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Tropical Fruit Discussion / No ordinary Garcinia dulcis
« on: November 20, 2020, 09:34:15 PM »
This morning while checking out what is around the parks and streets and monitoring where things are at some fruit were collected. othing special was seen.

Some G.dulcis and achachairus were around and look alright.

A roadside Garcinia caught my eye and it was unlike he dulcis and xanthochymus trees I had been looking at an hour earlier. It had big leaves that really hung down.

And fruit also

Wow these fruit are really good and better than other dulcis I have tried being sweet and peach like.This is how dulcis got its name the elusive truly sweet dulcis. A lucky find from a seeds out a car window maybe 30 years ago.It wasn't planted and is competing with native trees for sun and space.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Seeing Jackfrui everywhere
« on: November 14, 2020, 02:39:06 AM »

hey are in he markes, on he side of he road and even in parks around the town. My J33 jus had a fruit and they are getting better as the tree matures.

This one had superb flavour after being tree ripened.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Late Spring and mangoes and lychees have landed
« on: November 13, 2020, 11:00:02 PM »
Suddenly on cue in late Spring the mangoes and lychees have begun o appear. There isn't much choice yet and $Aus 4 to $8/kg is rude. When sobriety in pricing arrives I would still rather pick them from the park around the corner. I still bough a few Sam Ru Du mangoes.

Mangoes look ok. Bu lychees below are picked too green and FZS is double he price of tai so - Mauritius

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mystery Latin American Seedling
« on: November 13, 2020, 10:45:18 PM »
A goose incident where a bird accessed  a forbidden zone and pulled out id tags from germinating fruit trees has caused problems. 50 or so species shuffled, really tested me but there were errors.

This one has me perplexed and I just can't identify it. Does it ring any bells with anyone? I put the wrong tag in the pot.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / New Lychees keep on coming
« on: November 13, 2020, 05:03:01 AM »

On offer at some nurseries in eastern Australia are a number of new improved varieties. Here is an example where premium varieties are much more expensive to buy.There is much more going on than just erdon lee and seedless and this nursery seems to be dropping quite a few older varieties and doesn't even have fai zee siu. I am sure the same will will happen in California and Florida very soon and this could be a glimpse of the near future. Surprisingly they don' have 4 or 5 excellent varieties some other nurseries have.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / A heart of gold with wow factor.
« on: October 30, 2020, 05:15:25 AM »
Sometimes a single fruit makes you go wow. Not many soursops are as good as gold and none may be worth their weight in gold, but they aren't fools gold either. Planting one of these might make me a gold digger. Anyway today my brother brought a fruit to show me today that made me go wow. I know other people have experienced the same thing with a spectacular specimen and feast your eyes on this bouncing 8lber. From one side it looks a bit like a heart.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grimal and Flying Fox Incident
« on: October 24, 2020, 01:03:15 AM »
With a good crop of ripe fruit flying foxes took an interests a net was place over the tree but not secured at the top all the way around.

Last night flying foxes pulled the net most off and feasted.It is properly secured now and it takes some effort to minimize losses to wildlife.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Baccaurea pyriformis Yellow Tampoi road test
« on: October 23, 2020, 10:18:32 PM »

Mighty decent of city council to plant one of these in a public park.Burmese grapes are common and big tree in my street get loaded but this species is less common.i just tried some with Burmese grapes and I am.pleasantly surprised. They have extra zing but taste better by my reckoning.They also have purple seeds.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Great Custard Apple and Bernie's Tamarind
« on: October 16, 2020, 10:39:47 PM »
If I ever said a bad word about Annona reticulata I take it all back.This Russell's Selection is the best I have ever tried Sweet, grit free and of excellent taste. I also stumbled across a loaded Bernie's Tamarind.They taste like tamarind grannie Smith and a hint of tomato. A good mornings find.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / 23 days in the life of a jaboticaba tree
« on: October 16, 2020, 06:04:38 AM »
What can happen in 23 days? It is the gestation period of a Virginian Opossum, time take for bob white quails eggs to hatch and how long it would tale to watch every episode of survivor non stop. The day length at the sun's equator is over 24 days so it Is a bit longer for those wanting an astronomical context.
What about jaboticabas? 23 days ago my sabara had some flowers

My grimal had flower buds and then put on a show a few days later.

