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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help identifying fruit
« on: August 27, 2018, 10:47:26 PM »
Does anyone know what this is? Thanks in advance!

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Any info on J-17 Mango?
« on: August 10, 2018, 07:06:20 PM »
Does anyone have any information on J-17 Mango. Thanks,

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / 36-8 Mango
« on: July 22, 2018, 06:57:42 PM »
Does anyone have info on the lineage of 36-8 mango? Brad just sampled a fruit and it was one of the favorites heís tried so far. He liked it better than Orange Sherbet, E4, J12 and Creme BrŻlťe. I wasnít able to sample the 36-8 because of work but Brad described it as sweet with notes of coconut and some Indian resin with just enough acidity to balance out the sugars.

Any info about this variety is greatly appreciated.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / No Mai Tsze Lychee in Florida
« on: July 21, 2018, 11:36:59 PM »
Sulcata Grove just posted a video about the No Mai Tsze Lychee. In the video, they sample the fruit and compare it to Sweetheart. The fruit does look a lot like the No Mai Tsze I ate in Hong Kong and China except that the fruit in Asia were more filled in and rounded. The description on the growth rate of the tree also suggests it is the real NMT. Their description of it being less juicy and with a concentrated sweet flavor is also spot on.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QCrAFKl3d3c

I hope others will be able to grow and sample this variety in the near future.
Simon

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Leo Manuel just notified me of these new introductions. I believe they were introduced by Maurice Kong but I am not positive. Has anyone tasted these varieties or have any information they can add.

Several people including Cielo, Kevin Foth, Bob Holtzinger,  Dr. Paulette Johnson of Tropical Fruit & Vegetable Society, Dr. Jonathan Crane at the University of Florida, Steve Pearson curator of Gifford Arboretum among others attended the special Mango tasting.

Maurice Kong introduced us to Ice Cream Mango and Po Pyu Kalay so I figure if he introduced these new varieties, they have potential.

1.    Shwe Hin Dha (Burma)

2.    Thong Lone Tda Daung Burma)

3.     Nuan Tjan (Thailand)

4.     Yai Grom  (Thailand)

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mulgova Mango
« on: July 07, 2018, 07:26:20 PM »
I just received my box of Mulgova Mangos grown in India from Mangozz.com. We are in the midst of a heatwave here in SoCal and I was very afraid that the Mangos would not last long in the extreme heat, especially when I discovered they were not shipped overnight.

When I opened up the box, I was happy to see that the Mangos were well insulated in a spongy material to prevent bruising injury. I could definitely smell the Mangos when I opened up the box but the aroma was gentle and smelled similar to a Kent mixed with Haden and I didnít detect any Indian resin smell.  When I picked up the Mangos, they were very very warm to the touch and fully ripe. One of the Mangos has a slight cut and soft spot on it so I immediately cut it open.

When I cut open the fruit, I smelled everything I described earlier plus I detected the Indian resin smell that is so popular with varieties from India. The flesh was soft and melting with a bright orange color. The flesh was super juicy and fiberless.

I was expecting this Mango to blow my mind because I saw Chrisís videos from Truly Tropical and she described it as excellent tasting but not very productive. I figured a Mango that is unproductive and huge must be pretty good to keep around. This mango is very good but this first fruit I sampled was not outstanding.

It had a slight creamy mango taste to it and the flavor profile of the center flesh( away from the skin) tasted like a combination of Kent/Haden and Banganpalli. The flesh closer to the skin tasted very much like Banganpalli with a lot more Indian Resin taste than compared to the flesh from the center. The flesh next to the skin tasted almost identical to Banganpalli.

This Mango was very well rounded in that it had excellent sweetness(Brix 22%) and a good balance of typical Tropical Mango flavor with some Indian resin mixed in. There was no detectable acidity, similar to Kent/Haden and I will try to eat one of the other fruit slightly more firm to see if there is a difference in taste.

A very good Mango but I prefer Rajapuri over this Mulgova because Rajapuri has a more complex mix of flavors. Perhaps the other fruit that arenít as over ripe will be better. Iíll report back on how the others turn out.

Simon









Simon

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I am looking to purchase E4(Sugarloaf) mango seeds. If you have any seeds available, I would like to purchase them. Thanks,

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rajapuri Mango
« on: June 29, 2018, 09:52:48 PM »
I have never even heard of this mango before so when I saw it at the Indian supermarket, I had to try it. I have a description of this mango along with pictures here

http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=27305.25

I just canít believe that I have never heard about this mango before. It is absolutely delicious, super juicy and the combination of unique flavors make it stand out from the crowd.

