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found this huge (780g/1,72p) lemon in Gran Canaria. Very thin rind, sour but not too sour, salty, very juicy. All fruits look the same, seeds do not look like lemon seeds. Vendor says the only thing special about it is that it was grafted on "wild orange".
Most giant lemons i know are just rind and no juice. This one seems a very good lemon for lemonade or lots of juice. Is it a named variety or sth new?


found this huge (780g/1,72p) lemon in Gran Canaria. Very thin rind, sour but not too sour, salty, very juicy. All fruits look the same, seeds do not look like lemon seeds. Vendor says the only thing special about it is that it was grafted on "wild orange".
Most giant lemons i know are just rind and no juice. This one seems a very good lemon for lemonade or lots of juice. Is it a named variety or sth new?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Where to hunt for rare fruits in West Malaysia
« on: December 28, 2019, 11:00:41 AM »
Found over 400 fruit species in Borneo a year ago, my most succesfull fruit trip so far:
 This time i am going to West Malaysia starting from new years eve. Where shall i look for fruits (wild durian species, durian cultivars, rare jungle fruits)? Where is the fruit season in January? And most important are they some fruits enthusiasts there who would like to meet and help me hunting down the rarest fruits?
Looking forward to any tips.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Chirimoya Soursoup hybrid sold in Spain?
« on: December 06, 2019, 06:07:32 AM »

This was sold as "chiriguana" on the market of Santa Cruz/Tenerife. The vendor explained me that it is a chirimoya/guanabana hybrid. To me it tastes like a chirimoya with a hint of boiled corn. I suspect it is either a chirimoya with bumps/spines (not uncommon around here) or an atemoya. Please help with id and if someone wants seeds i saved some.


just compiled three playlists from short trips this year:

-Fruits of Cote Azur, Monaco and Italian Riviera: Mostly subtropical fruits grown at the same latitude as Southern Canada:

-Fruits of Naples/Amalfi: Mostly lemons, giant citrons and kumquat hybrids:

Fruits of Marburg botanic garden: Greenhouse fruits as well as some amazing collections grown on a windy mountaintop in zone 7a:

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Feral columnar plum trees
« on: November 14, 2019, 06:50:51 AM »
I found a group of plum trees from suckers in Heidelberg/Germany and assumed that they are damson plum (Prunus domestica ssp insititia) They all had a very slender growth form (usually more than 10x as tall than wide). since they were growing close together i attributed that to competition. Since then i have seen them several times growing from suckers from rootstock and they were always incredibly slender even when growing with enough space between them. Here is the original video:

Since the fruits are pretty good and the plants are obviously very vigorous i wonder what the variety (always used for rootstock) is and if it would be worth promoting it for small gardens

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Persea americana or schiedeana
« on: November 12, 2019, 07:40:12 AM »
bought some long avocado from the Dominican republic in an ethnic Indian shop in Germany. The biggest fruit there were 1,2 kg or 2,64 pound. Not sure about the variety. Could it be Persea schiedeana? Or if not can anyone guess the variety?

Thank you.

just finished uploading my playlists Of about 500 fruit species i ate in Borneo and Java during four months.

Fruit in Borneo/Kalimantan:

Fruit in Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) only:

Fruit in Sarawak (in Malaysian Borneo):

Fruit in Java:

Over 150 videos are still private because i have not yet identified lots of the wild jungle fruit i ate. Is there somebody willing to help me id lots of Garcinia, Baccaurea, Ficus, Xanthophyllum, Willughbeia and other fruit species, some very tasty, mostly from the Borneo jungle? I would be very grateful for that.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rare fruit locations Tenerife
« on: September 18, 2019, 06:25:48 AM »
Im going fruit hunting on Tenerife in Nov.  Can you tell me the best botanic gardens, parks, farms, nurseries? And are there any TFF members there willing to meet and share some experience? Also, i have been travelling in mountain areas of Borneo and SE-Asia and i am looking for someone ( preferably on the north coast or Anaga/Teno) willing to try growing fruit like mountain durian, Artocarpus, garcinia, rambutan in Tenerife.

