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Do you know when it would be in season?

No, not sold at the markets and I believe its out of season

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A Fascination with Fatty Fruits
« on: May 03, 2017, 11:12:17 PM »
Not sure! Do you know the name of this one?


Uxi is very tasty in the form of ice cream, creams and cooked, raw it has a strange, oily taste, it is a seed that takes more than a year to germinate.

Which Attalea did you eat fruit?

Depending on the species, the most delicious is to eat the nut that exists inside the coconuts, some types of Attalea the pulp can be used for juices and sweet, of the nuts, could take medicinal oils to make cosmetics.

I had Uxi and didn't like it. Its like a greasy sapodilla
Attalea is good though, kind of like a mix of coconut and cheddar cheese.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A Fascination with Fatty Fruits
« on: May 01, 2017, 09:57:04 AM »
I had Uxi and didn't like it. Its like a greasy sapodilla
Attalea is good though, kind of like a mix of coconut and cheddar cheese.

I guess monkey orange and giant mulberry are on the hit list.

I don't believe that GYM extends to east Africa, you need to go to more wet areas in central & west/central Africa to access GYM, junglesop, and other even more obscure fruits. 

Monkey orange should be widely distributed in drier areas but it would be prudent to only sample monkey orange from markets or that a local guide can assure you is a safe species.  Many of these species are safe (& are commercial crops in some areas) & in some, it is even safe to eat the seeds.  However strychnine occurs in many species of this genus so best to be sure before trying these.

Yes I'm still alive and kicking here in Uganda. And yes, I have been mailing tonnes of GYM seeds so it does grow here.

Hi Soren,

Any advice on any places to visit? Is GYM available at markets?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Hunting in Africa - Where to go?
« on: April 28, 2017, 01:25:17 AM »
LivingParadise, Thanks for all the valuable information. I was thinking of going to Ethiopia, just since it seems like such a wonderful country. I saw photos of the monoliths there and would love to see them. I wasn't sure about the fruits available, but that market does sound awfully great. I think though like you said I should try and find some connections there.

 JonathonForester, thanks! That might be the best way for me to do it then.

stuartdaly88, Marula looks very interesting. And thanks for the ebay contact, I'll see if I can get a hold of him

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Hunting in Africa - Where to go?
« on: April 25, 2017, 09:24:41 PM »
Never been to Africa, but I think the hard part will be the "safe" requirement. I would guess the countries on the west coast would have the richest bounties, like Senegal, Ivory Coast, Cameroon. Seychelle islands would be safe, and is supposed to be very beautiful, but also very expensive. I do know that to be able to take double coconut (Lodoicea) out of the country you need a government permit, and that will cost at least $600, and you need to pre arrange that.
Anyway, make sure to report back after your trip as would love to hear about your experiences.

Thanks! I was thinking of sticking around the East, but if the west is better for fruit then that certainly is up for consideration. I don't plan on taking the coco de mer out of the country (maybe one of the shells) I more just want to try the fruit while I'm there.. tricky part is just getting my hands on one... legally.

So far I've been to Ghana, Benin, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Gambia.  I wasn't into fruit for many of these trips so my best experience has been Sierra Leone - where my wife is from. 

Are you aware of how big coco de mer is?  Perhaps that is your interest.

In general, research seasons for wherever you go as availability changes a lot.  I have not been to Uganda yet but it seems a higher appreciation for fruit there than many places from my contact's words.  Safety has never been an issue for me in all my travels.  The usual guidelines will apply for things like water (drink bottled etc.).

While there is much fruit I am sure to be found, serious development potential has not yet yielded serious cultivars, to my knowledge.  Oh, South Africa also has quite a lot to offer.

Good fortune.

Future, thanks for the input. I'm only really interested in trying fruits that I haven't had. So the goal of finding a coco de mer is to eat its flesh. If you have any leads I would love to hear it, I know they are strictly controlled. I'm thinking that maybe I can try to go to where they are processed for export.

