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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Hurricane Humberto
« on: September 14, 2019, 06:07:03 PM »

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Trinidad: Everbearing Julie Mango
« on: September 06, 2019, 05:32:43 PM »
So I met a guy from Trinidad yesterday who claims the tree in his mother’s yard bears all year. Never heard of such so wondering if anyone at that latitude or otherwise has witnessed such a big phenomenon. It begs the question, what would be inducing multiple blooms in that climate.

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There are a significant number if people here planting mango from seed.  Tear through enough seeds are you will confirm plants that are normally mono can throw poly seeds and vice versa.  I am curious if anyone is attempting / tracking / or close to fruiting one of these seeds: specifically what does a poly tree spitting a mono seed do and vice versa.  Of course, one result won't be definitive but for those seeking the 'off types' from elite mango varieties to begin the next elite generation, its another path...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mangifera Indica is a myth
« on: July 11, 2019, 10:43:35 AM »
Another of many threads from recent conversation with Dr Campbell: He has a theory that what we call m. Indica is actually just descendant of wild Borneo mangoes.  I am paraphrasing but he indicated he will probably do a paper at some point which details what we think of as India vs. SE Asian mango as actually having common origin in Borneo.  If true, this would shatter common wisdom that India is mango’s birthplace.

Incidentally, he has several wild mangoes growing in his front yard. One was found within six feet of the ocean, essentially growing in sand and must have its feet in salt water...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sierra Leone Mango Project On YouTube
« on: July 06, 2019, 11:50:06 AM »
Chris at Truly Tropical has become a tremendous friend and mentor to be this past 8 years.  It was mainly through her, plus Sheehan and Dr. Noris Ledesma’s efforts I was able to acquire the best of the best. Please share.

https://youtu.be/BDJOQc_2H3s

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango Tasting Event - Central Florida
« on: July 01, 2019, 08:29:55 AM »
I strongly caution any diabetics.

South Florida's gourmet mangoes have been delivered Central Florida. 

In Lake Mary, on Sunday July 7th from 5-7pm we'll enjoy +25 elite varieties.  Probably a lot more. 

Only 10 seats available.  Booking required on first come, first serve basis. 

Pricing $50.  Prices spin up with first booking at $25.  Second at $30.  Third at $35.  Fourth at $40.  5th at $45.  Capped at $50. 

Booking via PM and Paypal.

Part proceeds to http://www.hopeacademy.sl/

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Question: Are you guys seriously ready for this?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / The Truth About Kryptonite Mango
« on: June 29, 2019, 06:02:28 PM »
So I’ve spent  5 hours with Richard Campbell between yesterday and today.  Among the storylines, and there were many, he says Kryptonite is Kathy is K-3.

We had one today that was perfectly ripe and excellent.   

Even Sheehan would have eaten it.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Raw Honey Mango
« on: June 19, 2019, 09:05:30 AM »
Has anyone heard of a Zill mango fruit called Raw Honey?

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You may recall last year I made an epic journey, transporting 35 mango trees from Florida to Hope Academy for Girls School in Sierra Leone.  33 survived.  The trees are the first plants to go into the school for underprivileged girls botanical garden run by my mother in law.  I've since added trees from Malaysia too.  The school receives zero government funds. Paying staff and running the school is purely by donations.  In a country where 9 in 10 girls don't finish high school, it is sorely needed.  Right now the garden, a source of income for the school,  is wide open and at risk.  I need your help.  I've setup a fundraiser to build the perimeter wall than will protect the garden and the school.  My team will be taking the plunge in chilly waters this February to raise money.  Please donate to protect our Zill mango trees and more...today!

https://go.rallyup.com/me/71e602

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango seed germination absent sprout
« on: September 15, 2018, 04:51:54 PM »
I potted up mango seeds in scores late July.  >90% have skyrocketed. Went to reuse the few pots showing no activity and 6 of the 9 actually had viable seeds still there. All had roots, were green/white and one had roots all the way out the pot.  But no six weeks and no stem sited. 

