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Tropical Fruit => Tropical Fruit Discussion => Topic started by: murahilin on January 27, 2012, 02:22:02 PM

Title: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: murahilin on January 27, 2012, 02:22:02 PM
What are everyone's favorite tropical fruit books? I would will add them to the current list.

1) Fruits of Warm Climates - Julia Morton
2) Five Decades With Tropical Fruit - Bill Whitman
3) Brazilian Fruits - Harri Lorenzi
4) PROSEA 2 - Edible Fruits and Nuts
5) Wilson Popenoe: Agricultural Explorer, Educator, and Friend of Latin America - Frederic Rosengarten
6) Specialty Crops for Pacific Islanders - Craig Elevitch
7) Florida's Best Fruiting Plants - Charles Boning
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: zands on January 27, 2012, 02:32:10 PM
2) Five Decades With Tropical Fruit - Bill Whitman

(http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-91868110381843_2196_15827741)

Available at Broward County public library.  Worth reading. Old school in  that he had some millions and became a gentleman farmer same as Frank Smathers with his Three Fillies farm named after his daughters. Frank was a banker and brother of Senator George Smathers who was close to President Kennedy

"In his will, Frank Smathers, Jr. made a generous bequest to the University of Miami, consisting of his magnificent 32-acre estate on Old Cutler Road, along with a ..."
Like I said ...old school.

Bill Whitman left lots of money and land to Fairchild Garden. Dr. Campbell took Bill Whitman to some far off tropical places in his last decade. All covered in this book.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: adiel on January 27, 2012, 03:13:38 PM
A couple I like:

Tropical Mangos, how to grow the world's most delicious fruit
By: Noris Ledesma, Carl Campbell and Richard Campbell, 2002
(http://s15.postimage.org/cci8r72yv/tropical_mangos.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Tropical-mangos-delicious-English-Spanish/dp/0963226452/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327694535&sr=1-2)

Guide to Mangos in Florida
By: Richard Campbell and Carl Campbell, 1994
(http://s18.postimage.org/y323lghk5/guide_to_mangos.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Guide-Mangos-Florida-Richard-Campbell/dp/0963226401/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327694512&sr=1-2)

The Complete Book of Bananas
By: William O. Lessard, 1992
(http://s13.postimage.org/dnwfiwjoz/complete_book_bananas.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Book-Bananas-William-Lessard/dp/0963316109)

Manual Of Tropical and Subtropical Fruits: Excluding The Banana, Coconut, Pineapple, Citrus Fruits, Olive and Fig
By: Wilson Popenoe, 1920
(http://s8.postimage.org/aglmjchch/manual_of_tropical_fruits.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Manual-Tropical-Subtropical-Fruits-Excluding/dp/0548998205/ref=tmm_hrd_img_popover?ie=UTF8&qid=1327694103&sr=1-1)

... And one of my favorites and a fun read:

Wilson Popenoe: Agricultural Explorer, Educator, and Friend of Latin America
By: Frederic Rosengarten Jr, 1994
(http://s9.postimage.org/5vc0obxsr/wilson_popenoe.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Wilson-Popenoe-Agricultural-Explorer-Educator/dp/0935868534/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327694580&sr=1-1)

Adiel
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: FlyingFoxFruits on January 27, 2012, 03:20:15 PM
FL's Best Fruiting Plants, by Charles Boning.

Got me hooked on this stuff!! :)
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: fruitlovers on January 27, 2012, 05:35:46 PM
The book that got me hooked to growing tropical fruits was not a very good book, just happened to be the first one i got my hands on: Organic Gardening in Hawaii, now out of print.
You can see my favorite books here: http://fruitlovers.com/favoritebooks.html (http://fruitlovers.com/favoritebooks.html)
I think this would be a great FAQ candidate.
Oscar
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: FloridaGreenMan on January 27, 2012, 08:00:03 PM
I have all the aforementioned books and they are all outstanding but here are some more great books. I just did a book review on the
Specialty Crops book for the RFCI and the CRFG magazines.   

Specialty Crops for Pacific Islanders
Craig Elevitch 2011

Tropical Forests and Their Crops
Nigel Smith 1992

"Tropical Fruit" An Aussie Guide to growing Exotics   
Glenn Tankard 1987

The Exotic Jakfruit
Dr. Richard Campbell 2003

Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: fruitlovers on January 27, 2012, 08:11:30 PM
I have all the aforementioned books and they are all outstanding but here are some more great books. I just did a book review on the
Specialty Crops book for the RFCI and the CRFG magazines.   

