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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2019 Indian Mango Season
« on: June 11, 2019, 05:13:55 PM »
Have anyone bought any Indian Mango recently?  My first batch from the store was very bad, kesar and alphonso.  I had to compost about half of the mango due to taste.  They were bland flavor wise.

I bought a box of Alphonsos and Banganpalli from my favorite Indian grocer about 10 days ago. It's always a coin toss whether you're gonna get something very good or bad. I got lucky this year though. The Banganpallis were as good as you can get and the Alphonsos were fantastic, with only a couple with small spots of spongy tissue and no internal breakdown, which is pretty common in Alphonsos. Generally I will encounter jelly seed and internal breakdowns in imported Indian/Pakistani mangos, but not this season (so far). The Kesars the wife got on June 8 were spectacular, much better than previous years. Some internal breakdown, but in only a few. It may all boil down to just how stringent the export companies and their farmers maintain their standards...

The pics were taken within the first day of purchase.
Alphonso, Banganpalli, Kesar, Kesar








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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are these maha chanok ripe?
« on: June 06, 2019, 03:18:44 PM »
Not sure if it is coincidence or not, but I haven't had any more fruit drop prematurely since I started giving extra water. So fingers crossed I get a couple to ripen this year=)

Both our Maha trees tend to shed a lot of fruit when they're approx. 3 in or less. After that there are very few drops. Through the years, we've also been regularly watering them throughout the season, 2 to 3 times a week. My soil, if you can call it that in south St. Pete is all bleached beach sand, drains and dries fast. With temps in the high 80s and low 90s, which is unseasonably high for this time of the year, we water religiously. We adopted this watering schedule especially for the Nam Dok Mai #4, which is prone to splitting with uneven watering.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is E4 Top Tier Mango ?
« on: June 05, 2019, 09:26:45 AM »
I noticed in Gambit's picture, the E-4 was picked green,  is this one of those varieties that stay green when they ripen,  or do they ripen well picked green like that,  to me that is a desired feature for a tree that might be an easy access to passerby's.

Every one of the E4's turned out excellent, and stayed green when ripe. One fruit did did not even lightened up when we cut into it 3-4 days later. I don't prefer tart mangos, but the E4's had just a slight tartness to balance out the sweet. I have a sweet tooth and IMO the Sweet Tarts in my yard are too sour for me, albeit it's in its first year of fruiting.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is E4 Top Tier Mango ?
« on: June 02, 2019, 04:32:48 PM »
Pic of E4 and Coco Cream for comparison



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is E4 Top Tier Mango ?
« on: June 02, 2019, 04:01:38 PM »
Which mango would rate best in taste Coconut cream or E4 ?

Thanks Ed

Ed,
E4 is more flavorful than Coco Cream. While Coco Cream is very coconutty and sweet, E4 is both that and comes with some tartness and tasted mangoey. E4 is definitely a must-have.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are these maha chanok ripe?
« on: June 02, 2019, 03:04:25 PM »



Cookie Monster,
We've noticed that some, but not many, do get that jelly-like over-ripeness close to the seed. There's is a nice hint of tartness even when the Mahas are left alone to ripen fully on the tree. It's usually eaten within 2 days of harvesting. We both prefer our mangos sweet, so it ripens on the tree. Pic of the Maha this season...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are these maha chanok ripe?
« on: June 02, 2019, 03:00:21 PM »
Interesting. My tree gets a good bit of gypsum and it's atop a pile of limestone fill, but it still seems to get mild ripening issues (where the flesh around the seed is more ripe than the flesh near the skin) unless I pick it mature green.

Does yours have any tart to it when eaten fully yellow like that?

Nice looking maha btw.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango tree disease Anthracnose??
« on: April 03, 2019, 10:32:36 PM »
You may want to post this question to the "Mango Pests, Diseases, and Nutritional Problems" thread in this forum. You'll most likely get more viewing and accurate diagnosis in that thread. I would also strongly recommend that you go through above thread, as it's quite an extensive enclyclopedia of mango diseases and fixes.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Please id this Pakistani mango
« on: April 02, 2019, 02:42:06 PM »
More like Sindhri, including the description of its flavor.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: anyone tried this on their mango?
« on: March 16, 2019, 10:37:28 PM »
The brownish liquid in the bottle is fish emulsion, like a fertilizer.  It is really concentrated that you could probably smell it 30 feet away when applied. It is not the fish sauce that I have been using all my life on daily basis.

