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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Soursop exploding in blooms
« on: December 07, 2018, 06:01:26 PM »
My soursop has been in the ground for 4 years bought as a large 7 gallon in September 2014. It has flowered with one or two blooms every year which all died. So I just kind of ignored it for the last two years, throw some fertilizer on it when I did the rest of my trees, same with water, but I didn't bother to examine it for flowers. This year there are a lot of blooms and I'm hoping it's matured enough to hold onto at least ONE fruit!

Now watch a cold snap kill all of the flowers :-(

Anyone else have a stubborn soursop?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How good does Carambola taste?
« on: October 15, 2018, 01:40:12 PM »
I love starfruit , so much so I planted three. I did it because i didn't want to find I did not care for one just to have to plant another. The three I planted were kari, bell and kajang.

After three seasons I decided to cut down the bell as the kajang and kari were consistently better. There's still more fruit than I can eat and I may take one other down but my neighbors and friends can eat a lot so for now they stay.

The reason I believe the store fruits are so bad is not because the cultivar is inferior but because they are picked green. They just do not develop the sugars and flavor unless ripened on the tree.

I like to pick them when the fruit starts to develop what I call "age spots" which are brown spots on the skin. Too many or large spots and the fruit starts to go sour.

Also I cook with carambola and have created a Carambola curry chicken dish that goes over REALLY well with everyone who tried it.

I also juice them and freeze it and make mixed drinks with grenadine syrup and vodka for friends.

Calling Carambola insipid is IMO so far off the mark it doesn't deserve discussion. There is a difference between sweet and taste , lack of sweet does not mean lack of taste or flavor. Now dragon fruit? That's insipid.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How long for a papaya to...
« on: October 12, 2018, 01:28:15 AM »
I have no fewer than 4 papaya growing in my yard within a few feet (no doubt from fallen fruit) of two that I took down more than two years ago. What's up with that? I'm hesitant to let them get more than 1 or 2 batches of fruit because the "parents" were like sequoia trees. One was 15"+ (in diameter) at the base of the tree and over 20 feet high when I took it down.

I guess I'm perplexed on the seeds staying dormant for so long and suddenly coming alive and fruiting, has anyone else experienced such delayed germination from Paps?

PS. There are no papaya trees in my area, and if there were, I'd suspect their seeds would be located / dropped by animals in spots other than the near exact locations of my 2 long gone trees.

Buy Kool Aid, it's easier to get, tastes sweeter and better, and leave the rest of the "kool-aid" growers to their own likes.

Seriously, I've said it before I have yet to have a DF that tasted half as good as a prickly pear. I know the kool aid grower / drinkers will bash me, "Find a GOOD one" but I always ask why? There are just Sooo many really good fruits that DF aren't even a blip on my radar screen.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Pickling hot cherry peppers
« on: October 09, 2018, 03:54:23 PM »
My GF and I found a large supply of red (colored) hot cherry peppers and we tried pickling them with mixed results. There are so many recipes out there with wildly variable ingredients and processes I thought I'd ask if any of you have a decent recipe for pickling hot cherry peppers. Nearby barrel pickle places sell them for  about 9.50 a quart, and the peppers are softish, and have all of the seeds still intact on the attached stem. These are the types we are trying to duplicate.

Here's what we tried with mixed results:

For 2 lbs of red cherry peppers(I don't care for green ones)

1 whole small to medium garlic peeled and diced
3/4 teaspoon Peppercorns
4 cups White wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
3 tsp of sugar
3 bay leaves
2-3 tsp of salt
3/4 tsp powdered mustard seed

We cleaned and speared the peppers to allow the brine in, and cooked the whole peppers in the brine until the peppers started to soften, then put them in canning jars.

Online some recipes call for NO cooking the peppers in the brine, using 100% vinegar (no water), bayleaf, or sugar and I don't know what to add or leave in.

