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Hi All,

I'm looking to purchase a box of Florida lychees online for shipping to the Midwest for the upcoming season. Interested in all varieties, especially SweetHeart.

Any recommendations on who to buy from? I'm waiting to hear back from and Local Harvest doesn't seem to have anything listed.

Elderberries raw gave me an unpleasand and mild case of stomach ache, but are perfectly ok as marmalade. Processed flowers are better. Elderberry flower's champagne is fine. Bottles can explode but as drink is fine.

The reason you react poorly to raw elderberries is probably because they are mildly poisonous, on account of the cyanide precursors the raw berries contain.

Cooking them takes care of the issue, which is why the marmalade is ok.

I would recommend that no one eat elderberries raw.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bananas in 9B NorCal: Variety Inquiry
« on: December 13, 2018, 09:53:49 PM »
Yep, Gold Finger is FHIA-01. I'm growing it in coastal 9B/10A and it does very well. It seems to thrive on neglect, has delicious bananas and never needs supporting. I'm planning on adding dwarf namwah and dwarf brazilian next year.

Check out At the very bottom of that webpage is Joe Real's cold-hardy list for reference. California Gold is regarded as the most cold-hardy edible banana, so I believe the list is accurate.

I would also head over to and search there. There's an entire sub-forum dedicated to cold-hardy bananas, both edible and ornamental.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where can I get a Tice Mulberry?
« on: December 07, 2018, 03:52:20 PM »
Jene's Tropicals seems to stock Tice in 7 gal, according to their in-store inventory. Might be worth a call.

I haven't seen any improved varieties of strawberry/lemon guavas. In my own experience:

Strawberry (red) guava advantages: Plant is more vigorous, heavier bearing, fruit keeps a little longer on the counter.
Strawberry guava disadvantages: Smaller fruit, a little more astringent than lemon guava, a little more tart, and the fruit's red color might attract more birds/pests than yellow ones.

Lemon (yellow) guava advantages: slightly larger fruit, softer fruit, better fruit to seed ratio, sweeter.
Lemon guava disadvantages: Less vigorous plant, fruit doesn't keep as well on the counter.

I'd go with the lemon guava, but that's just my two cents from growing both varieties in Southern California.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: feijoa pineapple guava
« on: November 21, 2018, 11:29:29 PM »
Next time your feijoa blooms, try a few of the flower petals. Even if the fruit is mediocre, the petals should taste sweet and lightly perfumed. I don't know if the petal quality varies by variety like the fruit does, but the petals I've had off my Nazemetz and Coolidge have been delicious. They're a unique and often unknown quality of the plant.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Visiting Hawaii - Recommendations?
« on: June 01, 2018, 07:30:25 PM »
I don't know what the USDA guidelines for shipping cleaned seeds back are, but the Kapiolani Community College Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings and Frankie's nursery are both a sure bet for finding a diverse variety of locally grown tropical fruit.

The KCC farmer's market is the largest on the island. Frankie's has a stand, and I've seen everything from wax jambu to marang on it. But, Frankie's sells a TON of rare fruit at their nursery that you won't find at the market. I was there two years ago around this time, and they had Fukuda, Keitt and Rapoza mangos, bananas, mangosteen, rheedia, canistel, mafai, longan, and that was probably half of the selection.

I would also check out the other farmers' fruit at the market. A lot of it will be lychee and mango and you won't find grafted trees, but if you want fruit and seeds, those are the two places I'd go.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Green gold avocado tree
« on: May 14, 2018, 02:52:40 PM »
That's too bad about Epicenter. I was hoping to get a tree from them in the future. Good luck with yours!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Green gold avocado tree
« on: May 14, 2018, 01:12:59 PM »
You can also look at the 'varieties' page. I can't find an email or phone number for them but Epicenter seems like folks you might want to talk to.

I have some fresh Mahachanok scions sitting in the fridge.  Can someone give me a taste profile?   Have a friend who says they taste like a carrot.

Mark, the Mahachanok is a fantastic mango, going off the ones I got from Alex last summer. Fully ripened it is sweet, not much acid to speak of, with a hint of pine close to the skin. Your friend is correct about the presence of a carrot flavor, although in my opinion, it's more of a subtle undertone of carrot.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SoCal Papaya sources?
« on: January 30, 2018, 09:50:56 AM »
I have also had good luck germinating seeds from Aloha Seed. They will have the biggest selection by far.

I'd also check with Alex from Papaya Tree Nursery. It's a drive but he usually has a pretty good, albeit small, selection of papaya plants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's the name again ??
« on: November 17, 2017, 01:02:10 PM »
Sounds like a jujube to me.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: CA Keiit rootstock
« on: November 17, 2017, 12:58:51 PM »
Wow, that growth rate is unbelievable! The Petacon mango must be hard to come by, this is my first time hearing of it.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Passiflora species
« on: April 20, 2017, 08:51:38 PM » is where I get my seeds. Takes some clicking around to get to the full seed list, but it's worth it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where to buy mango tree in socal?
« on: January 02, 2017, 03:40:21 AM »
I have to second the LA stuff, if you're willing to drive.

I was at Champa just last week. Their selection is good but a little limited in variety because it's the winter season. I saw 10 or so varieties. Jimmy said they would have their full selection (>20) later in the spring. Mangos are 30% off at the moment and I picked up a very nice Pickering there. I don't remember seeing Nam Doc Mai or Kesar there but I would call Jimmy and ask. Also something to keep in mind, I believe everything at Champa is on Turpentine rootstock.

I was on the phone with Mimosa LA a few days ago and I was told they have some Nam Doc Mai on Manila rootstock. Have no idea if it's #4 or not. I was also told Mimosa also has some Glenn on Manila rootstock as well. I guess everything else is on Turpentine.

Can't speak to anything in OC, but good luck with your hunt!

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