Is anyone growing this variety and does anyone know anything about this variety? This is definitely a variety worth growing in the US.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best tasting mangos of 2018
« on: June 29, 2018, 09:32:01 PM »
I just wanted to continue the annual best tasting thread so that us mango snobs can keep track of whatís tasting best for the year. Here is a link to previous years threads:

http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=20769.0

The season at my location has not begun yet but I was able to try a new variety of mango called Rajapuri grown in India that tastes like Tropical Punch. It is a large green mango that will blush with some yellow when ripe although some of the fruit will stay completely green. It smells and tastes like a combination of Passionfruit, Guava and peach. It has a bit of Indian resin flavor but only just slightly.

I also sampled a couple PiŮa Colada fruit that weíre amazing. The PiŮa Colada was mostly green with just a blush of yellow. The smell of the ripe uncut fruit is very reminiscent of PiŮa Colada. I smelled more Pineapple and without knowing what variety it is Spaugh thought it smelled like Coconut. The fruit I sampled could have used another day of ripening but it was still delicious. The flesh was firm and somewhat chalky and tasted very similar to Pineapple Pleasure. The fruit was very sweet but also had a good amount of acidity to balance out the sugars. I did not take a Brix reading on the first fruit but Iíll take a reading on the next Fruit. The acidic component had the flavor profile of a good Pineapple.

The seeds was relatively fat for the small fruit and it is Polyembryonic.

Simin

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Hereís a few recent Mango grafts that are pushing. These scions are grafted onto random Mango seedlings that I purchased at a local nursery and they were not in the best of shape but I was desperate. Grafted are Pineapple Pleasure, Sweet Tart, Fruit Punch, M4, Peach Cobbler, Ugly Betty, Juicy Peach, Brahm Kai Mia, Mun Khun See, Providence and Ice Cream.
Ice Cream just starting to push on a rootstock with not a single leaf





















One of each of these varieties will be planted at our orchard at Spaughís place

Simon

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Iím looking to purchase Polyembryonic mango seeds for the following varieties
Brahm Kai Meu
Keow Savoy
Kook Lom Krong
PiŮa Colada
Mun Khun See
Lemon Meringue(PPK)
Orange Sherbet
Lemon Zest
Sweet Tart
Coconut Cream
NDM

Grafted trees in San Diego tend to flower too early and constantly so seedlings have been growing much better for me. If you have any seeds for the varieties listed above, please pm me with details including price. Thanks for your help,

Simon

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Just wondering if the newer, tastier varieties of Australian finger limes are in SoCal yet? Does anyone know if the CCPP has them yet? Anybody grow seeds and get lucky with a good tasting variety? Any Nurseries selling the better varieties? Thanks

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Breeding Cherimoyas/Atemoyas?
« on: March 26, 2018, 01:21:30 AM »
Cherimoyas/Atemoyas are one of my favorite fruit with their extremely sweet and fragrant velvety white flesh that has the perfect balance of pineapple like acidity to balance out the high sugar content. When I first saw a Cherimoya, it looked very alien to me and I had no clue about the deliciousness that hid beneath the green alien skin. Thankfully, my first taste of Cherimoya was from my friend who offered me a fruit from a tree his dad grew in their backyard and it was an excellent variety. He told me to wait a few days to let it ripen, which I did, and after one taste I was hooked for life. This was about thirty years ago.

Iíve been growing Cherimoyas ever since and recently began thinking about trying my hand at breeding Cherimoyas, maybe crossing them with Atemoyas.

Cherimoyas are so friggin delicious but also crazy expensive. Iíve watched the price of Cherimoyas slowly climb each year and good quality fruit are now going for around $7-12 per pound with about $8-10 a pound being average in my area. One of the reasons Cherimoyas( Atemoyas to a lesser extent) are so expensive is because many of the varieties need hand pollination in order to set reliable and nicely shaped crops.

Recently, while pondering the possibility of crossing a Lemon Zest Mango with a DOT Mango, I thought to myself what a pain in the ass it is to cross Mangos. With huge bloom panicles on Mangos and with pollinating insects busily collecting nectar and thus potentially contaminating virgin female flowers, I would have to emasculate hermie flowers, remove male flowers and bag virgin females in order to procure my starting material. At that moment, I thought to myself, the disadvantage of requiring hand pollination with Cherimoyas can be an advantage when it comes to breeding Cherimoyas.