Specialty Crops for Pacific Islanders
Craig Elevitch 2011

Tropical Forests and Their Crops
Nigel Smith 1992

"Tropical Fruit" An Aussie Guide to growing Exotics   
Glenn Tankard 1987

The Exotic Jakfruit
Dr. Richard Campbell 2003

I have the Specialty Crops book by Craig Elevitch, but haven't added it yet to my website. Super nice book! It is also available online for free. The hard copy cover has some photos and index not on the online version. If interested email me offgroup.
Oscar
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: DuncanYoung on January 27, 2012, 09:27:21 PM
Some of my favorite books to add to list are:

1) Mango Studies--A Compilation of Papers Presented at the Florida Mango Forum from 1941 thru 1951

2) Tropical Fruits For Southern Florida and Cuba and Their Uses--by David Sturrock

3) Fruits For Southern Florida, A Handbook for the Homeowner--by David Sturrock

4) Notes on The Mango--by David Sturrock

5) Fifty Tropical Fruits of Nassau--by Julia Morton

6) Florida State Horticultural Proceedings--Any Year


Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Squam256 on January 27, 2012, 09:52:33 PM
Some of my favorite books to add to list are:

1) Mango Studies--A Compilation of Papers Presented at the Florida Mango Forum from 1941 thru 1951

2) Tropical Fruits For Southern Florida and Cuba and Their Uses--by David Sturrock

3) Fruits For Southern Florida, A Handbook for the Homeowner--by David Sturrock

4) Notes on The Mango--by David Sturrock

5) Fifty Tropical Fruits of Nassau--by Julia Morton

6) Florida State Horticultural Proceedings--Any Year

You still have these right? Would love to take a look at them.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: DuncanYoung on January 27, 2012, 09:56:47 PM
Yes, I do have copies.  Have had to search on Abesbooks to find extra copies.  Very interesting reading.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: zands on January 27, 2012, 10:54:44 PM
Some of my favorite books to add to list are:

1) Mango Studies--A Compilation of Papers Presented at the Florida Mango Forum from 1941 thru 1951

2) Tropical Fruits For Southern Florida and Cuba and Their Uses--by David Sturrock

3) Fruits For Southern Florida, A Handbook for the Homeowner--by David Sturrock

4) Notes on The Mango--by David Sturrock



AboutDavid Sturrock for the ages
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1964&dat=19690802&id=UXwyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=k7UFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1926,777744 (http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1964&dat=19690802&id=UXwyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=k7UFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1926,777744)
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: murahilin on January 28, 2012, 12:32:51 AM
The book that got me hooked to growing tropical fruits was not a very good book, just happened to be the first one i got my hands on: Organic Gardening in Hawaii, now out of print.
You can see my favorite books here: [url]http://fruitlovers.com/favoritebooks.html[/url] ([url]http://fruitlovers.com/favoritebooks.html[/url])
I think this would be a great FAQ candidate.
Oscar


Oscar, your "favorite books" link was my guide a few years back when I started purchasing my fruit books. Every single one that I was able to find I purchased. I am still in search of "Brunei Darussalam Fruits in Colour" I found a brand new copy on eBay once that expired two weeks before I found it. The person was only selling it for $50. When I contacted them, they no longer had it. That was depressing. I doubt I will ever come across a new copy of that book again.

I added this post and a few others to the FAQ section today. I need to still find a good post about fertilizing.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: fruitlovers on January 28, 2012, 01:11:43 AM
Quote
Oscar, your "favorite books" link was my guide a few years back when I started purchasing my fruit books. Every single one that I was able to find I purchased. I am still in search of "Brunei Darussalam Fruits in Colour" I found a brand new copy on eBay once that expired two weeks before I found it. The person was only selling it for $50. When I contacted them, they no longer had it. That was depressing. I doubt I will ever come across a new copy of that book again.

I added this post and a few others to the FAQ section today. I need to still find a good post about fertilizing.

Murahilin, i remember seeing that book Brunei Darussalam for sale at F&S park many years ago, but don't know if they still carry it?
Oscar
PS i think Brunei must be one of the best countries to visit for exotic fruit, but almost nobody ever makes it over there, It's on my tops list of places to visit.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: murahilin on January 28, 2012, 01:18:07 AM
Unfortunately the F&S Park has stopped carrying many fruit books was because they said people were not buying the books. One interesting find I made about 2 years ago was a brand new hardcover copy of Julia Morton's book still shrink wrapped at the Bonnet House in Ft Lauderdale for $100. Brunei looks like it would be a great place to visit.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: DuncanYoung on January 28, 2012, 08:33:31 AM
zands, thanks for the link!  I had forgotten about that article. 

