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If you have been following my story then you know that I have been traveling the world to collect rare and endangered species of fruiting trees. I have some seedlings to offer now that they are growing and ready to go to passionate and enthusiastic growers.

Myrcia sp Brasilensis   
Seedling of exotic Myrica sp Brazil. First time introduced to USA found by brazilian fruit hunter specialist and collector. Said to be very tasty but limited flesh. Leaf growth is ornamental.   
Eugenia caipora seedling... seeds imported from Brazil      

Salacia elliptica ....Rare seedling from Brazil      

Annona macrophylata Red Illama from Veracruz      

Ultra rare Annona leptopetala seedling from Brazil. Highly collectable.   
First yellow flowered Inga sp Amarillo San Martin Extremely limited less than 5   
"First yellow flowered Inga sp Amarillo San Martin Extremely limited less than 5 seedlings will be offered... if that many! I found this Inga hiking through the San Matin village of indigenous Tikuna community in Colombia, South America. I stopped in my tracks when I saw the flowers and just stared. That couldn't be a yellow flowered inga? I searched for pods and found 3 almost ripe fruit. Very tasty and yellow tinge to the fruit although not quite ripe. I was able to find three pods and very limited seeds. My guide chuckled and she said she wished her husband looked at her the way I looked at this Inga!   
I've asked all the experts and no one has heard of a yellow flowered inga, very very limited."   

Pouteria sp Amazonas sweeter and better than canistel. Very limited   
Pouteria sp Amazonas. Native species of the Amazon region, found in some points around Manaus. It has tasty pulp, similar in texture to Canistel, but softer and moister, and of superior quality.   
The fruits are abundant in the plant, which produces during some months of the year.   
It is a very resistant plant, grows well in savannah and forest regions, tolerates light frosts.      

Chupa Chupa Sapote Quararibea cordata Extremely limited Tambopata Select   

I caught the tail end of Chupa Chupa season while in Peru. The two fruits I found in the Iquitos market were average tasting. Then I flew from Iquitos to Puerto Maldonado and went on expedition in Tambopata National reserve and I found a tree with ripe Chupa Sapote and it was the best tasting fruit of my trip. It was super juicy with mango texture and sweet cantaloupe flavor.   
The flavor for chupa chupa is highly variable and so this selection will be highly sought after for its superior genetics.      

Pouteria lucuma seedling Sweet and moist selection from Lima   
Pouteria lucuma seedling Sweet and moist selection from Lima. I searched every in Lima for moist Lucuma that you can eat out of hand. This was the best selection found in an Organic farmers market held once a week in MIraflores.   

Hello fellow fruit growers. My wife and I just came back from our Guatemala expedition and have seeds to offer. The first shipment of Illama seeds are here and added to my webpage.

Illama "Blanca" An interesting Central American Annona, with fairly large fruits that roughly resemble cherimoya. The flesh is sweet, quite tasty from the El Paredon region of Guatemala. The white fruit had a custard like flesh that was complex with coconut and sugar apple sweetness.  Small to medium sized tree.

Illama Roja Red An interesting Central American Annona, with fairly large fruits that roughly resemble cherimoya. The flesh is sweet, quite tasty from the El Paredon region of Guatemala. The white fruit had a custard like flesh with the white parts very minimal and the red parts tasting like raspberry and strawberry jelly. Small to medium sized tree.

Illama "Rosa" pink An interesting Central American Annona, with fairly large fruits that roughly resemble cherimoya. The flesh is sweet, quite tasty from the El Paredon region of Guatemala. The white fruit had a custard like flesh with the white parts chewy and cherimoya like and the pink parts taste like strawberry jelly. Small to medium sized tree.

Coming soon: Mamey Sapote, Mammee Apple (YUM!), and Soncoya

I just received my license to sell nursery stock and now have some things up for auction this weekend. There should be some really good deals as I am a new seller of seedlings and trees. As you know, I have been traveling around the world trying to secure viable seeds. During that time, my loving wife has kept all my little seedlings alive, but its time to reduce her workload. Happy bidding no reserves.

Seeds are still available at

Shipping from California to lower 48.

Inga edulis collected from Amazon. Very large and sweet fruit. Beautiful foliage

Theobroma subincanum seedling. Seeds collected Pacaya Samira Amazon reserve Peru

Herrania mariae seedling. Seeds collected Pacaya Samira Amazon reserve Peru

Annonilla Annona hypoglauca rare amazon buttery fruit.

Rooted Chimera cross dragon fruit. A dragon fruit collector must have.

Chrysophyllum cainito seedling, Pink and green from Hawaii with very sweet flesh

Garcinia de Bico rare seedling from the Amazon.

Plinia cauliflora Escarlarte one of the fastest flowering from seed Plinia.