Several years ago, Leo Manuel offered me a fruit from a Cherimoya x Atemoya cross. He simply called it #3 and it was easily one of the best Cherimoya like fruit I have ever tasted. The Fruit had a very sweet Rasberry like acidity, very reminiscent of the acidity from a regular Cherimoya but you can taste the tiny bit of Atemoya in there as well. The best thing about Leoís Fruit was that he gets fruit without hand pollination.

Iíve grown Cherimoyas from random seeds before and one of my seedlings produced awesome fruit. Unlike many other types of fruit( besides clones/polyembryonic) Iíve heard from others that they also got great tasting fruit from seedlings. This leads me to believe that the major traits that we( us Fruit snobs) are looking for such as good size, sweet taste and good acid balance are concentrated in a narrow gene pool which may indicate that breeding Cherimoyas and Annona hybrids may be worth the effort.

I began a short search and immediately found this article that talks about mapping the genetic diversity of Cherimoyas 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3253804/

I also came upon this more interesting article regarding breeding strategies for Atemoyas and Cherimoyas which touches upon creating seedless fruit through utilization of polyploids to create seedless triploid, which I theorized in another thread, which was based on the process of creating seedless watermelons.
https://www.actahort.org/books/497/497_13.htm

Anyways, to make a long story longer, I am seriously contemplating some future breeding projects to focus on creating an excellent tasting fruit with lower seed count, high sugar, high acid and most importantly self pollinating. Leo Manuel already created something to this extent but Iím not going to settle and Iím thinking about crossing Leoís hybrid #3 with Dr. white, Pierce, El Bumpo or Orton. Maybe all 3?

Anybody have any good articles, suggestions or reasons why I shouldnít do it? Thanks in advance for any comments.

Simon

Edited to correct tetraploid to triploid

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Indian Mango season 2018
« on: March 24, 2018, 11:51:46 AM »
Any news about the 2018 Indian Mango Season? Hereís what Iíve gathered so far:

According to MangosZZ.com, the season starts in 22 days.
They are introducing a new variety called Swarna Rekha( AKA Sunderi) from Andhra Pradesh.

Hereís a link to last years thread: http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=23153.msg287468#msg287468

Iíll update this thread as I get more info.

Simon

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I would like to know a hat everyone is getting for their Brix readings of the various citrus you are growing. It would be great if you can provide the variety name and what month you harvested. Iíd would be great if you can provide any additional info such as flavor descriptions or anything else you feel is relevant. Thanks,

Gold Nugget, March, 14% Brix
Tango, March, 16% Brix

Even though the Tango has higher Brix, it tasted much more tart than the Gd Nugget because of the sugar acid ratio. My pH meters membrane dried out so I canít get an acidity reading but Iím sure the Tango has a lot more acid than the Gold Nugget.

On a side note, I like to cure my Tango and/or any other citrus that tastes a bit too tart for me by allowing them to cure at room temperature for about 2-3 weeks. The acidity level seems to drop off which brings out the sweetness of the fruit.

Simon


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lychee grafting experiments
« on: February 25, 2018, 06:01:41 PM »
Lychees are one of my favorite fruit and Iíve been growing them for some time now but unfortunately they just donít grow well in ground at my house because of my alkaline soil and water. Iíve resorted to growing them in pots for now and I also planted trees at my in laws place where their soil is closer to neutral pH.

In the past, I was growing some highly coveted varieties like Kwa Luk, No Mai Tsze and Salathiel but they all eventually succumbed to my poor soil conditions. Reports from people I contacted in Florida indicated that Kwa Luk and No Mai Tsze are particularly susceptible adverse soil conditions and many of the trees for these two varieties eventually died.

Emperor is another Lychee that Iíve noticed performs poorly on its own roots if soil conditions are not ideal. Iíve personally experienced this myself with my Emperor growing great for a couple years and then it dies out of the blue.

Because of these circumstances I have to deal with, I decided to try innarch grafting Emperor onto seedling rootstocks to see if I can get it to grow faster and to survive long term in my poor soil.

I will also be innarching two Lychee seedlings together to see if they will grow faster with two rootstocks. After the Union has healed, I will innarch a named variety onto the double rootstock seedling tree.

A third experiment I will be testing out is to innarch a Longan seedling to a Lychee seedling. Once the graft heals, I will top off the Longan seedling leaving the Lychee top which I will then innarch a named variety onto.

