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Tropical Fruit Discussion / An excellent Rollinia
« on: February 26, 2021, 10:32:16 PM »
Some of the Annona enthusiasts may recall I posted a picture of Russells Rollinia Selection a few months ago. It was one of the best I ever tried. It is in the sputnik style (deliciosa style) with great taste and few seeds. Below is a pic of that rollinia.

Today a chum brought over a fruit which looked like a big sugar apple to confirm it was a rollinia. It sure was and in the mucosa style and it rivals Russells Selection and has firmer flesh, even fewer seeds and is low on sliminess. What a great. I insisted on chopping it in half to identify it but I already knew what it was.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Penang 88 is a great durian
« on: February 23, 2021, 05:29:55 PM »

The larger of the 2 durians here off my trees is Penang 88 and the other is Limberlost. This morning I broke it open and have been eating it.

It is better than my red prawn and the tree is smaller and more productive as well. It is way better than the monthongs and other standards I have eaten so far this season. This is a special durian variety of very high quality.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Durian Fever grows in FNQ and it gets emotional
« on: February 20, 2021, 08:51:03 PM »
Friends brought around durians to sample today and I have had a few off my trees now. Mossman, Mission Beach and Rusty's have them also. I went and saw a few yards in Cairns with plenty of good durians hanging in the last few days also. With the excitement of durian season, and no fruit stirs as much emotion in people, I received some pics from friends yesterday. Look at the enthusiasm on the faces of a new generation of durian hunters and consumers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / In the market for mangoes
« on: February 19, 2021, 04:33:52 AM »
After the mango gluttony of November and early December I decides to look at the market today for mangoes as it is the twilight of the season. I want good mangoes at a good price. Let me say I saw some examples of highway robbery and sometimes the banditos are on the other side of the counter.

Keitts were the equivalent of 49c/lb US but I need to bag something better.

The seasoned mango enthusiast might say pearls are only fit before swine but that is a good price being under $1 US/lb.

Here we have a classic example over-priced fruit at its finest.

Now we are getting somewhere. If I am going to be stung to the tune of $2.30 US/lb they had better be decent which is what Maha Chanok and sam ru du are. I purchased some of these.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Garcinia macrophylla looking fruit
« on: February 13, 2021, 08:54:57 PM »

One of the pics from yesterday's thread on some fruit collected got people interested in one of these Garcinias.

It was this one. I can say they are like a big sweet achacha and taste way better than achacha and are not like the brazilian Garcinia macrophylla. This big fruited Ecuadorian is is a great fruit. I will select a big one and show it inside.

A bit over ripe but still tasty. There are 4 segments each with a seed.

To add to the confusion another Ecuadorian Garcinia much like a sweet achacha also seems to be another type of Garccinia macrophylla also. Maybe these two are undescribed as they don't seem to fit with the known Ecuadorian Garcinias.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Inside Durio dulcis and Leopard Chempadak
« on: February 13, 2021, 08:26:43 PM »
For those people laying awake at night wondering what the leoopard skin chempadak and Durio dulcis are like inside let me show you. Do they taste bet they did.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Feast your eyes on a days' collection.
« on: February 13, 2021, 03:03:06 AM »
I went to the Mossman area with my brother today and threw the fruit we got on the table with some from yesterday afternoon. We got more than expected but no durians or jackfruit (only jack x chempa). There were a few gems in this assortment.

We did bag some good Garcinias

There was a large Durio dulcis bagged

And other interesting stuff was seen along the way.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Annona cornifolia fruiing
« on: February 08, 2021, 08:28:04 AM »

I have a couple of Annona cornifolia and they grow quickly with multiple thin trunks to around 12 feet and produce fruit fast in my climate. The fruit are small and bright orange and have a mild tasting orange flesh with small seeds.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Which Tocoyena is this?
« on: February 06, 2021, 03:00:51 AM »

A few years ago I got some seeds of Tocoyena from Brazil. It became a handsome small shrub having white elongated tube flower bunches every so often. I just noticed a couple of fruit have set.
Through the fog of the past I think it was either T.formosa or T.bullata but I don't know.If a Brazilian south coast fruit hotshot could let me know what it really is and if it is good to eat I would appreciate it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Garcinia schomburgkiana and ambarells
« on: February 05, 2021, 08:14:07 PM »

Stumbled across a Garcinia schomburgkiana tree today. The fruit are sour and used in cooking.

Big ambarellas littered the ground under the trees from cockatoos chewing fruit and stems.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / My Lansiums have flowers
« on: February 04, 2021, 03:37:31 AM »
When I first was looking for some Lansiums to plant I wanted duku, longkong and duku-langsat and was not so keen on langsat. There weren't many around and I was lucky to get the ones I wanted although Duku Terrenganu rather than Duku Jahor is what I would have liked but you just have to take what you can get. They have served me well and produced fruit for a few years now with the duku-langsat having the best fruit in my opinion and the biggest fruit as well. I jut went out to look and they are in flower now.
The duku has bark with corky patches all over as dukus seem to do a bit and there are a few flowers and small fruit.

Two of my 3 longkongs are flowering and my largest one has a few flowers coming but isn't going crazy.