Good to know that it's not fish sauce, which I regularly use in papaya salad and other Thai curries. Do you have the ingredients of the fish emulsion ?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: anyone tried this on their mango?
« on: March 16, 2019, 09:46:43 PM »
If that brown liquid is indeed "fish sauce" that SE Asians use in their cooking, and I suspect it is, then that is one mighty uninformed practice!! Fish sauce is mainly fermented fish and salt (i.e., sodium chloride, and lots of it). One sure way of killing your mango tree !!!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New variety of Durians for $1000 each
« on: January 29, 2019, 05:46:32 PM »
Apparently the Psych student paid attention during the "cognitive dissonance" lecture... ;D

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"But i dont see any thing about Powdery mildew on my tree . What is going on now is flowers withering with no sing of Powdery mildew at all . Is this another kind of Powdery mildew?"


Looks like cold damage, especially on the highest blooms. My tree showed the same damage after a short freeze last January in St. Pete.


exactly that was what happened to my tree it looks just like the pic u attached  thanks alot Gambit .
But did u lose all the blooms ? Did try to do something to save your tree ?

We waited for a couple of weeks and then pruned off the dead branches. The tree bounced back nicely and is currently flowering. We had a Venus mango (smaller tree) that froze to the roots at the same time. Your tree looks like it will recover. I would not prune just yet. Wait at least a couple of weeks to see the resultant damage before you prune. In the meantime, water the tree and give it some micros.

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Good picture Gambit.

The browned leaves and stem are frost damaged, and the drooping of the bloom spikes is presumably from cold stress.  One can also see Anthracnose.

Oh yes, drooping blooms were from the freeze. And all my mango trees show signs of Anthracnose. We don't do much as long as the trees produce a few fruits each season. So far, the trees have come through for us pretty well... despite intermittent fungicide application.

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"But i dont see any thing about Powdery mildew on my tree . What is going on now is flowers withering with no sing of Powdery mildew at all . Is this another kind of Powdery mildew?"


Looks like cold damage, especially on the highest blooms. My tree showed the same damage after a short freeze last January in St. Pete.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help identifying the worms (?)
« on: October 04, 2018, 06:26:39 PM »
Looks like the millipedes discussed in the following thread:
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=29336.msg332726#msg332726

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So Alex, "Mounds" was written on the mango and also said "M4", was it actually M4 or E4?

M-4. I didnít write that.

thanks for clarifying. Wondering when E4 would be out in market for sale!

E-4 trees should be available next year, according to Rob.

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Managed to try a few (5) E-4 this season and some Sweet Tarts. E-4 was just fantastic and edged out Sweet Tart as the most flavorful mango so far. Really doubt any other variety will even come close. It's right up there as one of my top 5. Fruit Punch was good, but does not stand out... it never really did for me, despite multiple tastings over several seasons. Looking forward to M-4, if reports of its flavor are anything like E-4. I would not include FP in your plantings.

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I liked the Totapuri and Wester. They were pretty good.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Found on My Kent Tree This Morning
« on: August 02, 2018, 11:05:34 PM »
Thanks.
I think you're correct re south vs. north facing areas.
My trees that were in the front yard (Maha, Mallika, NDM, Juliette, Sweet Tart) and also south-facing, were not really affected much and are still dropping ripe mangos. The jackfruit, on the other, hand lost all its blooms and didn't re-flower...

Gim

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Found on My Kent Tree This Morning
« on: August 02, 2018, 10:09:52 PM »
No damage at all, including my Carrie, Nam Doc Mai and Mahachanok.

Man, you got lucky  :) Smaller trees and blooms (Cotton Candy, Maha, Phoenix, Valcarrie, LZ, Venus) planted in the north facing backyard all got burnt. Larger trees (Pim Seng Mun) re-flowered to produce 6 mangos  :(
Both longan trees came away unscathed, however, and have sizable crops. So all's not lost, yet!
I'm in south St. Pete. Where are you located?

Gim

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Found on My Kent Tree This Morning
« on: August 02, 2018, 06:00:53 PM »
Nice tree  :) Looks like it was not affected by the mid-January freeze we got in St. Pete. I lost a whole lot of blooms and a Venus tree in my yard !!  :(

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Eating the skin of mangoes is stupid, plain and simple. There is no nutritive value to it and although it may contain slight amounts of fiber, it also contains substances on and in the skin that can cause severe skin reactions like dermatitis that is dangerous for many people. Making a video like that is reckless and many people could follow this foolish practice who no nothing about mangoes. The fiber is found in the mango itself with massive amounts of vitamin A so absolutely no need to eat the skin.

What can I say but pure ignorance. You could have just kept your mouth shut but you couldnít help yourself could you.

Simon

Nah... he brought a couple of shovels with him.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Florida Mangoes for Sale
« on: July 05, 2018, 04:31:40 PM »
Jeff,

My box arrived today and the mangos are in perfect condition, even the ones that are soft and ripe. Great packing at your end.
You certainly make USPS look good !!

Many thanks.
Gim & Dana

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Florida Mangoes for Sale
« on: June 23, 2018, 04:16:12 PM »
Jeff,
Do you have a list of mango varieties and other fruits that you can ship ?
Perhaps a link to the list would be great.

Gim

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