Uganda would be interesting I think and not too bad of a connection to continue on to Madagascar and Seychelles. Any specific fruits to look out for?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit Hunting in Africa - Where to go?
« on: April 25, 2017, 09:45:28 AM »
Well... I'm planning a trip for the winter and thinking of going somewhere in Africa.Its such a huge continent and I don't know where to start.
Does anyone know of any countries that are especially interesting for fruit? Preferably one that is safe and not too expensive :)
I will have 3-4 weeks, so I was thinking of stopping in one country in Eastern Africa and then flying to Madagascar to see the Ave of Baobabs and then maybe flying out to the Seychelles if I get a lead on tracking down a Coco de mer. (any tips?)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Feijoa Review (Video)
« on: December 06, 2016, 11:02:50 AM »
I have a bunch of temperate fruits coming up in my series, so here's the last tropical for a while.

You're already doing temperate fruits as feijoa is a temperate fruit. It is native to highlands of southern Brazil where they get freezing weather in the winters. They won't fruit in the tropics. Here they will only fruit at elevations above 2500 ft.

My mistake. Thanks for clearing that up!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Plinia sp. "Anomaly" new Jabuticaba variety
« on: December 05, 2016, 01:41:35 PM »
That's so exciting!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where to hunt for fruit in California?
« on: December 05, 2016, 01:36:27 PM »
Trip report!
I ended up getting a last min gig in San Jose and managed to get an extra day to explore. Taking everybody's advice I did the following:

First I hit two farmers markets, found some oddities (buddhas hand abounds) but nothing I hadn't had before.

Stopped at Tropical Fruits on Silver Creek Rd and found nothing, but the shop a couple doors down had an impressive collection: ambarella fruit, jackfruit, several guava varieties, dragon fruit, rambutan, etc etc etc.. all stuff I had, but some fruits I haven't seen outside SE asia. Stopped at nearby New Seasons Supermarket and picked up a Bacon Avocado.

Next I wandered around the cactus garden at Stanford and foraged a few odd cactus fruits.. gotta do some research to make sure they're edible.

I was about to turn back and go to the hotel at this point, but against my better judgement I took the 1+ hour trip through heavy traffic all the way up to Berkley Bowl. This was completely worth the trip, they had an impressive amount of fruit. I managed to find some Xoconostle, which I've never heard of before. These days finding just one new fruit makes a trip a success for me, so mission accomplished!

I'm going to come back again to wander South CA, using all the suggestions. thanks for all the help guys, this was a lot of fun!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where to hunt for fruit in California?
« on: November 18, 2016, 12:13:51 PM »
JF, nice haul! Thanks for the offer. I'll reach out to you once I have a date set. Annonas are one of my favorite fruits so I don't mind if that's the focus of this trip. Is it only Cherimoya that shows up during this time or do other species appear as well? Annona reticulata, Annona diversifolia, etc?

forumfool & knlim000, I'll check those places out, thanks! I think there will be a lot of farmers markets in my future.

SocalKoop, super! I'll check it out.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where to hunt for fruit in California?
« on: November 17, 2016, 10:24:15 AM »
Alan, checked out the yelp page for Trai Cay Ngon, looks pretty impressive. I've never seen purely white rose apples before even in SE asia. I'll definitely put it on the map.

Bush2Beach Tropical Fruits in San Jose is going on the list.

Jason, adding Berkley Bowl to the list and will see if I can check out the scion exchange.

If January is such a slow time, what would be the prime time to visit? I'm starting to worry that I'm not going to find anything new while I'm there.  :-\

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where to hunt for fruit in California?
« on: November 15, 2016, 04:48:13 PM »
Vernmented, Awesome! I'll mark these places down on my list. Dave Wilson Nursery sounds especially interesting, maybe I can do a cross over with him!

Ricshaw, noting these places. thanks!

Fyliu, if I see that insect while I'm there, I'll fly right back where I came from! What would be a better time to visit? Its kind of tricky for me to get out that way during the summer since that's my busy season for work. But if there's nothing out there, then maybe I'll postpone the trip.

Spaugh, I'll take up to a week to explore, so could potentially traverse the entire state if there's fruit to be found.  ;)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Where to hunt for fruit in California?
« on: November 15, 2016, 01:09:52 PM »
Hey guys!

I'm planning a trip to hunt for fruit (not plants/seeds) in CA and am looking for good markets, nurseries, gardens, foraging spots, and friends who don't mind sharing. Will most likely be out that way in January at some point. Any suggestions on good places to look?