The duku-langsat is a marcotted tree and it is my favourite of the lansiums and it seems to have a few flowers and small fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lean Season for backyard durian
« on: February 04, 2021, 03:21:48 AM »
Well chums it looks like the durian season in my backyard is a pretty lean one. The dry season was extra dry and wet season stared with a bang and I had 35 inches of rain in January. Maybe the early dryness didn't help. My red prawn has no fruit this year and neither does my luang.
The penang 88 has 3 fruit only but they are big.

The limberlost tree is a market and is doing a little better and it is the most reliable tree I have. I tried one so far and it was good.

My gumpun tree has only 3 fruit and they are quite big but 3 won't satisfy my durian appetite.

I have heard from others that it is a pretty lean year all around in Queensland so I hope other areas like the NT  have had a better year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / E4 Abiu the best for taste
« on: February 03, 2021, 05:58:20 PM »
E4 abius are ripening again and I forgot how good they are. At 300g to 900g they are whoppers although the first to ripen are a bit closer to 4oog. They have the richest taste of any abius I have tried with strong caramel and vanilla and they are very sweet. They are almost latex free even when half green. I rate them ahead of the illustrious z4 but they do have softer and more transparent flesh.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sansapote, orange G. forbesii and Oncoba
« on: January 23, 2021, 09:35:40 PM »

In my travels today some fruit virtually presented itself to me. Feast your eyes on a few below.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / A good red papaya
« on: January 22, 2021, 03:29:59 AM »

No papaya is really red but some have orange skin and are pinkish orange inside. What I like is in the solo style but some seem to ne improved on the basic solo model with a bit more flavour, no hollow, a bit more colour and a little firmer. I do like the long reds and some of the newer varieties hitting the market with just letters and numbers for names. The pictured one is the one I like best of the ones I grow and the fruit are quite small and egg shaped.


On the weekend I lost the top of my big eyes sugar apple to pink disease and have had some citrus impacted also.

I hope the remaining tree stump and a few small branches makes a comeback.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / A real jack-in-the-box
« on: December 11, 2020, 11:19:15 PM »
It has been a week of jackfruit and chempedak overload for me chums. I had a few ripe ones on my trees and received plenty from other sources also. A trip to the jackfruit farm today had ne sampling numerous varies of jacks, chempas and crosses. My advice is don't eat more than 10 or 11lbs in a week and don't eat more than 2 or 3lbs of flesh in a sitting or you will feel totally tanked up like I am at the moment.
A chance hybrid of timor red jack and chempedak was a real surprise and stood out from the pack. It is a high producing dwarf with firm, zesty flesh of terrific lemony and fruity taste. It was super easy to peel by hand and almost latex free. A real winner and the well known farming family is justifiably very happy with fruit tree. Even though I had consumed too much fruit I found the room to go that little bit further and sample this one. I need one of these trees.

Here is a tree with the farmer

They are small trees which fruit quickly.

The fruit are in the 2kg range consistently with big bulbs.


I have a pitomba and several Eugenia pyriformis x lutescens That have been producing fruit for several years. I am routinely loaded with a few other Eugenias like candolleana and pitangatubas and people often ask which ones taste the best. Did I mention yellow grumis? Anyway I have to say the Eugenia pyriformis x lutescens is the best one I have for eating and they have a pleasant sweet flavourful taste and even a hint of apricot with a little zing but not too much acid. My 3 trees have fruit that taste quite different between the trees in terms of sweetness and strength of taste.
The proud recipient of my extra seedlings was fortunate to have trees with bigger and even sweeter fruit that mine and also commented on how fruit flavour varied between the trees that look very much the same. Those in the pic above were a few I picked this afternoon off my trees and also a pitomba.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / A special jaboticaba
« on: December 09, 2020, 03:46:01 AM »
A few years ago a Brazilian contact offered me seeds of his prize dwarf heavy bearing white jaboticaba. I gladly relieved him of some and planted all the seeds in one big pot.One of the resulting seedlings was different and grew much faster. I suspected it was a cross or just healthier for some other reason and I nurtured and planted this. The rest of the pot of seedlings I gave to a farmer friend so they live productive lives. The resulting row of trees were indeed dwarf white jabs on his farm and are fabulously productive with lovely fruit.Oddly enough two of his dwarf whites had red fruit. AXP red dwarf I will call that as I suspect some phitrantha crossing has occurred.
Meanwhile my much larger semi dwarf I guess we will call it at home hadn't fruited. It took it 4 and a half years or so but it was worth the wait. It fruits often and heavily and fruit have great taste. They are usually extra large but a bit smaller at the moment because it has been so dry.

Here are some fruit and as I said they are usually much larger. This one has earned the name AXP as it is almost certainly a white x phitrantha but not a full dwarf.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / First Amber Jack of Season
« on: November 28, 2020, 11:02:52 PM »

A bit small and mis-shaped so it might not be a typical good one.

Too much rag and they are usually way better in flesh yield.

Bulbs look fine and taste is great

Mission accomplished and the bigger better shaped ones will ripen soon. The J33 I had a few weeks ago also was good. I still need a J36 and especially a Viet Sherbet before I can rest on the jackfruit front.

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.

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