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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Coconut opener
« on: Today at 07:50:19 PM »
Another item which needs to be specified  is if  you are looking for a coconut opener for a green (tender) coconut  to consume the water and white  soft  matter - for this a hole saw attached to an eletric drill does the job in a simple way.  To open a dried coconut you need to dehusk it first - then crack with a machete and use a grater to remove the white matter. You get hand graters in form of a spoon  and graters you can attach to a motor or eletric drill. If interested I will be glad to send details. There are several  coconut dehusking gadgets described in You Tube.

For taste experience try  biting  a phyllanthus emblica  (Indian gooseberry or Amla) and next have a sip of water!

I happened to read this post today and would like to compliment Triphal for his observations. Collectors of seeds get excited  when they see a posting for sale of rare seeds. Many collectors shell out a lot of money and get frustrated to see that seeds they bought did not germinate because they were not viable. My personal opinion is that the seller should describe the conditions of the collection ( locale, date, precautions in avoiding fungus) and assure viability of germination.
    To those interested in cultivating Cupuassu I would recommend the following publication: file:///H:/PLANTAS%20&%20FRUTAS/CUPUACU/LivroBPA.pdf
Boas Praticas Agricolas da Cultura do Cupuaçuazeiro,  written by Ms Aparecida das Graça Claret de Souza, of Embrapa, Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture..Publication has  60 pages and is in Portuguese.
     Cupuassu thrives best in the Amazon Region  I do have Cupuassu trees in my garden which bear quite an amount of fruit in my region (northeast of Brazil) in the months of July -August. The seeds I have collected have a short germination time of a few days when dry.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Szechuan pepper
« on: October 16, 2019, 08:06:58 PM »
In Goa, on the west coast of India they use   Tefal or Triphal  ( Zanthoxlum Simulans ?) in making of  mackeral fish curry. This pepper is not hot but has a lemony aroma. It is used to impart a tingling sensation to the bucal mucosa as you consume the curry. Wonder if Sechuan pepper has the same function. I have a young  Triphal tree in my garden. The bark and leaves are spiny.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Abacaxi Pineapple Plant
« on: September 19, 2019, 05:48:25 PM »
  Did you know why is it called  " White Abacaxi of Pernambuco" ? In the past century there were shiploads of this variety of Pineapple being shipped from the Port of Recife - Capital of the State of Pernambuco to Florida (USA) and other countries like Argentina.  This variety  is extremely sweet with white pulp. The fruit form is more conical compared to other "barrel" shaped pineapples.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticaba Pernambuco
« on: June 16, 2019, 07:48:47 PM »
In Pernambuco, a State in northeast Brazil  jaboticabas do not grow well as in the States of Minas Gerais and São Paulo. Reason is the warm climate of Pernambuco . In Pernambuco there is no jabo with this name. Maybe  an overseas collector who picked up jaboticabas  whilst in Pernambuco  and took them to his country labeled them with this name.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Oranges And Its Sugar Content
« on: May 16, 2019, 07:16:51 PM »
            I did err in my expression "Drinking a glass of orange juice will not create a spike in your blood sugar level in a period of two hours"
 What I meant to say was that  the spike will be there but it will be far of less less amplitude, compared to a same volume and percentage of glucose intake.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Oranges And Its Sugar Content
« on: May 15, 2019, 08:12:09 PM »
Drinking a glass of  fresh orange juice will not create a spike in your blood glucose level in a period of two hours, but will surely increase the baseline blood sugar levels. The level also depends on the amount of frutose, fibre and pectin in the juice.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pernambuco Pineapple's
« on: May 03, 2019, 05:17:41 PM »
How does the Pernambuco variety you have compare to color of pulp,  weight, texture, brix reading, depth of the eyes, time to fruit to the other varieties you have in your garden ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Suriname cherry varities
« on: April 27, 2019, 05:46:36 PM »
I have the red, orange and dark-pink to black varieties in my garden. To me the sweetest and most delicious is the black variety. I consume
 them by plucking of the bush ( when they begin to fall ripe).  Eat them fresh, make juice  (in a blender which does not crack the seeds) as well as make jam. (For details of blender and how to make jam, please send PM).  Crushing the seed in the blender contributes to the acrid taste.
     Is there any publication or list describing the varieties and characteristics ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple identification help
« on: March 25, 2019, 09:22:48 PM »
Is there any ilustrated  chart or catalog/handbook describing the varieties of pineapples ? In the begining of the last century there were shiploads of pineapples  sent to Florida USA and this variety I was told was called "Pernambuco" variety. These pineapples have a conical form, white pulp and are extremely sweet. Occasionally I find in the Central Market in Recife another variety which they call "Hawai" which is barrel shaped, yellow pulp, more solid and not so sweet.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Does my citrus have HLB?
« on: March 21, 2019, 05:21:45 PM »
Would you mind to furnish the reference to this test using iodine ? (Foum, topic & date)


Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Moringa oleifera
« on: February 17, 2019, 04:06:25 PM »
Moringa oleifera is also known in India as drumsticks.   Green drumsticks after cleaning the outside skin and cut into  3-4 " pieces are used in a south indian dish  called sambar , a type of curry.  Instead of putting them in a curry, I cook them with fresh grated coconut and shrimp.
As this is not a gourmet forum, interested members can  please  pm me for details.

