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Best Tropical Fruit Books
« on: January 27, 2012, 02:22:02 PM »
What are everyone's favorite tropical fruit books? I would will add them to the current list.

1) Fruits of Warm Climates - Julia Morton
2) Five Decades With Tropical Fruit - Bill Whitman
3) Brazilian Fruits - Harri Lorenzi
4) PROSEA 2 - Edible Fruits and Nuts
5) Wilson Popenoe: Agricultural Explorer, Educator, and Friend of Latin America - Frederic Rosengarten
6) Specialty Crops for Pacific Islanders - Craig Elevitch
7) Florida's Best Fruiting Plants - Charles Boning
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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2012, 02:32:10 PM »
2) Five Decades With Tropical Fruit - Bill Whitman



Available at Broward County public library.  Worth reading. Old school in  that he had some millions and became a gentleman farmer same as Frank Smathers with his Three Fillies farm named after his daughters. Frank was a banker and brother of Senator George Smathers who was close to President Kennedy

"In his will, Frank Smathers, Jr. made a generous bequest to the University of Miami, consisting of his magnificent 32-acre estate on Old Cutler Road, along with a ..."
Like I said ...old school.

Bill Whitman left lots of money and land to Fairchild Garden. Dr. Campbell took Bill Whitman to some far off tropical places in his last decade. All covered in this book.
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Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2012, 03:13:38 PM »
A couple I like:

Tropical Mangos, how to grow the world's most delicious fruit
By: Noris Ledesma, Carl Campbell and Richard Campbell, 2002


Guide to Mangos in Florida
By: Richard Campbell and Carl Campbell, 1994


The Complete Book of Bananas
By: William O. Lessard, 1992


Manual Of Tropical and Subtropical Fruits: Excluding The Banana, Coconut, Pineapple, Citrus Fruits, Olive and Fig
By: Wilson Popenoe, 1920


... And one of my favorites and a fun read:

Wilson Popenoe: Agricultural Explorer, Educator, and Friend of Latin America
By: Frederic Rosengarten Jr, 1994


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Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2012, 03:20:15 PM »
FL's Best Fruiting Plants, by Charles Boning.

Got me hooked on this stuff!! :)
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Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2012, 05:35:46 PM »
The book that got me hooked to growing tropical fruits was not a very good book, just happened to be the first one i got my hands on: Organic Gardening in Hawaii, now out of print.
You can see my favorite books here: http://fruitlovers.com/favoritebooks.html
I think this would be a great FAQ candidate.
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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2012, 08:00:03 PM »
I have all the aforementioned books and they are all outstanding but here are some more great books. I just did a book review on the
Specialty Crops book for the RFCI and the CRFG magazines.   

Specialty Crops for Pacific Islanders
Craig Elevitch 2011

Tropical Forests and Their Crops
Nigel Smith 1992

"Tropical Fruit" An Aussie Guide to growing Exotics   
Glenn Tankard 1987

The Exotic Jakfruit
Dr. Richard Campbell 2003

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Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2012, 08:11:30 PM »
I have all the aforementioned books and they are all outstanding but here are some more great books. I just did a book review on the
Specialty Crops book for the RFCI and the CRFG magazines.   

Specialty Crops for Pacific Islanders
Craig Elevitch 2011

Tropical Forests and Their Crops
Nigel Smith 1992

"Tropical Fruit" An Aussie Guide to growing Exotics   
Glenn Tankard 1987

The Exotic Jakfruit
Dr. Richard Campbell 2003

I have the Specialty Crops book by Craig Elevitch, but haven't added it yet to my website. Super nice book! It is also available online for free. The hard copy cover has some photos and index not on the online version. If interested email me offgroup.
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Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2012, 09:27:21 PM »
Some of my favorite books to add to list are:

1) Mango Studies--A Compilation of Papers Presented at the Florida Mango Forum from 1941 thru 1951

2) Tropical Fruits For Southern Florida and Cuba and Their Uses--by David Sturrock

3) Fruits For Southern Florida, A Handbook for the Homeowner--by David Sturrock

4) Notes on The Mango--by David Sturrock

5) Fifty Tropical Fruits of Nassau--by Julia Morton

6) Florida State Horticultural Proceedings--Any Year



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Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2012, 09:52:33 PM »
Some of my favorite books to add to list are:

1) Mango Studies--A Compilation of Papers Presented at the Florida Mango Forum from 1941 thru 1951

2) Tropical Fruits For Southern Florida and Cuba and Their Uses--by David Sturrock

3) Fruits For Southern Florida, A Handbook for the Homeowner--by David Sturrock

4) Notes on The Mango--by David Sturrock

5) Fifty Tropical Fruits of Nassau--by Julia Morton

6) Florida State Horticultural Proceedings--Any Year

You still have these right? Would love to take a look at them.

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« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2012, 09:56:47 PM »
Yes, I do have copies.  Have had to search on Abesbooks to find extra copies.  Very interesting reading.