So what became of them? Well today in the spring twilight I took a pic of each. Firstly the Sabara has ripe fruit and the Grimal has the first ripe ones

They do mature and ripen more quickly in summer and more slowly in winter but this is about average for my trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Music helping plants grow?
« on: October 14, 2020, 07:21:56 AM »
While I may have been tentative with buying in to moon gardening I am keeping an open mind with musical gardening.
There actually seems to be some science supporting the notion that music can help plants grow. They seem to prefer more tranquil genres that heavy metal or say hip hop.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / New Annona varieties being bred
« on: October 14, 2020, 06:33:37 AM »
Much of the world refers to A.reticulata as bullocks heart or reticulata and atemoya as custard apple so when you look at some of these links keep that in mind. Seedless and red sugar apples have been used quite a bit in breeding as they pass on these traits pretty well. I have posted one of these reports before but for thos interested in new Annona development these may be of interest. Seedlessness, productivity, red colour and flavour are the big drivers and there is plenty going on all over the place. It makes the development of Tropic Sun and Maroochy Gold seem mundane.

I mentioned Allelopathy in another thread and thought it is worth talking about as an issue. The word has been around for 160 years or so and it relates to plants acting badly towards their neighbours. Some plants wilfully engage in chemical warfare to poison other plants, inhibit germination, ruin the soil and soil organisms for other plants (and this can last years). They can use their roots to stretch out and do the dirty work and it can be in their leaves and plants can even switch up or down the production rate depending on how much the individual is willing to invest.
Ever had a spot where nothing grows and you cant figure out why? Sometimes its because an allelopathic plants messed up the spot a long while ago. So which are these anti-social plants? Invasive weeds use this strategy to dominate with lantana a prime example and trees like Black Walnut are famous for it. Rice and peas also engage in this kinda behaviour. But what about fruit trees?
There is plenty of evidence and a growing list of problematic plants. Extracts from some fruit tree leaves can actually be used like herbicides. Mangoes ,lychees, passionfruit and strawberry/cherry guavas have all been implicated and had the finger pointed at them.
So what does this mean for the home garden? Should we keep other plants distant from these? I think the jury is out.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Passion for Passionfruit - Quest for the best
« on: October 12, 2020, 06:42:13 AM »
I am a passionfruit lover and have tried every P.edulis edulis and P.edulis flavicarpa I can lay my hands on. Locally everyone seems to have a variation and claim their one is the best and they are almost held in religious reverence. I scan the markets and try each type and even have put passionfruit showdowns on old threads here. Every form of panama red and gold and crosses I have sampled and even in Africa and SE Asia I tried all before me. I don't like them sour, or empty and enjoy richly flavoured sweet full fruit of good size.
I a few times have I ever said to myself WTF (whisky tango foxtrot) this is something special. One was with African Gold distributed by Limberlost Nursery    (nothing to do with Africa just as Panamas have nothing to do with that country) and another was with Ernie, a grey triangular fruit bred in Bloomfield allegedly and it kicks serious ass. A third time was with a selection from Russell who sadly passed away and is of Russell Sweet Garcinia notoriety. His passionfruit is excellent also and I tried it on the weekend.


You may remember me talking about Erdon Lee lychees before like the ones in my hand here. They sure are big and of high quality but so few trees are in circulation yet that getting a tree of my own has been difficult.
The Jumbo Seedless lychee is equally glamorous being a crisper type described as having a long shelf life and of excellent taste with a hint of pineapple.
The eagle has landed and I have Seedless and an Erdon Lee marcot after much effort. I don't know if I have enough room for both and I might be a fraction too warm for them so they might fruit only erratically as I need to get below 10c regularly in winter. I don't seem to be able to post pics in this response at the moment but will show you what I have.




Red Parwn

Two champion competition winners and a hero durian. Grown in the same home conditions at perfect ripeness and compared for eating quality in my opinion. When in a showdown would they go from champ to chump or hero to zero?

