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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tasting Pitomba
« on: May 07, 2018, 06:03:41 PM »
If you liked Pitomba you should come for the Pitomba Feast  celebrated ever year for more than a year in the city of Jaboatao de Guararapes
near the Port city of Recife in Northeast Brazil.
Watch this celebrations :


Citrus General Discussion / Re: Watering Citrus
« on: April 05, 2018, 05:52:38 PM »
An agriculture products seller aproached me a few days ago to sell me silica (?) dioxide powder as a water retainer for plants. He advised me to soak a quantity of powder with water  overnight and put it in the pit where I was going to plant like a citrus graft.  Would like to know if this technique is effective. Anybody used this technique to retain water in a dry soil ?

Besides length of ripening  I think another additional factor to be taken into account is how long a mango stays ripe on your table without
getting rotten ! Compared to the local brazilian varieties found in north east Brazil ( Espada  and Rosa)  the  Haden variety brought in from Florida stays ripe for a longer time.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Pointed Gourd OR Parval
« on: March 16, 2018, 05:34:35 PM »
Looks like you have Coccinea grandis or indica. They reproduce better from a stalk than from seed.

In northeast of Brazil where I live we get four varieties of bananas/plantains. We remove them from the tree when they change colour from green to light yellow. They are ready for consuming when they are totally yellow. Ripening is accelerated if you wrap them in paper and put them in a closed box.

As to what I know , and experience on departure or entry into Brazil, you have to fill a declaration attesting that you are not bringing in or taking our seeds or plants  in/out of Brazil. False declaration if caught is liable for prosecution. You can enquire about rules/procedures at the Consular Services of Brazil, in your country.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Indian golden triangle
« on: February 25, 2018, 03:43:37 PM »
Western or Eastern Ghats ?. In Western Ghats you have the rainy season (Monsoons) starting mid may to august

I do have mammea americana (Mamey Apple), known in Brazil as Abricó do Pará, trees in my garden. They are  Dioecious. Seedlings sprout during the rainy season when ripe fruits fall in the ground. They take 6-8 years to bear fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Alphonsos in Aruba
« on: February 09, 2018, 06:43:44 PM »
Was your Alphonso mango from imported seed from USA or India ? Curious to know the source/supplier

Could you please explain to me what correlation the insulin plant Cissus has to the reference  you cite ???????

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Chayote (Sechium edule)
« on: January 23, 2018, 06:00:59 PM »
Chayote is rich in potassium ion and has been shown to have diuretic properties when consumed as fresh juice.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fermenting tropical fruits into alcohol
« on: January 23, 2018, 04:57:32 PM »
I would caution somebody using wood alchool for mixing with fruits  and consuming the drink. Does consumation of methylated spirits not lead to blindness ???? Ethyl alchool or alchool extracted from orange peel does not pose these problems.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mammee americana
« on: January 20, 2018, 04:22:49 PM »
I do have several mamee americana (in Brazil know as apricot do Pará) in my garden. They are   Dioecious   so better get three seedlings.
Germinated from seed they take 5-7 years to fruit. You know they are ripe when they fall to the ground.  Taste like apricot/mango, although mamee has one taste and mangos come with several tastes.  You can consume fruit or make ice cream

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: *Short*-lived tropical fruit trees?
« on: January 07, 2018, 05:13:04 PM »
To add: Pineapples, Guavas, Acerola, Pitanga

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pajura fruit
« on: December 26, 2017, 04:37:52 PM »
I have Coeuepia bracteosa    as well as Couepia rufia trees in my garden. When compared , Couepia rufia fruit has nore pulp and a lot more tastier to Couepia bracteosa. The seeds of both the Couepias are size of turkey eggs and it would be difficult to send outside Brazil due to Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture /Postal  regulations.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Big papaya tree
« on: December 26, 2017, 04:08:54 PM »
When my papaya trees get tall, I cut the top and cover with a plastic bucket. After some months side branches sprought. When they are about 6 inches length I remove some branches and replant them. My experience is that papaya trees  grow better in rocky soil compared to soft soil.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: New Member, Central Texas
« on: December 10, 2017, 04:41:36 PM »
Greetings from sunny    Recife in northeast Brazil !  Was not able to open your photos although I am on Google.

          Recife   :

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bakuri seed prep (Platonia insignis)
« on: December 05, 2017, 07:04:38 PM »
Are Bacuris  dioecious  ? I have a huge tall bacuri plant in my garden which every year gives pink-red flowers but no fruits . Any info on this regard would be appreciated

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Spondias germination
« on: November 28, 2017, 06:46:21 PM »
My experience with Spondias is that some  germinate easily from seed ( like Umbu - Spondia tuberosa), others   grow  easily from a piece of stalk ((like Caja- Spondia mobin or Siriguela- Spondia purpura)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cecropia fruit plant
« on: November 21, 2017, 07:46:27 PM »
Cecropia plants grow wild in my property. They are quite common in northeast Brazil especially along the coastal forests. Cecropia leaves are the staple diet of three toed sloths (Bradypus variegatus) in my region.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mamme Americana is dioceious?
« on: November 14, 2017, 06:34:14 PM »
        I would be glad to send you a photo of the white flower of the mamey tree I suppose to be male, (when it flowers) if you can identify it.  I also thought of chopping it down but decided to save it for its shade

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mystery Garcinia from southern Brazil
« on: November 14, 2017, 06:24:33 PM »
          Could you please let me know the size of your Bacupari. Here in my garden they grow wild. Compared to Achachairu mine are
smaller and more sour to taste.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mamme Americana is dioceious?
« on: November 14, 2017, 04:22:42 PM »
Twenty year back a friend of mine gave me a  MA seedling (30cm tall) .It grew up and when 10 meters tall started to flower but never has fruited. Another friend when I complained it did not fruit told me it needed a "female" companion. He sent me two new seedlins 6 years back. Both these grew up and started to flower and fruit profusely every year (months of october-december.  Would these last two trees fruit without the presence of the "male" which flowers but does not fruit ?????

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava dieback
« on: November 09, 2017, 03:27:54 PM »
The soil is sandy but I add a lot of mulch. I first thought it might be dry soil but this year we have had rain almost daily for the last 5 months and the posted photos were taken yesterday I fertilizes every 4 mos with 20-10-20.

Bamboo draws a lot of water. You should try Polyalthea longifolia also called the false Asoka tree. When planted in a row it forms a nice screen.

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