Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Messages - SouthBayHapaJoe

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 7
We have internet for the night before we head back into the jungle. Uploaded some taste reports.
Duguetia stenatha

Hapa Joe and WildLandPlants meet for the first time in Colombia. Boy do I have a surprise for him.

Hi. I would like to buy one pack.
I am currently out the country and limited cell service. I am in the Colombian Amazon on a fruit hunting expedition.  and may have spotty service until Jan 30 but please reserve a pack for me and I will pay as soon as I get a message on how to pay. Shipping to California.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Part 2. Hapa Joes garden.
« on: January 16, 2023, 09:47:51 PM »
Had an awesome day hosting AJ. Part 2 of the garden tour is uploaded.  Please subscribe and give AJ props for providing some cool content.

Aj the graft man filming part two of the garden. Wonder what I have for sell in the spring? Sneak preview.

I had a fun day hanging out with AJ and showing him my garden. Here is a link to the interview portion of the tour. Please subscribe and support AJ who is creating some interesting much need Youtube content.

Got it, sent it out today:)
If you are really interested PM me and I can let you know when I’m traveling. I’m always looking to bring like minded fun people who don’t mind mosquito and bug bites to find fruit off the beaten path. Costa Rica in February and Ecuador in March is in the works along with CAmeroon at end of July. :)

Hello fellow Tropical fruit addicts. I am taking my team ... and WildLandPlants! to the Amazon to revisit the Tikuna Indigenous reservation area to re pay some promises to the amazing people I met on my travels and find some more rare fruit!  Tropical fruit trees and seed sales are tough in winter but wanted to provide an opportunity to get some rare seeds at a discount and to those who support the work we do.

Use code: TFF at checkout for 15% off

Good morning fellow fruit addicts.
I spent some weeks exploring the Maranhao state of Brazil with a team of fruit addicts with Brazilian fruit expertise and have some amazing new fruit taste reports and seeds for sell. My main purpose was to find and document more Duguetia species and to continue to build relationships with people who truly make this happen… the locals.

I started my trip in the Cerrado again to collect more species and trade. I finally found a Calycina that I really really like. We are naming it after the sweet housekeeper that found this species on her property and had to share with the American :)

We then spent the rest of the trip searching the Atlantic rain forest and chapada biomes. It was majestic. The last day we became tourists and we to the Lencois marahensis dunes National Park. It was there.. on our day off that we made the find of the trip. Eugenia tinctoria …

Seeds will be shipped starting Jan 2, as my wife, full time teacher,  and I are traveling for for a much needed break during the holidays.

Alto Pariaso Cerrado

Eugenia calycina “Dalva”
In truth, I haven’t tried any of the good varieties grown in the US, but have tried many many wild grown ones. They are a very bland species until this one. It may be a subspecies but this tastes like sour cherry pie. Very tasty. This grows in the native Cerrado behind Dalva’s house.

Campomanesia adamantium var “Amarillo”
A top 3 tasting campomanesia that is very sweet with little acidity and little of the pronounced campomanesia flavor. Small bush like structure and drought tolerant in cool temperatures.

Annona coriacea “Orange Crush”
This Annona has a light Crassiflora flavor and still somewhat grainy but had a pronounced orange flavor and was sweeter than previous tasting of coriacea. Still early in the season.

Maranhao Atlantic Rainforest

Hapa Joe Favorite Duguetia aff marcgraviana “Lucenilde"
We saw a kid selling blue fruit in a bag on the side of a road. Of course I stopped, us small business owners have ti stick together. What we thought was jaboticaba (woohoo) was actually jambolin (sigh). Still bought them but not my favorite. While we are there Huan starts talking to a local and he is so excited to start finding Duguetia he shows her a picture of “Ameju”. She points and talks in portugese and Huan starts doing a goofy happy dance (I really need to get this on film) And says to follow him. We turn the corner along a long dirt path and a medium tree FULL of Duguetia Marcgraviana “lucenilde” very sweet papaya and melon flavor. No strange or weird flavors. Wonderful melon aroma. Nice flesh and was told they get much bigger as the rainy season progresses. Named after the sweet old lady who pointed us in the right direction.

Duguetia aff echinophora Bruno sp Maranhao
Duguetia marcgraviana
Duguetia echinophora Buritiensis

Bacuri Platonia insignis
A very large seed small flesh but creamy and very very very aromatic relative of the Garcia family. If you like the smell of truffles you will love this fruit. Banana flesh with custardy flavor. The yellow parts inside the rind is also cooked ane used to make a superfood. Grows in the chapada at elevation but even at elevation in the rainforest it doesn’t freeze so frost hardiness has not been tested. Without a greenhouse proceed with caution.

Talisia esculenta
If this fruit had more flesh it would be a must have for soapberry fans like lychee and rambutan. More tropical and sweet with much less flesh with a semi sticky fiber that sticks to the seeds. Very difficult to clean!

Bruno Lima Favorite Campomanesia aromatica var Preta
Small deep black color when ripe and extremely tasty. Has the pronounced campomanesia flavor in a jelly like flesh that is really sweet and no acidity.

Mouriri guianensis
Sweet finishes with a mouth drying tannic affect. Jelly like fruit. We found this along the fence line in a cattle field. The farmers kept it for a reason and there were no fruit or seeds on the ground thanks to the chickens and animals.

