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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fermenting tropical fruits into alcohol
« on: January 23, 2018, 04:57:32 PM »
I would caution somebody using wood alchool for mixing with fruits  and consuming the drink. Does consumation of methylated spirits not lead to blindness ???? Ethyl alchool or alchool extracted from orange peel does not pose these problems.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mammee americana
« on: January 20, 2018, 04:22:49 PM »
I do have several mamee americana (in Brazil know as apricot do Pará) in my garden. They are   Dioecious   so better get three seedlings.
Germinated from seed they take 5-7 years to fruit. You know they are ripe when they fall to the ground.  Taste like apricot/mango, although mamee has one taste and mangos come with several tastes.  You can consume fruit or make ice cream

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: *Short*-lived tropical fruit trees?
« on: January 07, 2018, 05:13:04 PM »
To add: Pineapples, Guavas, Acerola, Pitanga

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pajura fruit
« on: December 26, 2017, 04:37:52 PM »
I have Coeuepia bracteosa    as well as Couepia rufia trees in my garden. When compared , Couepia rufia fruit has nore pulp and a lot more tastier to Couepia bracteosa. The seeds of both the Couepias are size of turkey eggs and it would be difficult to send outside Brazil due to Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture /Postal  regulations.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Big papaya tree
« on: December 26, 2017, 04:08:54 PM »
When my papaya trees get tall, I cut the top and cover with a plastic bucket. After some months side branches sprought. When they are about 6 inches length I remove some branches and replant them. My experience is that papaya trees  grow better in rocky soil compared to soft soil.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: New Member, Central Texas
« on: December 10, 2017, 04:41:36 PM »
Greetings from sunny    Recife in northeast Brazil !  Was not able to open your photos although I am on Google.

          Recife   :

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bakuri seed prep (Platonia insignis)
« on: December 05, 2017, 07:04:38 PM »
Are Bacuris  dioecious  ? I have a huge tall bacuri plant in my garden which every year gives pink-red flowers but no fruits . Any info on this regard would be appreciated

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Spondias germination
« on: November 28, 2017, 06:46:21 PM »
My experience with Spondias is that some  germinate easily from seed ( like Umbu - Spondia tuberosa), others   grow  easily from a piece of stalk ((like Caja- Spondia mobin or Siriguela- Spondia purpura)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cecropia fruit plant
« on: November 21, 2017, 07:46:27 PM »
Cecropia plants grow wild in my property. They are quite common in northeast Brazil especially along the coastal forests. Cecropia leaves are the staple diet of three toed sloths (Bradypus variegatus) in my region.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mamme Americana is dioceious?
« on: November 14, 2017, 06:34:14 PM »
        I would be glad to send you a photo of the white flower of the mamey tree I suppose to be male, (when it flowers) if you can identify it.  I also thought of chopping it down but decided to save it for its shade

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mystery Garcinia from southern Brazil
« on: November 14, 2017, 06:24:33 PM »
          Could you please let me know the size of your Bacupari. Here in my garden they grow wild. Compared to Achachairu mine are
smaller and more sour to taste.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mamme Americana is dioceious?
« on: November 14, 2017, 04:22:42 PM »
Twenty year back a friend of mine gave me a  MA seedling (30cm tall) .It grew up and when 10 meters tall started to flower but never has fruited. Another friend when I complained it did not fruit told me it needed a "female" companion. He sent me two new seedlins 6 years back. Both these grew up and started to flower and fruit profusely every year (months of october-december.  Would these last two trees fruit without the presence of the "male" which flowers but does not fruit ?????

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava dieback
« on: November 09, 2017, 03:27:54 PM »
The soil is sandy but I add a lot of mulch. I first thought it might be dry soil but this year we have had rain almost daily for the last 5 months and the posted photos were taken yesterday I fertilizes every 4 mos with 20-10-20.