I'd say compared to the barrel pickle places we're about 80% of the way there, but ours were VERY hot (A good thing) and a bit firmer, but not as flavorful as the barrel guys.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Odd off topic questions
« on: September 04, 2018, 10:16:12 PM »
I have been pressure cleaning my roof and I am not using any chemicals to get the roof mold / fungus off. When its done I am thinking of using a light mist of coppercide in the pressure  cleaner to kill the last of the stubborn hold out and wondered.

Since there are copper strips sold to inhibit roof growth, how an annual spray of coppercide might help keep the roof clean? 

Anyone tried this?


Citrus General Discussion / Re: Red lime falling off
« on: August 12, 2018, 05:50:23 PM »
I am pot impaired but it is bigger than 5 gal smaller than 40 :-) I have no idea what it is potted in as it came from the nursery as is and it does not need repotting yet but I will likely put it in the ground next spring.

I cannot post a pic till I get to my desktop machine.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banner year for sugar apples
« on: August 10, 2018, 04:51:57 PM »
I have a Kampoung mauve, geffner  and San Pablo. as well as 2 unknown sugar apples which are the two  ones doing so well. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Banner year for sugar apples
« on: August 10, 2018, 01:27:19 PM »
It's been a L-O-N-G wait but this summer I am FINALLY getting to enjoy my sugar apples. Yesterday I picked nearly 20 lbs of fruit and more is still coming from both trees. It has been 4 to 6 years for them to get to this point but it was well worth the wait.  Now if only my soursop and custard apple would catch up I'd be in annona heaven.

Jeez I never expected this long of a wait.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Red lime falling off
« on: August 10, 2018, 11:27:07 AM »
Seems like none so far have matured and colored fully. Its healthy is pushing new growth, leaves are dark green and  not dropping curling from stress or sunburning. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Red lime falling off
« on: August 10, 2018, 09:57:00 AM »
I do not know the age but the largest is about 5 ft tall and has a trunk nearly 2 inches thick. I would think that the larver tree wuld be beyond the age where it would be aborting fruit like I would expect from a juvenile?

Citrus General Discussion / Red lime falling off
« on: August 08, 2018, 05:02:58 PM »
My red lime fruits are falling off the tree at ~35% yellow colored. All three are in containers, not root bound, and have no signs of water or sun stress... all are in partial shade. Any ideas why?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Southern grapes
« on: August 08, 2018, 03:41:54 PM »
Going on 8 years ago I planted 4 Muscadine grape vines, two each "Noble" and an un-named deep purple. Until this year, the 4 vines were very stingy, but this year has been a blockbuster. Most every day I go out and while I'm tending my yard, I eat grapes. So many in fact that I suspect the by the time I eat the last one this summer, I won't THINK about grapes again until next year!

The Noble are large, and very sweet, the un-named types are much smaller like a concord. Even folks who are spoiled by the northern grapes like the concord have relished the ones I bring there. My GF even made marmalade (and most other fruits I bring there) from them.

Funny, one of my Noble vines has stealthily invaded my Kari Carambola and they are both looking very happy about it :-)

So, how are grapes doing in the south this year for TFF members?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: August 05, 2018, 09:08:58 AM »

Bland watery watermelon!
Take Simons offer and try some decent varieties! You won’t be disappointed! There is a lot of crap, tastless varieties out there, usually white fleshed, that are picked way too early just to supply the market. I personally won’t eat white fleshed varieties any more due to the lack of flavour depth. And home grown is the only way to go. Pick them when they are ready to eat and they are brilliant!

Yup, bland watery watermelon. I get that fruit picked too early sucks I can attest to that with my personal experience with fruit trees, but I'll deal with great flavor and seeds any day since I do not have diverticulitis and I do have a tongue :-)

Anyway, between collector tastings (I don't remember names of things I did not like) and trying them at nurseries (all were red)  I don't think I'll waste time pursuing them.  A friend has a red type (he doesn't don't know the name) and it's always sickly looking with disappearing green sections leaving behind an ugly woody core and I have on several occasions had his ripened on the plant and feel the same about the flavor.