As it turns out all 3 were excellent with monthong being bigger with extra flesh yield. Both the Penang88 and Red prawn were perhaps more flavoursome and to be admired by the enthusiast with a cultured palate. The tastes were all very different and the two Malaysians came out on top, but I can't choose. Penang88 is the more productive of these varieties becoming festooned with fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dragonfruit keep getting better
« on: October 04, 2020, 09:02:59 PM »

I recently tried several dragonfruit that are heavy producing self fertile types with very rich taste profiles and they are sweet. Better than Physical graffiti, condor and American beauty? I have tried them and new ones seem better in many respects. 1kg fruit are not uncommon with these ones. Three are 2 or three others with purple skin or flesh that seem very good and I like the fruit from Jim West's yellow Ecuadorian also. Looks like back yard breeders are doing some good crosses.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dan, Jack, Az and the Durian hunt
« on: October 04, 2020, 07:50:35 PM »
Let me tell you about some good chums of mine.Az and Jack are brothers and best mate Dan are quite famous extreme spear fishers, who dive deep and hold their breath longer than mortals. Back 2 Basic Adventures is one avenue where you can see Az and Jack (special appearances by Dan). I will attached a 3.6 million views clip.

Here are the 3 thorns surrounded by their roses yesterday. Dan and AZ in the centre are about to embark on a month long cape York sea kayaking adventure so will be off the grid.

So what you say. They are also extreme fruit collectors of note with Jack and Az having a huge fruit farm in the family and Dan establishing an small orchard in Koah.

On a recent pre-covid trip to Borneo I asked them to hunt down a few rare durians of note including crosses. I will show some pix they sent while on their journey.


A few years ago I shared some plants with friends of Membrillos which I has grown from seeds received from Jim West in Ecuador. Now they are flowering and being appreciated for both flowers and being a handsome tree I am getting enquiries as to the taste of the fruit. Having never tried the fruit I'd thought some of the seasoned campaigners here may have the answers I need as published info is hazy. I think I should have kept one for myself.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Inca Gold found?
« on: October 02, 2020, 11:43:38 PM »

While grabbing a few fruit from around a few haunts this morning I almost overlooked something interesting.

Not the golden soursop

Big passionfruit or Russell's rollinia

But an abiu with virtually no latex, yellow very tasty flesh and a spherical shape. Although small the tree had not been looked after. Gray that Whitman spoke fondly about, the ass kicking Z4 and Z2 and even E4 can still be found here from collections originally made in Colombia and other places over 40 years ago. The best selections from those collections actually became those elite types but inca gold that was mentioned by a few people of that era and those events was lost. I was told it was yellow fleshed and basically like that in the picture and it was forgotten who grew it and what became of it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Can you pick these fruit trees?
« on: October 02, 2020, 10:23:00 PM »
Well chums I went around this morning and looked on sidewalks and in a public park and saw some fruit trees which may challenge a few with identification. There are some easy ones also. I will let you in a few surprise finds in another thread, I reckon no one on the planet except maybe Oscar could get all these correct.

There has been a persistent drought almost nationwide in Australia during 2019.Farmers are struggling, water is getting low in many places and people are losing more than just fruit trees in their gardens. It would be nice if 2020 bring widespread good falls.My best wishes go out to Australian growers and gardeners suffering with heat,drought and fires.
The crazy heatwaves have seen exceptionally high temperatures over millions of square kilometres and records are being set all over the place. A new average maximum temperature for the whole country for a single day was set at 41.9c yesterday. Tree crops have suffered very badly.
There have been catastrophic fire emergencies in most states with many farms in NSW burning. The extent of severe fire conditions has been more widespread than anything seen before.

In Australia we are seeing headlines about heat, drought and fires all the time lately and the above stories are just a few I grabbed quickly. People here are commenting on the extremes of weather experienced lately. I am wondering how many fruit growers have experienced extreme weather in recent times.It seems to be almost normal to have extreme weather.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Vietnamese Jackfruit
« on: December 18, 2019, 03:30:41 AM »
Just had a piece of one of the best jackfruit I've ever tried.It has a luscious taste of lemon and pineapple has almost no latex and seems like a winner.

The seeds are small like peanuts and the fruit is small also.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Juicy pearls in season again
« on: December 18, 2019, 03:16:25 AM »
Juicy Pearls are in fruit later than the starapples and are a great fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Kasturi and imbe in the park
« on: December 13, 2019, 07:54:52 PM »
A stroll in a local park yielded some kasturi and imbe and there were other fruit trees..

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