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Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
« Reply #25 on: February 13, 2012, 07:17:26 PM »
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)




I agree, this is my favorite fruit tree reference book.

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Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
« Reply #26 on: February 22, 2012, 12:02:35 PM »
It's not actually a tropical fruit book, but Rosalind Creasy's Edible Landscaping was the entry drug that got me interested in growing fruit in my yard. I think her book would especially appeal to U.S. west coast growers who actually like their yard to look nice. (My yard is not pretty; I have to live with that...)
The Ortho book: All about Citrus and Sub-Tropical Fruits was another good introduction.
Dr. Campbell's Guide to Mangos in Florida is still a favorite to cuddle up with on a cool February night.

As far as some of the more detailed or obscure books, these are sometimes available through an inter-library loan. Ask your favorite local librarian.

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« Reply #27 on: May 23, 2012, 10:49:10 AM »
I've got most of the books mentioned above minus a couple that I will check out.

I thought this was a good one and a fun read also:

The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce, and Obsession [Paperback]
Adam Leith Gollner (Author)

http://www.amazon.com/The-Fruit-Hunters-Adventure-Obsession/dp/B002ECEG8O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337784603&sr=8-1
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Re: Best Tropical Fruit Books
« Reply #28 on: May 23, 2012, 01:28:43 PM »
Don't think anyone has mentioned this title: The World of Bananas in Hawai'i: Then and Now: Traditional Pacific & Global Varieties, Cultures, Ornamentals, Health & Recipes - Angela Kay Kepler.  I'm reading a copy I found through inter-library loan.  I highly recommend it.  Very interesting.
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« Reply #29 on: May 23, 2012, 05:36:49 PM »
Don't think anyone has mentioned this title: The World of Bananas in Hawai'i: Then and Now: Traditional Pacific & Global Varieties, Cultures, Ornamentals, Health & Recipes - Angela Kay Kepler.  I'm reading a copy I found through inter-library loan.  I highly recommend it.  Very interesting.

Yeah i recommended this banana book in a separate thread. Awesome book!
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« Reply #30 on: May 23, 2012, 05:40:20 PM »
The Fruit Hunters... pretty good book... some of the characters were funny as s#*^!  A few of you others were named in there.

There are some other books mainly from Europe.

Just got "Tropical Fruits" by J.A. Samson, second edition. 

Getting ready to buy the PROSEA and Tropical Fruits Vol 1 (Paull and Duarte) for Crane's class this summer at TREC.

Anyone read Tropical and Subtropical Fruits by Dalhgren, B.E., 1947?


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« Reply #31 on: May 23, 2012, 09:28:38 PM »
I find myself often referring back to "Florida's best Fruiting Plants" by Charles Boning.  It was even a nice book to have with me when I went to a recent Rare fruit tree sale :)

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« Reply #32 on: May 23, 2012, 09:36:19 PM »
I find myself often referring back to "Florida's best Fruiting Plants" by Charles Boning.  It was even a nice book to have with me when I went to a recent Rare fruit tree sale :)

Brad
Ditto that my brother...I considered this book my fruit bible for a while....but with all these other books out there it seems to be a whole new world....just very pricey on those other books!

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« Reply #33 on: May 23, 2012, 10:40:57 PM »
Mr Boning has a newer book that's really great: Florida's Best Herbs and Spices- it has a lot of fruit info also


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« Reply #34 on: May 23, 2012, 11:00:34 PM »
The Fruit Hunters... pretty good book... some of the characters were funny as s#*^!  A few of you others were named in there.

There are some other books mainly from Europe.

Just got "Tropical Fruits" by J.A. Samson, second edition. 

Getting ready to buy the PROSEA and Tropical Fruits Vol 1 (Paull and Duarte) for Crane's class this summer at TREC.

Anyone read Tropical and Subtropical Fruits by Dalhgren, B.E., 1947?

I took Dr. Crane's class 2 years ago. It was an awesome class. Learned a ton and had a great time. Probably one of the best things anyone with a month of free time can do.

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« Reply #35 on: January 13, 2013, 06:14:44 PM »
I'd appreciate your recommendations for books describing the cultivation of tropical fruits, especially books on mango, citrus and avocado. I'll be putting together an Amazon book order soon.  :)

Julia Morton's 'Fruits of Warm Climates' and Paull's  'Tropical Fruits (Crop Production Science in Horticulture)' volumes 1 & 2 are books I'm seriously considering, so  comments on these books would especially be appreciated.

So far, my favorite general books are 'Florida's Best Fruiting Plants' by Boning, and 'Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands' by Elevitch.  Also like 'Citrus Growing in Florida' by Davies and Jackson.
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« Reply #36 on: January 13, 2013, 07:35:23 PM »
Mangoes by Kostermanns
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« Reply #37 on: January 13, 2013, 09:04:48 PM »
Mangoes by Kostermanns

I've been searching for that book for ages but it's always very expensive on Amazon.

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« Reply #38 on: January 14, 2013, 05:41:14 AM »
I'd appreciate your recommendations for books describing the cultivation of tropical fruits, especially books on mango, citrus and avocado. I'll be putting together an Amazon book order soon.  :)

Julia Morton's 'Fruits of Warm Climates' and Paull's  'Tropical Fruits (Crop Production Science in Horticulture)' volumes 1 & 2 are books I'm seriously considering, so  comments on these books would especially be appreciated.

So far, my favorite general books are 'Florida's Best Fruiting Plants' by Boning, and 'Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands' by Elevitch.  Also like 'Citrus Growing in Florida' by Davies and Jackson.


