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Sweeeet! 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jakfruit tasting reviews
« on: July 16, 2024, 11:33:10 PM »
Today, I ate the fruit of a seedling. It was, by far, the best jakfruit i have eaten in years. The seed came from a fruit that was bought at a farmer's market at the old site of Parrot Jungle in Pinecrest by a friend. I planted three seedlings from this fruit and they are all very different and special. 

I picked the fruit on Saturday because of a 2 inch rot circle at the bottom. I think a bug bored into the fruit. It was still hard but visually looked mature.  Today, the rot circle had reached 5 inches but the fruit had not softened to the normal level.  I thought it was now or never and I  expected it to be mostly rotten. I cut away a third of the fruit. The rot didn't extend into the remaining section.

The flavor was incredible, sweet and sour,  jakfruit with mixed berries. Each bite was an explosion of flavor. It was hard to stop eating. I ate well past fullness.

The texture was firm and juicy. The was some edible rag but not much.

Latex was low.




lol, our jakfruit is seed grown from the same Farmers Market. Fruit must come from Homestead or the Redlands, is my guess.

Thanks Ryan. I like the color too, really pops.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: July 16, 2024, 06:35:49 PM »
Jakfruit has been very nice.






Mangostana seems pretty happy



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: July 16, 2024, 06:19:33 PM »
Mango Men. Got lineage info, but need to ask to find out more about origin story.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: July 16, 2024, 08:18:04 AM »
Was able to snag a lone Carioca; one of my favorites (Top 3, with ST and CL). I cut shallow, as it was a little underripe and wanted to test it (I lay the cut end down flat on the plate, and the mango keeps ripening).

Something special about this mango. It is sweet and complex, with some citrusy acidity and mild spice, maybe even that "durian-flavor" that I'm still trying to figure out and discern. No fiber. Lineage: Bombay is the mother, Duncan the likely pollen parent. If you come across one of these, grab it and run to a quiet place to enjoy all to yourself, like a closet or the far corner of the backyard where no one can ask for a slice.





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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jakfruit tasting reviews
« on: July 14, 2024, 09:36:28 AM »
Harvested our 1st fruit of this seedling tree. Probably 5 years old. 16.5 lbs. Very low latex, didn't need gloves processing. Knives are fine, only used a little coconut oil. If hadn't cut the core, probably would've been almost no latex at all (see pic 4). Crispy, sweet, and a little tart; with a nice classic jak and lemony flavor. The rag is pretty good, not as sweet as arils. Gonna fry some up.











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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which is your most difficult?
« on: July 14, 2024, 08:31:09 AM »
NDM4 has been disappointing here. Tree has been in ground 9 years, no fruit. Its pretty shaded, surely not helping matters.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A new top mamey emerges
« on: July 14, 2024, 08:29:44 AM »
Sorry about the white sapote compatibility comment. In all the excitement, added a sapote.

Nice pickup Kaz! Imagining you driving down the road, with your head emerging from the leaves and branches. I love driving with my ride stuffed full of plants, especially when people look over in surprise. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A new top mamey emerges
« on: July 13, 2024, 01:52:21 PM »
I was surprised to hear that mamey, green sapote, white sapote, and even sapodilla are all graft compatible. Send me some budwood! Gonna add some mamey to the saps.

Hey Rob, I saw the research article where they successfully used Mamey as rootstock for green sapote. I would be absolutely shocked, though, if Mamey could graft on sapodilla and completely mind blown if it could graft to white sapote.

I was shocked and mind blown to hear of such as well. Might have added a sapote (green or white), you know how the telephone game works, but seems like mamey and sap are a good place to start. Let's find out.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A new top mamey emerges
« on: July 13, 2024, 01:43:54 PM »
I like mamey a lot, but not the same way as most other fruits. Wouldn't eat much out of hand. It is excellent in a shake or smoothie. Gotta try it in the freeze dryer. Of all the fruits I've freeze dried, sapodilla has been the best so far, even better than mango, which is excellent and fun with the different varieties (you can actually discern different mangoes, unlike dehydrated mangoes which all taste the same).