Eugenia Caipora
Found throughout the regions we were exploring. The animals must love it as it was distributed throughout the region, unlike Eugenia klotzchiana which was found in only one small area and in patches. The best way I could describe this fruit is a spicy zesty slightly acidic loquat. Unripe fruit has a bitterness around the skin that dissipates with ripeness.

Murici Byrsonia crassifolia
Amazing sweet fruit that was one of my favorites until you smell the blue cheese finish. The locals love it and make juice from it and eat from hand but I can’t get past the cheesy aftertaste.

Corderia sessilis tamarind
   Yup tastes like tamarind pudding.

Corderia sessilis sweet
   No acidity very sweet

Myciaria sp cabinho restinga
   Found in the same area as the above Myrciaria. This species however has different foliage and produce dark blue berries with a long stem . Dwarf and ornamental with edible sweet berries.After consulting with Seedshhunter, we think it is related to Myciaria sp Iguatu Preta but something different.

Duguetia cf macrophylla

Pouteria sp “Pao de paca” Sapotaceae

Eugenia patrissii Dolce
This Eugenia has a seed that is fuzzy like Camu Camu and a tasty very similar to Camu Camu round the seed but the rest of the flesh has a very Surinam cherry like flavor. Quite good.

Huan Shuma favorite Pouteria macrophylla “Cutite”
Have you ever eaten banana taffy taffy and thought, “wow, that is so artificial that tastes nothing like bananas”? The next more relevant question is, “Did you like it?”
The artificial banana flavor actually is based on the flavor of a banana species that is almost extinct due to a fungus. It used to be one of the major types of bananas grown until the fungus wiped them out and we found the Cavnedish current banana was mostly immune to the fungus. What does this have to do with this fruit? It tastes exactly likely creamy banana taffy. Fully ripe fruit have no bitterness and is very sticky and sweet.

Chrysophyllum marginatum
The native range of this species is Bolivia to Brazil and N. Argentina. It is a shrub or tree and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome. Very sweet and tasty but little flesh. The flavor however is top quality. If someone can cultivate a flesh producing hybrid of this species will have a winner, otherwise ornamental and edible.

Diego Techera Verde Center favorite Eugenia tinctoria
   This will be a must have. Tastes like blueberries and mint. The locals know and love this fruit and report that it gets much bigger and sweeter in the middle of the rainy species. We originally thought it was a Myrcia and when we sent to verify the collector started to freak out. This is one that is very  difficult to find and is a top tasting Eugenia.

Pouteria durlandii Abiu mirim
ABIÚ-MIRIM comes from the Tupi Guarani language and means “Fruit Bicuda” and the adjective mirim means small fruit. It is also called: Abiu kid, Bapeva small, Aça ferro and Abiuzinho da mata.
At Sitio Frutas Raras, they plant thesuffers from frost, but young specimens produce fruit every 2 years.
Seedlings: The seeds are oblong (longer than they are wide) with a brownish and smooth bark and a scar along its length. They are recalcitrant (they lose their germination power if they are dried), so they should be planted as soon as they have been pulped, in individual packages measuring 7 cm wide and 22 cm high, filled with an organo -sand substrate , placing 2 seeds per package that will germinate between 20 to 45 days, thinning is done when the plant is 10 cm high, eliminating the weakest plant. The development of seedlings is moderate, reaching 20 to 30 cm in height with 10 to 12 months of life. The seedlings formed by seeds begin to produce 5 to 6 years after planting.

Chrysophyllum argenteum
Characteristics: medium to large tree, grows from 3 to 5 m in open environments and from 6 to 15 m in the middle of the forest. The plant bears fruit abundantly in full sun, but water should not be lacking during flowering and fruit formation. It begins to bear fruit with 4 to 5 years depending on the climate and cultural practices.
 The fruits are large and rounded, with a greenish color even when ripe, the pulp is translucent and has a great flavor, somewhat reminiscent of cream with a touch of abiú . This rare and tasty fruit cannot be missing from your orchard collection! The plant is very ornamental because of the rusty golden leaves on the back. The flowers are apicultural and the fruits also feed birds and mammals. It is a very promising species to plant commercially because of the flavor and durability of its fruits.

Myrciaria strigipes

NOMENCLATURE AND MEANING: UBANAXICA OR MANAXICA comes from the Tupi Guarani but the etymology has not yet been discovered. It is also called Cabeludinha da Praia and Cambucá da Praia.
Origin: It is endemic to the restinga forest from the south of Bahia, Espírito Santo and Rio de Janeiro. Brazil. The fruit is a globular berry 2 to 3 cm in diameter, shaped like a tire with a light yellow and thin skin when ripe, involving 1 or 2 seeds in a sweet and sour gelatinous pulp.

Uses: Fruiting from October to December. The fruits are delicious to be consumed in-natura and can be used to make juices, sweets and ice cream. The tree is ornamental, the flowers are melliferous and it is an ideal species for urban afforestation of streets, squares and parks. It is a rare species and needs to be cultivated to be preserved.

Eugenia cerrasiflora
Origin: Native and endemic to the Atlantic forest along the coast and to the semi-deciduous highland forests, occurring in the states of Minas Gerais, Bahia, São Paulo, Paraná and Santa Catarina, Brazil. More information at the link: The fruits are subglobose or cylindrical, measuring 1.5 to 1.8 cm long and 8 mm to 1.4 cm wide, with a thin red skin surrounding a reddish gelatinous pulp that covers a rounded grayish seed.