Have you seen this before?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Hurricane Florence
« on: September 04, 2018, 12:37:54 PM »
In the next few days we’ll have a better idea if this will affect us or not.

http://weather.bm/maps/TropicalStormInfo.asp?WTNTnum=WTNT21&201894173620

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I heard polyembryonic mango seeds can send up as many as 20 shoots. I have a Cac seed currently with 14. What is the most you have seen?

Footnote: has anyone noticed Cac leaves are uneven widths left to right?  The leaf’s dividing line is off centre.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango Terroir - The Next Frontier
« on: August 08, 2018, 07:11:03 AM »
Not a horror show.

“terroir

tɛrˈwɑː,French tɛrwar/Submit
noun
noun: terroir
the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate.
the characteristic taste and flavour imparted to a wine by the environment in which it is produced.
noun: goût de terroir; plural noun: goût de terroirs”

Where fruit cultivars vary widely in character and further vary widely by growing conditions, terroir is relevant. I say specifying conditions required to produced specific results - flavor, texture, sweetness etc - is the next frontier for gourmet mango growers (and other fruits).

No better place to start that among the world’s premier resource, right here.

What have you noticed makes the difference with a specific mango?  Things that can be controlled would be ideal to note.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Future's Florida Fruit Feast 8
« on: July 16, 2018, 07:26:28 PM »
We are at it for the 8th consecutive year.  Will drop some notes here from time to time.

In 2017 we did this: http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=24650.msg289994#msg289994

This year we are doing this:

PPK
Gary
Dot
Ice Cream
Pickering
Sunrise
Cac
Sweet Tart
Fairchild
Neelam
Mallika
Juliette
Kaeli K
Sia Siam
Zill indochinese
Glenn
East Indian
Rumani
Kesar
Orange Sherbert
Graham
Dupuis Saigon
Beverly
Simmons
Piña colada
Venus
Kathy
Pram Kai mea
Cushman
Lemon Zest
Golden Queen
Maha Chanok
Jakarta
Carrie
36-8 (unreleased)
Perez
Sugarloaf
O-15
Super Julie
Creme Brûlée
Julie
Coconut Cream
Ice Cream
Cotton Candy
Seacrest (Triple Sec)
Perez (a family heirloom)
Edgar
Pineapple Pleasure
Duncan
Honey Kiss
Fruit Punch
Glenn
Maha Chanok

And maybe, this

http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=28864.msg326693#msg326693




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So here's the thing.  Those who know me know I enjoy mangoes as much as anyone.  This year sees Future's Florida Fruit Feast 8 kickoff.  I flew to Miami on Friday, met with Cookie Monster straight from the airport.  Saturday morning, first Squam's, then Truly Tropical.  Sunday: Walter Zill then later I connected with Sleepdoc.  This morning was my final stop, Zills Nursery.  At every stop my daughter complained I bought too much...

What did I secure?  Well....since 2011 I have tried a ridiculous number of various.  For the last few years I've kept a mental list of my top 50 mangoes.  This year I bought no less than 30 from that list, plus a bunch more.  Including...

PPK
Gary
Dot
Ice Cream
Pickering
Sunrise
Cac
Sweet Tart
Fairchild
Neelam
Mallika
Juliette
Kaeli K
Sia Siam
Zill indochinese
Glenn
East Indian
Rumani
Kesar
Orange Sherbert
Graham
Dupuis Saigon
Beverly
Simmons
Piña colada
Venus
Kathy
Pram Kai mea
Cushman
Lemon Zest
Golden Queen
Maha Chanok
Jakarta
Carrie
36-8 (unreleased)
Sugarloaf
O-15
Super Julie
Creme Brûlée
Julie
Coconut Cream
Ice Cream
Cotton Candy
Seacrest (Triple Sec)
Perez (a family heirloom)
Edgar
Pineapple Pleasure
Duncan
Honey Kiss
Fruit Punch
Glenn
Maha Chanok

If you have had any of these, you know world class mango.  If not, well this might be your chance.  Today I drove to Lake Mary, where I will be for the next week.  I am considering hosting a private tasting to share mango joy.  Yes, I spent a small fortune flying in, hotel, car rental and a boat load of mangoes.  What's the catch?  Well in 2017 my mother in law started a school for underprivileged girls in the west African nation of Sierra Leone.  She set aside 1 acre on the 5 acre plot for a botanical garden, only the 3rd in the entire country.  Of course she recruited me to set it up.  So in May we made an epic journey taking 35 top tier barerooted mango trees across the Atlantic.  All survived except one.  It was an amazing experience and success.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BkQ8cBzg3cT/?taken-by=hopeacademysl

