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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Lemon drop mangosteen fruit free
« on: June 15, 2019, 09:14:43 PM »
The title says it all, except local So. Flo (southeast, Broward co.) pickup only... no exceptions, I dislike the postal service just a bit less than a root canal, not gonna happen, don't ask :-)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / ELEVEN years waiting for my sweetheart
« on: June 12, 2019, 02:55:50 PM »
I toyed with the idea of chopping my sweetheart after it was in the ground a number of years, and BSBULLIE (Rob) advised me to have patience with the sweetheart.

Well, I'm FINALLY done waiting, I ate so many today after a 6 mile bike ride I have a stomach ache! :-)

They're nice and BIG many larger than a ping-pong ball. Just when my GF goes out of town for 2 weeks, she can't have any.

Thanks for the advice Rob!

Anyway, I have a question, how long will they keep in the fridge?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / First Mango this year
« on: May 26, 2019, 10:56:41 PM »
My Madame Francis gave up a dozen today. I brought them to my GF's house and we had them for dessert. They were so refreshing after a winter of a lot of unripe store bought fruit we all relished them. 

Are there any other cultivars ripening?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Free canistel seedlings
« on: April 30, 2019, 05:42:06 PM »
I have a number of Fairchild #2 seedlings, Local So.Flo pickup only, PM me if interested.

PS, they are from the crop of 2018, and are about one foot tall for grafting root stock or take your chances growing them for fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tree bounty so far
« on: April 13, 2019, 12:06:03 AM »
The Jabo are gone, the mulberry are in full swing and the custard apple have been delish, two more left on the tree and even a few more canistel and starfruit are left.

Bananas are coming and sapodilla as usual are maddeningly S-L-O-W. Peach, pineapple and mango coming along nicely.

Ten years ago I envisioned this and I am happy I found this place to help it come to "fruition".

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Free green Sapote
« on: March 30, 2019, 01:18:13 PM »
I have a green sapote that's been in ground since 2011, had a few fruits, but I'm pulling it out.

If anyone in So. Flo wants it bring a shovel and large container and it's yours, it gets the chop next week.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / First custard apple
« on: March 24, 2019, 07:27:02 PM »
Thanks all for the guidance on when the fruit ripens. Last year it seemed so long that the fruit "should" have been ripe but they were not.

The first fruit was creamy with just a hint of grittiness. My gf and I loved it. I know it's not a "top fruit" but I am happy I planted it in may 2016.

I cannot post a pic of the fruit from android but will when I get to a "real" computer.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Garlic
« on: March 17, 2019, 01:50:41 PM »
One of my garlic bulbs sprouted and my GF encouraged me to plant the 8 sprouted cloves saying home grown garlic is GR8!

So now that I have a little garlic farm going, is anyone else growing garlic?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Anyone handy with Win/DOS scripts?
« on: March 10, 2019, 01:18:35 PM »
In another thread, a well known participant of these pages lost a lot of data from a computer glitch.

I've been a computer professional all my life and I use a dos batch / script to update my 1TB external drive and thumb stick daily.

It uses less than 4 kilobytes of disk space, uses no memory resources, and needs no installation. It's completely unobtrusive to the OS and does only what the user tells it to do. It's also menu driven and impossible to mess anything up, it has a number of error checking processes that make it an easy backup scheme to use.

After an initial backup which depending on the volume of data you have AND the USB spec your machine and drives support it will take seconds to update your data daily.

I have roughly 106 gigabytes backed up that I can ill afford to lose, which is the reason I wrote it.

So, if anyone here knows how to modify a simple text file with the location of their data and the destination drive letters, I'll send it to you via Email. Since Email may have problems with a filename with a .cmd suffix, I would send it as a .txt (text) file and it can be modified and renamed by you.

I don't know how the board administrators would like it but since it's only text I could copy it in a post here also.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jabo 2019
« on: March 08, 2019, 01:04:00 PM »
I just finished picking the Jabo tree, it gave me my best crop ever over 20 lbs!

Recipes / Hot air fryers
« on: February 27, 2019, 06:21:35 AM »
You've likely seen the air fryer commercials with the excited salesman and the eager and supportive female shill, no?

I've been curious about their "claims" since watching the first commercial. I then started deliberately watching some of the l-o-n-g infomercials wondering if any of it was true.

So, before Christmas at a party the hostess had several veggie and sausage dishes made in an air fryer, and others at the party had them and I was impressed with them. Did the stuff have that "finger lickin' good" flavor? Nope but good enough to get an entry level model @~$99 for my GF.

The "cook book" that comes with them is really just a pamphlet, and I found most of the cook temps and times could not yield decent meats or chicken. OTOH, veggies were pretty straightforward and if you watched them closely and diddle a bit with the time and cook temp till you got the hang of say french fries they turned out excellent if you flip the contents often enough for an even cook consistency across the batch. Mixing sweet potatoes and Idahos are a different story. Start the sweet ones well before dumping in the Idahos and you'll save time.

