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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Fig hedge
« on: March 22, 2019, 04:24:58 AM »
We grow several types of figs, but we don't grow them as a hedge.
Figs taste great and grow fast, but they drop their leaves during the winter months. So during that time the hedge won't give you much privacy or function as a windbreak. If that is no problem to you, you could consider a mix of fig varieties. So that you have different types of tasties during a longer time of the year  :)

If you prefer a hedge that is evergreen, feijoa is a pretty good option. The bush looks ornamental, the fruit can't be found in a grocery store and it tastes good depending on the variety. It grows slow, which is both a good and a bad thing. It makes it low maintenance, but it may also take some time before the hedge is how you want it to be.

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There are a lot of sources saying Ivy Gourd is invasive in places like Hawaii and India, but none say anything about mediterranean climates. Does anyone have experience with them in a Mediterranean climate?

Here's the most reliable resource about invasive species I use: https://www.cabi.org/isc/datasheet/14659
Since coccinia grandis prefers tropical rainforest climate, I guess that's the reason why you can't find any info about it in mediterranean climates. Way too dry.

Coccinia grandis can handle extreme dry. They will be difficult to control without vigilance. I left some in pots without water for almost a year. They did not perish and grew rapidly once watered. We have sharp dry seasons here in Vieques, probably much like the Mediterranean.

Well, I'm in one of the more arid parts of the Mediterranean. A bit further south from here there are areas that almost get as much rainfall as Vieques, but this area gets about a quarter of that. Growing it in a pot is a good idea, makes it easier to protect it from cold nights as well.
I guess I'll start with that and see how invasive it will be here  :)

It is better to grow this on pot or on the ground? I'm afraid to loose it during the winter... Thank's!

According to the info at Dave's Garden it's hardy to about -3/-4. So if you have one I would put it in a pot too. They are not so easy to come by in Europe  ;)

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That would be very good news. I'm considering to add it to my garden, but I wouldn't want it to spread into nature. Like all perennial cucumber/squash-like crops it's very uncommon. The only one occasionally grown is chayote.
Is there anyone on the forum that is growing, or has grown, ivy gourd (also tindola or scarlet gourd) in a Mediterranean climate?

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There are a lot of sources saying Ivy Gourd is invasive in places like Hawaii and India, but none say anything about mediterranean climates. Does anyone have experience with them in a Mediterranean climate?

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Frutales Tropicales from Spain, which ships abroad, currently has only one variety of fingerlime for sale.
According to their website they are working together with a farm from Australia (http://www.caviarvegetal.es/en/) to make more varieties available in the future. They look amazing, but apparently there hasn't been an update on it since december 2015.

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Recipes / Re: pineapple recipes
« on: August 11, 2018, 04:22:59 PM »
Eating too much at once will 'burn' your tongue, because of an enzym in the fruit called bromelain. It breaks down protein and is sometimes used to tenderize meat (instead of those meat hammer things). It doesn't just make pork tender, but also our own meat  :D
Same can happen with too much papaya, but then because of papain.
About the fruit. I really like it as a juice, or when the juice is made to make a virgin piņa colada. They're amazing.
I've also ate them fried once, a pineapple version of pisang goreng, which was really good. Haven't tried making it myself though. You could try this one out: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/245701/pineapple-fritters/

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: August 08, 2018, 05:48:15 PM »
Hey all,

New here, although I've been quietly reading the forum for a while.
Originally I'm from The Netherlands, but I'm living in Poland right now. Both have cold winters, which meant container growing. But next month we are moving to Spain. Where we have bought some rural land. It has a lot of old olive trees, a few pines, carobs, an almond tree, a fig, blackberry bushes and the regular regional herbs like rosemary, thyme and cistus.

The climate there is a lot warmer and probably good enough for growing some of the more hardy tropicals:
- 2700 hours of sun per year
- 550 mm of rain with a dry period in summer
- Average maximum temperatures between 16-30 degrees Celsius (61-86 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Average minimum temperatures between 8-20 degrees Celsius (47-68 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Yearly extremes range from 0-41 degrees Celsius (34-106 degrees Fahrenheit)
- 400 chill hours (0-7 degrees Celsius) per year

So I'm hoping to learn about new things that can grow in the region, which varieties are best, where to get seeds or plants and of course to get to know some people with similar interests  :)

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