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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Opening Coconuts
« on: October 31, 2016, 07:32:03 PM »
a peeling feature in case you want to make coconut milk and thus can't leave the skin on it.
You can leave the brown peel on when making coconut milk.

Haven't been there for forty years, but in those days boats came over from Columbia/Venezuela with fruit and veg to the docks in Orangestad.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which mango cutter works best?
« on: October 31, 2016, 07:09:42 PM »
Thanks for the thoughts. I have 50 trees and was wondering if anyone had experience with these devices.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Opening Coconuts
« on: October 31, 2016, 09:06:33 AM »
Quote from: LivingParadise
If you haven't tried yet, try making your own coconut milk. It is quite a process, but will give you a real appreciation for how they manage to get that stuff in a can! Fresh is a lot better. But man, is it a lot of work... If you are the sort to have something like a masticating juicer, I suppose you could cheat, but I don't have anything like that so had to do it by hand. I'm glad I did it at least once, and may try it again this Winter as the mature coconuts are piling up around the yard from palms that I couldn't reach...

I like the use of a plastic bag here for separating the cream.

After the cream is separated you can use it like that for anything other than frying, or do the last frying step to get clear oil.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Opening Coconuts
« on: October 31, 2016, 08:45:14 AM »
When I lived in the Caribbean I had one of these. You had to throw it in the sea for retrieval, then 'Spot' would tear them open! She enjoyed a small part as reward. Not trained, but exactly like this one I found.
You could probably train for it, though.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Which mango cutter works best?
« on: October 30, 2016, 11:31:43 AM »
I'm curious if anyone has used these tools, and which worked best in your  opinion?
Are there any others you may know of?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Passion fruit empty.
« on: October 26, 2016, 08:00:49 PM »
This discusses passionfruit pollination:

Shows how to hand pollinate:

Sounds like for best fruit you need bumblebees, hummingbirds, and plenty of different plants for compatibility, and pollination was best late afternoon/early morning.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Electrostatic Foliar Backpack Sprayer
« on: October 22, 2016, 10:51:13 PM »
Generally, the stop button on all small engines shorts out the spark plug to ground. If the electrostatic part sold provides a circuit between the spark plug and ground, the engine will stop. Doesn't matter if it is Stihl, kawasaki, solo or Briggs/stratton. I don't know what they were thinking 

There is a US ministry group which has been working to send thousands of breadfruit to Haiti in the past. I saw a youtube video. Try searching Haiti breadfruit. They could probably arrange shipment and distribution.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Electrostatic Foliar Backpack Sprayer
« on: October 11, 2016, 10:37:15 AM »
I've always used a spreader-sticker in my mist blower, These products are surfactants which break up the surface tension found on glossy surfaces. When I found that the active ingredient was  sodium or ammonium laureth sulfate, I recalled it was the active ingredient in shampoo and used that ever since, This was on cabbage family plants(very waxy leaves) with BT natural insecticide, but I expect it would work as well on most trees.

Here is a more technical discussion:

Guava should be easy enough to grow by cuttings, and would be an exact clone.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annonacin amounts in Annona fruits.
« on: October 06, 2016, 09:05:58 PM »

Spent some years around some 'healers'.
West Indian (Caribbean) folk medicine says that soursop (leaves only, please ;D) under pillow helps you sleep.

A single stake might be fine for a 1-2 ft tree without much top growth.
But a 5 ft tall tree with a single stake into the root ball wouldn't do much to keep the entire tree from tipping over especially if the ground gets saturated, the whole thing might just be tipped over. Some version of multiple stakes and strap ties might work better.
If 100 mph+ is expected maybe time to do sacrificial pruning?

I know that bananas are quick re-growers, and I've heard recommendations to go ahead and chop them down before a severe hurricane which would certainly topple them anyways.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruiting Salak in Florida with pictures
« on: October 01, 2016, 01:31:28 PM »
Hope it goes well. I love my trips to Pine Island and enjoy riding around to see what I can spot.  Good luck!

I hope to move over by this time next year and will enjoy visiting with anyone here.
Property is surrounded by 100 acres of vegetables in winter, they are protected from frost by giant wind machines and I should also benefit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruiting Salak in Florida with pictures
« on: October 01, 2016, 10:10:07 AM »
I plan to push the envelope in Bokeelia's microclimate. My plan is to put the ultra-sensitive breadfruit, mangosteen, etc. in a created microclimate at the center of the 3 acre property around a pond and sheltered by dense but less sensitive species. Likely during the first years this will take some cold-protection. Wish me luck!

I've used mechanical advantage like this video to pull otherwise impossible stumps with a tractor.
Rather than a built-up rig, just used a log section about 4 ft long and ran the chain over the top of the log.
You could use a large tractor tire rim as a roller to run the chain over.
It's an old farmer's method.

lots of plants respond to stress by flowering. I've heard of (anecdotally) people driving nails into coconut to induce flowering before. What may be happening is the wire is girdling the branch.
There is some basis for this:

Some are using compressed air to preserve fine roots when excavating a large tree. This might be pretty easy in sandy soil.

some ideas about building the tool, compressors rent easily.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Quararibea cordata in Florida?
« on: September 25, 2016, 09:27:50 AM »
How does one get one of these in FL? Sounds like it might do well in the Keys climate, and I like the look of the huge dark green heart leaves.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Overproductive Fruit Trees... As fodder!
« on: September 19, 2016, 04:38:15 PM »
You should google these words together:
Echo feeding pigs banana stalks

Echo is a missionary training facility that prepares US people to deal with issues such as food insecurity poverty, etc. which they will encounter as missionaries in the 3rd world. During a tour of their facility in Ft. Myers, Florida I saw their pig raising system in action. They had a boar in a roofed pen living on 2-3 ft deep litter. They fed him mainly on fermented banana stalks, some supplemental grains and surplus/damaged produce/vegetable matter. The fermentation was mildly alcoholic and the operation produced a large amount of compost when the pen was cleaned out. There was no objectionable smell and he seemed happy, clean and cool. It seemed nearly ideal and might be scaled up on a unitized basis or larger pen housing multiple animals.

I support the ideals of permaculture and plan to implement my own medium scale project very soon.
This system could be a nearly closed loop with the compost produced being used to fertilize the banana plants with the input of 'overproductive' fruits/vegetables yielding a salable product besides pork -more bananas!
There may be certain Musaceae which are highly nutritious or productive of stem.
I urge you to look into this since it isn't re-inventing the wheel and seems to have been successful.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The BEST papaya ever
« on: September 10, 2016, 09:44:57 PM »
The  TRIPS Agreement of the WTO, allows patents on life and seeds
They have control of the farmers making them buy seeds from them every year
This is a huge problem in India
The Seeds Of Suicide: How Monsanto Destroys Farming


Plants have been patented for nearly 100 years. All of us, and many of our parents have lived our entire lives under tyranny, I suppose.

The claim that Indian Farmers commit suicide because someone is "making them buy seeds from them every year'" is false. Quite some time ago when I heard about that claim I looked into it. The meme has become well established, despite the facts. This is a comprehensive view of the subject:

Perhaps you should share this news with MS Shiva, who seems willing to ---stretch----the---facts---a lot.

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