My fourth experiment is to follow the same technique I used for growing avocado and directly plant Lychee seeds in my alkaline soil and hope that the seedling with its intact tap root will be better able to adapt to the native soil.

Simon



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / First Frost of the year
« on: February 20, 2018, 09:17:19 AM »
My yard was hit with the first frost of the year. There was frost all over my car and the weeds in my front yard were also iced over. I hope everyoneís plants are doing ok. There is another frost advisory for tomorrow.

Simon




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Vietnamese black watermelon?
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:35:05 PM »
I was at Lucky Seafood last week and they had a watermelon that looked very similar to the Hokkaido Black watermelon(Densuke) that I used to grow. I picked up the watermelon and another customer told me it was a Vietnamese watermelon but the label said it was from Mexico. I decided to try it out and it was very sweet for a Winter Watermelon.

I went back today and asked the cashier and she didnít know where it came from but said maybe it was from Vietnam and shipped to Mexico and then to the US?

Anyways, this watermelon looks almost identical to the Hokkaido Black I grew and tasted a lot like it as well. It only had a couple formed seeds. This Watermelon has a Brix of 13% which is very sweet, especially considering itís Winter now. Hereís a picture of the fruit.



Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Improving Mango Fruit set
« on: February 08, 2018, 12:05:19 PM »
Iíve posted this before but thought it would be useful for members to re read this article since many of our Mango trees are now in full bloom.
http://scihub.org/ABJNA/PDF/2010/3/1-3-421-429.pdf
This article is referring specifically to Keitt Mangos but it may help with Fruit retention, Fruit size and Increased Brix for other varieties of Mango as well.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Star Apples from Vietnam
« on: January 18, 2018, 04:51:04 PM »
A good friend from the forum just informed me that they are selling Star Apples imported from Vietnam at Luck Seafood so I picked up a few. They are selling for $7.99/pound. Iíve never eaten them before so Iím excited to try this new fruit but Iím not expecting much from these imported fruit. Iíll give a taste report when I cut them open.





Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafted Avocado on clonal rootstock video
« on: December 28, 2017, 03:17:58 PM »
Hereís a great video about grafted Avocado on clonal rootstocks.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VyMogjYoldY

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Giant Yellow Ecuador Megalanthus Dragonfruit
« on: December 08, 2017, 04:43:04 PM »
I stopped by Nijiya Market today and noticed again that they had giant yellow Megalanthus type Dragonfruit for sale. I passed on the Fruit last time because there was only one left and it didnít look good but they had a whole case of them today so I picked up a few.

The sign says they are from Thailand but the sticker says they are from Ecuador. From the internet research Iíve done in the last 10 years, i would believe that these fruit are from Ecuador and not Thailand.

I purchased three fruit and the Fruit averages about 12 Oz each. Each fruit costs $9.99 each and they are not sold by the pound so in terms of price per pound, it works out to about $13.33/pound for these fruit.





Simon

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I felt two earthquakes at my house yesterday, the news said there were a total of 4, and the winds are now blowing like Iíve never seen before. My neighbors debris is in my yard and my yard debris is now downwind of me getting blown around town. Many of my potted plants are blown over and several trees almost snapped in half.

The few remaining Cherimoya I had hanging on the tree have blown off and winds are still supposed to pick up. I could barely keep my eyes open because dirt keeps blowing into them.

My neighbors banana tree is already leaning halfway into my yard and it looks like it may crush my mango, Achachairu and Lucs Mexican Mangosteen.

I hope everyone in SoCal stays safe and receives minimal damage to their plants and property.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cherimoya prices skyrocketing
« on: December 02, 2017, 01:55:25 PM »
Iíve been purchasing Cherimoyas from the local markets for years and have noticed a steady rise in the price per pound but this year, itís reached an all time high. The American grocery stores are selling Cherimoyas for $10+ a pound and even my local Asian market has marked up the price from $4.99/pound to $6.99/pound.

Howís the price elsewhere? The farmers markets still have reasonable prices for their ďBĒ grade Fruit, $3.99/pound and last time I checked their ďAĒ grade was going for $4.99-5.99/pound depending on the vendor.

I havenít checked Whole Foods but they are probably the most expensive. This is an Excellent backyard fruit because itís easy to grow, not readily available in the markets and the varieties in the markets are very limited.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / How to bud graft Mango
« on: November 13, 2017, 11:22:52 PM »
Hereís another Truly Tropical video on bud grafting Mango.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HrfKElaaO14

Simon

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