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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Jujube
« on: October 13, 2022, 11:39:59 AM »
Some folks think that the Thai/Indian jujube fruit is the same as the Chinese jujube fruit. Well I’m here to set things straight: They’re not the same fruits!!

IMHO, the Thai/Indian jujube is better suited to eating fresh. Its flesh is crunchy, juicy, with a delicate sweet to sour ratio that is very appealing to my taste bud. On the other hand, fresh Chinese jujube fruit tends to be more spongy, with a small amount of astringency in some fruits. That’s not to say that Chinese jujube is not good, as there are several superior named varieties with the complex flavor of sugar cane and caramelized pears. Anyway, I have both fruits and they each have their own places in the garden!

I am pondering on whether or not to try out the sierra gooseberry. The fruit has a beautiful color, but it appears to be covered in spikes, yike! Kinda reminds me of a litchee tomato in shape and color, but at least the litchi tomato fruit itself is not spiky, that I am aware of...Is the sierra gooseberry covered in thick spikes? That may be a deal breaker for me...

The package got here quick, the seeds were super fresh, and the prices were affordable—Great seller, thanks!

Same here. Lance is a pro at packing and shipping!

Hey D-Grower,

Just want you to know that you are an excellent seed germinator as well as an experience seedling carer. The vibrancy and the vigor of those annato seedlings speaks volume. Keep up the good work!

I'm one of the many regular followers of Pete Kanaris Greendreamsfl youtube channel; In several of his videos, he did mention that Florida citrus trees grown under the canopy of oak trees seem to be less affected by citrus greening than citrus trees grown under full sun, out in the open fields. Just thought I'd put it out there...

Received the langsats in a timely manner and they were very well packed. Thanks Jeremy!

We got an “Indiana Jone” of the fruit world on TFF!
Nice website HapaJoe. Hope you know that you are leaving a legacy for many fruit lovers from the states and beyond. When I first gain an interest in food forests, I did not know what a biriba/lemon meringue pie fruit was. Boy, time has change; Now almost everyone and their grandmas living in the tropic to the subtropic wants a lush, productive biriba tree in their backyards. Thanks again!

I'm like a kid in a candy store!  ;D

Wow Shilohtech, that's a nice collection of fresh, healthy seeds. And the prices are reasonable as well. Thanks for posting this ad... :)

Josh is one of the most reliable sellers on TFF. His pricings are decent and affordable; Also, the seeds he sent were true to types according to my experience. Thanks again Josh for making TFF one of the best places to purchase unique and rare seeds!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Sri gading chemp jack seeds
« on: June 05, 2022, 12:23:41 PM »

My apology.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Sri gading chemp jack seeds
« on: June 05, 2022, 12:22:07 PM »
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, it is so true. Thanks for the photo Lance.

Unfortunately most scientific/agriculture publications show mostly black and white photos with long wordy jargons, abeit sometimes confusing description.

Your photo shows us, in clear detail, the potential of that chempejack variety. It looks to be a promising variety that many food forest aficionados may consider trying out. Thanks again!

Quote from: Vernmented
The grumichama are decent. I have two different seedlings next to each other and they taste similar. Both have a nice cherry flavor to them. The pitomba are much more of flavor bomb. Nice flesh to seed ratio and they taste like a spicy apricot. Really nice. I have eaten some that weren't great like the giant tree at Fairchild's Kampong. I would put my pitomba on par with the zill dark surinams quality wise which are excellent. Very different flavor but both excellent.