Uses: Fruiting from August to September. Very important species as an apiculture, as it flowers at the end of June and July, providing a lot of nectar and pollen to several species of bees, native or not. The fruits have pectin-rich pulp and ripen in August and September and are used by bees both for food and for building their nests. The birds also look for it, because when they mature there is little food. For human consumption, harvest the very red ones and let them reach the point for another 2 or 3 days. With the pulp you can also make a delicious jelly. The tree cannot be missing from gardens and reforestation projects.

Randia ferox
Fruits in May to July and sometimes in August. The fruits are tasty and taste like bitter chocolate with coffee and are very pleasant for consumption in natura. The tree is deciduous (losing its leaves at the end of winter, flowering without leaves) and small in size and therefore serves very well to be grown in large gardens and squares in places where people stay away from the thorns of the plant. This species cannot be missing in reforestation projects, as the plant is very rustic when in weak soils and in full sun and its early production of fruits feeds the faunagenerally.

Eugenia beaurepairiana
INGÁBAÚ or UVAIA DO VISCONDE, and the species name was given in honor of Viscount Henrique de Beaurepaire-Rochan. It is also called uvaia-rambutan because of the rough, hairy texture of the skin and the much better flavor!
Origin: Native and endemic to the Atlantic Forest along the coast, occurring in the states of: São Paulo, Paraná, Rio de Janeiro and Santa Catarina, Brazil. More information at the link: \ The fruit is globose to elliptical, orange when ripe, 1.5 to 4.5 centimeters in diameter, velutinous, prominent glands visible as warts when the fruit is very hairy; the pulp is juicy, thick and sweet, enveloping 1 to 3 seeds.

Uses: Fruiting from November to February. The fruits are similar to the common uvaia, but are sweeter and more flavorful. They can be consumed in natura, and also serve to make juices and ice cream. In the past, fruits were harvested from wild trees and were part of the table of high society, mainly viscounts. The flowers have great beekeeping potential. The fruits attract numerous species of birds.

Eugenia tenuipedunculata
We call the SPECIES OF RED FRUITS (E. aff. [Similar to] tenuipedunculata) CAMBUCÁ-PITANGA because the plant has leaves very similar to cambucá and red fruits that resemble pitanga. AND THE OTHER SPECIES OF OBLONG PURPLE BLACKENED FRUITS (E. tenuipedunculata -type) of PITANGA-CAJÚ because of the resemblance of the fruits with the cashew fruit in formation.
Origin:  The red fruit species originates from the semi-deciduous forest above 500 m altitude and may even be a new species; and the species with purplish fruits is original from the Atlantic rainforest, where it occasionally appears. It inhabits the states of São Paulo, up to Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. :  Fruiting from October to December and sometimes February. The fruits are delicious to be consumed in natura or used to make juices, sweets, filling cakes and ice cream. The tree is ornamental and great for urban afforestation and the flowers are melliferous. This species cannot be missing from a fine collection of Brazilian wild fruits.

Just my two cents. Everyone has different tastes but I definitely got distinct bitterness and ripeness did matter. We collected a bunch of fruit. I will say on the other hand that it has some of the most beautiful foliage and the fruit is amazing looking as well. Eugenia caipora has similar skin and flesh and bitterness in unripe fruit but loses its bitterness at full ripeness and tastes
Like a spicy loquat. I wouldn’t give either 8/10 but to me caipora was way way better.

Hi! I am no expert but I am eating lunch right now with someone who is:) the “best” time is from late nov to late January. There is fruit year round but most of the ones you are looking for fruit at the start of the rainy season. Opposite seasons of the northern hemisphere. I have a cool calendar and book  I can take a picture of with all fruits that happen during any given month. June July august is cold dry winter and the worse of the months for fruit.  :o
Start in Brasilia and work your way to Alto Paraiso.

Jabo45 unfortunately you don’t really want to try klotzchiana. I have a bunch of seeds that I never put on website because it was so bitter. I thought about selling as ornamental but then my Brasilian friends tried to make juice from in and had some ummm
 “Issues” from both ends.  :o

Hey, I didnt get the last message. Check your spam boxing for shipping. I used Paypal shipping and it should have sent an email with tracking. Ill send it to you by PM in case you ddnt get it.

11 Store will be closing for the month of December to focus on local sales and exploration. As many of you are aware, my wife and I are teachers and will be using December to recharge and get ready for the spring season. If you need or want seeds, this is the week to buy them. We added some germinated seeds and allocated some more of some sold out seeds.
Happy holidays. Keep growing!

I have some nice seedlings available. Madrono that I collected from Iquitos. Intemedia from Colombia. $25 each includes shipping. I have lindero that is germinating now as well.

I have a small seedling and germinated seeds of Eugenia stipitata from Colombia. Every single community/village we encountered had at least one or more stipitata for juice and food source. Although tart I liked this fruit and it was a staple of every Amazon community. Let me know if you interested.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Good rootstock for Myrciaria sp. Roxa?
« on: November 26, 2022, 09:46:03 PM »
No need to rootstock this particular species. There are reports that it flowers at the 3 year mark and can fruit the next year.  Taste reports on this one is that it is one of the best tasting myciaria. I grow 20 of them and keeping them all. They are beautiful and the taste report I got is from someone I trust.

