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Some very good information and slides presented at the Kona, Hawaii conference that is information not found anywhere else, especially on myrtaceae and annonas.
Marco Lacerda on myrtaceae of Brazil, and how promising new fruits are introduced from the wild:
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Marco Lacerda on best rare fruits of Brazil:
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Antonio Morschbacker on Annonas in Brazil:
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / August Harvest
« on: August 09, 2019, 05:13:25 AM »
Starting from bottom row going up, guarana (Paullinia cupana), rainforest plum (Eugenia candolleana), peanut butter fruit (Bunchosia armeniaca), abiu piloso (Pouteria torta subsp. glabra), Cut nut (Barringtonia edulis), Jamaican cherry (Muntingia calabura), Bignay (Antidesma bunius), Curry leaf fruit, Wax apple, Mamey sapote 'Pantin', Mango 'Florigon', Mango 'Nam Doc Mai', Chico sapodilla 'Krasuey', Mabolo (Dyospyros blancoi), Mendi (Artocarpus elasticus), Akee (Blighia sapida), Kuini (Mangifera odorata), Kasturi (Mangifera casturi), Mangosteen, Cocoplum (Chrysobalanus icaco), Mammee apple 'Fairchild', Machete Ice Cream Bean (Inga spectabilis), Cheena (Artocarpus heterophyllus X integer), Pink Wampee (Clausena excavata).

Got to taste the Ndea fruit today, a fruit originally from Africa, and a new fruit to Hawaii. The seeds were originally distributed through CRFG, and came originally from Roy Danforth and Paul Noren's project in the Congo There were 2 fruits distributed by them with the name Ndea, this one and also Sarcocephalus xanthoxylon, also called Nauclea xanthoxylon. The latifolius is from dryland areas and is much better tasting. The xanthoxylon is from wet swampy areas and does not have much taste.
The fruit I just got to taste was a lot bigger fruit than i expected, a little bigger than a baseball. It has a very attractive ruby red color inside. The taste is mildly sweet with a crunchy texture. There is also a very mild bitterness, and some background herbal taste. Some think it tastes and smells like strawberry, but i did not find that to be the case. It has a nice complicated taste but generally mild tasting and not very juicy. I tasted it both with skin and without the skin. I think it was better to eat it with skin and all, it added to the complexity of the taste. According to the person i got it from the difficulty in growing this fruit is that it does not usually ripen well in our rainy area. This is the first year he was able to get well ripened fruits. So i think this fruit is more suited for drier areas like Kona, or on our east side better along the seashore where rainfall is a lot lighter. The tree this fruit came from is located in Puna at about 950 feet where it is quite rainy year round. It is a low growing tree but quite wide, umbrella shaped. The flowers are attractive also. It flowers several times a year. I will try to add this to my seed offerings soon. The seeds are very tiny, much smaller than the seeds of a strawberry.

The search engine that plants trees from its profits. 62 million trees already planted.
Been using it a couple days and works great.

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.
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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!

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