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 I have eaten the green ambarellas pickled in brine o, in hot pickles  as well as in coconut juice curries when visiting Goa,  on the west coast of India.
 In Recife, Brazil  I have  Spondias mombin - yellow coloured elliptical fruits. Great for juice and icecream- locally called cajá
                                       Spondias dulcis -  greenish yellow coloured consumed in natura- locally called cajarana
                                       Spondias púrpura- yellow orange coloured consumed in natura or juice- locally called ceriguela

                                     Have a spondia from seed I collected in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico which flowers but never fruits probably to climate.  Any clue to this variety/name ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: cupuassu Harvest time
« on: March 12, 2014, 05:41:50 PM »
Hi Luis
            Cupuaçu home made ice cream  and juice are delicious. If you give me a choice , I would rate Mangaba no 01, Cupuaçu 02. Did you receive the mail I sent you ?
                                    um grande abraço

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: cupuassu Harvest time
« on: March 12, 2014, 12:41:45 PM »
Saw your posting for Cupuassu. There is a quite usefull booklet on this fruit put out by EMBRAPA. Brazil. It is in Portuguese. Have you facility/or someone in your area who can translate it for you? I can send you a pdf version in portuguese of same.
                Cupuassu is planted in an industrial scale  mostly in the State of Pará in the Amazon. Big enterprizes run by japanese  settlers.
I have some cupuassu trees which fruit in the month of april-june. They like shade
                                      Best regards
                                                                 Recife. Brazil

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: lemon in strawberry guava jam: why?
« on: March 10, 2014, 10:18:32 AM »
    I believe you use lemon in making your jam because of its citric acid content and it acts as a preserver. You can make jam as per your recipe or you can make guava jelly. Appearance looks like apple jelly but taste is different. If interested how to make drop me a line at
                                                                          um abraço

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Way to Consume Carambola
« on: March 02, 2014, 08:00:43 AM »
A glass of Carambola (fruit+ water) juice will do no harm to a person with normal kidney functions. Here is an article worth reading:  . I believe bilimbi fruit has more oxalic acid than carambola. Use bilimbi to remove rust stains on white clothing.

Olá Ric 
 Boas Festas
              Ainda não recebi as sementes de jaboticaba que me ias mandar ? Esquecestes?????

                                                      Carlos Peres da Costa

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fernandin Mango
« on: December 24, 2013, 12:55:36 PM »
You get Fernandin mangoes  (if the variety is same) in Goa,India  around the months of June, around the peak of the monsoons. They are a late variety which ripen after malcurada, Hilário, Ratnagiri varieties. This  mango has a green skin even when ripe. Instead of scooping it with a spoon, you eat this mango by removing the skin with a knife and cutting it in slices. The most interesting thing of this mango variety is that you can roast the seed with the  hard cover. The cotiledones are quite tasty and edible. This is different to other mangoes. Curious to know  from where you got this cultivar.   


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Profile of a good malay apple
« on: December 15, 2013, 08:48:29 AM »
I have some malay apple trees  (dark pink variety) in my garden. I miss the light rose variety. The fruits I get are not the size reported by Mike or Oscar.
            What I admire in the Malay Apple tree is their  beautifull conical shape it displays. Last rainy season , a strong wind broke a whole big branch of a tree. Within 10 mos the tree is back in its beautifull profile. My question what makes a malay apple tree adopt a nice "silhouette" whilst the cashew apple tree next to it grows all  auckward. Wind cannot be a factor if both these trees are next to one another. Any comments?????

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lychees
« on: December 15, 2013, 08:23:06 AM »
Availing of this thread on Lychees I would like to know if there are any varieties which fruit in warm tropical weather. I have three different trees grown from seeds from different sources. Trees are more than 15 meters tall, more than 10 years old and never flower or fruit. I live in Recife a port city in northeast Brazil.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugar Cane Juicer
« on: December 15, 2013, 08:13:04 AM »
I live in northeast of Brazil where sugar cane is planted and processed in sugar mills. The sugarcane variety for making sugar is different that for making  fresh juice . Fresh sugar cane juice is sold in stalls /shops along the roads and markets. Most of these juicers are powered by  small  diesel or eletric motors. The hand cranking juicer is more for small domestic use. No big maintenance needed except a good wash after use. As most of the hand cranking units are of cast iron, without daily use they pick up rust due to the wet tropical weather.
           Person interested in purchasing is advised to send an email  (can be in english) to supplier,  enquiring cost of equipment, packing and shipping charges.  Companies ship by Express Post (called SEDEX in Brazil), DHL  and Federal Express . Another option is to enquire with the supplier if they have a representative in the States and contact the representative.
           Remember that the cost of shipping  from Brazil , will be more than the cost of the  hand cranked juicer which is quite heavy as it is of cast iron.                               

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugar Cane Juicer
« on: December 14, 2013, 08:50:38 PM »
Here in Recife, northeast Brazil  there are many  hardware stores selling all sorts of sugar cane juicers!  The hand cranking ones are all made of cast iron  and are more popular for small scale juice production. Among the motorized ones you can get some models with stainless steel rollers. If you have any questions feel free to write. Although I am not in this business, will be glad to find it for you.
 Most of these juicers are manufactured in the state of São Paulo, some 2000 Km south.
                                                     warm regards

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: tree labeling
« on: December 14, 2013, 07:52:08 AM »

This Dymo labelwriter can do metal labels.
    I have a Dymo labelwriter quite similar to the one pictured. It does not do a good job on strips of aluminium cans. The plastic embossing wheel does not emboss well on aluminium.
    I am looking for a metal embossing system or metal letter punch. Any suggestions on models and aprox price ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugar Cane Juicer
« on: December 14, 2013, 07:09:46 AM »
Here are some sites in Brazil which sell hand cranked, and motorized sugar cane juicers: One USD = Aprox 2.40 Reais
The hand cranked ones last  almost a lifetime You drink the juice to replenish the energy you loose in cranking !!!

This company sells models which you can adapt a motor also:
Moenda de cana e caldo de cana
                                                           Good Luck

 Bilimbis are always sour. Never come across a  variety which is sweet.  Bilimbi juice as it is rich in oxalic acid is used to remove rust from your clothes. In some cultures it subtitutes lime juice/ vinegar in cooking. Any easy way to germinate bilimbi seeds ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticaba sp ID?
« on: November 09, 2013, 09:46:18 AM »
Hi Asafron
                      I have a  two  jaboticaba trees in my farm. Do you know where I could get a list/classification of Jaboticaba varieties ? Would appreciate any info in this regard.
                                                                                Recife. Brazil

                    Would like to contact you. Could you please e mail me :
                                                                                                                Recife. PE

 I have a mango tree in my garden where most of the mangos show this change in pulp.  Is this a  nutritional problem ? What corrective measure would be advisable?

              Thank you in antecipation

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Phyllanthus emblica anyone growing it ?
« on: September 29, 2013, 07:51:13 PM »
Hi Luc
   Saw your posting here. I have two tall (16m) amla trees. Years back I got them from Goa and Dharwad (Karnataka) in India. The Goa one gives small size fruits (4 cm dia), the Dharwad one gives big size fruits(7 cm diam). Plenty of fruits but no sucess in germinating seeds.
 The garcinias you sent have sprouted ! Thanks

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