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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.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Olosapo ( Coupeia Polyandra)
« on: August 05, 2018, 07:23:31 PM »
Raul: Thanks for the taste description. What about the seed size ?  Are they easy to germinate ? How long do they take ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Olosapo ( Coupeia Polyandra)
« on: August 05, 2018, 05:28:12 PM »
Raul could you please describe me the taste of this  fruit you have ? Does it have a big seed ?  I am asking this question because I have Couepia ruffia  whoose pulp is sweet and tastes like garbanzo flour.  I also have Couepia bracteosa, fruits are smaller in size (form and size is like that of your Couepia polyandra) outside skin is light grey in colour. Taste of pulp no good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana tree fruiting
« on: July 27, 2018, 06:04:37 PM »
After the tree has given the bananas ,when you cut the stalk, you can remove the flowers from the red cover and cook the flowers. Sauté some onions, put the flowers+some grated coconut+pinch of salt and let it cook for some time under low fire.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana tree fruiting
« on: July 27, 2018, 06:03:03 PM »
After the tree has given the bananas ,when you cut the stalk, you can remove the flowers from the red cover and cook the flowers. Sauté some onions, put the flowers+some grated coconut+pinch of salt and let it cook for some time under low fire.

I do have a huge tree of Flacourtia indica commonly called jagoma from seed I brought (1980) from Goa,India. Tree is huge (15m tall) and bears fruit more than twice a year. Plant took 5 years to fruit. Fruits are tasty, sweet .Taste improves when you massage the fruit between your palms.
   Curious to know how this Flacourtia compares to Flacourtia inermis (Katu lovi) found in Sri Lanka.

 I have some varieties of yam in my garden. Is there any manual/book describing the varieties which could help me to classify my varieties ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: pineapple top planting
« on: June 29, 2018, 05:23:47 PM »
Planting a pineapple top depends a lot on the source of the pineapple. Here in northeast of Brazil which is a pineapple producing area if you buy a fresh nice pineapple in the city market,  eat the fruit and plant the top it will grow but  will take 18- 24 months to fruit . Rooting is accelerated if you remove  some of the lower leaves and keep this part bare in contact with soil.  Planting a slip or a sucker,  fruits in 12-15 months. Have about 200  "Pernambuco" variety in my garden.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Please ID
« on: June 22, 2018, 06:05:55 PM »

Could any member of this forum help me to identify this plant ? Are the fruits edible ?  Thanks

With regards to Triphal´s comment: " I am helping other Nurseries and home owners, promoting ( Totally Non Commercial ) rare but useful low land tropical fruit trees from around the world "     I would like to vouch on  Triphal´s  valuable knowledge and help he has conveyed to me on the flora of India.

I still have not understood your objetives : Are you going to grow to show the varieties of citrus ? Taste is something relative - why bother if the visitor has no access to taste the fruit ? Will the visitors have a chance only to see/watch ? or have a chance to try the fruit ?
My opinion: Try and plant all varieties of citrus which will grow in your environment.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Syzygium bud to flower time
« on: June 02, 2018, 06:11:39 PM »
You did not specify the syzygium you have but, it looks to be Syzygium cumini (Eugenia jambolam) native to India. It will fruit in 2-3 months This variety is invasive in many parts of the world, inclusive in northeast Brazil. Fruits are pink, sweet and tasty. In Goa they make wine of the fruits.  Consumption of fruits  and seeds in powder form has been shown  to lower blood glucose levels but it cannot be used to treat diabetes as the problem of standardization has not been worked yet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Uvaia fruiting
« on: May 28, 2018, 05:20:34 PM »
I have uvaias in my garden. To me they are sweet and have a woody taste. My uvaias  are planted in the ground and receive full blast of tropical sun. I have no problems of insects/worms attacking the fruits. The big problem with uvaias is that they ripen very fast and you have to consume the day you pick them from the ground or pluck when ripe. As such they are not sold in the markets. Personally I prefer Eugenia uniflora to Eugenia pyriformis, for taste, as a juice and to make jam.

It would help a lot if  put  a scale/ruler in mm or inches by the side of your fruit, in your photos

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tasting Pitomba
« on: May 07, 2018, 06:03:41 PM »
If you liked Pitomba you should come for the Pitomba Feast  celebrated ever year for more than a year in the city of Jaboatao de Guararapes
near the Port city of Recife in Northeast Brazil.
Watch this celebrations :


Citrus General Discussion / Re: Watering Citrus
« on: April 05, 2018, 05:52:38 PM »
An agriculture products seller aproached me a few days ago to sell me silica (?) dioxide powder as a water retainer for plants. He advised me to soak a quantity of powder with water  overnight and put it in the pit where I was going to plant like a citrus graft.  Would like to know if this technique is effective. Anybody used this technique to retain water in a dry soil ?

Besides length of ripening  I think another additional factor to be taken into account is how long a mango stays ripe on your table without
getting rotten ! Compared to the local brazilian varieties found in north east Brazil ( Espada  and Rosa)  the  Haden variety brought in from Florida stays ripe for a longer time.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Pointed Gourd OR Parval
« on: March 16, 2018, 05:34:35 PM »
Looks like you have Coccinea grandis or indica. They reproduce better from a stalk than from seed.

In northeast of Brazil where I live we get four varieties of bananas/plantains. We remove them from the tree when they change colour from green to light yellow. They are ready for consuming when they are totally yellow. Ripening is accelerated if you wrap them in paper and put them in a closed box.

As to what I know , and experience on departure or entry into Brazil, you have to fill a declaration attesting that you are not bringing in or taking our seeds or plants  in/out of Brazil. False declaration if caught is liable for prosecution. You can enquire about rules/procedures at the Consular Services of Brazil, in your country.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Indian golden triangle
« on: February 25, 2018, 03:43:37 PM »
Western or Eastern Ghats ?. In Western Ghats you have the rainy season (Monsoons) starting mid may to august

I do have mammea americana (Mamey Apple), known in Brazil as Abricó do Pará, trees in my garden. They are  Dioecious. Seedlings sprout during the rainy season when ripe fruits fall in the ground. They take 6-8 years to bear fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Alphonsos in Aruba
« on: February 09, 2018, 06:43:44 PM »
Was your Alphonso mango from imported seed from USA or India ? Curious to know the source/supplier

Could you please explain to me what correlation the insulin plant Cissus has to the reference  you cite ???????

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Chayote (Sechium edule)
« on: January 23, 2018, 06:00:59 PM »
Chayote is rich in potassium ion and has been shown to have diuretic properties when consumed as fresh juice.

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