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Looking for some help with anyone with actual knowledge on the fruit of this Pandanus.

Some are making decisions on new mango varieties based on very young, 2 - 3 year old, trees.  Here is a little bit of information to ponder.

Many people are going crazy over Fruit Punch this year, and for good reason.  What about last year, or the year before?  Is this the first year it has fruited?   Ok, I am not really asking these questions but trying to prove a point.  I ate my share of them last year, and had them back when they were M-23.  I know Alex talked of their quality in the past but for the mainstream, there was not much hootin and hollering about it.  And why, you ask?  I would attribute it to young age of tree.  The fruut were good in the past but very inconsistent and production was not great.  If you asked me what I thought based on last year, I would say could be good to very good but nothing to go crazy over.  A year later, production is high and quality is exceptional,  amongst the best.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best mango peeling/cutting tool
« on: July 16, 2014, 05:07:35 PM »
I think this may be new to the market, and not sure if everybody has heard of this thing.  Don't know what it is even called.  I think it should just be known as...KNIFE.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / who has a mature PPK/Lemon Meringue?
« on: April 29, 2014, 07:00:58 AM »
Trying to do some research and comparisons on mature PPK trees.  When I say mature, I am really talking about 7 years or so and older.  My reasoning is something that was just brought to my attention on two 10+ year old trees, one in Palm Beach County and one in Broward County.

Does anyone who owns a PPK in this age bracket notice any die back issue?

Does anyone who owns a PPK in this range notice their tree has the bark splitting in an unusual manner with orange sap bleeding from it?

I have picture I can post however having issues posting from my tablet.   I can email the photos to someone to post for me if anyone wants to volunteer.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / caution
« on: April 15, 2014, 10:42:30 PM »
I suggest all members exercise extreme caution when mailing/shipping any type of citrus material across state lines.  Please research carefully and fully know your state laws, as shipper, and the potential recipient's state laws.  Thank you.

Is anybody from South Florida planning on going to the Manatee Rare Fruit Club annual plant sale at the Bradenton Area Convention Center on May 19?

This isn't mine but what do you think is causing the yellowing on the bottom half only?  It was planted about a month ago.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Aru Canistel
« on: March 29, 2013, 10:02:10 PM »
Anybody have any info on this variety.  The only thing I know is that is supposed to be large, bigger than Bruce, with an elongated shape.  Tree I saw was a very nice, compact growth habit.

Ok, we are in late March and this is a bit ridiculous.  While only for a couple of days, lows are forecast to be at or just below 50 and highs at or just below 70.  I know it makes for great sleeping weather (being able to open the windows), it is really enough of this crap.  The plants here, and really myself, would like the warm/hot (this is SFla after all) weather already and would actually like to see it stay for good...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Talenti Alphonso Mango Sorbetto
« on: February 03, 2013, 10:25:27 AM »
Saw this at the store the other day, and of course I had to buy it.  Its February and ice cream is probably not the first thing on people's minds however if you are a mango lover I would go get yourself a pint.  You won't be disappointed...

I am looking to purchase Syzygium aromaticum/Clove seeds, quantity of 100 and possibly more, depending on the price.  Please PM/email me/


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Here you go Adam -- 25 gal Pickering in bloom
« on: January 13, 2013, 11:47:37 PM »
I had posted a while back that I had a Pickering in a 25 gal and had promised to post pictures.  I took some pictures today...and, well, without further ado...

The tree, in bloom of course

various pannicles

a "double pannicle"

not sure why but you can see the initial pannicle that strated died but it is now sending out new pannicles from this branch (there are a couple others like this)

I know Patrick uses and recommends the Castellari but what does everyone else use and recommend?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Felco 19 - the disinfecting pruners
« on: December 04, 2012, 07:44:01 AM »
For those who do a lot of pruning, especially large number and types of trees as well as from property to property, these look to be an investment well worth it.  Yes, you could manually do the work but this will save time and an overall cleaner process.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / White Sapote - "Leroy"
« on: December 02, 2012, 02:34:36 PM »
Is anybody growing this?  Anybody tasted?  Comments on taste, growth habit & production?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bacon Avocado
« on: November 19, 2012, 09:49:48 PM »
Looking for opinions for those who have personally grown/eaten this variety (growth habit, quality of fruit, "make up" of fruit (texture, richness, oil/fat content, flavor etc.), size of fruit, and harvest season on this variety, especially from those who have grown it and/or tasted it (Florida grown).  Would also like to here opinions for the Cali peeps.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Citrus out, Pomegranates in??
« on: September 29, 2012, 07:04:24 AM »


The Associated Press


After a 35-year career in citrus, the state's signature agricultural commodity, Bill Castle would like to help Florida growers diversify.

Castle, emeritus professor of horticulture at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, chose pomegranates, one of the world's oldest fruits, as a candidate for Florida's next commercial crop.

"There are four fruits of antiquity dates, figs, olives and pomegranates," he said. "We don't have a commercial pomegranate industry in Florida yet. What we're trying to do is determine the possibility to have a commercial industry."