But, I need your help.  You see, the property is currently unfenced and we need to raise money to build one.  In tropical developing countries, unprotected fruits are basically considered free.  And theft would crush our ability to generate the revenue needed to keep the school going.  Currently only 1 in 10 girls in this area complete high school.  This school is changing that.

So, this idea would be the first step toward raising money to fence in Hope Academy's Botanical Garden.

If you are in the Orlando / Winter Park or other place within driving distance and interesting in attending a private tasting and making a donation toward this fun(d) raiser...let me know.

This idea just came to me so I have no idea on a venue (suggestions welcomed) but the date would most likely be this weekend.

Of course I can only offer what mangoes are ripe on the day and no guarantees as to what that is...

Cast your vote now...


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Malaysia Adventure
« on: July 05, 2018, 08:24:17 AM »
I've been in Penang (off mainland Malaysia) for a week, first time.  Enjoyed durian, lychee, red and yellow rambutan, snake fruit, mango, mangosteen, cempadek and cempajack.  Don't have much time to blog or upload lots of pictures but will drop a few things here. 

Arrived in Kuching (Makaysia, Sarawak, Borneo) today.  Went to the MJC night market and...terap, cempadek, huge mango that actually tastes quite good and is fiberless...huge soursop, engkala plus an offseason surprise...durian.  I was advised it wouldn't be in season in Kuching. 

Never had terap before so will try it in the morning.  It smells.  Not as strong as durian but definitely had to put it outside.

I'll drop some more notes when I have a minute.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Zero Chill/Tropical Mango Flowering
« on: June 13, 2018, 06:57:53 PM »
I recently started a major mango project in the West African tropics.  During my visit, mango season was prolific.  I also noticed trees with still maturing fruit and new blooms. Given no cold fronts, my guess is a very long dry spell (>6 months with about 2 inches of rain) will enable two crops this year.  Remains to be seen if a second crop would be viable given rains are so torrential (10-20 inches a month for 4-5 months).

So my question, for those in the true tropics;

how long does it take for your mangoes to flower once seasonal dry period begins?

What has been your experience with multiple crops?

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I see a few had this to trade and some have historically had it on their wishlist.  Is anyone actually growing it?  Looks quite nutritious, productive and drought hardy.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Seeking FL mango trees
« on: May 02, 2018, 05:34:05 PM »
Looking for small (less than 3 ft, ideally 1 gallon) to buy

Ivory
M4
Mun Khunsee
Cotton Candy
Dupuis Saigon
Ewais
Orange Essence
Dasheri
Anwar Ratol

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / TransAtlantic Bare-root Mango trip
« on: April 26, 2018, 07:12:35 PM »
In a month I will take mango trees across the great water, bare root.  (Florida to West Africa). Never done this before. Transit time will be about 48 hours from bare root to replanting so I don't expect any but am open to suggestions from those with experience.  Raining season is just starting and I am relying on it (no irrigation).  The big vision begins...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / July 2018 Visiting Malaysia: Penang, Kuching
« on: January 21, 2018, 05:46:02 PM »
Inspired by yearofthedurian.com blog this July we'll be in Penang and Kuching for one week each.  The blog is comprehensive on all things Durian and beyond, so we have mapped out many spots.  However, any advice from prior travelers or locals is appreciated!

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I have organic agave tequiliana seeds for sale. Yes the plant produce agave syrup...or tequila. 

Plants are said to be able to produce up to 55 gallons of agave syrup.  That would retail for $1550!

$10 for 10 seeds plus shipping.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Agave tequiliana
« on: December 16, 2017, 05:06:37 PM »
I have organic agave tequiliana seeds for sale. Yes the plant produce agave syrup...or tequila.

Plant produces upwards of 55 gallons of agave.  That would retail at $1,550!

$10 for 10 seeds plus shipping. 

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