Thank you! Just what I wanted to hear. Nice "spicy apricot" flavor sounds good in my book. Apricot is one of my favorite pit fruits, surpassing even some of the grafted peach varieties. It's also good to note that not all pitomba fruits are great tasting as you pointed out on the large pitomba tree at Fairchild's Kampong. Glad you pointed that out. Now I am intrigued! So many varieties and flavors out there to choose from. Such is the life of a food forest admirer.  :D

I had the fortune of trying out some fresh grumichas; They tasted fantastically similar to a sweet Northern Bing cherry, according to my taste bud. Now I have never tried pitomba before, but the fruit looks pretty similar to a grumichama. When you taste a pitomba, can you easily tell it apart from the taste of a grumichama? Or is the flavor difference among the 2 fruits quite subtle? Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Seeds for sale
« on: May 16, 2022, 12:41:23 PM »
My order had arrived quicker than anticipated. New_Jungle is one of the most reliable sellers on TFF, appreciate it!

Thanks for the post Palologrower; I think you are offering some interesting, superior genetic seedlings there!

By the way, do you also carry the following seedlings?:

Lansium domesticum (aka langsat/duku/long kong)

The “real cinnamon,” the Sri Lankan cinnamon

Thanks :)

Okay cool! It seems like everyone has his or her own best ways of getting their cuttings to root. Some fruit species or even varieties are notoriously finicky with their environment and can fell when those parameters are not met...

I’m not quite sure what some folks are doing to get guava cuttings to root, but I have not managed to root any guava cutting...Then again, I also happened to be the person who couldn’t even get a weeping willow cutting to root even if his life was depended on it, lol. :-D
Guava plants seem to air layer pretty well, at least based on my experience.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Imbe+ kokum
« on: April 29, 2022, 02:53:20 PM »
It never ceases to amaze me at how hardy my imbe seedlings can be...While even a slight frost can toast atemoya seedlings and soursop seedlings, the imbe seedlings of mine just shrug off the cold and start to leaf out in early Spring.

Now I can't say the same for every imbe seedlings out there as your climate and their overall health may affect their hardiness, I can say that, at the least, mine can withstand the mid 20s (F) pretty well.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Seeds for sale
« on: April 21, 2022, 10:55:24 PM »
I just came back from an Amazon village where their Biriba average was probably 20 lbs. we picked a ripe one and it fed the whole family of 10 and me. This one wasn’t particularly sweet but had zero sour and was a firm texture I have not seen in Biriba before. Firm like flan. Not a whole lot of seeds for the amount of flesh. The one we ate on the boat was a small ripe one we found.

The average size of the biriba fruits from that Amazon village you visited was 20 lbs?????? Holy moly, that's jack fruit territory right there!!

The search for superior genetics of rare annonas, such as biriba, sancoya, and ilama is growing and society will benefit the next time they are given more choices of delicious fruit shakes at their local smoothie shops!

Appreciate the pictures! Pictures don't do this fruit much justice. Biribas are on my top list of fruits that need to be enjoyed at least once in a lifetime!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Seeds for sale
« on: April 20, 2022, 10:39:45 PM »
Good to see you again New_Jungle!

How big are the rollinia fruits that the seeds come from? It seems that rollinias can vary quite a lot, not only in texture and flavor, but
also in size. I have seen pictures of giant rollinias that can average 4-5 pounds. It's still pretty rare to get access to seeds from giant "improved" varieties...

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Selling: some plants for sale
« on: March 28, 2022, 10:58:02 PM »
Abimael is one of the most trustworthy sellers on TFF. He packed the chupa chupa seedlings very well. So well in fact that when they arrived, they looked like they had just left his place, lol..! Let's just hope that he dedicates his plant passion to this forum. His prices are ridiculously affordable. With the current rise in food prices, it's nice to know that you can still get affordable, quality, ultra rare plants from reliable sources. Thanks again Abimael!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 2021 SEEDS
« on: November 06, 2021, 05:56:30 PM »
I can say that Mike is one of those rare fruit collectors whom you can trust to ship rare cuttings and seeds in a timely manner. For years I have been scouring Ebay to find hard to find tropical seeds. Glad I found this forum and sellers like Mike have given us another avenue to feed our pretty addictive hobby!...

Hi there,

Do you still have the superior Garcinia brasilensis seedlings?

Please let me know as I'm looking for the superior form of the lemon drop mangosteen aka Garciana brasilensis.


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