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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 10b - berries for cereal
« on: December 01, 2023, 11:09:13 AM »
Thanks so much. Based on the two recommendations (and some of my initial research), I'll definitely be giving Physalis peruviana a try; especially since they are nematode resistant!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / 10b - berries for cereal
« on: November 30, 2023, 10:24:07 AM »
I'm spending way too much money and using way too much plastic packaging getting my kids berries for their cereal. I'd like to grow some in my landscape, likely in a hedge. Many berries aren't productive down here, though (e.g., blackberries) or are reportedly bland (e.g., mysore raspberries).

Mulberries are good. Intense root system though. The space I have to plant is near my home's water main. Don't want to mess with that. Jamaican strawberry is good, but large tree.

What else might one consider?

Much of the perennial vegetables for leafies. What about options that are more robust? Like something that can be used in cooking where a vegetable like broccoli would be used?

Bill's Tropical Fruit Trees - (954) 444-0862
Private seller in Davie, been buying fruit from him last couple years. Lots of grafted varieties and everything is fairly priced.

He's a good guy. I'd add hidden acres mango farm to the list. Message them on facebook. Near hardrock.

I have a Mai-1 jackfruit and I want to add another one to principally use for eating green (while letting a few ripen). I want a jackfruit that is small so that I can prepare a meal with it without having to process and freeze a lot of extra for later. But I want to be able to eat the seeds too. Some small jackfruits that I've had in the past (seedlings) have had small seeds, too. I was interested in Cochin, but just read that it has small seeds. There are several jackfruit that I'm aware of with fruit that trend to the smaller side (e.g., cheena, small, gold nugget), but I don't know about the seed size. Are there others and any first hand experience about seed size?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Vietnam Dwarf Jackfruit?
« on: July 03, 2023, 11:03:39 AM »
I've planned on purchasing a cochin jackfruit to occupy a smallish space for a jackfruit tree. I've been looking around for sources and came across another variety that I've never heard of for sale by everglades farm in homestead. It's called vietnam dwarf and apparently sets two crops per year:

Any information on this jackfruit?

Any jackfruits yet? :)

I think I found one variety which is Fruit punch. I just read about mango reviewed by SHV and this variety seemed the winner.

To me, fruit punch is the perfect mango. The flavor is just incredible. Bold and delicious, yet I could still eat a whole pile of them without my pallet being overwhelmed. It also has that resinous-type taste associated with a Carrie, which I love. But if you don't, it may not be the mango for you.

Bumping this for the weekend.

I wish I was able to make it. Really enjoyed those mangoes!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Balanced off-season fruit?
« on: June 04, 2023, 03:12:14 PM »
As far as annuals are concerned, strawberries could be a good option.
Mysore raspberry maybe, but very thorny.

Hey. I'll take the 10:00 spot. Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Balanced off-season fruit?
« on: June 03, 2023, 07:41:37 PM »
The "off season" fruits that I have planted (custard apple, black sapote) and am aware of (sapodilla) do not have a nice refreshing balance of sweet and tart, like a mango for example. Carambola and loquat might be good options for an off-season fruit that has some balance. What else would make the list?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Finding Land in South FL
« on: May 31, 2023, 07:54:52 PM »
For me, I like the idea of putting an RV on it

I'm in Broward county. It's funny that this thread popped up today. I have an okay piece of property, but we were interested in getting a summer place somewhere closer to the beach where we can still grow coconuts where land is affordable. We were very interested in pine island. I'm afraid that what you are describing is not possible due to zoning. If you are going to spend the night on the property, it will have to be in a house built to florida building code. The same was true everywhere else I called.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Maria Black avovado
« on: May 26, 2023, 08:50:53 PM »
I have Maria Black and I've tasted the fruit.  The flavor was good, it was similar to Oro Negro, but matures earlier.  The tree seems healthy and growing well.

