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Any one have amber autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) cuttings or seedlings to exchange or sell? Thank's!  ;D

Online store selling BLUE JAVA in UK: MUSA ‘Ice cream’/’Blue java’ 1L – Turn It Tropical
PS: I already bought and like it 100%! I think it's the true one...

Recipes / Malabar Chestnut Sprouts in a Tropical Sauce
« on: February 15, 2016, 05:09:07 PM »
I recently came across malabar chestnut sprouts while shopping at Upcountry Farmer's Market in Pukalani (Maui).  I met a very enthusiastic young entrepreneur named Eric, who grows malabar chestnut sprouts.  He grew up in a farming family on Hawaii.  He said he learned to grow malabar chestnut from reading the old fashioned way--in his community library!  He prefers to go there for information.  He explained that he places the chestnuts in dry grass and waters them.  One week later the sprouts are ready to eat!  These sprouts have a fresh, crunchy, nutty taste and are absolutely delicious!  If you are interested in finding Eric he is located in the back of the farmer's market overlooking the beautiful view of the West Maui mountains, he is there Saturday from 7 am to 12 noon.  When you meet and talk to your community farmers they can tell you how they grow the produce.  It is a lot of sweat, hard work and sometimes pain to grow fresh fruits and vegetables.  Please support your local farmers!  Mahalo Eric for the tasty sprouts and for the education!!


1/2 T butter
1 T olive oil
1/8-1/4 t minced garlic
1/8-1/4 t minced ginger
2 C malabar chestnut sprouts, cut into 1 inch lengths
1 t oyster sauce
3 T coconut milk
A pinch of sugar
1/2 t crushed roasted peanuts, garnish
1 outer layer of a banana blossom, serving bowl
Banana leaves, serving place mat

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Edible cactus plants
« on: January 05, 2016, 10:55:51 AM »
All true cactus fruit is safe to eat -- but some taste better than others. Some taste best cooked, and most have to be peeled or otherwise have their spines removed before you put one in your mouth!

And, of course, everyone likes different things. So it's advisable to try some of the cactus you're considering before buying, to make sure you like it and aren't allergic.

Which edible cactus you choose depends on what you want to use it for and what look you want in your edible landscaping.

Many edible cacti belong to one of the 200+ Opuntia species, also known as the nopales, nopalitos, the cactus pear, or the paddle cactus.

The leaves and egg-shaped fruit (or "tunas") of all Opuntia are edible. You can identify Opuntia species by their oval, flat leaves or "paddles", covered with small spines.

The prickly pear cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) is the most famous and well-loved of the edible cacti.

Also called the Indian fig, their leaves and fruit are very flavorful and are a staple of many dishes in Central America and the southwestern US. This cactus has been introduced into places as varied as Australia, northern Africa, and the Galapagos islands.

Opuntia are quite cold-tolerant (growing as far north as British Columbia) and in some places have become invasive, but they have a lot of uses in edible landscaping (they make excellent barrier hedges), and can make a stunning centerpiece in rock gardens or other drought tolerant landscapes.

Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea), the elegant symbol of the southwestern US desert, has edible fruit when it's fully mature (which can take decades).

However, the saguaro plant itself is difficult to obtain, and is illegal to move without a permit in many areas.

If you have one growing on your property, congratulations!

The organ pipe cactus or ool (Stenocereus thurberi) resembles a saguaro but is smaller with "arms" that usually grow at the base of the plant, rather than farther up the main trunk.

It has lavender flowers and red fruit known as pitahaya dulce, about the size of a golf ball.

The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona (US) is full of these, and a visit is a wonderful way to see these lovely cacti in their native environment.

The barrel cactus fruit can be picked and eaten raw, and has no spines, making it the easiest to handle. The flowers and buds are also edible.

One of the legends of the American Wild West was that barrel cacti could be cut open and the pulp squeezed for water that would keep you alive in the deep desert. I've heard that barrel cactus juice doesn't taste very good but is better than dying of thirst!

The vine-like night-blooming cereus (Hylocereus), otherwise known as the "dragonfruit" or pitaya (and also called pitahaya dulce in some areas), is a cactus with long fleshy leaves and bright red or yellow fruit with a white or red center and black, crunchy seeds with high nutritional value. The plant has large, fragrant white flowers that only bloom at night.

Several species are also called "night-bloming cereus", such as Peniocereus greggii.

There are other cactus fruits called pitaya such as from the Peruvian Apple Cactus (Cereus repandus), which looks very different from Hylocereus, but also has sweet, brightly colored edible fruit.

Another group of edible cacti are the Epiphyllum species or orchid cactus, which look and act much like the Hylocereus species, but their fruit isn't as large. These all have stunning flowers! ...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafting Banana Trees
« on: October 30, 2015, 04:00:44 PM »
I didn't know banana trees can be grafted. I just found 3 videos.  ;)

I read that dispite the great qualities this species can have, it can be too disruptive to some biotipes. I read it can kill insects and even fauna, flora and birds! This article is an alert about it: Any thoughts? Thank's!