Abiu seedling Pouteria caimito from the Amazon. Pacaya samiria reserve Peru

Plinia coronata Olho de Boi


After many months of expeditions and explorations and soft openings I am ready to open my new store. I was having difficulty finding and sourcing quality viable seeds, so I decided to go find them myself. With the increase in Airline tickets and gas, I will have to take a break from exploring for a while and recoup investment. I spent way too much money looking for my favorite fruit... Duguetia stenatha! However, I was fortunate to secure more seeds to offer. In order to celebrate the grand opening I am offering a special on

Duguetia stenatha (My favorite fruit from Colombia. Tastes like brown sugar and praline with a moist candy corn consistency) Buy 2 get 1 free!

Some items I only have a handful of seeds to offer. Inventory is accurate and once sold out, thats all the seeds that I will have for sale.
New additions
Annona deceptrix
Annona dolapretela
Annona Leptopetala
Annona Neolaurifolia
Annona neoseriacea
Annona nutan
Annona rugulosa
Annona sp Black
Duguetia sp yellow maranjao
Annona tormentosa
Annona ubatubanensis
Bunchosia maritima
Campomanesia simulans
Duguetia stelechanta
Duguetia marcgraviana
Eugenia burkatiana
Eugenia caipora
Eugenia observa
Eugenia punicifolia
Manikara Bella
Manikara subcericea
Myrcia Sp
Passiflora gigante
Passiflora sp
Plinia edulis
Pouteria sp Amazon Canistel
Psidium grandifolium var. albidum
Psidium sartorinum
Psidium sp AUSTRALE
Psidium sp creme gigante
Randia ferox
Pouteria Camito


If you have bought seeds from me in the past hit me up for a discount code.

Duguetia stenatha
Duguetia salicifolia
Duguetia lanceolata
Annona cacans
Annona crassiflora
Annona sylvatica
Garcinia macrophylla
Garcinia intermedia (My favorite acidic garcinia, very very little latex so you can eat these all day long without any weird mouth latexy feel like other lemony Garcinia)

Some Seeds from Brazil have arrived and processed. I spent time in Brazil looking for Duguetia and Annonas that will survive in Southern California, my beloved home. All my research led me to one man, Master fruitologist Helton Josue. After arranging a time and promising to bring him seeds from expeditions, we met at his home and orchard. It was quite a trek, after a 4 hour drive from Sao Paulo, and getting lost three times, I found a Brazilian rancher on horseback who took one look at me and said "frutas rara"? and I followed him on a red clay road all the way to the Orchard. Google maps is a liar!
Anyways, I was fortunate enough to learn from him that Duguetia and some Annonas actually have good frost and cold tolerance surviving down to -3 Celsius or 26 F. This is the temperature that his orchard can get down to and therefore has verified these numbers!

I will have much more to offer in the future (some are extremely rare and exclusive so keep an eye out when I open my new store, but I was sooooooo excited to be able to offer these seeds that I am offering them on my Etsy platform. I will be closing my Etsy shop soon and opening my own ecommerce store as I scale up my service to also offering seedlings. I just received my license to sell nursery stock in California :)

Im back from expedition and working on offering rare tropical seeds. I've updated and reopened my little etsy store

The wild sourced rare seeds will be auctioned on eBay later this week.

Every seed was cleaned and inspected and currently in hand in the US. Seeds are very fresh, never let to dry out and will have high viability if treated correctly. These won't last long. Happy growing.

All Tropical Fruit Forum members can use the code: TFFLOVE for 10% off.

Some of the seeds from the Peru expedition is starting to germinate. Before I make them seedlings, I am offering them up to forum members :)

Herrnia mariae $5 per seed
Annona hypoglauca $5 per seed

Added new seeds to shop. Wild sources seeds will be auctioned on eBay.


For the past week I traveled to Colombia and spent time different Tikuna families in in the Indigenous Reserva off the Amazon river near Leticia. I went to learn about the culture and agricultural practices and of course explore for rare fruits. I absolutely fell in love with the simple way of life and community culture. I hired local guides and stayed in the community and we explored the jungle together for fruits. The seeds were shared so the communities can use them  to add to the the different community “chagras”.  Chagras are where everyone chips in to maintain and they use to grow food staples. Like a free grocery store! However because of politics and border disputes many chagras and old practices have been lost to time. The extra seeds we gathered I am offering to the public with permission from the Tikuna. Part of the proceeds will go to seed procurement to trade with the Tikuna. I plan to go back very soon to keep my word and bring seeds (Artocarpus jackfruit and other food staples) to the families. Here are some pics of some of the findings. Some Things we have yet to ID!

My wife said I have to make room before I can go get new seeds. I just came back from Peru and have some things that I really really want to grow so I need to make space. Some are seedlings and have never left the comfort of my greenhouse and some are trees that have made it through the SoCal winter and ae now flushing some beautiful new growth. I am NOT currently offering shipping as I don't have time to package and send but possibly in the future for things that don't sell local.
I am located in El Segundo just south of LAX airport.