I finally have time to take some pictures and put some seedlings up for auction this week. Seeds sales have been wonderfully busy and I still have some nice species for sell with lots of seeds already germinating. The weeks ebay will have some things never before offered that I'm really excited to offer.

The master list is here:

Perebea guianenesis

Highly collectable and ornamental fruit from the Peruvian Amazon. Very popular fruit with locals and monkeys! Each carpal when first chewed on tastes like orange juice and then has a cripy acidic floral flesh. This fruit was found deep in the Amazon jungle around Iquitos.

Duguetia spixiana

A virtually unknown Annona relative from the South American rainforests found in the Amazonas region in the Acre state. Bears exotic red tinted fruits with bright red, sweet flavored pulp.

Duguetia stenantha, my favorite fruit, beautiful and ornamental from the Amazon

The goal of most of my expeditions is to find Duguetia and this is the best tasting of them so far. The carpals without seeds are dense candy corn consistency with brown sugar and praline undertones. I could eat these all day. I do not have information on growing these as it is the first time to be grown in the United States. However other Duguetia species are known to have frost tolerance don to 26 F.

PINDAIBA Duguetia lanceolata Frost hardy exotic annona from Brazil
I got to try this fruit on my last trip to Brazil and liked it very much. The fruit is more beautiful in person and pictures do not do in justice. Each seed and flesh is encased in a fibrous hard shell that is easily removed and has some sugar on the inside. The flesh is like a coconut jelly. Not super sweet but comes free from the see easily and chewed for a nice flavor.
Multi-lobed, red colored fruit somewhat resembling the sugar apple. Flesh is red-pink colored, and although scarce,  has a full flavor exceeding that of the sugar apple.The tree can be grown as an ornamental and in large gardens and squares. Duguetia lanceolata has known to withstand low temperatures down to 26 F for brief amount of time. It is one of the cold hardiest Duguetia and a collector must have.

Only one  Plinia cf spiciflora ultra rare and gorgeous, Must have! 1/2 gal deep

Highly collectable and ornamental fruit from the Bahia region in Brazil. Seen all over rare fruit groups this is quite a stunner. Fruit tastes similar to Jaboticaba with small amout of flesh and large seed. I was able to procure two seeds, one for me and one for the winner of this auction.

Annona crassiflora Araticum Apo Annona collector must have!
Araticum apô, "do tupi – soft fruit of bark with protrusions or angled"; also receives the names: Araticu of the forest, yellow araticum of the hill and yellow cork. Origin: It is natural from the dense coastal and very rainy region of the Atlantic forest from the state of Minas Gerais to Rio grande do Sul, Brazil. Characteristics: Tree from 6 to 8 meters high, with whitish gray trunk measuring 30 to 40 cm in diameter. The leaves are simple, largely ovadas (egg shape) with petiolo or short orange stem measuring 0.8 to 1.5 cm long.Tips for cultivation: Plant of humid subtropical climate, more resists temperate climates where there are frosts of up to – 3 degree (26 F), can be cultivated throughout Brazil, at any altitude; adapts well to sandy or clayey and red soils that are deep, with acid pH to neutral and with good amount of dissolved organic matter. It can be planted even on riverbanks where occasional floods occur. The fruit harvest runs from March to April and the fruits can be harvested by cutting the cabinwith scissors when they are almost completely yellowish. This species can be successfully cultivated in stony soils. Uses: Fruit in the months of January to March. The tree can be grown in green areas and the branches are firm and do not break easily. Always include in forest recomposition, because its fruits feed several species of birds and animals, mainly monkeys and quatis. The fruits are very tasty for fresh consumption and the seeds release with some difficulty of the pulp. The fruits can also be pulped and the pulp frozen to make jams, yogurts with curdled milk, mousses, ice cream, juices and gelatins. The fruits have medium-thickness bark and are resistant to management; in addition to being kept for about 8 days after harvested in cool places and for more than 25 days if in refrigerators.

Annona monticola JAQUINHA DO CAMPO endangered species from the Brazil Cerrado
Much appreciated by the local people with a nice floral flavor. Somewhat fibrous like a pineapple with mild flavor. Supposedly has medicinal properties along with the leave and bark. This species needs to be preserved and apart of reforestation projects.

I have a bunch of seeds from fruit that I have tasted on my site. Highly recommend the campomanesia sp as I just got a video from the collector I was with. He found the field of campomanesia last year and sent seeds to a grower in São Paulo and it flowered in less than one year! Not to mention that the seeds are already germinating. I’m sure there are plenty of buyers that can verify. It was a really good fruit.  The seeds I source I either collect myself or come  from the collectors themselves and at a
Minimum get a reliable taste report.
Have some things on eBay this week. Rare stuff for the Christmas season.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The "Cerrado Curse"
« on: November 16, 2022, 08:53:12 PM »
The dry cool season ended in sept and warmer temps and rain starts and lasts the next three to four months. The seeds that I collected are already germinating as would be expected to enjoy the rain and warmer temps. My experience and limited successes so far has been to STOp all watering when temps drop below 50. Let me know if you have any questions.

The last parcel from Brazil has cleared and ready to sprout. Seeds will drop Nov 14 at 5PM PST

Annona malmeana
Sweet Annona fruit from the Cerrado.