In Brazil drumsticks have been used in water purification but I have not come across somebody using moringa seeds as a subsitute for beans.

I used to grow coccinia indica (tinda) in my garden. The unripe fruit when still green can be eaten just boiled in water, split and added to sauté onions  and made into  spiced oily pickles.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless papaya?
« on: November 17, 2018, 04:05:53 PM »
I do have been planting papayas in my garden for the past 20 yrs. I have had this case of papayas without or very less than normal seeds. But this is an isolated case. Lately I have had the opposite problem. All the papayas I plant from store bought fruit, yield  fruits with a huge amount of seeds. The taste of these fruits is different from original store bought but this is explainable due to cross pollination.
If all the papayas give less seeds and mine give abnorbmally more,  there should be a factor which is responsible for number of seeds.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Seeds in Papayas
« on: November 11, 2018, 04:23:01 PM »
I have noticed that when I plant seeds from a store bought papaya, the resulting papaya trees  produce  papayas  with an  imense quantity of seeds. Sometimes the seeds occupy almost half the volume of the fruit.  Question:    Is there a factor or a substance which stimulates the formation of seeds inf some types of fruits ? 

Recipes / Re: What do you do with guavas?
« on: August 22, 2018, 07:06:20 PM »
Guavas  have  pectin. By cooking them and passing through a strainer you can make guava jam. If you pass through a straining cloth you can make  guava jelly. You can get instructions on You Tube  or you contact me.
 In Brazil  in many restaurants they serve Romeu & Juliet for dessert ( A slice of guava jam  on side with a slice of cheddar or Edam cheese)  or Guava Ice Cream.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Olosapo ( Coupeia Polyandra)
« on: August 05, 2018, 07:23:31 PM »
Raul: Thanks for the taste description. What about the seed size ?  Are they easy to germinate ? How long do they take ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Olosapo ( Coupeia Polyandra)
« on: August 05, 2018, 05:28:12 PM »
Raul could you please describe me the taste of this  fruit you have ? Does it have a big seed ?  I am asking this question because I have Couepia ruffia  whoose pulp is sweet and tastes like garbanzo flour.  I also have Couepia bracteosa, fruits are smaller in size (form and size is like that of your Couepia polyandra) outside skin is light grey in colour. Taste of pulp no good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana tree fruiting
« on: July 27, 2018, 06:04:37 PM »
After the tree has given the bananas ,when you cut the stalk, you can remove the flowers from the red cover and cook the flowers. Sauté some onions, put the flowers+some grated coconut+pinch of salt and let it cook for some time under low fire.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana tree fruiting
« on: July 27, 2018, 06:03:03 PM »
After the tree has given the bananas ,when you cut the stalk, you can remove the flowers from the red cover and cook the flowers. Sauté some onions, put the flowers+some grated coconut+pinch of salt and let it cook for some time under low fire.

I do have a huge tree of Flacourtia indica commonly called jagoma from seed I brought (1980) from Goa,India. Tree is huge (15m tall) and bears fruit more than twice a year. Plant took 5 years to fruit. Fruits are tasty, sweet .Taste improves when you massage the fruit between your palms.
   Curious to know how this Flacourtia compares to Flacourtia inermis (Katu lovi) found in Sri Lanka.

 I have some varieties of yam in my garden. Is there any manual/book describing the varieties which could help me to classify my varieties ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: pineapple top planting
« on: June 29, 2018, 05:23:47 PM »
Planting a pineapple top depends a lot on the source of the pineapple. Here in northeast of Brazil which is a pineapple producing area if you buy a fresh nice pineapple in the city market,  eat the fruit and plant the top it will grow but  will take 18- 24 months to fruit . Rooting is accelerated if you remove  some of the lower leaves and keep this part bare in contact with soil.  Planting a slip or a sucker,  fruits in 12-15 months. Have about 200  "Pernambuco" variety in my garden.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Please ID
« on: June 22, 2018, 06:05:55 PM »

Could any member of this forum help me to identify this plant ? Are the fruits edible ?  Thanks

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