Jack
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Felipe on January 28, 2012, 11:30:45 AM
Very cool thread! I think I have to upgrade my library...
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Squam256 on January 28, 2012, 07:11:12 PM
Interesting that the article describes 'Young' as being "extremely sweet". The Young I sampled at Harry's was nowhere close to that description.

Jack....do you remember the 'Young' being an especially sweet mango? Perhaps this is yet another instance of the impact soil type can have on mango flavor.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: DuncanYoung on January 28, 2012, 09:52:15 PM
I really don't remember the 'Young' being very sweet.  I hope to sample again this summer, haven't had one in a while.  Liked the 'Duncan' and 'Edwards' much better, but will compare again.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: zands on January 28, 2012, 10:17:15 PM
zands, thanks for the link!  I had forgotten about that article. 

Jack

Glad you liked Jack! What I really like, this is a snapshot (from the Palm Beach Post) of David Sturrock and his vast mango accomplishments on August 2 1969 just 13 days after we landed on the moon..."United State's Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the Moon on 20 July 1969"

He was better than us and the US was better back then in that we can not get a lunar landing organized today even if we poured 10 or 100 billion dollars into it. Plus as everyone knows the computing power that NASA used back then is equal to your average laptop today.....just saying
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: natsgarden123 on January 28, 2012, 10:22:07 PM
Fyi.     
Www.alibris.com (http://Www.alibris.com).  has a huge amount of books for sale from all over.  They have all of the books that people have mentioned here.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Soren on January 30, 2012, 03:14:51 AM
For some of the many African species; I got this for Uganda and a similar book for the species in Tanzania, which includes several very rare annonacea;

Useful trees and shrubs for Uganda
identification, propagation, and management for agricultural and pastoral communities
A.B. Katende, Ann Birnie, and Bo Tengnäs.
Published 1995 by Regional Soil Conservation Unit in Nairobi, Kenya .
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: natsgarden123 on January 30, 2012, 11:06:45 AM
 My choice is a basic book, one that I still look at all the time,  the one that I bought at Excalibur: it is the best book for beginners, in my opinion.

Florida's Best Fruiting Plants: Native and Exotic Trees, Shrubs, and Vines 
 Charles Boning
This Book has a ton of info about all the species-Mr Boning did all of his own illustrations ( actually from trees at Excalibur)

(http://s16.postimage.org/ivlk6o6wx/boning_photo.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/ivlk6o6wx/)


Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: fruitlovers on February 01, 2012, 03:09:16 AM
For some of the many African species; I got this for Uganda and a similar book for the species in Tanzania, which includes several very rare annonacea;

Useful trees and shrubs for Uganda
identification, propagation, and management for agricultural and pastoral communities
A.B. Katende, Ann Birnie, and Bo Tengnäs.
Published 1995 by Regional Soil Conservation Unit in Nairobi, Kenya .

Unfortunately this book is out of print, and practically impossible to get, at least in USA.
Oscar
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Soren on February 01, 2012, 03:33:02 AM
Hi Oscar, the other book I have is this one - however, it might also not be available. There are several more species in this book, though some listed in the Ugandan edition are (of course) left out;

Useful trees and shrubs for Tanzania
identification, propagation, and management for agricultural and pastoral communities
L.P. Mbuya ... [et al.].
Published 1994 by Regional Soil Conservation Unit, Swedish International Development Authority in Nairobi, Kenya .
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: fruitlovers on February 01, 2012, 04:39:32 AM
Hi Oscar, the other book I have is this one - however, it might also not be available. There are several more species in this book, though some listed in the Ugandan edition are (of course) left out;

Useful trees and shrubs for Tanzania
identification, propagation, and management for agricultural and pastoral communities
L.P. Mbuya ... [et al.].
Published 1994 by Regional Soil Conservation Unit, Swedish International Development Authority in Nairobi, Kenya .


Yes that's also not available.
Oscar
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: SWRancher on February 13, 2012, 07:17:26 PM
My choice is a basic book, one that I still look at all the time,  the one that I bought at Excalibur: it is the best book for beginners, in my opinion.