Hi Julie. Would you be willing to share some/sell some bud wood this fall? Not sure where in miami you are but I'd be happy to drive down.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Spice trees
« on: May 25, 2023, 01:46:42 PM »
I just planted a curry leaf tree today and smelled some of my friend's lemon bay leaves. Amazing. I know of allspice as well. I've been planning on planting a hedge and was going to go standard and do clusia. But a spice hedge seems pretty fun. Are there any other options?

As a vegan, I take great affront to the term "fake spinach"

Anyway we like the sissoo spinach, and our tree kale has been going off, though it isnt very spinach-y

I tried the bele but it was super slimy and pretty bitter. Will try again in a soup or something.

Can you please share what tree kale you are having success with? What is the heat and humidity like for you in the summer? Here we have high humidity and most tree kales are not very happy.

There's a lot of tropical perennial green leafies out there, but what about perennial alternatives to the wide array of fruits eaten as vegetables? A few come to mind: sesbania pods, tindora, and chayote. You can throw green jackfruit, green papaya, and avocados in there as well I suppose, but those are obvious. What are some perennial fruit vegetables (for lack of a better term) that you know of or have experience with?

Hi, it’s not a strong smell at all. We’re used to champedek and champejak here at the same time and truth is the Cochin is quite tame in that department.

Thank you. According to fairchild, it can easily be kept as a very small tree. They indicate that it can be maintained at a height of 6.5 to 8 feet and a very narrow spread of 5 feet. Is this consistent with your experiences?

I've always had great luck just calling around. Whenever I need a drop I google arborists near me and tell them I need a clean load of hardwoods and ask if they have any jobs in my area coming up. I always tip, too.
I've had good luck with tree tech and lumberjack jake (tell him that the hugelkulture guy sent you; he'll know it's me)

We grow Cochin and are very fond of it. I got my material from William Whitman.
We like to pick jaks by smell but this one doesn’t smell when ready to pick. The picked fruit will soften and then be ready to open. There’s no latex at this point and the fruit is not super crunchy but not slimy either.

Thanks Peter. I was leaning towards Cochin to begin with. You sealed the deal! Does it smell strong when it is ripe? I relish the scent but my wife hates it. Having less (or no) smell would heal to "sell" her on it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cochin, Cheena, Honey Gold, or Small?
« on: May 13, 2023, 03:51:30 PM »
I have a thai dwarf mulberry and pumpkin pie mamey planted about 28 feet apart from each other (running east to west). If I could fit a jackfruit between them, I would be happy as can be! The ones referenced in my subject are the only easily available slow growers (aside from J-31, which I love, but is super latexy). I haven't had the chance to try any of the referenced fruits and I don't know if I will have the possibility. No one here in broward growing a wide assortment of jacks that I know of. I like a classic juicy fruit flavor. I don't care about soft vs. crunchy because I generally freeze. Any recommendations concerning which of these slower growers is productive, makes a nice tasting fruit, and is relatively easy to clean?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Shade cast by dwarf coconut?
« on: May 13, 2023, 02:29:36 PM »
Julie, Veggie Professor - would you mind sharing where you get your coconut trees from? Also, the names of the different varieties you have?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Shade cast by dwarf coconut?
« on: May 11, 2023, 09:17:23 AM »
I have the dwarf red spicata but it's small.  Pictures I've seen show it as skinnier than the fiji dwarf.  I'd feel more comfortable planting it in-between trees or closer to the fence.

Thank you Julie.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Shade cast by dwarf coconut?
« on: May 10, 2023, 08:17:55 PM »
I ended up planting the dwarf fiji off by itself to the south of my pool (where it won't shade other fruit trees). But I have ambitions for more coconuts, especially varieties that grow slowly. I can source spicatas, which are slow growers and fruit at a small size. Can anyone speak to the shade cast by these plants? Do they let light enough light in to grow fruit trees in the understory, or too dense for that?

I have super hass next to bacon avocado. The same age the same compact looking trees. Bacon is more dense than super hass. Both trees were last spring in 3gal, now in 15 gal. Super hass has at least 15 fruit hanging. Bacon did not set any.

Cool. For some reason I didn't htink Bacon grew/was productive in florida. I thought it was just a california/mexico avocado. Thanks

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