Annona reticulata
From Brazilian YouTube collector Sandro Naciemento and shared. Tastes like raspberry cheesecake. No grainy texture usually associated with reticulata species.

Diospyros sericea is a species of tree in the family Ebenaceae. They have a self-supporting growth form. The fruit is a berry with sticky sweet jelly that sticks to the flesh.

Eugenia sellowiana Known as perinha (little pear), uvaia do campo (wild grape), Erect evergreen shrub, branched only at the base, with new brownish branches, 70-90 cm high, usually forming small clumps; found in the savannas of Central Brazil, Minas Gerais and São Paulo. Leaves are simple, leathery, glabrous (brown-tomentose when young on the underside), gray-green in color, 3-6 cm long, with a very short petiole. Flowers usually solitary, axillary, white, long-pedunculated, formed in September-October (in the Southern Hemisphere). Fruits globose-flat, dense-tormentose, yellow, with thin skin, very succulent pulp, pleasant sweet-acidic flavor, with 1-3 loose seeds. 

Mangaba is the fruit of the mangabeira tree, a native of Brazilian tropical areas. The tree usually grows to a height of 5-6 meters, but can reach 10 meters. It begins to bear fruit at 3-5 years. The mangabeira is a hardy tree and grows well in sandy soils poor in nutrients. The fruit is oval and berry-shaped, yellow or greenish in color, sometimes with red pigmentation. When ripe it has a yellow skin with reddish marks, and a very aromatic, delicate smell. The flesh is soft, white, slightly viscous and fibrous, with a unique sweet flavor. The native people, who know the fruit well and used it widely, called it mangaba, which means ‘good fruit for eating’. As well as being very popular as a fresh fruit, mangaba is also used for making juices, ice creams, jams, pastries, preserves, distillates, and wines and syrup. When the fruit is ready it falls from the branch and finishes ripening on the ground over a period of 12 – 24 hours. The fruit gathered from the ground is the most highly prized but when ripe, mangaba perish very quickly and must be consumed, which is a problem for commercialization. For this reason fruit is mostly picked from the tree, and the fruit is ready to eat after two to four days. In this case some experience is needed to know exactly when to harvest the fruit. As it is so perishable, mangaba are mainly used for industrial processing into juice, ice cream and jam. Commercial use always involves freezing. The latex of the tree is suitable for making rubber and while it was widely used for the purpose in the past this is no longer the case. Some parts of the tree are used for folk medicine: the skin has astringent properties; the latex is used for bruises, inflammation, diarrhea, tuberculosis, ulcers and herpes. An infusion of the leaves helps menstrual pain. Mangaba only grows in Brazil and is most abundant in the highlands and plains along the coast of the Northeast Region and parts of the restinga. It is also found in the cerrado of the center-west, the north of Minas Gerais state and parts of Amazonia. Apart from its attractive flavor, mangaba is a means of survival for the local population. Supplies are almost totally dependent on harvesting wild fruit, and gathering still plays a significant socioeconomic and cultural role among traditional peoples. From November to April, gathering mangaba is one of the only sources of income for hundreds of families in various states of the northeast.

Campomanesia sp Cerrado roxa
Sweet and limited campomanesia found in the cerrado highlands of Brazil. Excellent plant for container growing. Light Campomanesia and light acidity with complex jelly flavor. Small medium hardness seeds.

Camponesia sp Cerrado laranja
Very sweet and limited campomanesia found in the cerrado highlands of Brazil. Excellent plant for container growing. Light Campomanesia and no acidity. Very sweet tropical flavor and ornament leaves. Bushy small growth . Small seeds.

Campomanesia pubescens
Sweet campomanesia found in the cerrado highlands of Brazil. Excellent plant for container growing. Medium Campomanesia flavor and light acidity.  Bushy small growth . Small seeds.

Tailisia esculenta
Talisia esculenta can grow to a height of 9–20 m, with a trunk up to 45 cm diameter. The leaves are arranged alternately, pinnately compound, with 5–11 leaflets, the leaflets 5–12 cm long and 2–5 cm broad.
The flowers are produced in a panicle 10–15 cm long, the individual flowers small and white. The fruit is round to ellipsoid in shape, 1.5–4 cm in diameter. Beneath the outer peel is the white, translucent, sweet-sour pulp with one or two large, elongated seeds

Eugenia ternatifolia

Plinia aureana "Branca Mel" Jaboticaba
Plinia aureana "Branca Mel" or white honey Jaboticaba is noted as the largest cultivar of Plinia aureana which, combined with its relatively smaller seeds, makes it the most desirable of the aureanas. While most Plinia aureana fruit are in the 2.0 - 2.5 cm range, Branca Mel has reached 3 cm in diameter. The flavor of the fruit has a hint of honey in the taste which is characteristic of most Plinia aureana cultivars. The fruit is smooth (many aureanas are quite costate), globose, and may have minor remnants of the sepal. The leaves can be shorter, wider, and smoother than the typical form of Plinia aureana which often have deeply veined leaves. Branca Mel is known to fruit 3- 4 times a year beginning at 3.5 - 4 years of age making this a precocious jaboticaba. The cultivar is from Minas Gerais state, Brazil.