Florida's Best Fruiting Plants: Native and Exotic Trees, Shrubs, and Vines 
 Charles Boning
This Book has a ton of info about all the species-Mr Boning did all of his own illustrations ( actually from trees at Excalibur)

([url]http://s16.postimage.org/ivlk6o6wx/boning_photo.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://postimage.org/image/ivlk6o6wx/[/url])


I agree, this is my favorite fruit tree reference book.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: mangomandan on February 22, 2012, 12:02:35 PM
It's not actually a tropical fruit book, but Rosalind Creasy's Edible Landscaping was the entry drug that got me interested in growing fruit in my yard. I think her book would especially appeal to U.S. west coast growers who actually like their yard to look nice. (My yard is not pretty; I have to live with that...)
The Ortho book: All about Citrus and Sub-Tropical Fruits was another good introduction.
Dr. Campbell's Guide to Mangos in Florida is still a favorite to cuddle up with on a cool February night.

As far as some of the more detailed or obscure books, these are sometimes available through an inter-library loan. Ask your favorite local librarian.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Central Floridave on May 23, 2012, 10:49:10 AM
I've got most of the books mentioned above minus a couple that I will check out.

I thought this was a good one and a fun read also:

The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce, and Obsession [Paperback]
Adam Leith Gollner (Author)

http://www.amazon.com/The-Fruit-Hunters-Adventure-Obsession/dp/B002ECEG8O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337784603&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.com/The-Fruit-Hunters-Adventure-Obsession/dp/B002ECEG8O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337784603&sr=8-1)
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: emegar on May 23, 2012, 01:28:43 PM
Don't think anyone has mentioned this title: The World of Bananas in Hawai'i: Then and Now: Traditional Pacific & Global Varieties, Cultures, Ornamentals, Health & Recipes - Angela Kay Kepler.  I'm reading a copy I found through inter-library loan.  I highly recommend it.  Very interesting.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: fruitlovers on May 23, 2012, 05:36:49 PM
Don't think anyone has mentioned this title: The World of Bananas in Hawai'i: Then and Now: Traditional Pacific & Global Varieties, Cultures, Ornamentals, Health & Recipes - Angela Kay Kepler.  I'm reading a copy I found through inter-library loan.  I highly recommend it.  Very interesting.

Yeah i recommended this banana book in a separate thread. Awesome book!
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Pan Dulce on May 23, 2012, 05:40:20 PM
The Fruit Hunters... pretty good book... some of the characters were funny as s#*^!  A few of you others were named in there.

There are some other books mainly from Europe.

Just got "Tropical Fruits" by J.A. Samson, second edition. 

Getting ready to buy the PROSEA and Tropical Fruits Vol 1 (Paull and Duarte) for Crane's class this summer at TREC.

Anyone read Tropical and Subtropical Fruits by Dalhgren, B.E., 1947?

Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: bradflorida on May 23, 2012, 09:28:38 PM
I find myself often referring back to "Florida's best Fruiting Plants" by Charles Boning.  It was even a nice book to have with me when I went to a recent Rare fruit tree sale :)

Brad
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: mikesid on May 23, 2012, 09:36:19 PM
I find myself often referring back to "Florida's best Fruiting Plants" by Charles Boning.  It was even a nice book to have with me when I went to a recent Rare fruit tree sale :)

Brad
Ditto that my brother...I considered this book my fruit bible for a while....but with all these other books out there it seems to be a whole new world....just very pricey on those other books!
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: natsgarden123 on May 23, 2012, 10:40:57 PM
Mr Boning has a newer book that's really great: Florida's Best Herbs and Spices- it has a lot of fruit info also

(http://i43.tower.com/images/mm114145487/floridas-best-herbs-spices-charles-r-boning-paperback-cover-art.jpg)
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: murahilin on May 23, 2012, 11:00:34 PM
The Fruit Hunters... pretty good book... some of the characters were funny as s#*^!  A few of you others were named in there.

There are some other books mainly from Europe.

Just got "Tropical Fruits" by J.A. Samson, second edition. 

Getting ready to buy the PROSEA and Tropical Fruits Vol 1 (Paull and Duarte) for Crane's class this summer at TREC.

Anyone read Tropical and Subtropical Fruits by Dalhgren, B.E., 1947?

I took Dr. Crane's class 2 years ago. It was an awesome class. Learned a ton and had a great time. Probably one of the best things anyone with a month of free time can do.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: jcaldeira on January 13, 2013, 06:14:44 PM
I'd appreciate your recommendations for books describing the cultivation of tropical fruits, especially books on mango, citrus and avocado. I'll be putting together an Amazon book order soon.  :)

Julia Morton's 'Fruits of Warm Climates' and Paull's  'Tropical Fruits (Crop Production Science in Horticulture)' volumes 1 & 2 are books I'm seriously considering, so  comments on these books would especially be appreciated.

