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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Replacement for Tahitian Lime
« Last post by brian on Today at 11:17:01 PM »
Persian/Tahitian lime is pretty much perfect, and itís easily propagated from cuttings.  What donít you like about it?
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Gypsum is a good additive for breaking up heavy clay soil. Pretty sure you can get a bag of it at HD pretty cheaply.
My passion fruit vine really took off and did much better in the ground than in a pot. Though it was hammered by that heat wave that we experienced this year, but I was away when it hit and couldnít water when it needed it most.
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Scoop out, mix in blender, use as salad dressing, or mix with other vegetable juices. Would be great with tomato juice, carrot juice, or others with strong taste like beets or celey. Whatever juice you can't use right away you can freeze for later use.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What does a pawpaw taste like?
« Last post by So_Cal_Mike on Today at 10:53:33 PM »
There are three small paw paw trees at the Fullerton Arboretum, here in Southern California. Iíve seen them in bloom, but I havenít been there at the right time to see if they held fruit.
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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Replacement for Tahitian Lime
« Last post by Laaz on Today at 10:52:42 PM »
Yes, all limes turn yellow when completely ripe.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Jade Pineapple
« Last post by simon_grow on Today at 10:20:31 PM »
I just cut open this runt of a pineapple but before I cut it open, I smelled it and smelled like candy. This fruit is only the size of a softball and after skinning it, it was even smaller.

The taste was sweet and creamy but it was definitely much less sweet than I was expecting. I didnít write down the date I first saw the bloom spike so I believe I harvested this fruit a bit early. It had a Brix of 16% but had relatively low acid although it did have acidity, especially noticeable because of the lower Brix.

The core was extremely soft and my daughters are eagerly chomping down the last few pieces as I type. The flavor of this pineapple is excellent, sweet and creamy. I just wish this particular fruit were a bit sweeter.

To me personally, the White Jade tastes exactly the same as the Kuai White Sugarloaf. Iím sure the fruit we grow at Brads place will be much larger and sweeter. I neglected my plants and they still turned out decent so I can imagine that a properly grown fruit will be even better. Here are some pictures.









Simon
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What does a pawpaw taste like?
« Last post by fruitlovers on Today at 10:14:05 PM »
Indeed - needs both chill and summer heat.  It's the latter that prevents me from growing them here.  They're quite temperature-hardy, but even the least heat-demanding cultivars can be hard to ripen in for the example the Pacific Northwest due to heat requirements.

Pawpaws are adapted to continental climates, where it gets both cold and hot.  That said, there are California pawpaw growers (for example, Lagier Ranch in the San Joaquin Valley), although I've never heard of any growing as far south as San Diego.  You can always contact KSU (the foremost experts in pawpaws) and ask.  But I imagine chill will be a big problem (in the SF area, both chill and heat can be problems, depending on the location and cultivar)
CRFG president has fruited pawpaw in Santa Monica, southern California, not far from the coast. So there are types that can fruit without extreme heat or cold.

Wow really? This gives me some hope!

You wouldn't know what varieties the president has? Or perhaps where I can get more info on this?
I think i posted about it before. Try the search feature. Subject: Paw paw. User: fruitlovers. Her name is Margaret Frane, or something like that.
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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Replacement for Tahitian Lime
« Last post by Millet on Today at 10:10:37 PM »
Tahitian lime is vigorous, sets a lot of fruit, is seedless, and is normally picked while it is still green (before it turns yellow).  In my opinion the best lime of all. Tahitian lime is a very round fruit, much more so than a lemon, and should be very easy to tell apart from an Eureka even if both are a mature yellow.
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If Helena has a supply house in the Phoenix area, they will probably deliver purchases above $250, if your place is truck and piggyback loader accessible.   First you will need to open an account in person, and they will prefer some sort of nursery, farm, or landscape license.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Topworking cogshall
« Last post by IndigoEmu on Today at 09:32:36 PM »


Indigoemu - I have Pickering, Manilita, Maha Chanok & this cogshall I'm top working. As you noted it is essential to cold protect, or trees will be killed outright. That pretty much means limiting to varieties that can be kept small. Now that my trees are established all I need is c9 old fashioned Xmas lights to protect from light frosts. For a hard freeze I put up a mini hoop house over each tree - made of plastic sheeting and pvc pipe with a trouble light inside - those have successfully protected at 26 degrees for multiple hours and below 32 for 10 hours straight. If you search the cold protection threads I think some of my pics are still around of that setup. If I could only have one tree here it would be the manilita - it stays smallest and is most productive. The fruit is pretty and is consistently good flavored. Obviously can't compete with something like ST for flavor, but miles better than a grocery store mango.

Manilita sounds like a nice variety for me. As someone whoís only ever eaten grocery store mangos (and finds them delicious) I think Iíll be perfectly happy with any mango whose taste falls between ďbetter than a grocery store mangoĒ and ďevery other mango varietyĒ.

Unfortunately with a quick google search it definitely seems like an uncommonly grown mango. Any idea where I might be able to source one? I hope I donít have to go all the way to Fairchild for one - but I will!
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