Might mamey be similar or even better than sap, freeze dried? I must know.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Recently planted
« on: July 13, 2024, 01:13:42 PM »
Nice planting jobs. I feel your pain in digging limestone holes; but at least it's not granite.

Got a nice Himsagar ripening on the counter from MMH, can't wait. You will be waiting a bit longer, but with great reward. =)

I like your other picks too, all solid. Angie has been great this year, and with a long season. One of the best, when picked and eaten at the right time.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A new top mamey emerges
« on: July 13, 2024, 01:03:50 PM »
I was surprised to hear that mamey, green sapote, white sapote, and even sapodilla are all graft compatible. Send me some budwood! Gonna add some mamey to the saps.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pink Pineapple - NON GMO
« on: July 13, 2024, 12:56:37 PM »
Plant the seeds and keep at it! Nicely done

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Annona spinescens seedling
« on: July 12, 2024, 05:25:49 PM »
Gotta see if I got room for this one, would've added this to my last order if knew it was available. =)  Great price for such a rarity. On another note, my trees arrived today, thank you! Everything looks awesome and even bigger than expected. You rock Lance!

Regarding all the superfluous jib jab, all I got to say is, "Meow"

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: July 12, 2024, 01:32:20 PM »
Just cut into a Cac. This one is better fully ripe to me. I can eat it earlier, but it peaks out later than other mangoes ime. I doubted Cac for a while; no longer.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: July 11, 2024, 04:52:37 PM »
Just tried my 1st Apricot. Super nice!! Well balanced and complex flavor profile. Could eat a ton of them.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A new top mamey emerges
« on: July 10, 2024, 11:35:00 PM »
Looks and sounds to be a winner! I really liked K-40 too, considering squeezing a tree in. I heard there is a yellow flesh variety that is supposed to be amazing.

 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First soursop fruit, when to pick?
« on: July 10, 2024, 08:27:42 PM »
You can also look for the little spikes to darken, soften, and curl some. That is a sign it is close or already ripe.

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I did not know about these species, and sad to know they are not doing well. But gotta wonder, how good the fruit is. Either way, glad people are working hard to save these rarities. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Two fruit thieves in one day.
« on: July 09, 2024, 12:40:06 PM »
Law enforcement seems to be largely driven by citizen complaints and awareness efforts. Might be worth looking into making contact with local law enforcement and perhaps commissioners, etc. Not enforcing theft laws against fruit thieves will not lead to good places. I will vote against any politician who is not sensitive to the pains of fruit thievery.

Watching my ripening jakfruit like a hawk... likely not the only one.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can you please identify this tree
« on: July 08, 2024, 10:59:35 PM »
Garcinia of some sort. Maybe improved lemon drop or achachairu. Definitely not eugenia.

What’s the ‘obvious differentiator’ for future reference?

Only Garcinia I have experience with has multiple seeds

I can see how maybe based upon the fruit alone, considering ubajay and other eugenias. But the leaves are large and thick, much larger and thicker than most eugenias. The opposite leaves definitely suggests garcinia to me. Based upon this, started thinking of garcinias with fruit that look like that. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Two fruit thieves in one day.
« on: July 08, 2024, 08:07:07 PM »
Made me upset watching. Fruit thieves really get me going, We should start a support group.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can you please identify this tree
« on: July 08, 2024, 02:44:03 PM »
Garcinia of some sort. Maybe improved lemon drop or achachairu. Definitely not eugenia.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: why can't I lose weight
« on: July 07, 2024, 12:52:10 PM »
Carbs from fresh fruit are quite different than carbs from processed and ultra-processed foods. But yeah, if one eats too much of anything relative to their activity level and metabolism, weight gain can/will occur. Orangutans get fat eating fruit, so it is doable; but they look happy and seem okay with it.

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Hello. Looks overwatered to me. Maybe repot with dry mix, OF/FF is great stuff but not if soaked.

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