So far, my favorite general books are 'Florida's Best Fruiting Plants' by Boning, and 'Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands' by Elevitch.  Also like 'Citrus Growing in Florida' by Davies and Jackson.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Recher on January 13, 2013, 07:35:23 PM
Mangoes by Kostermanns
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: murahilin on January 13, 2013, 09:04:48 PM
Mangoes by Kostermanns

I've been searching for that book for ages but it's always very expensive on Amazon.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: fruitlovers on January 14, 2013, 05:41:14 AM
I'd appreciate your recommendations for books describing the cultivation of tropical fruits, especially books on mango, citrus and avocado. I'll be putting together an Amazon book order soon.  :)

Julia Morton's 'Fruits of Warm Climates' and Paull's  'Tropical Fruits (Crop Production Science in Horticulture)' volumes 1 & 2 are books I'm seriously considering, so  comments on these books would especially be appreciated.

So far, my favorite general books are 'Florida's Best Fruiting Plants' by Boning, and 'Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands' by Elevitch.  Also like 'Citrus Growing in Florida' by Davies and Jackson.


http://fruitlovers.com/favoritebooks.html (http://fruitlovers.com/favoritebooks.html)
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Soren on July 18, 2013, 09:46:34 AM
For some of the many African species; I got this for Uganda and a similar book for the species in Tanzania, which includes several very rare annonacea;

Useful trees and shrubs for Uganda
identification, propagation, and management for agricultural and pastoral communities
A.B. Katende, Ann Birnie, and Bo Tengnäs.
Published 1995 by Regional Soil Conservation Unit in Nairobi, Kenya .


Unfortunately this book is out of print, and practically impossible to get, at least in USA.
Oscar


But now online; http://www.worldagroforestry.org/downloads/publications/PDFs/B09383.PDF (http://www.worldagroforestry.org/downloads/publications/PDFs/B09383.PDF)
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: HIfarm on July 18, 2013, 03:36:38 PM
Looks like a great resource, Soren.  Thanks for posting the link.

John
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: jcaldeira on July 18, 2013, 09:21:46 PM
Six months ago I bought the books Tropical Fruits (Crop Production Science in Horticulture) , Volumes 1 & 2, by Robert E. Paull and Odilio Duarte and have been very pleased.  A little pricey, but excellent reading.

My Amazon reviews:
Volume 1: Excellent Coverage of Some Major Fruit Crops 5.0 out of 5 stars
Great coverage of cultivation and propagation methods, climate requirements and post-harvest handling for some major crops. Plenty of graphs, charts and tables supplement the clearly-written and well-organized text. This book is a great reference resource for backyard growers and small farmers. However, coverage in this book is limited to the most important fruits that grow in most tropical climates. Volume 2, Tropical Fruits (Crop Production Science in Horticulture) provides coverage of more minor fruits. There are even more minor fruits that receive no coverage in either volume. Maybe there'll be a volume 3 some day.

This book is a little pricey, but has more depth than the free version of Julia Morton's book Fruits of Warm Climates that is available free online.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Ij9KuJn2L._SY300_.jpg)
http://www.amazon.com/Tropical-Fruits-Production-Science-Horticulture/dp/1845936728/ref=sr_1_2 (http://www.amazon.com/Tropical-Fruits-Production-Science-Horticulture/dp/1845936728/ref=sr_1_2)


Volume II: A 'Must Read' for the tropical fruit grower 5.0 out of 5 stars
An exceptionally thorough description of cultivation methods for many tropical fruits. Each chapter on a fruit or fruit family describes the soil and climate requirements, its growth and fruiting habits, and cultural practices. The sections on cultural practices provide detailed information on propagation, planting, irrigation, pruning and post-harvest handling of the fruit. The end uses of the fruits are also described. All this information is presented in an easy-to-read format with sufficient tables, charts, drawings and photos that make it a pleasure to browse.

The chapters are (1) Annonas: Soursop and Rollinia, (2) Breadfruit, Jackfruit, Chempedak and Marang, (3) Carambola and Bilimbi, (4) Durian, (5) Guava, (6) Mangosteen, (7) Rambutan and Pulusan, (8)Passionfruit and Giant Passionfruit, (9) Palms, (10) Other African Fruit: Tamarind, Marula and Ackee, (11) Other Tropical Asian and Pacific Fruit (Langsat, Duku, Santol, Wax Apple, Pummelo, and Ambarella), and (12) American Fruit (Mamey Sapote, Sapodilla, Pitaya, Acerola, and Naranjilla).

This is book, and its companion book, Tropical Fruits, Volume 1 (Crop Production Science in Horticulture), are my primary reference sources for my fruit farming.

