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Looks like the local volcanic eruption has probably ended after 95 days non stop. I have put my seed page back up. Will slowly build up my inventory again. Some current special offerings are:
Sapote de Mico (Pouteria torta subsp. gallifructa)
Kwai Muk
Pink Wampee (Clausena excavata)
You can see all price on the seed page

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cacao Tree Loaded with Pods
« on: March 05, 2018, 02:01:47 AM »

This is in a 2 gallon pot. Seeds were planted mid November 2017.

This is in a one gallon pot. Seeds were untreated but took several months to germinate.

Been trying to get these for very many years after reading about them in a book about Nigerian fruits. Finally have some fresh seeds for sale.5 seeds for $20, 10 for $35. Please go to my website to order them. Have very limited number so giving the forum members a heads up.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / End of January Harvest
« on: February 01, 2018, 09:28:15 PM »
Here are some fruits i just harvested. Starting from left:
Apple bananas (aka Brazilian banana), Phillippine Pointed eggfruit, Mini durians (probably seedling Pong Maneee), mangosteens,  R9 rambutan, R156 yellow rambutan, Monthong durian,.

Here are some seeds i brought back from Brazil that i have available for sale. All are limited in quantity and first come first served. Please PM me if interested.
Bakuri (Platonia insignis) $6 each   SOLD OUT
Beach Cambuca (Myrciaria strigipes) $3 each
Escarlate Hybrid Jaboticaba $3 each
Non Astringent Cashew fruit, makes excellent juice, $5 each
Minimum purchase $10, plus s&h.
Will try to add photos later.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lindsay Gasik Video Presentation on Durians
« on: November 24, 2017, 09:52:27 PM »
Here is a video of Lindsay's recent presentation (November 18) on durians in Hawaii. It's everything you wanted to know about durians, but were afraid to ask.  ;D It's in 6 parts, for a total of over 2 hours. The first and second part the volume is a bit low (had no dedicated mike) so if you have a hard time hearing you can skip to part 3, and after, where the volume gets better.
Part 1:
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

Tropical Fruit Discussion / 5 Types of Jaboticabas i got to taste in Brazil
« on: November 16, 2017, 11:41:47 PM »

This is a 24 minute interview at Instituto Plantarum botanical garden, located at Nueva Odessa, Campinas, Brazil, on November 10, 2017. The interview focuses on the botanical garden and on tropical fruits. Some questions previously suggested by forum members are included and answered by Lorenzi. In case you don't know, he is the author of Brazilian Fruits and Fruits in Brazil (Frutas No Brasil), as well as a couple of dozen other botanical books. The garden is 25 acres. Though not large the collection is very large. It is also a very beautiful place, and all the plants are very well labeled. Lorenzi was very gracious in giving me a personal tour of the place. Hope you enjoy it! let me know if you have any questions.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ideas for questions to pose to Harry Lorenzi
« on: October 24, 2017, 09:28:29 PM »
I am hoping to interview Harry Lorenzi at his botanical garden Instituto Plantarum in Campinas, Brazil. If you have any good questions for me to ask him i could include them in the interview. I hope to post it on return to youtube.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Scary Video of Hurricane Maria in PR
« on: October 22, 2017, 07:54:51 AM »
Really gives you a taste of the ferocity of the wind:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Amazing Durian Year
« on: September 08, 2017, 03:28:27 AM »
This has been an amazing durian year, with the trees flowering succesively 3 times. So at the same time there are flowers, small fruits, and large fruits ready to be harvested.

Probably this is due tog an unusually dry summer. Also much more regular fertilizing than usual.
Right now i'm harvesting 4 types of durians. On the left the large Monthong, large Chanee, small seedling Chanee, and some Durio oxleyanus, that i've nicknamed the Sea Urchin Durian.

For the first time i have way too many durians, and can't eat them all. Have been taking them to some farmer's market vendors, and ofcourse eating as many as i can!


The plant is less than 2 years old.

So far the flowers have been dropping off without setting.

I've gotten this question a few times. Tourists here will see the fruit of Clusia major, aka the autograph tree (as people write their names on the large thick leaves) and they get it confused with mangosteens. If they looked at the insides they wouldn't think it's mangosteen, as the clusias have no pulp inside.

Got over 2 hours of video. Broke it up into six parts on youtube. Audio is pretty good, but slides a bit hard to see. But lots of good information. Go here for all 6 links

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jim West Presentation in Puna, Hawaii
« on: May 19, 2017, 09:58:59 PM »
Jim is here in Hawaii on a short visit from Ecuador, and will be giving a talk on thursday May 25, from 9 AM to 12:30 at Hawaiian Sanctuary, right outside of Pahoa. It is on the 12 mile marker on Highway 130. There is no admission charge. You can see more details here:

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Three Ingas
« on: March 31, 2017, 05:14:31 AM »
From bottom: IngaInga cinnamomea, Inga spectabilis, Inga fastuosa:


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