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tabbydan

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Garcinia subeliptica
« on: October 02, 2012, 02:16:15 PM »
Does anyone other than me eat this fruit?

I've noticed it is mainly grown as an ornamental (Taiwan, supposedly Japan and costal China too).

The fruits, when ripe, look like Fuyu persimmons.  They oddly taste like persimmons too (no sourness) the only problem is that the ones I've eaten are quite hard.

The flowers give off the aroma of butter.

The plants have an odd columnar habit of growing.
What's that got to do with Jose Andres $10 brussel sprouts?

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Re: Garcinia subeliptica
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2012, 02:36:16 PM »
I thought they were ornamental only.

I have a pair that a swindler sold me as cherapu.

it took 3 yrs to realize I'd been had.

u sure the plants id is proper?

garcinia is one of the most commonly mislabeled plants ...maybe u r eating another species?

thanks for posting !

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Re: Garcinia subeliptica
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2012, 02:49:41 PM »
I typically have almost no confidence in Rheedia X or Garcinia Y.

However, it seems to me that G. subeliptica is actually well described and a single species.  I can even recognize the plant without tags.

It has an odd growing habit (usually columnar) somewhat strange leaves (there is a slight cusp at the tip)....

So far though I only know of one other person who eats the fruit (a guy who works at Gardens By The Bay in Singapore).  I assume his are "better" as a fruit because he mentioned how he likes to eat them (the ones I tried in Taiwan were quite tough to chew and typically I spit out the pulp as it was so tough)
What's that got to do with Jose Andres $10 brussel sprouts?

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Re: Garcinia subeliptica
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2012, 04:28:12 PM »


is this the same plant?

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Re: Garcinia subeliptica
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2012, 06:48:08 PM »


is this the same plant?


I think so.  I don't usually see them from that perspective.  The cusp at the tip seems less pronounced than what I'm used to.
What's that got to do with Jose Andres $10 brussel sprouts?

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Re: Garcinia subeliptica
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2013, 11:22:54 AM »
Garcinia subelliptica is called "Fumu" which means a tree brings fortune.
People in Taiwan know its fruit are poisonous and do not eat them.
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Re: Garcinia subeliptica
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2013, 05:26:06 PM »
I hate this plant...and will never forget who sold them to me...and how they treated me.

 

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