 (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51n3JT7UtFL._SY300_.jpg)
http://www.amazon.com/Tropical-Fruits-Production-Science-Horticulture/dp/1845937899/ref=sr_1_1 (http://www.amazon.com/Tropical-Fruits-Production-Science-Horticulture/dp/1845937899/ref=sr_1_1)
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Mr. Clean on July 18, 2013, 10:55:03 PM
The Exotic Jackfruit:  Growing the World's Largest Fruit by Campbell and Ledesma
A Guide To Mangos In Florida by Campbell
Florida's Best Fruiting Plants by Boning - this is the most practical
The University of Florida publications on fruit trees, which are free on the internet
Guide To The Mangos of the World by Campbell and Ledesma - it's just a poster of different mangos, but interesting to look at.  Surprisingly it lists Irwin as a small tree.  Oddly, it omits some popular cultivars such as Glenn and Valencia Pride.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Kay on July 19, 2013, 09:14:06 AM
Quote
PS i think Brunei must be one of the best countries to visit for exotic fruit, but almost nobody ever makes it over there, It's on my tops list of places to visit.

Is Brunei any different than adjacent areas of Borneo?
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Pan Dulce on July 19, 2013, 03:37:33 PM
Hey John, I agree the completely.  I purchased the first book, for my Tropical Fruit Production class through the University of Florida, and was impressed with the overall information provided per crop.  If you are growing one of the main tropical fruit crops listed in the book, it supplies you with excellent reference material.  The author Robert E. Paull is a research professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and I believe a specialist in pineapples.  Since you live in the southern Pacific, any of his research should be on level with your similar growing conditions.  Just a general assumption.

Either way, volume 1 is an excellent book, and I will soon pick up the second.  Thanks for bringing the second volume to my attention.

Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Kay on July 19, 2013, 11:54:09 PM
Has anyone seen "Fruit Breeding: Tree and Tropical Fruits v. 1"

by Jules Janick

ISBN 13: 9780471310143
ISBN 10: 047131014X
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: fruitnursery on July 20, 2013, 12:54:19 AM
Five Decades With Tropical Fruit

Inspired me to be a fruit tree collector :)
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Mr. Clean on July 23, 2013, 04:38:11 PM
Fruits of Warm Climates - Julia Morton lists her address as 20534 SW 92 Ct, Miami, FL.  A google map search of that address shows a housing subdivision, without apparent fruit trees... were Ms. Morton's fruit trees cut down to make that subdivision?

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/index.html (http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/index.html)
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: fruitlovers on July 23, 2013, 06:35:01 PM
Fruits of Warm Climates - Julia Morton lists her address as 20534 SW 92 Ct, Miami, FL.  A google map search of that address shows a housing subdivision, without apparent fruit trees... were Ms. Morton's fruit trees cut down to make that subdivision?

[url]http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/index.html[/url] ([url]http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/index.html[/url])


Not sure, but i doubt she had an orchard. She was the intellectual type...gathering published information from others and collecting it all to be published. I think the Morton library still exists as part of the Florida university. She was probably more into collecting plant facts than plants.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Mr. Clean on July 24, 2013, 09:27:55 PM
Anybody read this book?  Is it worth it?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0851992544/ref=s9_psimh_gw_p14_d0_i3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=17JHY0K4TF0GN6Z7YY6K&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0851992544/ref=s9_psimh_gw_p14_d0_i3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=17JHY0K4TF0GN6Z7YY6K&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846)

(http://s9.postimg.cc/wzwh7diy3/Tropical_Fruits.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/wzwh7diy3/)
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: jcaldeira on July 25, 2013, 12:33:15 AM
Anybody read this book?  Is it worth it?

[url]http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0851992544/ref=s9_psimh_gw_p14_d0_i3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=17JHY0K4TF0GN6Z7YY6K&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846[/url] ([url]http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0851992544/ref=s9_psimh_gw_p14_d0_i3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=17JHY0K4TF0GN6Z7YY6K&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846[/url])

([url]http://s9.postimg.cc/wzwh7diy3/Tropical_Fruits.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://postimg.cc/image/wzwh7diy3/[/url])

I'm not 100% sure, but this book, published 1998, appears to be the predecessor to the two volumes I described above, published 2010 and 1012. 
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: fruitlovers on July 25, 2013, 06:34:31 AM
Anybody read this book?  Is it worth it?