Psidium bergiana var cerrado vermelho
We found this in the cerrado highlands of Brazil. An red variation of the best tasting psidium bergiana. It tastes like cherries with a psidium flavor finish. Extremely rare.

Plinia sp Grimal
I grow a couple Grimal Jaboticaba and they grow awesome in SoCal.

Pouteria ramiflora
If an avocado and abiu crossed then this is the fruit. Frost hardy and ripe fruit was quite tasty. Abiu tasting flesh right around the seed and a firmer white flesh inside the skin with mild abiu flavor. Small and wonderful to eat out of hand.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The "Cerrado Curse"
« on: November 13, 2022, 11:10:15 AM »
Well I just spent a week in the Cerrado collecting species. The winter months are completely dry. Zero rain for 4 months and high fire activity. Then it rains for 5 months. The winter can get down to 3C and less frequently below zero. The entire region looks like compact sand and red clay. The fruit are amazing. I have a bunch of cerrado species that are getting bigger.

Semi sweet cerrado species with medicinal qualities. Some astrigency but not mild compared to others. Organic extractives (OrgExt), also known as a secondary component of plants, have attracted interest of the scientific community in recent years due to their low toxicity and remarkable antimicrobial activity. This present work has aimed to increase knowledge about Myrtaceae specie of Brazilian flora: Eugenia francavilleana

Good afternoon. My first shipment from my travels has arrived and processed, cleaned, inspected and ready to shipped to their new homes. Seeds will be avaible at 7PM PST at
As a reminder that seeds are always somewhat of a gamble and I cannot guarantee germination, however I have inspected all the seeds and done float tests when appropriate and removed any clearly unviable seeds. This is the cheapest option to get these rare trees. I reserve half the seeds to grow and will offer seedlings in the spring with the appropriate price increase  :)

Chyrsophyllum viride ABIÚ-MIRIM
Translated from Colecionando Frutas by Helton Josue
The fruits are yellow, in soft pulp with a good flavor and can be enjoyed in-natura or in the form of juices.

Eugenia acutata Cambijava-Laranja
Translated from Colecionando Frutas by Helton Josue
 The tree can be cultivated in urban afforestation, in squares and large gardens, and cannot be missed in forest restoration, as its fruits feed bird-fauna. The flowers are beekeeping. The fruits appear at various times of the year and these can be harvested manually when they are yellowish or reddish. The meat and skin, which is very thin, can be enjoyed naturally and its flavor is good and resembles red jambo. The fruits can be processed manually by removing the inedible seed and the fleshy pulp can be frozen in portions or used to make juices, ice creams, jellies or even dehydrated for consumption such as raisins, and can be baked in the middle of cake batters. or sweet breads. It has great commercial potential.

Translated from Colecionando Frutas by Helton Josue
The fruits taste like cherry, but are astringent (takes the tongue because of the cica caused by the tannin). In order for this tannin to disappear and the fruit to be even tastier, it is advisable to dehydrate them in the sun for 8 to 15 hours (with or without removing the seed beforehand). With the fruits you can make very tasty jellies and cakes. Flowering occurs in July and August and excellent for honeybees or native bees that lack flowers during the winter. It is a rare species and the tree is very ornamental and great for urban afforestation.

Translated from Colecionando Frutas by Helton Josue
Fruiting from June to August. The fruits are consumed in natura, in the form of juices, jellies and ice creams. The flowering produces nectar and pollen and the tree should not be missing in landscaping projects and urban afforestation because its fruits attract and feed many species of birds. It is one of the most important species of myrtaceae for birds, mainly because it produces fruit in winter when most species do not.

Eugenia dysenterica Cagaita
Translated from Colecionando Frutas by Helton Josue
The fruits are consumed in natura and have a delicious taste, and a favorite of locals. If the fruit is allowed to ferment for a couple days off the tree it can be used as a natural laxative, as the scientific name implies. The pulp can be frozen and used to make delicious juices, jellies and ice creams. The tree is very beautiful when in bloom.

Eugenia cristaenensis
A very rare eugenia found in the Cerrado in Brazil. This bush/shrub only grows to 1-2 feet in height, making it perfect for a container. It produces a orange-red fruit, that is said to taste great and be very sweet.

Plinia sp Nova do Sertao
Translated from Colecionando Frutas by Helton Josue
Fruiting from September to November. The fruits are consumed in natura and highly appreciated. It has a different flavor from the common jabuticaba and a delicate, excellent almond taste. The fruits can be used whole to make wine, or pulped and the pulp used in several Brazilian recipes such as jellies, liqueurs and ice cream. The tree can be cultivated as an ornamental and the flowers produce plenty of nectar and pollen for bees and its fruits feed the bird-fauna. It is a species that is in danger of extinction, so every nature lover should plant at least one plant.

Plinia cauliflora sabra do cabinho
A wild Plinia found in nature in the Cerrado Highlands north of Brasilia. Researchers in the area claim is a “cabinho” variation of the common Sabara. It is smaller in size but has a more complex sweet taste that finishes tart.

Translated from Colecionando Frutas by Helton Josue
Fruiting from November to December. The fruits are consumed in natura and are very tasty, reminiscent of the taste of grumixama ( Eugenia brasiliensis ). The fruits can be pulped and used to make juices, jellies, liqueurs, ice creams, wines. The tree can be grown as an ornamental and I recommend that it be planted in plant restoration projects, as its fruits feed bird-fauna in general. The flowers are producers of nectar and pollen for bees.

