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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Clausena lansium
« on: November 03, 2015, 06:37:34 AM »
No special treatment. You can totally ignore them if you want, but grafted ones grow glacier pace if you don't care for them. Seedlings are beasts.

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Surinam cherry - Diesel Berry
Cuban Fibreless - Fruitless Soursop
Black sapote - Sh!t apples
Midyim berries - Spider sacks
Rollinia - The Funk (Mighty Boosh reference)
 



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Clausena lansium
« on: November 03, 2015, 06:18:55 AM »
We have two main types here, one sweet and tastes like candied lemon rind. The other is spicy and tastes like spicy, slightly sour orange. Most seedlings I've had here taste way too aromatic and sour. Flowering hasn't started yet for me.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Oriental fruit fly in the Redlands!
« on: November 01, 2015, 11:13:19 PM »
111 fruit flies? I catch that in a day.  :o
If they spread, the US is in for a shock. Though I imagine they'd only be able to live in the very south of Florida, as they don't go far south of Sydney here.
They do sting thin skinned mangoes (My ARKP gets hammered, but Kwan, most greens, and Maha are fine), so Zill will just have to breed for thick skin as well  ;)
Actually, they sting just about everything, except super tart fruits. I've had them in very thick skinned pummelo, Meyer Lemons (100% of fruit get stung), tangelo, mandarins, eggplant, tomato, chilli, grumixama, pomegranate. Basically, if they are hungry and its not too cold, they'll sting almost anything sweeter than a Eureka Lemon... Happily they cant sting small round tight skinned fruit, so Jaboticaba is okay. Dry sapotes are also okay - Black, yellow, mamey, green are all okay. White gets destroyed. Anonoas are okay. 100% of stonefruit get done.
Here's to hoping they don't get loose...

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Hicksbeachia are really good nuts. Very hard to send viable seed though. And boy are they fussy! I've got to try one more time now that I think of it.
If you are after fresh eating fruit, pickings are fairly slim. If you make chutney, its heaven. Diploglottis campbellii and fingerlime chutney cant be beat!
A few other diploglottis are decent fresh, but most of the easily obtainable ones are very acid and sour - imagine a small lychee, but the juice doesn't spill from the flesh until broken (arils can be easily peeled from the seed) and tasting like pure sour orange with extra acid and a touch of Worcestershire sauce... But D smithii and D macarantha are better out of hand.
A friend who lives in a shack north east of Coen in the rainforest sometimes sends me images of fruits that look great and she says taste good - syzygium, garcinia, etc, but I have no idea what they are. Hoping to go up soon to try a few out for myself!
Mischarytera can be good.
Austromyrtus crosses (dulcis x tenuifolia) can have very worthwhile small grazing fruit too.

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Loganberries are also worth looking at. They take the humidity well. The local Rubus probus here is also a good tropical berry fruit. I find them better than most of the 'tropical' raspberries, and a good deal hardier.

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Papaya is a strange fruit commercially. People don't and shouldn't pay a fairly high price for anything less than spectacular as papaya is basically a weed here. The big old feral ones are the vomit yellows, and they are considered bat or chicken food, so people don't grow or eat those types, unless they want green papaya. They certainly don't buy them. Very rarely will you see a non-red for sale in nurseries, and the same with the very few fruit you do see in fruit shops. Plenty of middling orange-fleshed types still have a hint of a fuel taste, or olfactory imprint, which people who like sweet fruit find unappealing.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Random photos... i think i have done it!
« on: October 12, 2015, 10:00:15 PM »
With linguiforme we have tried it on timber pieces and the likes but it just takes right off on living trees. Must be somethin to do with the bark and catching nutrients or something. Put a piece on a tree and it will surprise you. This came from the bush in northern new south wales.

Yeah, I got a nice big one on she-oak bark a while back and put some on a mango trunk last year. It has gone nuts.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mike´s broad leaf papaya .
« on: October 05, 2015, 03:54:11 AM »
Here is a pic of mine this afternoon. It makes these big round fruit through the winter, elongate fruit more in summer (elongate fruits just ripen quicker really). This one was a foot long, and nearly as round. Not far off a full in husk coconut in size. Weighed in at 3.4kg, so I expect a large cavity. Will probably cut it up tomorrow as its a busy night.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mike´s broad leaf papaya .
« on: October 02, 2015, 12:45:53 AM »
Mine has been pooping out fruit for a while. Mine makes two types of fruit, some massive beach ball fruit that aren't spectacular and some smaller torpedo shaped fruit that are much sweeter. A touch behind a good Southern Red. Probably not quite as good as Mike's original tree, which I was lucky enough to sample fruit from.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cutting back on sapodillas
« on: July 24, 2015, 07:45:51 AM »
I'm giving my prolific the chop. It's name is a joke, I'm sure.
I still can't track down a krasuey after a few years, so I got a Tropical to keep my Sawo Manila company.