[url]http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0851992544/ref=s9_psimh_gw_p14_d0_i3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=17JHY0K4TF0GN6Z7YY6K&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846[/url] ([url]http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0851992544/ref=s9_psimh_gw_p14_d0_i3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=17JHY0K4TF0GN6Z7YY6K&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846[/url])

([url]http://s9.postimg.cc/wzwh7diy3/Tropical_Fruits.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://postimg.cc/image/wzwh7diy3/[/url])


I think for a hobbyist it's not worth it. Tends to be rather technical. I judge a book by how often i crack it open. And this is one of the one that hardly is ever opened.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Mr. Clean on July 25, 2013, 07:12:08 AM
Anybody read this book?  Is it worth it?

[url]http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0851992544/ref=s9_psimh_gw_p14_d0_i3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=17JHY0K4TF0GN6Z7YY6K&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846[/url] ([url]http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0851992544/ref=s9_psimh_gw_p14_d0_i3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=17JHY0K4TF0GN6Z7YY6K&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846[/url])

([url]http://s9.postimg.cc/wzwh7diy3/Tropical_Fruits.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://postimg.cc/image/wzwh7diy3/[/url])


I think for a hobbyist it's not worth it. Tends to be rather technical. I judge a book by how often i crack it open. And this is one of the one that hardly is ever opened.


Seems a reasonable way of valuing a book.  John also brings up a good possibility that this book was replaced with Vol 1 and 2 of the books John recommended.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Mr. Clean on August 01, 2013, 09:07:19 AM
Copies of the out of print Julia Morton "Fruits of Warm Climate" appeared on eBay.  The book is currently available online at Purdue University, but what will you do if they take the book offline?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Fruits-of-Warm-Climates-Morton-Julia-F-/161077646298?ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:US:3160 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Fruits-of-Warm-Climates-Morton-Julia-F-/161077646298?ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:US:3160)
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Berto on August 01, 2013, 11:26:34 AM

Manual Of Tropical and Subtropical Fruits: Excluding The Banana, Coconut, Pineapple, Citrus Fruits, Olive and Fig
By: Wilson Popenoe, 1920


Adiel, my copy was printed in 1974 by Hafner Press.  The hard cover color is kind of orange/pink.  Very cool looking and excellent book
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Mr. Clean on August 01, 2013, 11:56:42 AM
You can preserve your rare collectible books with mylar covers, similar to those used by libraries. 

Amazon.com has them.  Search for "mylar book covers"  The pre-cut and folded covers are much easier to use than the rolls of mylar.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: fruitlovers on August 01, 2013, 05:24:08 PM
Copies of the out of print Julia Morton "Fruits of Warm Climate" appeared on eBay.  The book is currently available online at Purdue University, but what will you do if they take the book offline?

[url]http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Fruits-of-Warm-Climates-Morton-Julia-F-/161077646298?ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:US:3160[/url] ([url]http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Fruits-of-Warm-Climates-Morton-Julia-F-/161077646298?ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:US:3160[/url])


Not likely to go off line as the Morton book has been up for very many years on the Purdue university website. But if you're really worried about it you could download it to your computer. I think though it's good to have a hard copy book also as it's sometimes so much more enjoyable to browse through a book than to stare at a screen.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: plantlover13 on August 08, 2013, 06:59:01 PM
May i suggest "medicinal plants of costa rica" by ed bernhardt? It's a pretty good resource about of some of the medical benifits of some commonly found tropical plants, maybe not necessarily all fruits, but still a good read.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: jcaldeira on August 08, 2013, 07:46:31 PM
Are there any good magazines or periodicals on tropical fruit culture?
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: jcaldeira on August 10, 2013, 03:52:58 PM
One of my favorite books on propagating tropical fruits is "The Propagation of Tropical Fruit Trees" by Garner, Chaudhri, et.al., 1976.  Although out of print, I noticed there are still a few used copies available on Amazon.

Here's the review I just wrote on Amazon.com: 

An excellent book on the propagation techniques for most popular tropical fruits.  Each chapter consists of a thorough compilation of related scientific literature up to 1976, organized well.  This book tends towards the scientific and is not for the casual gardener, but is surprising easy to read. 

The first section, titled "Materials and Methods," covers general nursery techniques, and then devotes approximately 150 pages on various methods of seed and vegetative propagation, including 50 well-illustrated pages on grafting.

The remaining 380 pages are devoted to the propagation of specific tree fruit. Chapter titles cover Cashew, Anonna, Breadfruit, Jackfruit, Carambola, Papaya, Star Apple, Durian, Rose Apple & relatives, Mangosteen, Langsat, Barbados Cherry, Mango, Sapodilla, Jaboticaba, Rambutan, Guava, and Indian Jujube.  Of the popular fruits, only Banana and Coconut seem to be missing.

