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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Acclimatizing S American Garcinias
« on: February 24, 2024, 05:40:43 PM »
The Achachairu should be fine full sun in Hana Maui, I think they’ll grow faster as well.
The Madruno’s will do better with afternoon shade or a shade cage until 5-6 feet.

Thank you, this aligns with what I’ve observed. Acuminata and madrunos are a year older at least foot shorter than achachairu. Also noticed when planting they had about half the feeder roots.

I’ve got shade cloth on hand but for now going to watch closely in full sun, which this time of year is mostly clouds and rain.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Acclimatizing S American Garcinias
« on: February 23, 2024, 02:06:09 PM »
Preparing to plant out a batch of achachairu, acuminata and modruno from the nursery. Grown in tree pots they are at least two years old and two foot tall. Grown under 50% shade and have been exposed to morning sun for the last month to get them ready for the field.

Yesterday I noticed some leaf burn and drop on the achachairus. With rainy cool conditions ahead now is the time to plant but I don’t want to lose these plants or have to shade in the field.

Is this typical? Will they adapt and reshoot in ground or do I risk losing these plants?

Achachairu strikes me as very robust so I’m inclined to go for it and let them figure it out in ground.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What Are The Tastiest Jabos, 2024?
« on: February 06, 2024, 08:56:29 PM »
Any reviews of Campo de Ramón or Giant Piray?

I have a batch of those varieties ready to plant out. However, the jabo I get regularly (Murta?) is fun for a few fruit but the thick bitter skin and relatively little too sweet flesh has me thinking of only planting a few and giving the rest away.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless papaya
« on: November 29, 2023, 11:17:34 PM »
Yum, enjoyed a tasty seedless today! Must be fairly common, don’t have many plants.

I’ve grown a good number of mangosteens from seed, doesn’t look like mangostana to me.

Your growing conditions are more similar to wet Hawaii than Florida.

It’s going to be a real challenge. I’ve yet to plant mangoes but have been observing friends trees for years. Casturi is dependable and can be tasty but has a unique flavor not everyone likes. Of the indica varieties Rapoza, R2E2 and Keitt can do well in a drier microclimate if the rains and flowering cooperate. Of the three Rapoza is by far my favorite, orange sherbet with hints of coconut.

My plan is to topwork with multiple varieties on some wild mangoes already in the ground.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Taste Review Groff Lychee
« on: July 08, 2023, 02:46:24 PM »
Thanks for doing these reviews, nice to have a straightforward survey and opinion.

I also like Groff, nice flavor, keeps well. Though my tastes are in the minority, preferring lychees with some acidity I find Kaimana to be a bit syrupy. After eating lots of Groff I get this building cherry candy flavor on the tongue.

My biggest complaint with Groff is the shriveled seeds are irregular and hard to eat around. Varying in size from typical chicken tongue to tiny grains.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: King Lychee
« on: July 04, 2023, 05:37:41 PM »
Those king and Erdon Lee pics look under ripe and or long storage.

The Erdon Lee I had Australia were delicious but lacked a distinct flavor. On taste alone not many would call them a favorite but they have that wow factor and a lot of juicy flesh to eat despite the large seed. Also they opened dry for me which I appreciate.

As an aside the Australian Kwai May Pinks were fantastic, distinct cinnamon flavor.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: King Lychee
« on: July 03, 2023, 07:54:02 PM »
In other giant lychee news there’s a grower in South Africa, Neo Fresh, that appear to be working with Erdon Lee genetics to produce their own cultivars Neo-mungous and Neo-licious.

Check out the video here:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: King Lychee
« on: July 03, 2023, 07:45:47 PM »
I’ve web searched lychee king awhile back. If I remember correct they are special because of the arid volcanic soils they grow in on north Hainan island, suppose to concentrate a certain mineral the Chinese find healthy.

As I understand LEM is spread by bees and wind.

Anyone aware of the safe distance between infected and clean trees?

My trees are free of mites but my upwind neighbor has a small infected tree about 500’ away.

Look for your seeds first here in the US, everything you mentioned can be found. So much easier and often better germination if you buy from good sellers.

I’ve had good experiences with Honolulu office. Problems have been with shipping routed through LA first and getting stuck with border there despite paying for express shipping to Honolulu port. If seed coat has been broken seeds are destroyed.