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« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2012, 10:54:44 PM »
Some of my favorite books to add to list are:

1) Mango Studies--A Compilation of Papers Presented at the Florida Mango Forum from 1941 thru 1951

2) Tropical Fruits For Southern Florida and Cuba and Their Uses--by David Sturrock

3) Fruits For Southern Florida, A Handbook for the Homeowner--by David Sturrock

4) Notes on The Mango--by David Sturrock



AboutDavid Sturrock for the ages
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1964&dat=19690802&id=UXwyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=k7UFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1926,777744
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Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2012, 12:32:51 AM »
The book that got me hooked to growing tropical fruits was not a very good book, just happened to be the first one i got my hands on: Organic Gardening in Hawaii, now out of print.
You can see my favorite books here: http://fruitlovers.com/favoritebooks.html
I think this would be a great FAQ candidate.
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Oscar, your "favorite books" link was my guide a few years back when I started purchasing my fruit books. Every single one that I was able to find I purchased. I am still in search of "Brunei Darussalam Fruits in Colour" I found a brand new copy on eBay once that expired two weeks before I found it. The person was only selling it for $50. When I contacted them, they no longer had it. That was depressing. I doubt I will ever come across a new copy of that book again.

I added this post and a few others to the FAQ section today. I need to still find a good post about fertilizing.

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Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2012, 01:11:43 AM »
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Oscar, your "favorite books" link was my guide a few years back when I started purchasing my fruit books. Every single one that I was able to find I purchased. I am still in search of "Brunei Darussalam Fruits in Colour" I found a brand new copy on eBay once that expired two weeks before I found it. The person was only selling it for $50. When I contacted them, they no longer had it. That was depressing. I doubt I will ever come across a new copy of that book again.

I added this post and a few others to the FAQ section today. I need to still find a good post about fertilizing.

Murahilin, i remember seeing that book Brunei Darussalam for sale at F&S park many years ago, but don't know if they still carry it?
Oscar
PS i think Brunei must be one of the best countries to visit for exotic fruit, but almost nobody ever makes it over there, It's on my tops list of places to visit.
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Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2012, 01:18:07 AM »
Unfortunately the F&S Park has stopped carrying many fruit books was because they said people were not buying the books. One interesting find I made about 2 years ago was a brand new hardcover copy of Julia Morton's book still shrink wrapped at the Bonnet House in Ft Lauderdale for $100. Brunei looks like it would be a great place to visit.

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« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2012, 08:33:31 AM »
zands, thanks for the link!  I had forgotten about that article. 

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« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2012, 11:30:45 AM »
Very cool thread! I think I have to upgrade my library...

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Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2012, 07:11:12 PM »
Interesting that the article describes 'Young' as being "extremely sweet". The Young I sampled at Harry's was nowhere close to that description.

Jack....do you remember the 'Young' being an especially sweet mango? Perhaps this is yet another instance of the impact soil type can have on mango flavor.

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« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2012, 09:52:15 PM »
I really don't remember the 'Young' being very sweet.  I hope to sample again this summer, haven't had one in a while.  Liked the 'Duncan' and 'Edwards' much better, but will compare again.

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« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2012, 10:17:15 PM »
zands, thanks for the link!  I had forgotten about that article. 

Jack

Glad you liked Jack! What I really like, this is a snapshot (from the Palm Beach Post) of David Sturrock and his vast mango accomplishments on August 2 1969 just 13 days after we landed on the moon..."United State's Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the Moon on 20 July 1969"

He was better than us and the US was better back then in that we can not get a lunar landing organized today even if we poured 10 or 100 billion dollars into it. Plus as everyone knows the computing power that NASA used back then is equal to your average laptop today.....just saying
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« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2012, 10:22:07 PM »
Fyi.     
Www.alibris.com.  has a huge amount of books for sale from all over.  They have all of the books that people have mentioned here.

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« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2012, 03:14:51 AM »
For some of the many African species; I got this for Uganda and a similar book for the species in Tanzania, which includes several very rare annonacea;

Useful trees and shrubs for Uganda
identification, propagation, and management for agricultural and pastoral communities
A.B. Katende, Ann Birnie, and Bo Tengnäs.
Published 1995 by Regional Soil Conservation Unit in Nairobi, Kenya .
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« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2012, 11:06:45 AM »
 My choice is a basic book, one that I still look at all the time,  the one that I bought at Excalibur: it is the best book for beginners, in my opinion.

Florida's Best Fruiting Plants: Native and Exotic Trees, Shrubs, and Vines 
 Charles Boning
This Book has a ton of info about all the species-Mr Boning did all of his own illustrations ( actually from trees at Excalibur)





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« Reply #22 on: February 01, 2012, 03:09:16 AM »
For some of the many African species; I got this for Uganda and a similar book for the species in Tanzania, which includes several very rare annonacea;

Useful trees and shrubs for Uganda
identification, propagation, and management for agricultural and pastoral communities
A.B. Katende, Ann Birnie, and Bo Tengnäs.
Published 1995 by Regional Soil Conservation Unit in Nairobi, Kenya .

Unfortunately this book is out of print, and practically impossible to get, at least in USA.
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« Reply #23 on: February 01, 2012, 03:33:02 AM »
Hi Oscar, the other book I have is this one - however, it might also not be available. There are several more species in this book, though some listed in the Ugandan edition are (of course) left out;

Useful trees and shrubs for Tanzania
identification, propagation, and management for agricultural and pastoral communities
L.P. Mbuya ... [et al.].
Published 1994 by Regional Soil Conservation Unit, Swedish International Development Authority in Nairobi, Kenya .
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« Reply #24 on: February 01, 2012, 04:39:32 AM »
Hi Oscar, the other book I have is this one - however, it might also not be available. There are several more species in this book, though some listed in the Ugandan edition are (of course) left out;

Useful trees and shrubs for Tanzania
identification, propagation, and management for agricultural and pastoral communities
L.P. Mbuya ... [et al.].
Published 1994 by Regional Soil Conservation Unit, Swedish International Development Authority in Nairobi, Kenya .


Yes that's also not available.
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