This is all for my youtube series, where I'm documenting every edible fruit I can find. So I'm specifically trying to find rare fruit that I have never tried before, doesn't need to be especially good tasting.  ::)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Litsea garciae
« on: May 19, 2016, 08:28:48 AM »
I love these. Such a bizarre looking and tasting fruit. The flavor reminds me of buttermilk of all things.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bael fruit.
« on: May 03, 2016, 03:12:30 PM »
Good luck with it! I was surprised how good fresh Bael fruit is. A bit like eggfruit, orange rind and black pepper. Its a bit strong, but would make a killer addition to a smoothie.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Monkey Pod/Samanea saman Review (VIDEO)
« on: April 29, 2016, 02:15:05 PM »
This was an interesting one to try though strange to eat by itself. I'd be curious to hear some ways to prepare it.

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Thanks! I've started taking a photo of all the rare fruit I've come across in addition to the video review, its strange how some of these fruits don't have a clear photo available online.
Thanks, nice and informative videos. You might get more photos if you search the latin names. Different places use different common names. I know the Baccaurea angulata has good pictures right on this forum. I think there are good photos of Durio kutajensis here also. Many of the photos posted on the web maybe in other languages, another reason it's hard to find during a regular google search.
BTW, it's very difficult for anyone outside of Borneo to get to like duiran by trying Durio kutajensis. Almost impossible to find outside of it's native range. Ditto for the Baccaurea angulata. Ofcourse some of us are trying to change that situation. But it takes time.

Haha.. yes that's very true. Its maybe not the most practical of advise to tell someone to try and find a rare and vulnerable species of a fruit in order to get a taste for a fruit that is already hard to find for most of the world. Still true in my opinion though. :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black Sapote Review (VIDEO)
« on: April 22, 2016, 01:18:02 PM »
U got a dud!

some trees taste about as good as the pulp looks...caca!

I will try to send you some fruit from a tree that's known to make excellent fruits.

they have a floral flavor...reminds me of eating mousse that is flavored with the essence of delicious smelling doesn't taste like chocolate...but if you whip it up with a little cocoa's God's gift to those who want a truly vegan chocolate mousse.

I hope you revisit this fruit again...

after a decade of tasting rare fruit, I've come to realize, in some instances...although you may have tasted a have not truly tasted a fruit, until you've tasted a sample of the spectrum of flavors that a species can offer...the diversity in flavor/texture/quality can be astounding!

You think so? I ordered 3lbs and they all were the same. Possibly all from the same tree though? Very true that there is a lot of variation tree by tree. If you know a good one I'd be happy to give it another look next time these are in season. :)

No doubt we're beating a dead horse with this conversation but here goes anyway...

I've had 2 black sapotes. The first one seemed to me to have a slightly sweet aspect and maybe a tiny hint of chocolate flavor. I got a kick out of the experience.
The second one tasted like absolutely nothing. Big disappointment.

The texture and color is really cool. I won't give up on this fruit quite yet but I am skeptical that any specimens would eclipse the experiences mentioned above.

I think thats where it stands. Good fruit maybe, but not as chocolaty as they are purported to be. Whats crazy to me is that there are several videos on youtube where the people eating it swear that it tastes like chocolate. Certainly there is a bit of psychology involved, but I will keep trying these either way.

Thanks! I've started taking a photo of all the rare fruit I've come across in addition to the video review, its strange how some of these fruits don't have a clear photo available online.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Black Sapote Review (VIDEO)
« on: April 18, 2016, 11:59:22 AM »
This surprisingly was controversial. Lots of people are saying it does taste like chocolate. I'm starting to think its just hype and psychology that makes people think that. Am I wrong?

Finally back home from Asia, so I can post these more regularly now. Here are the last three reviews from my trip in Borneo!

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Thanks, glad to share. Its definitely one to use for cooking or juice, if you want something you don't have to prepare, I'd stay clear of this one.

I just finished one whole month traveling through Borneo and found tons of fruit I've never had. Plenty more videos on the way.

Assam Paya:

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are Gros Michel bananas eaten green?
« on: February 08, 2016, 11:49:26 PM »
I took a bite out of one while green (but soft) and it tasted great. It was like Cavendish but with a stronger and sweeter banana taste. One concern is that it had a dark core with a small gap going through the banana, is that normal?

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