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« Reply #39 on: July 18, 2013, 09:46:34 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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But now online; http://www.worldagroforestry.org/downloads/publications/PDFs/B09383.PDF
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« Reply #40 on: July 18, 2013, 03:36:38 PM »
Looks like a great resource, Soren.  Thanks for posting the link.

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« Reply #41 on: July 18, 2013, 09:21:46 PM »
Six months ago I bought the books Tropical Fruits (Crop Production Science in Horticulture) , Volumes 1 & 2, by Robert E. Paull and Odilio Duarte and have been very pleased.  A little pricey, but excellent reading.

My Amazon reviews:
Volume 1: Excellent Coverage of Some Major Fruit Crops 5.0 out of 5 stars
Great coverage of cultivation and propagation methods, climate requirements and post-harvest handling for some major crops. Plenty of graphs, charts and tables supplement the clearly-written and well-organized text. This book is a great reference resource for backyard growers and small farmers. However, coverage in this book is limited to the most important fruits that grow in most tropical climates. Volume 2, Tropical Fruits (Crop Production Science in Horticulture) provides coverage of more minor fruits. There are even more minor fruits that receive no coverage in either volume. Maybe there'll be a volume 3 some day.

This book is a little pricey, but has more depth than the free version of Julia Morton's book Fruits of Warm Climates that is available free online.


http://www.amazon.com/Tropical-Fruits-Production-Science-Horticulture/dp/1845936728/ref=sr_1_2


Volume II: A 'Must Read' for the tropical fruit grower 5.0 out of 5 stars
An exceptionally thorough description of cultivation methods for many tropical fruits. Each chapter on a fruit or fruit family describes the soil and climate requirements, its growth and fruiting habits, and cultural practices. The sections on cultural practices provide detailed information on propagation, planting, irrigation, pruning and post-harvest handling of the fruit. The end uses of the fruits are also described. All this information is presented in an easy-to-read format with sufficient tables, charts, drawings and photos that make it a pleasure to browse.

The chapters are (1) Annonas: Soursop and Rollinia, (2) Breadfruit, Jackfruit, Chempedak and Marang, (3) Carambola and Bilimbi, (4) Durian, (5) Guava, (6) Mangosteen, (7) Rambutan and Pulusan, (8)Passionfruit and Giant Passionfruit, (9) Palms, (10) Other African Fruit: Tamarind, Marula and Ackee, (11) Other Tropical Asian and Pacific Fruit (Langsat, Duku, Santol, Wax Apple, Pummelo, and Ambarella), and (12) American Fruit (Mamey Sapote, Sapodilla, Pitaya, Acerola, and Naranjilla).

This is book, and its companion book, Tropical Fruits, Volume 1 (Crop Production Science in Horticulture), are my primary reference sources for my fruit farming.

 
http://www.amazon.com/Tropical-Fruits-Production-Science-Horticulture/dp/1845937899/ref=sr_1_1
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« Reply #42 on: July 18, 2013, 10:55:03 PM »
The Exotic Jackfruit:  Growing the World's Largest Fruit by Campbell and Ledesma
A Guide To Mangos In Florida by Campbell
Florida's Best Fruiting Plants by Boning - this is the most practical
The University of Florida publications on fruit trees, which are free on the internet
Guide To The Mangos of the World by Campbell and Ledesma - it's just a poster of different mangos, but interesting to look at.  Surprisingly it lists Irwin as a small tree.  Oddly, it omits some popular cultivars such as Glenn and Valencia Pride.
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« Reply #43 on: July 19, 2013, 09:14:06 AM »
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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.

Is Brunei any different than adjacent areas of Borneo?

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« Reply #44 on: July 19, 2013, 03:37:33 PM »
Hey John, I agree the completely.  I purchased the first book, for my Tropical Fruit Production class through the University of Florida, and was impressed with the overall information provided per crop.  If you are growing one of the main tropical fruit crops listed in the book, it supplies you with excellent reference material.  The author Robert E. Paull is a research professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and I believe a specialist in pineapples.  Since you live in the southern Pacific, any of his research should be on level with your similar growing conditions.  Just a general assumption.

Either way, volume 1 is an excellent book, and I will soon pick up the second.  Thanks for bringing the second volume to my attention.


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« Reply #45 on: July 19, 2013, 11:54:09 PM »
Has anyone seen "Fruit Breeding: Tree and Tropical Fruits v. 1"

by Jules Janick

ISBN 13: 9780471310143
ISBN 10: 047131014X

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« Reply #46 on: July 20, 2013, 12:54:19 AM »
Five Decades With Tropical Fruit

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« Reply #47 on: July 23, 2013, 04:38:11 PM »
Fruits of Warm Climates - Julia Morton lists her address as 20534 SW 92 Ct, Miami, FL.  A google map search of that address shows a housing subdivision, without apparent fruit trees... were Ms. Morton's fruit trees cut down to make that subdivision?

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/index.html
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« Reply #48 on: July 23, 2013, 06:35:01 PM »
Fruits of Warm Climates - Julia Morton lists her address as 20534 SW 92 Ct, Miami, FL.  A google map search of that address shows a housing subdivision, without apparent fruit trees... were Ms. Morton's fruit trees cut down to make that subdivision?

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/index.html


Not sure, but i doubt she had an orchard. She was the intellectual type...gathering published information from others and collecting it all to be published. I think the Morton library still exists as part of the Florida university. She was probably more into collecting plant facts than plants.
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