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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Papaya
« on: July 09, 2020, 04:15:17 PM »
Platynum: Have you ever tried eating an unripe Papaya ? If you pick up a really green one and  boil it with a pinch of salt , you can eat it as it tastes like a vegetable. Buying it unripe and storying it outside the refrigerator untill it ripens, it slows the mould growth like that on the photo. If you put an unripe store bought papaya in the refrigerator,  it slows the ripening process and the mould growth as well.
         I have tried rubbing cooking oil , gypsum powder  when I bring from the store, but cannot get rid of the mould.   

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Papaya
« on: July 05, 2020, 08:17:24 PM »
No doubt it is a mould which grows in areas which get bruised in handling after pick  up. After bringing the fruit home I wash them with soap and water. Next dry the fruit. How could I avoid the growth of the mould ???

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Papaya
« on: July 05, 2020, 09:18:24 AM »
 When I buy papayas in a fruit store, I have noticed recently that they develop ugly spots on the outside skin after I keep them to ripen for  3-4 days. Would  welcome solutions to get rid of this problem


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Recipes / Re: Papaya
« on: July 05, 2020, 09:14:14 AM »
 When I buy papayas in a fruit store, I have noticed recently that they develop ugly spots on the outside skin after I keep them to ripen for  3-4 days. Would  welcome solutions to get rid of this problem


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tamaraca Mango
« on: May 14, 2020, 09:08:10 PM »
After I sent you a message I found out that   safarigarden.com sells grafts of this variety of ITAMARACÁ mango in Brazil. They have a picture of this variety

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tamaraca Mango
« on: May 14, 2020, 08:57:32 PM »
I live in Recife, northeast Brazil. Near the city we have an island called ITAMARACA and the local hawkers sell a variety of mango called MANGA DE ITAMARACÁ, which is green in colour even when ripe and quite sweet. I do not have a photo to send you because now these mangoes are out of season.  You can get them in the months of december -february.  Would like a photo of the mango you decribe to compare.

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Thank you Sea Walnut for your recomendation. I am going to try.

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I had to cut a Syzygium cumini tree as its roots were compromising my tubewell. Would like to know if there is any chemical product which when applied would decompose the buried tree stump faster and avoid regrowth of the tree

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Coconut opener
« on: January 24, 2020, 07:50:19 PM »
Another item which needs to be specified  is if  you are looking for a coconut opener for a green (tender) coconut  to consume the water and white  soft  matter - for this a hole saw attached to an eletric drill does the job in a simple way.  To open a dried coconut you need to dehusk it first - then crack with a machete and use a grater to remove the white matter. You get hand graters in form of a spoon  and graters you can attach to a motor or eletric drill. If interested I will be glad to send details. There are several  coconut dehusking gadgets described in You Tube.

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For taste experience try  biting  a phyllanthus emblica  (Indian gooseberry or Amla) and next have a sip of water!