The early buzz is encouraging, said Castle, a founding member of the Florida Pomegranate Association. He spoke to The Ledger on Friday, one week after 120 people showed up at the Lake Alfred center for the association's first meeting.

Castle has passed out about 7,500 pomegranate plants to more than 60 people and companies, most of them interested in developing a commercial enterprise, he said.

His research, which began in 2008, has tested 96 different kinds of pomegranates, or "selections" growing on 400 acres in Lake Alfred and a research farm near Winter Garden.

Castle has identified four pomegranate selections that appear to grow well in Florida, producing 40 to 60 fruit each year, he said. That compares well to pomegranate plants that grow in their native environments in the Middle East and southern Asia.

"There's a lot of interest right now, and I think we'll see a lot of planting next year," said Cindy Weinstein, a Zolfo Springs pomegranate grower.

Her business, Green Sea Farms, has five acres of pomegranate plants plus a pomegranate nursery with about 6,000 young plants over 75 selections, she said.

Weinstein estimated fewer than 100 commercial pomegranate acres currently in Florida.

Most commercial operators are growing on one- and two-acre test plots, Castle said, but larger operations are coming.

"There's quite a bit of enthusiasm right now," he said. "There's going to be people planting 10 to 20 acres next year."

Emory McTeer, who is growing citrus and blueberries on about 64 acres near Haines City, also got 180 pomegranate plants from Castle since 2009 and is growing them on a single acre.

"There is definitely potential and demand for the fruit," McTeer said. "The supermarkets tell us, 'If you have any local pomegranates, we'll take all you can give us.'"

Even if pomegranates become a commercial crop in Florida, however, it's likely to remain a small industry for the foreseeable future, Castle and McTeer agreed.

"We're not dismissing the citrus industry and saying this is going to replace the citrus industry," Castle said. "In my view, the best potential is on a small-farm enterprise, perhaps five to 20 acres. Twenty acres would be a big pomegranate enterprise."

Copyright The Associated Press

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Guanabana/Soursop seeds
« on: September 23, 2012, 12:30:04 AM »
I have some Guanabana/Soursop seeds for anyone who wants them.  The fruit they came from was low seed and low cotton content with excellent flavor.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Brandt Biomaster
« on: September 17, 2012, 06:49:09 PM »
Has anybody used this product on their tropical fruits?  If so, comments/results?

For those who haven't used or seen it before, any comments?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Zill M-4
« on: August 18, 2012, 08:38:06 AM »
Alex or anyone else...what does the M-4 look like shape and color wise?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / My Tropic Beauty Peach is blooming
« on: July 31, 2012, 07:02:57 PM »
I noticed the other day that my Tropic Beauty peach is blooming.  Anyone know if this is normal to be blooming in late July here in SFla?  Also, are they self fruitful or do they need to be cross pollinated (I know, a little late to ask this after I purchased one)?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / LZ vs OS
« on: July 25, 2012, 10:39:09 PM »
Well, here we go boys and girls.  The winner is...LZ.  I have also determined by the coloration of the LZ and OS that the LZ was the original OS I tried years back.  When perfectly ripe (yes Jeff, not eaten underripe) the LZ is pure, sweet orange sherbet taste.  The OS has a bit more of a tangy orange flavor and overall not as good as the LZ.  Now I still have a couple more OSs to try to make sure but just the color pattern of the ripe LZ is the giveaway.

Now, with that being said, I truly can't wait to see who actually got the LZ tree vs who got the OS tree (I am positive there was a mixup at some point early on).  It will be very easy to determine by the odd green blotchiness that the LZ has to its yellow to golden yellow color.  The OS does not have that blotchiness.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Test your Mango IQ, Volume II
« on: July 06, 2012, 10:33:04 PM »
Lets see if Harry and Alex can redeem themselves...  ;) :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dehydrator: Excalibur 2900/3900 vs Sedona
« on: June 14, 2012, 04:20:11 PM »
Any comments versus the two ?  Anybody have these ?  They are both more expensive that the "average" dehydrator but they seem to have better attributes.  I like the idea of the twin fans, timer and computer controlled temp.  I also like that the Sedona has a door.

Oh, does anybody know where to buy either of these locally (in Broward/Palm Beach Counties) ?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Initial review of 2012 Mangoes
« on: June 13, 2012, 11:21:49 PM »
Ok, I have tasted at least a dozen different varieties so far.  While I was underwhelmed, and a little worried, about the watered down quality of the Glenns I have had, I can say I have been quite impressed with the majority considering the copious amounts of rain we have had just prior to harvesting of the fruit.

Of excellent quality

Cushman - just had the tops along with Southern Blush and PPK
Southern Blush - had tonight, see above
PPK - see above
Baileys Marvel
Dupius Saigon

Of average quality
Quidnau (close to above average but not excellent)
PSM (close to excellent)
Isis (unfair as I just wasn't thrilled with the flavor profile)
Pico (inconsistent quality)
Excalibur (very disappointing based on the quality of 2010...2011 and 2012s were not of superior quality as the 2010 was)

Below average

Spirit of 76

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