CNN retweeted

 CNN Weather Center ‏@CNNweather  · 11m11 minutes ago 
Major changes to latest NHC forecast. Everyone in Southeast should watch #Erika this weekend for additional changes.

That would be a major Disaster if a CAT 3 or Greater HIT

MIAMI the Storm Surge Plus High Tide you Obliterate it.

This is a Rajapuri banana...  ;D    

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Some banana varieties wanted
« on: July 30, 2015, 10:56:44 AM »
I want Dwarf California Gold, Ae Ae or Manini, and Praying Hands. Any one have them? Thank's!  ;D

I want seeds of Winged yam (Dioscorea alata), Longevity spinach (Gynura procumbens) and Okinawa spinach (Gynura crepioides).  Thank's!  :)

Anyone have them now? Thank's!  :)

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Oca and Ulluco tubers wanted
« on: December 05, 2014, 07:47:42 AM »
Anyone growing Oca (oxalis tuberosa) and  Ulluco (ullucus tuberosus)? I'm interested. Thank's!

For those interested in rare fruit cactus i thought interesting to post this seller link. He is a serious seller, i already buy several items from him.  :) "Sanki is a recently known Andean Fruit of the Cactii family, normally growing over 3000 meters over see level.

It has been recently appreciated after studies because of their rich content an ascorbic acid (C vitamin), great antioxidant properties and a great amount of potassium (doubling that amount in bananas).

It is know the fruit of choice for persons who require a good and healthy supplement for antioxidants and electrolytes, as sporting and older people”

Enduring and beautiful cactus schrub, fast growing and delicious fruits."

Citrus General Discussion / Sweet lemon
« on: October 02, 2014, 04:10:12 PM »
Hi everyone! I was in a friend's house and she show me a big sweet lemon tree. I never see it, so i want to hask if you guys know it. It's a variety or a new species? The flavour is like a sweet lemonade, very juicy and the smell is strange. A must to have! Thank's!  :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Brasiliopuntia brasiliensis cactus
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:48:48 PM »
Anyone knows brasiliopuntia brasiliensis fruit? This is a good fruit? Thank's!  :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Solanum diploconos
« on: July 07, 2014, 01:50:09 PM »
Hi everyone! Anyone is growing Solanum diploconos? It seams interesting fruit. Thank's! ;D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cultivation of pecans
« on: June 25, 2014, 02:46:06 PM »
Hi everyone! I nead some help, because i'm considering to plant one or two pecan trees. I can have access to this varieties: Cherokee, Mahan, Wichita, and Cheyenne. Any one of you can help me to choose one or two var to plant? Thank's! ;D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Aristotelia chilensis / Maqui Wineberry
« on: June 06, 2014, 02:46:58 PM »
Anyone has this one? Grown in the far south of South America, known as Patagonia, the Chilean maqui wineberry has become known as the “Patagonia Super Fruit” primarily due to its high levels of antioxidant properties. For generations this small purple fruit has been consumed by Mapuche Indians who ate maqui as a fermented beverage. 


According to Natural News, Maqui contains 300 percent more anthocyanins and 150 percent more polyphenols than any known food or drink, including wine. Anthocyanins and polyphenols are types of antioxidants that fight free radicals and can offer anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-cancer benefits. Maqui also helps to prevent food-borne illnesses through it antibacterial properties.


Even more interesting is that maqui is able to surive and thrive in many harsh climates and thus must produce a large amount of UV ray-deflecting phytochemicals which help to project the plants. Not only do these chemicals help the plants but they also can help protect humans. The consumption of large amounts of phytochemicals can prevent damage caused by sun exposure, toxins and pollution – as a result it can also promote a radiant and ageless complexion.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Black Goji (Lycium ruthenicum Murr.)
« on: June 06, 2014, 02:27:32 PM »
It seams excelente to health! Anyone has it?

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Wanted good Pummelo seeds
« on: June 03, 2014, 09:10:20 AM »
Hi everyone! I want to buy or trade good and if possible sweet pummelo seeds. Thank's!  ;D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cherimoya flower question
« on: May 26, 2014, 10:22:37 AM »
Hi everyone! Today i saw that the cherimoya tree i plant last month got 26 flower buds! All my trees never fruit in the first time they flower, so my question is what can i do to make my tree to fruit and hold the fruits untill they mature in first year? Thank's! ;D

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Eugenia rostrifolia
« on: May 18, 2014, 05:00:19 PM »
Anyone have Eugenia rostrifolia seeds to sell or trade? Thank's!  ;D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Baccaurea angulata fruit...
« on: May 16, 2014, 05:36:32 AM »
Baccaurea angulata is a close relative of the Starfruit (Averrhoa carambola). Some may called it Red Angle Starfruit.  I didn't know this fruit but it's beautifull!  :P

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Anyone growing Schisandra chinensis?
« on: April 28, 2014, 07:15:18 AM »
Anyone knows any growing tips, how long to fruit, etc? Thank's!

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