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Passionfruit are under rated.The enny variety is like a 3vsided pyramid heavy and full and tastes amazing.Rosewster and rich passionfruit and it must the finest I have ever tried.Better than pandora and the Panamas.A new edulis at the market behind the expensive mangoes are really good but humbled by the best flavicarpas.They need to make it big in America I think.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rusty's market for lunch
« on: January 17, 2020, 03:47:07 AM »
Went again at lunchtime.Achachairus, some erdon Lee's like baseballs and is 40c/lb US cheap for mangoes?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Achachairu
« on: January 12, 2020, 03:04:30 PM »
I have notice a couple of trees that produce fruit more yellow when ripe than orange and a little rounder than usual.It could be the same species still and may show quite a bit of variation in their native range.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A walk in the park
« on: January 12, 2020, 02:59:36 PM »
The dryish cheesy paste of Oncoba has crunchy seeds throughout smaller than passionfruit but larger than dragonfruit. They are not aromatic and the taste is really mild and not particularly sweet or starchy but pleasant enough.I would have not eaten any this season so will save the flavor description for when I eat them again. I haven't tried the African breadfruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless lychees
« on: January 11, 2020, 02:27:20 AM »
Maybe the US isn't ready for out of sequence varieties as it would upset the lychee continuum. Perhaps there is a need to go through a  fai zee siu phase and an erdon lee period before graduating to seedless types.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruits and Neo-Darwism
« on: January 11, 2020, 02:03:30 AM »
I thought neo Darwinism is an old fashioned term over a 100 years old about integrating genetics like mendelian genetics into evolution theory. Darwinisn is also an old name that is pretty inexact. I doubt it is ever used in the scientific community and probably more by creation theory advocates.Genetic mutations do occur, contribute to speciation and are observed to lead to new fruit varieties.It can happen on a branch where a bud sport can lead to a fruit like a Washington navel or a new atemoya. That is different from seasonal variation due to environmental factors in fruit or phenotypic variability.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: help with fruit ID
« on: January 10, 2020, 03:31:42 AM »
Council used them as a street tree in parts of Cairns. I have never seen anyone use them although native congenors in my area were used as bush tucker by aboriginal people.

I have found my large one produces best and thrives most when I neglect it and don't fertilize or water it. They are very tough plants.

In no particular order for the first 4;
-Durians especially in the monthong style
-Apricots and big fat juicy ripe ones
-Sweet flavicarpa passionfruit
-lychees and especially big fat FZS,tai so and erdon lee
-Duku langsat,Hillary white atemoya,muscat grapes,various berries all tied for 5th place

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless lychees
« on: January 10, 2020, 03:18:30 AM »
I am still waiting eagerly for seedless macadamias.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless lychees
« on: January 10, 2020, 03:16:34 AM »
I think a few Chinese seedless unauthorised trees may also be floating around. They will have to be good to knock the shine off Erdon Lee.

Single vines can fruit but I they seem to prefer to outcross. Passiflora alata can pollinate them and even hybridize but I doubt other species can.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Affect of seeds on flavor in cherimoya
« on: January 02, 2020, 06:48:32 AM »
I am not sure on this one. I am sure some seeds can produce phytochemicals to reduce abscission likelihood but Im not so sure on influencing taste in most species. Seedless citrus, locules in durians, longkong and other species don't taste too different from fruit of the same variety with seeds I think. Many better tasting varieties have smaller or fewer seeds. With atemoyas the best tasting ones in my neck of the woods like Paxton prolific,pinks mammoth and Hillary white have few seeds and the seedier ones like gefner and African pride don't taste as good. I haven't compared seedy fruit with fruit with fewer seeds off the same tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Biodynamic Farming
« on: January 02, 2020, 06:36:14 AM »
I think that bringing in the external nutrients in a diversity of bulk natural products that can be composted so soil gets healthy and fertile is a great message. The emphasis on planetary forces, blessings, female cow horns filled with manure planted on the equinox in specific moon phases might hinder the uptake or obscure the success of biodynamics for some.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White kwai muk (Artocarpus hypargyreus)
« on: December 30, 2019, 11:05:56 PM »
I did look at one article about the name of Carica papaya and I quote, "The word 'papaw' is favoured by the Shorter English Oxford Dictionary, and was first used in 1598 after being adopted from papaya or papay which was thought to be a derivation of the Caribbean word 'ababai'."

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White kwai muk (Artocarpus hypargyreus)
« on: December 30, 2019, 10:53:44 PM »
Common names are a funny thing, and its a bit like the English language in general with names and words constantly evolving.The terms custard apple for atemoya,paw paw for papaya,bullocks heart for A.reticulata or granadilla for giants passionfruit are mostly around 100 years old and wont change any time soon. Its not easy to challenge established common names and have something universal when they are ingrained. Latin names are different and need to be corrected, changed and used according to rules.
The origin and age of some of these common names would be interesting to research.

In the short term a spray of sulphur or liquid copper or even something like mancozeb will combat anthracnose head on. In the longer term trimming effected branch and opening up the tree to better airflow will help and burn diseased foliage and branches.
So besides spraying you can do a few things to minimise anthracnose.Soil health and nutrition is the key. Check pH is in the optimal range and if Ca and N are sufficient, as well as micronutrients. Mulching or having soil additives that encourage soil organisms to flourish is also helpful. Soil drainage is also very important and make sure watering isn't wetting the leaves.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A walk in the park
« on: December 28, 2019, 03:50:48 PM »
African breadfruit, Cola gabonensis, imbe, Oncoba, Cola acuminate, Diploglottis smithii

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A walk in the park
« on: December 27, 2019, 11:37:57 PM »
I have been strolling in that park again.

They get sold in markets in punnets occasionally here like figs or berries. A friend has 4 large trees and the fruit quality,productivity and characteristics seem quite different between the trees although the trees look the same.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Air layering Marang
« on: December 22, 2019, 07:40:33 PM »
Cutting of a few roots should not impact the health or vigour of the mother tree from the mechanical damaged caused.Suckers an inch high can be grown even if not yet producing their own roots.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Air layering Marang
« on: December 21, 2019, 08:27:31 AM »
Its pretty common to air layer breadfruit but probably easier just to chop off root suckers. I do wonder whether breadfruit being seedless in most varieties has any bearing on its ease with air layering.

My area is not so prone to fires being high rainfall and having rainforest surrounds.The erratic nature of rain is really pronounced lately in my area all the same.December averages about 8 inches of rain but last December had 40 and this December so far has had less than 3.
The water issue with droughts causes much competition for water with farmers, industry mining and towns at odds.The water allocation methods and river plans are heavily criticised.Dryland broadacre cotton in particular comes in for heavy criticism over the allocation and how it reduces environmental flows.

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