If anyone would show me one that was at the very least as sweet as a store bought tuna (which is not IMO a particularly sweet fruit) I'd likely buy one to diversify my collection of fruits.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: August 05, 2018, 12:05:31 AM »
And this is why I wonder why folks sell DF cuttings for $7-$8 apiece to fellow board members? For a plant that propagates a clone of itself easier than any other. I wonder why Nopales Tuna's are not $8 a fruit or cutting when they can have much tastier fruit than DF.
So weird how Hype works in culture and translates over to a comparatively bland tasting fruit.
I really enjoy Megalanthus fruits, Have yet to try a tasty red or white mesocarp DF.
Ive had flowers but no fruit on Voodoo Child, Halley's Comet and Physical Graffiti and Valdivia Roja.

I don't get it either. I've read Sooo... many people who are kool aid hype in love with DF and I have yet to taste a DF that comes anywhere near even a sub par lowly cactus pear. DF are to me like a bland watery watermelon.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: regrow pineapple
« on: July 25, 2018, 02:01:44 AM »
So far I've had 100% success rooting and growing dozens store bought tops (and am now into second generation tops from store top plants)  into producing pineapple plants. It takes from a week to ten days for them to root.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit marmelade?
« on: July 23, 2018, 10:39:51 AM »
She used less than ripe JF. It turned out perfect. Recipe to follow when I get to my pc with a full sized keyboard.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jackfruit marmelade?
« on: July 23, 2018, 10:16:28 AM »
WOW! My gf just made marmelade with one of my gold nuggets and added juice from one of my red limes. Holy cow!

We have to go buy some more canning jars!

Anyone else made this?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Gold nugget jaks $5 each
« on: July 22, 2018, 08:36:19 AM »
Bargain. Wish I lived in Fl

No, sorry. The only thing I dislike more than the post office is a root canal :-)

Citrus General Discussion / Red lime first taste
« on: July 22, 2018, 08:11:31 AM »
I now have three red lime trees, two are rather small at less than two feet each, one is still in a pot, over five feet tall and producing many fruit.

Some are dropping prematurely, currently they have a bit more than a hint of yellow / orange color skin  and the inside is pale / light orange colored. I expect the worst and accept the best when it comes to fruit I have not tried before and I was surprised that such juvenile undeveloped fruits had such a nicely distinctive flavor.

Definitely more on the (less than sweet) orange flavored side with a hint of limey bitterness. The more green than orange skin was inedible... so far. Overall if the flavor develops as I hope it will I see a great many uses for these fruits in the future. I plan on giving one of my little trees to a friend who is just starting to plant out a nice large lot.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Site Outage
« on: July 22, 2018, 08:00:56 AM »
I like Rob's idea of a plant sale. I have some to donate. Also maybe a "Contributing member" or "Supporting member" in addition to "Member" "Hero" monikers?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Gold nugget jaks $5 each
« on: July 19, 2018, 05:31:11 PM »
I have a tree full of gold nugget jaks and they are $5 each ANY size, 2 for 5 on smaller ones.

So. Flo only (north broward) you pick the ones you want.

Store bought papaya are about as good as store bought carambola... for that matter just about ALL store bought fruit stinks nowadays I think because the growers are rushing fruit to market to be first on the shelves. Pluot/plumcots, apricot, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, pineapple in fact every fruit I buy in the store is lackluster and nothing like the fruit I ate in years gone by.

As far as papaya goes, I don't think it's the cultivar, I think it's more related to them being picked green rather than ripening on the plant because I grew seeds from the store and while the store bought fruit was terrible, mine have always been delicious. My dog agreed with me and would eat as much as I would give her :-)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ice cream mango
« on: July 14, 2018, 05:49:38 AM »
I acquired an "Ice Cream" a couple of years ago from a forum member and this year it held three fruit to ripen on the tree. I was pleasantly surprised at it. The flesh is soft, sweet, with a hint of spicy pine flavor. I now look forward to the crop next season, and rather than keep it in the container, I just may put it in the ground.

Are there any other fans of this cultivar?

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