Good luck!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can Mangosteen be Grown in Florida?
« on: March 25, 2023, 10:43:50 PM »
I’m not sure why people have started attaching “mangosteen” to every Garcinia. Power of association?

No one is being picky by stating this fact: Garcinia mangostana is the one and only Mangosteen.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruits with Side Effects
« on: March 13, 2023, 07:20:32 PM »
Meiwa has the tingle, more so in Hawaii than mainland Meiwa

Obscure but lychee can cause encephalitis in malnourished children

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Let's talk about theobroma
« on: February 13, 2023, 12:50:28 PM »
Sounds like a great book, order placed!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Making concrete pots
« on: February 13, 2023, 12:47:43 PM »
The bigger and lighter you make them, by adding more perlite and peat, you should begin to add concrete glue and glass fiber for strength. Searching for hypertufa recipes will give you a good jumping off point.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Let's talk about theobroma
« on: February 10, 2023, 12:25:19 PM »
The aromatic juice is collected from batches of fermenting seeds, so concentrated and amazing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Let's talk about theobroma
« on: February 09, 2023, 09:22:08 PM »
I have three kinds growing (T. cacao, T. bicolor, and T. grandiflorum), all planted about 3 years ago.  Some of the cacao are fruiting now but I don't yet have enough ripe to want to tackle the whole chocolate-making project.  So, for the first half-dozen, I just cracked them open and popped the seeds with pulp in my mouth, spitting them out a few seconds later.  I found there to be very little pulp -- it is a bit like tossing a tangy hard candy in your mouth and being done with it almost immediately.
An in-the-works experiment I'm currently trying is to take the cacao seeds with pulp and make cider.  I'm hoping it will taste a heck of a lot better than it looks.  If it works, I might report back.

Report back either way, sounds delicious.

Have you tried miel? If you like the pulp, you’ll love miel. The aromatic juice is collected from batches of fermenting seeds, so concentrated and amazing.

And you wonder how the Erinose mite got into FL….

Wellp, if it's already in FL, no big deal right?

(I kid)

I know you’re joking but this got me thinking about what is widespread in China but not here yet.

Looking at lychee a quick search reveals some frightening prospects: Longan Lychee Witches Broom and Lychee Downy Blight get my vote for worse than LEM.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 10b - best snacking fruits for kids
« on: January 29, 2023, 03:30:30 PM »
Blackberry jam fruit, not sure about zone

god, i love maprang a lot.

there are new varieties to be collected in Thailand. Just no one has done it yet.  Working on that for next year possibly.

Had some recently in Vietnam, tasty! Do the new varieties have thinner skin and better flesh to seed? Those were my two complaints.

How are these getting into the US?! Do some ports of entry/states not have ag inspections?

Wow wow on the lychee selection. Hopefully no new pests or diseases are being introduced.

I’ve returned home and can report that I found very little.

Was there for nine days and checked several Coles and Woolworth’s, Boon Cafe, Harris Farms Market and Paddy’s Haymarket. Best selection was Paddy’s, went there twice, Saturday was best.

Educated guess I was too late for atemoyas and too early for achachairu and mangosteen. Found some middling passionfruit, including ones sold as panama red, and lots of great fresh lychees including Erdon Lee. Vendors mostly stocked with mangoes and stone fruits.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: December 08, 2022, 08:03:46 PM »
I'm surprised your clients want the largest fruits available! Your prices must be much lower and your quality better. Our current highway robbery market prices are $10 per lb. No one would want to buy a 12lb montong where half of the fruit isn't edible and lots of weight in skin. But our genetics are inferior so the montong is always unproperly ripened. I'd rather sell a 4lb fruit where every bit of flesh is delicious. We don't have a major durian market yet so its still hard to sell when people haven't even tried durian yet. So interesting how different markets develop!

Is there a growing consensus on the best all around (flavor, texture, productivity, ripening) small durians for Hawaii? Pohakulani? Others?

Your best bet for February is a nice beach on the dry side. Plan a summer trip for fruit and hiking opportunities. You’re likely to find lots of citrus, avos, rain, mud and maybe a flash flood in February.

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