I have already been to the Botanico, the Higuela, Sitio Litre, Jardin Aquatico, Garcia Sanabria and the Palmetum and know about Hamilton Gardens, Tigaiga gardens,Victoria gardens, la Constitution and la Granha. Im even more interested in tropical fruit farms and nurseries and most of all in fruit addicts like me.
Thank you in advance☺️

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sending seeds to USA?
« on: September 08, 2019, 10:21:22 AM »
Some time ago i posted a video about a loquat seedling with superiour fruit size and taste which is fruiting every year in Germany:

Now someone from S Carolina wants some seeds. I know the US have very strict quarantine rules. Can i send loquat seeds to the US legally?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best places for fruit hunting in S France
« on: August 23, 2019, 01:56:20 AM »
going to S France next week. Lyon and then s towards the Mediterranean or sw towards the ocean. Any ideas about good places to find rare fruit (best botanic gardens, fruit farms, nurseries, arboretums, tropical fruit forum members, shops)?
Thank you

a couple years ago i stumbled by accident upon the small village of St Martin in Germany. Their priest had the daring idea to plant all the plants mentioned in the Bible around the church. In Germany!
They were more successful than i would ever dream managing to grow olives, pistaccio trees, carob snd many more without any protection exept the mild microclimate. Check that out:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Reliable loquat for zone 8
« on: July 01, 2019, 06:02:18 AM »
found the perfect Loquat for temperate climate. Seems to belong to the Japanese type of varieties with whitish soft tasty flesh. Was brought from Brazil as a fruit and has been growing and fruiting regularly in Heidelberg/Germany (USDA zone 8a, now rather 8b) for almost 10 years

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Garcinia id
« on: June 15, 2019, 07:43:44 AM »
can you please id this Garcinia from a Borneo forest?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ripe figs in Germany in May
« on: May 21, 2019, 09:09:25 PM »
due to the mild winter now we have a lot of out of season fruit here in zone 7-8 in Germany. But what blew my mind were the ( not very good) ripe figs on two trees in mid May.
 Here the fig season does not start before August in normal years.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Wild longan relative id
« on: May 17, 2019, 04:50:12 AM »

Found this Sapindaceae in a remote Borneo forest

Looks similar to a longan. Any ideas?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jungle fruit tastes like sweet potato
« on: May 13, 2019, 07:44:02 AM »

Found this amazing fruit in Belaga, Borneo (tastes like cooked sweet potato)

Found it on the market and later in the jungle, too. No idea what it is but someone suggested Xanthophyllum. Any ideas?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tasty Borneo Baccaurea
« on: May 12, 2019, 01:01:03 AM »
another tasty Borneo fruit i can not identify. This time a huge Baccaurea with dandruff on the rind and translucent arils.

Please help id.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Thai eggplant id
« on: May 08, 2019, 07:21:00 AM »
here some confusing eggplants from Thailand.

My questions (internet just cunfused me more):

- The pea eggplant (Solanum torvum?) is very different from the one eaten in Java. Are they two separate species?

-The green eggplant (S. virginianum?) Is smaller than the S. virginianum i know, tastes differently and has no green stripes. Could it be a hybrid with pea eggplant?

-Could the purple eggplant be a hybrid between udumalped eggplant and pea or thai eggplant?

All the other eggplants i mentioned are here (if i id them right):

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Native rainforest grapes
« on: May 07, 2019, 08:24:08 AM »
found some edible grapes in the Borneo jungle.

 I read that there are related species in America. Are those edible, too?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lychee like jungle fruit id
« on: May 06, 2019, 07:18:28 AM »
found this fruit in a remote Borneo jungle. Looks like a yellow lychee. Any ideas?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / mango id
« on: May 04, 2019, 01:41:02 PM »

i know this is next to impossible but do you have an idea what mango i bought here in Borneo. seemed to be sth from small scale local production

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Please id this sour Borneo eggplant
« on: April 30, 2019, 06:50:28 AM »
I used to think that the sour Borneo eggplant is Solanum ferox and made a few videos abou it:

Recently somebody questioned that and i think they might have a point:

S. ferox seems to be a small hairy fruit used as a medicine in wide parts of Asia.

The people of Borneo insist that their sour eggplant is exclusively found on the island, it is larger, with a smooth shiny surface, a pleasent sour taste, a tough thin skin and is used as a common vegetable in Borneo/Kalimantan.

A great plant which should be cultivated throughout the tropics because its taste is nothing like the other Solanum species i know.

Has anyone eaten the small hairy S. ferox from Asia or the sour Borneo eggplant and do you have any info if they are the same or not?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Inedible Durio graveolens variety
« on: April 29, 2019, 07:51:57 AM »
found some huge rock hard Durio graveolens in Borneo.

Obviously not edible. But i can not find out the name. Any ideas?

Since some folks were interested as to what exotic fruit trees you can grow outdoors in Germany I decided to share a few. Here is a video of an outdoors Poncirus trifoliata flowering opposide of Heidelberg castle

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