Though a little dated, this is one of my favorite books because it focuses on propagation.  For more recent and general coverage of many of the same tree fruits, consider [[ASIN:1845936728 Tropical Fruits, Volume 1 (Crop Production Science in Horticulture)]] and [[ASIN:1845937899 Tropical Fruits, Volume II (Crop Production Science in Horticulture)]]

http://www.amazon.com/Propagation-Tropical-Fruit-Horticultural-Review/dp/0851983510/ (http://www.amazon.com/Propagation-Tropical-Fruit-Horticultural-Review/dp/0851983510/)

John
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: fruitlovers on August 10, 2013, 06:56:54 PM
Are there any good magazines or periodicals on tropical fruit culture?


CRFG's (California Rare Fruit Growers) Fruit Gardener magazine, website: http://crfg.org (http://crfg.org) It covers tropical as well as sub tropical and some temperate fruits. It's been published for a long time and you can get back issues and an index to all the back issues.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: murahilin on August 11, 2013, 09:06:05 PM
Are there any good magazines or periodicals on tropical fruit culture?


CRFG's (California Rare Fruit Growers) Fruit Gardener magazine, website: [url]http://crfg.org[/url] ([url]http://crfg.org[/url]) It covers tropical as well as sub tropical and some temperate fruits. It's been published for a long time and you can get back issues and an index to all the back issues.


Everyone should join the CRFG just to get this magazine. I've been a member for a few years now and the quality of articles is always excellent. I wish the FL rare fruit groups would join with the CRFG so everyone here would get a good magazine as well. The FL magazines aren't really that good.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: JonathonForester on September 19, 2016, 09:52:58 AM
Hey, I was looking around on the internet and on the forum, Any recommendations for a Lorenzi style book on Asian fruit and nut identification? It seems like the quality and quantity of books drops pretty greatly once you cross the Atlantic. Most of what I've seen for Asian ID is pretty fluffy without much detail or diversity which I know doesn't reflect the actual case of  species diversity in that region. Can some one offer up some recommendations and prove me wrong. Thanks in advance and sorry for bumping this 3yr old thread back up the board. Any other books people want to add that were released in the last 3 years would be welcome too. :)

I would say books and fruits hold about equal footing in my heart.
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Daintree on September 19, 2016, 02:04:16 PM
I love "Living With The Trees of Life" by Roger Leakey. 
It doesn't have much to do with cultivation practices as we know them, other than some info on propagation, but it is a good argument for diversified agroforestry in developing countries.  It "highlights an innovative approach to resolving the big issues of poverty, malnutrition, hunger and environmental degradation including climate change."  Plus, it has a picture of a "bush butter" fruit on the cover!
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: fruitlovers on September 19, 2016, 03:39:52 PM
Hey, I was looking around on the internet and on the forum, Any recommendations for a Lorenzi style book on Asian fruit and nut identification? It seems like the quality and quantity of books drops pretty greatly once you cross the Atlantic. Most of what I've seen for Asian ID is pretty fluffy without much detail or diversity which I know doesn't reflect the actual case of  species diversity in that region. Can some one offer up some recommendations and prove me wrong. Thanks in advance and sorry for bumping this 3yr old thread back up the board. Any other books people want to add that were released in the last 3 years would be welcome too. :)

I would say books and fruits hold about equal footing in my heart.
Fruit books about Asian fruits. These are all oldies, but goodies:
PROSEA 2 - Edible Fruits and Nuts
Wayside Trees of Malaya, E.J.H. Corner
Malayan Fruits, Betty Molesworth Allen
very old, but still classic: Fruit anf Fruit Culture in the Dutch East Indies, J.J. Ochse
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Acacia on March 09, 2019, 11:16:07 PM
Can anybody recommend a book to learn basic latin?

Looking at purchasing Botanical Latin by William T. Stearn
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Recher on April 03, 2019, 06:26:38 PM
Mangoes by Kostermann
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: Botanicus on April 04, 2019, 08:11:39 AM
(https://i.postimg.cc/Ln7kJwMx/Popenoe.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Ln7kJwMx)
Title: Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
Post by: MameyDisco on April 04, 2019, 10:24:57 AM
Available free online

Manual of tropical and subtropical fruits, excluding the banana, coconut, pineapple, citrus fruits, olive, and fig by Popenoe, Wilson - https://archive.org/details/manualoftropical00poperich

(https://i.postimg.cc/Ln7kJwMx/Popenoe.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Ln7kJwMx)