Meats and fish are more of a hassle to get right. but I liked the results enough to get an "XL" sized model during the after Christmas sale.

Following the cook pamphlet (or "dashboard" recommendations) and getting that golden fried look AND having meat or fish come out anything resembling the informercials will not happen, that is unless you experiment. Also the commercials lead you to believe the air fryers are a set and forget machine. Nope, air frying takes about as much effort as frying in oil BUT it does take less time.

Most of them recommend start and finish temperatures too low. A "LIGHT" spray of cooking oil on breaded chicken and playing with the highest start temps (400 degrees the highest they go) for the first (or last actually) portion of the cook time (say the first/last third) and lowering/raising it to the recommended temp for the rest of the cook time will get you a nice finished color. Regular turning and moving the meat around the basket will get you evenly cooked and juicy meat.

Once comfortable with veg and Chicken, fish are less of a problem but experimenting with time (generally less than recommended depending on fillet thickness) and cook temperatures will get you some good fish.


You get what you pay for. The smaller models may have what looks like a stainless grille pressed into the basket. These are a chore to clean.

The XL model I bought has the cook "basket" made of one piece perforated metal, this type cleans up in a few seconds. Add to that your stove / cook area stays clean without oil splashing all over the place and there's very little if any sticky vapor coming out of it! They're great for busy (or lazy like I can be) people.

Spoiler alert!!!

Meat and fish simply will never (IMO) be as good as greasy fried food, but I find it satisfying that I'm no longer glopping greasy meat down my gullet any more.

On a similar note I am using a microwave bacon maker (the type with three "T" type hangers) for years now, and the bacon is every bit as good as fried, just less greasy, but they are a PITA to clean.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / First purple custard apples
« on: January 27, 2019, 07:48:55 PM »
This year my tree has done pretty well and has a number of nicely colored fruit. Last year it had one fruit but I think I picked it too late because the fruit was very dry.

So that begs the question what am I looking for to tell if the fruit is ripe. The segments are not like sugar apple which swell and soften when ripe.

Ordinarily my summer carambola are better than the later crops but this year the carambola have been so very bland with near zero perceives sweetness. I have added a sprinkle of sugar or splenda to every one I ate to make them palatable.

My papaya are coming out HUGE and in great quantity but again unlike other winters they are decidedly bland.

Is anyone else having less than wonderful fruits this winter?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Soursop exploding in blooms
« on: December 07, 2018, 06:01:26 PM »
My soursop has been in the ground for 4 years bought as a large 7 gallon in September 2014. It has flowered with one or two blooms every year which all died. So I just kind of ignored it for the last two years, throw some fertilizer on it when I did the rest of my trees, same with water, but I didn't bother to examine it for flowers. This year there are a lot of blooms and I'm hoping it's matured enough to hold onto at least ONE fruit!

Now watch a cold snap kill all of the flowers :-(

Anyone else have a stubborn soursop?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How long for a papaya to...
« on: October 12, 2018, 01:28:15 AM »
I have no fewer than 4 papaya growing in my yard within a few feet (no doubt from fallen fruit) of two that I took down more than two years ago. What's up with that? I'm hesitant to let them get more than 1 or 2 batches of fruit because the "parents" were like sequoia trees. One was 15"+ (in diameter) at the base of the tree and over 20 feet high when I took it down.

I guess I'm perplexed on the seeds staying dormant for so long and suddenly coming alive and fruiting, has anyone else experienced such delayed germination from Paps?

PS. There are no papaya trees in my area, and if there were, I'd suspect their seeds would be located / dropped by animals in spots other than the near exact locations of my 2 long gone trees.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Pickling hot cherry peppers
« on: October 09, 2018, 03:54:23 PM »
My GF and I found a large supply of red (colored) hot cherry peppers and we tried pickling them with mixed results. There are so many recipes out there with wildly variable ingredients and processes I thought I'd ask if any of you have a decent recipe for pickling hot cherry peppers. Nearby barrel pickle places sell them for  about 9.50 a quart, and the peppers are softish, and have all of the seeds still intact on the attached stem. These are the types we are trying to duplicate.

Here's what we tried with mixed results:

For 2 lbs of red cherry peppers(I don't care for green ones)

1 whole small to medium garlic peeled and diced
3/4 teaspoon Peppercorns
4 cups White wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
3 tsp of sugar
3 bay leaves
2-3 tsp of salt
3/4 tsp powdered mustard seed

We cleaned and speared the peppers to allow the brine in, and cooked the whole peppers in the brine until the peppers started to soften, then put them in canning jars.

Online some recipes call for NO cooking the peppers in the brine, using 100% vinegar (no water), bayleaf, or sugar and I don't know what to add or leave in.