Translated from Colecionando Frutas by Helton Josue
 Fruiting from October to November. The plant can be cultivated in landscape projects as an ornamental and cannot be missed in the recovery of restingas, as its fruits feed the bird-fauna. The flowers appear in large numbers in spring, are aromatic and have great honey potential. The fruits ripen in October to November and can be picked by hand when they are completely black. The fruit can be consumed in natura and tastes better than the well-known pitanga. The fruits can be processed manually by rubbing them over a fine sieve and the pulp can be used immediately to make juices, ice creams, jellies, or even frozen for future use.
Translated from Colecionando Frutas by Helton Josue
Fruiting from July to early September. The fruits are consumed in natura, but they are not appreciated by everyone. The pulp tastes like a slightly astringent green guava. Therefore, the best way to use it is in the form of juices with milk and in sweets like guava and ice cream. The flowers have great honeybee potential for wild bees. The tree can be successfully grown in urban afforestation; being also great for attracting monkeys and some birds. Its shoots and dense, glossy foliage are very ornamental.
Pouteria Ramiflora

Xylopia aromatica
Beautiful ornamental Annona. The seeds are ground into an aromatic spice sold in markets.

Duguetia furfuracea

Plinia sp. nov. Peluda do Mucuri (Blue Velvet) Jaboticaba
Plinia sp. nov. Peluda do Mucuri (Blue Velvet) jaboticaba is native to the forest located at the headwaters of the Mucuri River in Minas Gerais, Brail. The fruits have a dark purple color when they reach full ripeness, velvety texture in the skin and sweet tasty fruits. Peluda do Mucuri is significantly distinct from other jaboticabas and will likely be described as its own species by botanists in the future. The plant's small fuzzy fruit indicate that it is perhaps closest related to Plinia sp. Malacacheta Jaboticaba and Plinia sp. Sapuca Jaboticaba.

Salicia crassiflora Bacupari-do-cerrado
Cerrado bacupari or forest “caatinga” bacupari (Salacia crassifolia) is similar to the Asian lychee. It is uncommon and belongs to the Celastraceae botanical family. The tree can grow to a height of 1.50 to 3 m, with rough, grey bark. It usually grows in the tropical savannah in Cerrado and sometimes in forest areas, in specific areas in the Mata Atlântica, and in a few areas of western Bahia. The plant produces small yellow flowers that open between July and September. The fruit has a gelatinous-looking flesh covering small seeds which grow to 3 cm in length.The fruit is usually eaten fresh for its sweet, flavourful flesh. When ripe, the fruit is orange with wrinkles that make it look rustic and even potentially ornamental. Its properties are anti-microbic, anti-fungal and anti-tumour.

Anacardium humile Cajuzinho do Cerrado, Cajuí
The cashew tree is a tropical plant, native to Brazil, and the word "acaiu" from the Tupi language, means "nut that reproduces".Of shrubby nature, it is a melliferous species, flowering from September to October, producing fruit in November, despite a low production capacity of fruits and seeds. The small fruit with intense red color (bright) highlights its presence amid the shades of green, straw savanna during the dry season. The fruits are juicy, acidic and flavorful in taste. They can be eaten fresh, picked directly from the tree. The seeds also serve as food after being toasted as cashew nuts.

Hymenaea sp. Jatai
Superfood that is a creamer less dry version of the Brazilian favorite Jatoba.
Humans typically crack the pods open with a rock or hammer. Although children sometimes forage the fruits and enjoy them raw, most culinary uses of stinking toe involve baking, blending, or cooking its pulp. Jamaicans blend the pulp with water, sugar, and spices to make a refreshing beverage. In Brazil, where the fruit is known as jatobá, bakers use the dried powder of the pulp to make a biscuit-like pastry known as a broinha. Throughout Central and South America, the fruit is also prized for its purported medicinal benefits. It’s rumored to be everything from an aphrodisiac to a remedy for diarrhea.

Annona sp Espinho lisa
Ultra rare unidentified Annona species from the Amazon. Reported to be one of the tastiest Annona similar to biriba.

Annona sp Amazonas suave
Ultra rare unidentified Annona species Reported to have a very sweet flavor with no acidity and wonderful aroma.

Malpighia emarginata Giant Amazonas Acerola
Common names include acerola cherry, Guarani cherry, Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry,and wild crepe myrtle. Acerola is native to Paraguay and Brazil in South America, Central America and southern Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Haiti, but is now also being grown as far north as Texas and in subtropical areas of Asia, such as India.
The fruit pulp is notable for its exceptional content of vitamin C

Eugenia angustissima, also known as very fine leafed cherry, cerejinha de folhas is a flowering shrub in the family Myrtaceae. The fruit is sweet with no astringency or resinous smell. Simple and sweet and highly ornamental I am growing a whole hedge of them.

Mouriri pusa Puca Preto
The Puçá-preto is known as the Cerrado jaboticaba. In addition to the color and shape, the fruit is also born attached to the trunk. But in addition to black, there is another variety in yellow. Both are native to the Cerrado, with a higher incidence in the north and northeast regions of the country.
The species, of medium size and small crown, has crooked trunks and a very thick bark, which protects it from the frequent fires that occur in the Cerrado. With a beautiful flowering and attractive fruits for animals and people, Puçá is suitable for planting in urban areas. Its leaves are used in folk medicine for the treatment of gastric ulcers.