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I happened to read this post today and would like to compliment Triphal for his observations. Collectors of seeds get excited  when they see a posting for sale of rare seeds. Many collectors shell out a lot of money and get frustrated to see that seeds they bought did not germinate because they were not viable. My personal opinion is that the seller should describe the conditions of the collection ( locale, date, precautions in avoiding fungus) and assure viability of germination.
    To those interested in cultivating Cupuassu I would recommend the following publication: file:///H:/PLANTAS%20&%20FRUTAS/CUPUACU/LivroBPA.pdf
Boas Praticas Agricolas da Cultura do Cupuaçuazeiro,  written by Ms Aparecida das Graça Claret de Souza, of Embrapa, Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture..Publication has  60 pages and is in Portuguese.
     Cupuassu thrives best in the Amazon Region  I do have Cupuassu trees in my garden which bear quite an amount of fruit in my region (northeast of Brazil) in the months of July -August. The seeds I have collected have a short germination time of a few days when dry.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Szechuan pepper
« on: October 16, 2019, 08:06:58 PM »
In Goa, on the west coast of India they use   Tefal or Triphal  ( Zanthoxlum Simulans ?) in making of  mackeral fish curry. This pepper is not hot but has a lemony aroma. It is used to impart a tingling sensation to the bucal mucosa as you consume the curry. Wonder if Sechuan pepper has the same function. I have a young  Triphal tree in my garden. The bark and leaves are spiny.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Abacaxi Pineapple Plant
« on: September 19, 2019, 05:48:25 PM »
  Did you know why is it called  " White Abacaxi of Pernambuco" ? In the past century there were shiploads of this variety of Pineapple being shipped from the Port of Recife - Capital of the State of Pernambuco to Florida (USA) and other countries like Argentina.  This variety  is extremely sweet with white pulp. The fruit form is more conical compared to other "barrel" shaped pineapples.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticaba Pernambuco
« on: June 16, 2019, 07:48:47 PM »
In Pernambuco, a State in northeast Brazil  jaboticabas do not grow well as in the States of Minas Gerais and São Paulo. Reason is the warm climate of Pernambuco . In Pernambuco there is no jabo with this name. Maybe  an overseas collector who picked up jaboticabas  whilst in Pernambuco  and took them to his country labeled them with this name.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Oranges And Its Sugar Content
« on: May 16, 2019, 07:16:51 PM »
Mmanners:
            I did err in my expression "Drinking a glass of orange juice will not create a spike in your blood sugar level in a period of two hours"
 What I meant to say was that  the spike will be there but it will be far of less less amplitude, compared to a same volume and percentage of glucose intake.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Oranges And Its Sugar Content
« on: May 15, 2019, 08:12:09 PM »
Drinking a glass of  fresh orange juice will not create a spike in your blood glucose level in a period of two hours, but will surely increase the baseline blood sugar levels. The level also depends on the amount of frutose, fibre and pectin in the juice.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pernambuco Pineapple's
« on: May 03, 2019, 05:17:41 PM »
How does the Pernambuco variety you have compare to color of pulp,  weight, texture, brix reading, depth of the eyes, time to fruit to the other varieties you have in your garden ?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Suriname cherry varities
« on: April 27, 2019, 05:46:36 PM »
I have the red, orange and dark-pink to black varieties in my garden. To me the sweetest and most delicious is the black variety. I consume
 them by plucking of the bush ( when they begin to fall ripe).  Eat them fresh, make juice  (in a blender which does not crack the seeds) as well as make jam. (For details of blender and how to make jam, please send PM).  Crushing the seed in the blender contributes to the acrid taste.
     Is there any publication or list describing the varieties and characteristics ?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple identification help
« on: March 25, 2019, 09:22:48 PM »
Is there any ilustrated  chart or catalog/handbook describing the varieties of pineapples ? In the begining of the last century there were shiploads of pineapples  sent to Florida USA and this variety I was told was called "Pernambuco" variety. These pineapples have a conical form, white pulp and are extremely sweet. Occasionally I find in the Central Market in Recife another variety which they call "Hawai" which is barrel shaped, yellow pulp, more solid and not so sweet.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Does my citrus have HLB?
« on: March 21, 2019, 05:21:45 PM »
Would you mind to furnish the reference to this test using iodine ? (Foum, topic & date)

                            Thanks

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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Moringa oleifera
« on: February 17, 2019, 04:06:25 PM »
Moringa oleifera is also known in India as drumsticks.   Green drumsticks after cleaning the outside skin and cut into  3-4 " pieces are used in a south indian dish  called sambar , a type of curry.  Instead of putting them in a curry, I cook them with fresh grated coconut and shrimp.
As this is not a gourmet forum, interested members can  please  pm me for details.

In Brazil drumsticks have been used in water purification but I have not come across somebody using moringa seeds as a subsitute for beans.

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I used to grow coccinia indica (tinda) in my garden. The unripe fruit when still green can be eaten just boiled in water, split and added to sauté onions  and made into  spiced oily pickles.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless papaya?
« on: November 17, 2018, 04:05:53 PM »
I do have been planting papayas in my garden for the past 20 yrs. I have had this case of papayas without or very less than normal seeds. But this is an isolated case. Lately I have had the opposite problem. All the papayas I plant from store bought fruit, yield  fruits with a huge amount of seeds. The taste of these fruits is different from original store bought but this is explainable due to cross pollination.
If all the papayas give less seeds and mine give abnorbmally more,  there should be a factor which is responsible for number of seeds.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Seeds in Papayas
« on: November 11, 2018, 04:23:01 PM »
I have noticed that when I plant seeds from a store bought papaya, the resulting papaya trees  produce  papayas  with an  imense quantity of seeds. Sometimes the seeds occupy almost half the volume of the fruit.  Question:    Is there a factor or a substance which stimulates the formation of seeds inf some types of fruits ? 

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Recipes / Re: What do you do with guavas?
« on: August 22, 2018, 07:06:20 PM »
Guavas  have  pectin. By cooking them and passing through a strainer you can make guava jam. If you pass through a straining cloth you can make  guava jelly. You can get instructions on You Tube  or you contact me.
 In Brazil  in many restaurants they serve Romeu & Juliet for dessert ( A slice of guava jam  on side with a slice of cheddar or Edam cheese)  or Guava Ice Cream.

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