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I might have to add some of these to my collection. Bmc do you know if the light bearing sterculia quadrifida still flower heavily? Mine flowered profusely this year but no seed pods. Also is anyone growing sterculia monosperma?  I have just purchased one of these and wondered what theyre like.

Yeah, they flower incredibly heavily. The whole tree will look like a ball of fuzz. You'll often also get about a million tiny green fruit set, but unless you have a good tree they will often just drop off. Dad has a couple that would be 20m tall and most years he gets nothing from even ones that set heavy juvenile crops. I have one that flowered in its second season, but it's planted on the footpath in terrible conditions, so I'm not really counting on it fruiting much. The upside is that they are tough as old rope. Actually, they are quite useful for making rope from...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Diploglottis
« on: July 05, 2015, 07:36:59 AM »
Hi Raul, it probably has another year to go before fruiting, but if it does, they are yours. Here are some pics.











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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Diploglottis
« on: July 03, 2015, 04:37:50 AM »
Most species of Diploglottis take about a decade to fruit, but macarantha, the fruit of which Mike posted above, is very precocious. This one in my backyard is flowering at a bit over 2 years old and under 3ft and is a gorgeous plant! I'll try to get a picture soon.


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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB broadleaf papaya seeds
« on: July 03, 2015, 04:30:51 AM »
I have some seeds sitting around in my kitchen counter. They are about a month old, so probably not much good now. Have been too busy to trade or even visit the website for a few months. Mine produces two very distinct types of fruit on the same tree, some massive and rounded, the others medium sized and elongate. Odd plant.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Queensland
« on: May 25, 2015, 08:13:43 PM »
I think Digby sold the cape trib business, so I don't think they run the tours and tastings anymore? I wouldn't head further north than Mossman for Scomazzons.
A drive between Townsville and Cairns would prove productive - Bruno Figera and Peter Saleras and others may be open to visits. There are a few others around Tully that have everything. Best to try to contact through the RFA.
If in Cairns, yes Rusty's and the Flecker gardens are the main easy access spots. The fruit tree plantings at the lakes across from the airport road are pretty impressive in the right season. Mike has all the hot tips though...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Figs
« on: May 12, 2015, 09:40:13 AM »
My figs are doing okay. Fig leaf beetle are ever present, but they are fairly easily dealt with in the early mornings with a bucket of soapy hot water. The only one that really didn't do well for me was brown turkey and black Genoa. White Genoa, williams no 5, cape white, conadria, etc all did quite well. Conadria had 3 crops. Preston's prolific is a beast but doesn't fruit for me. The one tree I did lose to fig nettle was the picone green. They ate the entire thing, chomping right through old wood.

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I've got a few dozen Rick's Red seeds, which is the black skinned deep red fleshed type. The best and hard to distinguish from the Crimson Tide type (All of the black skinned red fleshed type, seemingly regardless of the name of the selection, are the best in my opinion).

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ID: plinia edulis?
« on: May 09, 2015, 07:29:21 AM »
Synonyms. Though one does seem to yield slightly larger fruits than the other going by the labels.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ID: plinia edulis?
« on: May 09, 2015, 06:45:21 AM »
It's a Eugenia. E. myrcianthes I believe. There are a few of them around the BG. The you g leaves are soft and furry the older leaves are hard and green. The fruit is large, orange and tastes mostly of raw onions with a hint of apricot.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black sapote varieties
« on: May 02, 2015, 09:20:54 PM »
On the other end of the scale, my goose egg type is very sweet, moist and produces a honey sweet nectar. It also often has big white veins of fat running through the far, like marbling on top grade Wagyu beef. The crop should be ready soon, and it is almost ever bearing.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black sapote varieties
« on: May 02, 2015, 05:58:22 AM »
It's hard to go wrong with Bernicker. If you can't get one from Daleys Forbidden Fruit usually has much larger ones for sale for the same price at the bogi fair, herb awareness day and the Nambour garden show.

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I don't know that there will be much comparison, they seem like they are from two very different tribes of the garcinia family. I bet the taste and texture are miles apart, unlike comparing Lucs to Achachairu or Russells to Mundu.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Aracai Boi Eugenia Spitatata
« on: May 01, 2015, 08:11:09 AM »
Congrats. When these are happy they poop out fruit constantly. A friends tree bears so heavily it looks like it's gonna die. But I can't even get one to grow here! I might give it one last try because they make a stone cold killer sorbet!

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