Bamboo draws a lot of water. You should try Polyalthea longifolia also called the false Asoka tree. When planted in a row it forms a nice screen.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Custom question
« on: November 08, 2017, 04:41:52 PM »
Qwertzuiop: When you wish to trade plants or seeds  you have to satisfy regulatory regulations of your country  as well as of the country from which you are getting the products from. In your case you need to contact USDA/AHIS   and  enquire with your supplier in a foreign country
the regulations of his country for shipping these items.
          If you want to get plants or plant products like seeds from Brazil  LEGALLY  it is a long and exaushtive procedure. It will many times prompt you and say forget it !!!!!  Now if a scientific institution is looking for a plant or plant product, the process is the same but the
regulatory authority is more sympathetic and  might accelerate the procedure. This is my experience.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava dieback
« on: November 07, 2017, 07:10:55 PM »
Some of my guava trees this year showed changes in their leaves. Could some member help me to identify if it is a deficiency or a disease?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Green Caimito Blooming
« on: November 02, 2017, 05:36:50 PM »
Green caimitos germinated from seedlings take 6-8 year to flower  and fruit. That is my experience

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mamey Sapote oil extraction process
« on: October 21, 2017, 05:55:54 PM »
Neles: I think your posting on mamey sapote oil extration process should have specified if your need was for academic/scientific  purpose or for industrial use. There is a very active group in the Chemistry Dept. of Universidade Federal do Ceara in Fortaleza which has been studying the active principles /essential oils  of many plants of Northeast Brazil. They have published many scientific papers and books. The pharmacology dept of this university has investigated the action of some of the active principles in these oils  on the nervous, cardiovascular,renal and digestive systems . Once we know the scientific properties of the oil, depending on the use/application we look for industrial  need
 Oil extration process in an industrial scale is another aspect.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Surinam Cherry
« on: September 26, 2017, 06:56:52 PM »
Surinam cherries, also called Pitanga whether they are red or dark pink when ripe have sometimes a bitter  after  taste if you put them in the mouth.
 When ripe  I remove the seed by pressing with the fingers.  After straining either drink as juice. Or you  can make jam by cooking  ( pulp+skin) and add an apple for pectin.  After boiling, let cool down and strain.   Add equal amount in weight of sugar  for volume of juice and let it cook untill mixture thickens

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help ID Abiu variety
« on: September 26, 2017, 06:00:28 PM »
By the picture the seeds looks that of Abiu. Here below is a photo of an Abiu I picked from my garden last week.

I have two varieties in my garden: one as shown in photo is round. The other variety, not yet fruited is oval and at the distal end of the stalk has a "tit"

Tropical Fruit Discussion / PAW PAW
« on: September 20, 2017, 10:27:01 AM »
member Triphal informs me that he has had a nice crop of Paw Paw fruit.  Below are photos he sent me
 Interested collectors should PM him.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I need more guavas in my life.
« on: August 27, 2017, 07:59:24 PM »
I am looking for a publication detailing  varieties of guavas and disease in the guavas. Any references would be appreciated

Cássio: nice to hear from you and I agree 100% with you point of view.
Alexandre: Compliments on securing the clearance license/certificate. You have to tell us how you won over/contoured  the crazy bureaucracy.
         It is nothing wrong to demand a price for your work or job of sending. Many times we send an item and it never arrives  as it was destroyed in transit. The order party thinks we cheated. Best is to scan the envelope and send as a proof of mailing.
          With   brazilian  postal rates  skyrocketing  we will have to work from some other country!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Posting from Brazil to abroad.
« on: August 22, 2017, 06:03:33 PM »
By Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture as well as  Postal Rules,  to receive or to send seeds or plant products abroad you need a clearance certificate to be attached. To get an application for  this certificate is a long bureaucratic process. One is bound to declare contents of a package or parcel.  The moment the postal authorities read seeds or plant products they demand clearance certificate. If this certificate is not attached, the parcel is returned to sender or destroyed. If parcel passes postal  checking, luck  is on your side.   This has been my personal  experience

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Turmeric !
« on: August 07, 2017, 09:23:58 PM »
Tumeric leaves are used in the West Coast of India to make a type of steamed pancake called PATOLYOS. Fresh tumeric leaves are coated with a paste of rice flour. Grated coconut with jaggery is put on top of the  paste and folded, and  next steamed in water bath.
The leaves impart a pleasant flavour but are not consumed. Google Patolyos for further details.

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