Brosimum gaudichaudii Mama Cadela Chewing gum of the Cerrado
Mama-cadela is a lactascent shrub, which can reach up to 8 m in height and is very common in the Cerrado (dry bush lands) of the Brazilian Center-East region.
It has many popular names; one of them, ibapinima, comes from the Tupi-Guarani and means “spotted fruit” or myrá-pinima, meaning “spotted wood”, both common features of this species.
It belongs to the Moraceae family, has coriaceous elliptical or oblong leaves, smooth on top and pubescent on the bottom and of varying sizes in one plant. It has cylindrical dark and striped (ESTRIADOS) branches. The flowers are discrete and united in inflorescences, which form between June and August. The fruits are about 2cm in diameter, compound, orangey-yellow, with fibrous but juicy pulp, the flavor of which is sweet and very pleasant. They mature between September and November and have only one seed. Even though they are small and have a sticky pulp, they are very popular, especially among children, and usually sucked, slurped and chewed like gum until only a spent, flavorless residue is left. Pimentel Gomes even states that mama-cadela is a type of “natural chewing gum”. The residue has a consistency and appearance that recalls cotton, a sponge or a tow, which is why other common names include “algodãozinho” (little cotton) and “algodão-doce” (sweet cotton).
It is little known outside of its areas of occurrence and not cultivated much. Its conservation and diffusion of the population is very important for conserving the species, as it is native to an area that is threatened by the advancing borders of agricultural and cattle rearing land. According to official data, the Cerrado has already lost 50% of its vegetated surface.
The skins/shells, roots, leaves and green fruits are mentioned in literature as quite significant in treating a wide variety of ailments, like the flu, colds, gastric ulcers and, most importantly, skin problems like dermatitis, allergies and vitiligo. The skin/shell is sold in herbalist’s shops of the region. It is among the plants cited by 90% of the herbalists involved in an ethnobotanical project taking place in the region of Goiânia. Along with its medicinal uses, the roots are also used to scent tobacco smoked in pipes or cigarro de palha (a type of cigarette wrapped in a dried leaf)

Astrocaryum murumuru
A palm native to Amazon Rainforest vegetation in Brazil, which bears edible fruits. It has a thick trunk and a shuttlecock-shaped, bushy crown. The nutritious, edible fruits are an important local food source and materials made from the tree, fruit, and seed kernels are commercially significant to the region. Hammocks are made from the tree’s fibres. Murumuru butter is moisturizing (emollient). It is also film-forming and glossy. These qualities make it very protective. It contains vitamins and has a high content of oleic acid. The oil from the seeds is traditionally used to soften and protect hair. Murumuru butter is the white to yellowish fat obtained from the seeds of the murumuru palm.

Germinated Perebea xanthochyma Pama Caucho
Reported to taste like orange candy.

Tropheus what tree/fruit are you referring to?

Updated taste on ramiflora. It ripens off the tree to a yellow skin and the flesh softens and sweetens. There is no Bitterness towards the skin and the flesh is very good. Half as sweet as an Abiu and have the flesh but also no lingering stickiness and the latex is very minimal.

More taste reports
Jatoba Hymanea courbarii
Superfood from the cerrado. Undesrcible Jatoba flavor Chalky but sweet and weirdly addicting. The locals use is at as topping for Acai. Edible out of hand but dry, on Acai it was utterly amazing and too good to be healthy!

Spondia purpurea
Very tasty and sweet for a spondia. No bitterness or astrigency. Alot of flesh. Found commercially cultivated and loved for juices.

Inga cylindrica
very little flesh and bitter towards seed coat but very cool looking fruit.

Plinia Sabara de cabinho Medium sweetness compared to others Jabos but complex with a tart lemony finish. Smaller size and very small seeds.

Campomanesia pubescens very tasty larger and harder seeds than the sp we found earlier. No tartness and mild campo flavor

Sallacia crassiflora WOW! like vanilla, light lychee purple mangosteen flavor surrounds large seed. Very drought resistant for a sweet fruit.

Psidium bergiana variation vermelha Tastes like cherries and psidium mixed. My favorite psidium and the red coloration of the fruit makes it super rare.

Eugenia klotzchiana pear of the cerrado. Tastes nothing like pears haha. Its a very juicy sweeter and less acidic and more firm flesh that aristata. It had a bitterneess towards the skin but probably due to being a little unripe. Eugenia caipora was even sweeter and less acidic

Psidium firmum nice little psidium. Jelly and tart with medium psidium flavor.\

Anarcadium humile dwarf cerrado. Best tasting cashew fruit. Usually very very bland this species tastes more like wax apples. Nice acidity and crispy. Dwarf and bushy. Rare even for Brazilians as everyone is asking for seeds already. Doesn't fruit every year but fruits very early for a fruit tree 2 to 3 years and will stay small.

Mama Cadela Brosmium gaudichii bubble gum of the cerrado. Sweet and chewy natural slight pumpkin flavor.

I bet the long tap root is to find water source for the long winter drought in the cerrado. 6 months of no rain. There are reports that they grow much bigger but still small in more favorable conditions. Eugenia Agustissima

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 7
SMF spam blocked by CleanTalk