Also any seeds from etsy store will get 25% discount if bought in person and some socal freebies.

One gallon tall tree pot. Grown outdoors this winter under 50% shade cloth.
Plinia Aureana "Gigante" $50

$50 7 gallon Banana Dwarf Brazil in full sun outdoors. Very sweet my favorite to grow in Socal

0.5 Gallon Tall Tree pot grown in greenhouse
$25 Plinia coronata de Restinga
$40 Plinia coronata Olho de boi
$25 Plinia aureana
$40 Pouteria caimito Abiu
$25 Chrysophyllum cainito Pink/Green from Hawaii
$50 Annona Salzmanii

Only have 1 left to offer, and its more valuable for me to keep...but I thought I would offer them to Socal growers at much less then what they would go for on Ebay.
$100 Pouteria gardneri
$100 Pouteria gardneri var Lanceolata
SOLD $100 Annona vepretorum
SOLD $100 Plinia edulis "Duke" selection from Frankie's nursery
$100 Pouteria viridis Green Sapote
$100 Rooted Chimera Dragon fruit

3.5 in deep seedling pot, greenhouse grown
$30 Annona diversifolia Ilama white chiapas
$30 Annona diversifolia Ilama Purple/Pink Flesh
$30 Annona diversifolia Ilama Red coatepec
SOLD $30 Inga Laurina Sacky Sac from espirito santo Brazil
SOLD $30 Inga Laurina de Restinga  from espirito santo Brazil
$25 Plinia "Escarlate"

PM if interested

Assorted rooted figs $25 or 5 for $100

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Peru expedition Youtube
« on: May 04, 2022, 07:57:45 PM »
I'm finally getting a little time and starting to upload some videos of my expedition. I am not all that entertaining; but some fruit nerds might be interested. First upload is the third family I visited and stayed with for two nights. It is the tail end of the rainy season in the Amazon and the front yard is still flooded. School buses are canoes! We used the canoe to search the flooded areas around the house.

Just an intro clip until I can find more time.


video of the third family I visited.

Hi, my name is Joe and I am a fruit addict. So much so that I decided to trek into the Amazon for 2 weeks to find new fruits to try and grow. First, I believe in giving back to the community. I decided I would hire local guides and visit local communities. I bought all the local goods for sell, where my wife now owns every hand made product made by the locals :). We tipped local kids to climb trees and traded bread and flour for fruit that grew near homes in the jungle. None of these fruit are rare, it's the Amazon! , however the season for Amazon fruit is a brief 2 to 3 week period and then they are gone until next year. So although the seeds are not rare, they are very limited and unless you want to go back to the Amazon and collect all the same fruits, then these seeds will not be offered for a while. Getting them back to the United States legally required investment and I am forming a partnership with a local business to hopefully offer seeds much cheaper in the future!
All seeds were harvested within the last three weeks, and each seed was hand cleaned by me.

What goes into the cost of the seeds?  Pricing is determined by difficulty to acquire by location and number of seeds acquired as well as difficulty in cleaning to pass inspection.

As a thank you and kick off I am offering a 10% off discount code. Use TFFLOVE

Thanks for supporting my new little seed and nursery store.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Peru and the Amazon Bucket list species
« on: April 10, 2022, 06:04:38 PM »
The time is finally here, and I am heading into the Amazon for two weeks to explore nature and hunt for fruit. I am a science teacher and have been wanting to take this trip since I have become addicted to all things Fruit! My main goal is to find and taste Duguetia and Annona not offered in the US and Lucuma to grow back in the SoCal. What else should I look for? What would be on your bucket list to try?
I have guides for 6 days in Iquitos and the Pacaya-Samira reserve, and then 5 days near Lake Sandoval in Tambopata reserve.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Yang mei growth and bud swelling
« on: February 14, 2022, 11:08:24 AM »
Yang mei bare root order from this year is already pushing growth with lots of buds swelling. This last shipment is really looking good to getting this amazing tree and fruit growing in the US.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for Jaboticaba scions
« on: June 05, 2020, 10:54:08 AM »
Good morning fruit lovers. I am looking to make some cocktail Jaboticaba trees and looking for scions. Im in the Los Angeles area and can pick up local (safely) or will pay for shipping. PM me and let me know what you have to offer.

Why I am switching to fabric pots and the best growing medium for vegetables and berries. STOP USING STORE BOUGHT POTTING SOIL!

I'm an teacher/engineer/scientist and trying to share science based information. I am really interested in challenging the science behind my theory. Is it easy to follow and understand? Feel free to question me and comment. Looking for honest feedback, feel free to share the link.

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