I'd say compared to the barrel pickle places we're about 80% of the way there, but ours were VERY hot (A good thing) and a bit firmer, but not as flavorful as the barrel guys.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Odd off topic questions
« on: September 04, 2018, 10:16:12 PM »
I have been pressure cleaning my roof and I am not using any chemicals to get the roof mold / fungus off. When its done I am thinking of using a light mist of coppercide in the pressure  cleaner to kill the last of the stubborn hold out and wondered.

Since there are copper strips sold to inhibit roof growth, how an annual spray of coppercide might help keep the roof clean? 

Anyone tried this?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Banner year for sugar apples
« on: August 10, 2018, 01:27:19 PM »
It's been a L-O-N-G wait but this summer I am FINALLY getting to enjoy my sugar apples. Yesterday I picked nearly 20 lbs of fruit and more is still coming from both trees. It has been 4 to 6 years for them to get to this point but it was well worth the wait.  Now if only my soursop and custard apple would catch up I'd be in annona heaven.

Jeez I never expected this long of a wait.

Citrus General Discussion / Red lime falling off
« on: August 08, 2018, 05:02:58 PM »
My red lime fruits are falling off the tree at ~35% yellow colored. All three are in containers, not root bound, and have no signs of water or sun stress... all are in partial shade. Any ideas why?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Southern grapes
« on: August 08, 2018, 03:41:54 PM »
Going on 8 years ago I planted 4 Muscadine grape vines, two each "Noble" and an un-named deep purple. Until this year, the 4 vines were very stingy, but this year has been a blockbuster. Most every day I go out and while I'm tending my yard, I eat grapes. So many in fact that I suspect the by the time I eat the last one this summer, I won't THINK about grapes again until next year!

The Noble are large, and very sweet, the un-named types are much smaller like a concord. Even folks who are spoiled by the northern grapes like the concord have relished the ones I bring there. My GF even made marmalade (and most other fruits I bring there) from them.

Funny, one of my Noble vines has stealthily invaded my Kari Carambola and they are both looking very happy about it :-)

So, how are grapes doing in the south this year for TFF members?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jackfruit marmelade?
« on: July 23, 2018, 10:16:28 AM »
WOW! My gf just made marmelade with one of my gold nuggets and added juice from one of my red limes. Holy cow!

We have to go buy some more canning jars!

Anyone else made this?

Citrus General Discussion / Red lime first taste
« on: July 22, 2018, 08:11:31 AM »
I now have three red lime trees, two are rather small at less than two feet each, one is still in a pot, over five feet tall and producing many fruit.

Some are dropping prematurely, currently they have a bit more than a hint of yellow / orange color skin  and the inside is pale / light orange colored. I expect the worst and accept the best when it comes to fruit I have not tried before and I was surprised that such juvenile undeveloped fruits had such a nicely distinctive flavor.

Definitely more on the (less than sweet) orange flavored side with a hint of limey bitterness. The more green than orange skin was inedible... so far. Overall if the flavor develops as I hope it will I see a great many uses for these fruits in the future. I plan on giving one of my little trees to a friend who is just starting to plant out a nice large lot.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Gold nugget jaks $5 each
« on: July 19, 2018, 05:31:11 PM »
I have a tree full of gold nugget jaks and they are $5 each ANY size, 2 for 5 on smaller ones.

So. Flo only (north broward) you pick the ones you want.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ice cream mango
« on: July 14, 2018, 05:49:38 AM »
I acquired an "Ice Cream" a couple of years ago from a forum member and this year it held three fruit to ripen on the tree. I was pleasantly surprised at it. The flesh is soft, sweet, with a hint of spicy pine flavor. I now look forward to the crop next season, and rather than keep it in the container, I just may put it in the ground.

Are there any other fans of this cultivar?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / pineapple top planting
« on: June 29, 2018, 02:55:40 AM »
Sorry in advance for the long post :-)

I've been planting pineapple tops after rooting in water for 10 years or so with great success and have slowly increased the size of my patch from one to nearly 20 producing 7-8 pineapples each summer. This time of year I start to replant the few slips and suckers from my pineapple plants to replace the plants that will be pulled after fruiting. I want to grow my pineapple patch by more than double and will need over 20 new plants to do it. 

To that end a local market that sells bagged, peeled and sliced pineapple and they let me take tops when I go there while they are cutting them. I read somewhere that if the center leaves pull out easily, the plant is dead and will not root so I throw those away and root the rest in water. Yes I know some folks plant them directly in the ground without rooting first but every one I planted directly either died outright or was severely stunted compared to those I rooted in a glass of water.

Of the tops the store lets me take, most will have the center leaves pull out easily making my 20+ new plants an elusive target. 

If they are not dead with the leaves being pulled easily I could quickly increase the size of my patch. BTW... sometimes they get white jade samples in but so far only one of the few I got was "viable" according to lore I read, Funny all of the white jade they got in were VERY GREEN on the outside, the fruit was very hard and acidic and not edible compared to my deep yellow to orange store bought tops. I'm guessing the were harvested way too early.

So the question is, are the tops really dead if leaves pull out easily?

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