 2018, 11:23:16 AM »
My 4 year old Harvest Moon produced 4 fruit this year. One was inedible due to some rot around the stem. Of the remaining 3 one was smaller in size and the other two were jumbo. One of the jumbos I picked too early and it never ripened properly.  You donít pick these at the first sign of yellow. I picked this one full yellow on the tree and it still had to ripen off the tree for another week. I live in the north Redlands, well inland and the fruit remained quite clean of any fungus with no treatments.

I didnít weigh it but I guess it was around 3 pounds. Itís pictured next to a Carrie for comparison. I can put down 4 Carrie size fruits for breakfast but it was a stretch to finish this Harvest Moon.

I would call the flavor very good but not great. Not much fiber, no internal breakdown. Uniform flavor and texture throughout. To large to cut up tic tac toe style. The novelty is the size.

My tree is not a vigorous grower like the peach cobbler by any means. Itís an average size tree but the stems grow very thick.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Best Mango - On any given Sunday
« on: July 04, 2018, 07:02:48 AM »
I prefer the antipation of the next Mango season rather than go the store bought route. Plus there are other good fruits to fill the void at different times of the year. In season when eating 8 to 10 mangoes a day you get your fill for the year. Even the best atulfo mangoes are worse than our early season Rosigolds.

I just bought the Orange Sherbet, Buttercream, Guava,and Orange Essence trees from Truly tropical.  Iím going to use them as budwood sources to top work existing trees.

Will Excalibur have them for sale?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is the Longan tree wind-intolerant?
« on: June 19, 2018, 05:39:54 PM »
Kohala longan held up better than biew kiew longan during Hurricane Irma.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Goodbye Pina Colada Mango Tree
« on: June 18, 2018, 06:25:02 AM »
My four year old tree produced about 10 small fruit this year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2018 Mango Festival
« on: June 16, 2018, 07:14:12 PM »
It will also feature jackfruit.  I guess this means they wonít have a separate jackfruit festival again.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Selling Dragon Fruit Cuttings
« on: June 16, 2018, 07:09:48 PM »
Recommendations for a top quality one that will self pollinate?  Iíve planted several that flower regularly but only rarely do I get a fruit.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Turpentine seeds for sale
« on: June 16, 2018, 10:21:23 AM »
$2 each

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pina Colada Mango
« on: June 12, 2018, 06:47:03 PM »
My 4 year old tree has about 10 fruit for the first time ever. Itís not a small tree for me having grown fairly tall despite regular pruning.

Yup, ST planted out and looking great.  Only held one mango this year, but its still a small tree.  That one mango is getting HUGE though.  Pina Colada is something I might plant, but from what I've read, I'm going to have to alter the soil quite a bit to keep it happy.  But I may be wrong...only trial and error will tell. 

Thanks Jeff

I havenít done anything special to my pina colada and itís healthy. In its 4th year itís holding about 10 small fruits for the first time. From what I understand the fruits are supposed to be small.

Did the squirrels go after the CC much? Mine did not fruit this year so hoping to have a good crop next year.
My lemon zest is doing ok so far, I heard they don't mess with the LZ much. My other trees are getting bullied by those guys.

The one I tasted was from Dr Richard Campbell, he is a nearby neighbor. So I donít have any squirrel related info. However, my trees flowered poorly this year at around 10-11ft tall, so no fruit set for me either.  My trees, although they all made it, really got stressed from Irma. I was very disappointed to say the least in my crops this year.

You must have gotten a good one from him. The one I ate was probably picked too green and didnít develop full flavor. I still have mangoes I bought from him last Saturday 8 days ago that Iím waiting to ripen. Including a coconut cream. I have some on my tree I can compare to. Iím waiting for them to tree ripen properly. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best late season mango?
« on: June 02, 2018, 04:50:06 PM »
zands, how old is that Neelam? Do you prune it? Thanks!
Bought at Home Depot and planted 2012. I have tip pruned it every year. It has kept a nice size. It's not a "vigorous grower". Neelam can be flaky with variable tastes. Best thing I can say is you might have to wait for Neelam to get into its own. So wait it out. Two years ago (2016) I had a v good neelam harvest. Last year minimal. This year it is the most "dripping" mango tree I have had in any year.

My neelam is 4 years old planted as a 3 gallon and is dripping also with around 80 fruits.   Iím worried I should have thinned fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Nectar of Neptune Mango
« on: June 01, 2018, 08:12:54 AM »
I had one I bought from Richard. It was super sweet but at bit over ripe. Most of the mangoes in my box were picked too green. A week later and Iíve only been able to eat a few. And some of the ones I ate were still tart around the edges. I think in their haste to have firm mangoes to ship well it means that locally were not going to get them optimally ripe if this is how they harvest. Nothing in my box was close to tree ripened.

Bump for tonight. Bringing some mangos because apparently Park doesnít  have any ready yet

Yeah was there yesterday and lots of drops but all green.

See you there. TFF members make yourselves known if youíre going. Iíll wear a Titleist hat.

Well if Johnny gets it to produce I hope heíll share.  For me itís just been an ornamental.

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