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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: November 28, 2022, 11:00:32 AM »
https://boletines.exportemos.pe/recursos/boletin/25207.pdf

Indonesian exports stood at only 331 MTs in 1993, down from 435 MTs in 1989 but up from 277 MTs in 1992. Singapore has remained Indonesia's largest export market, accounting for 98 percent of all exports in 1993. The only other nations importing more than 1 MT from Indonesia in 1993 were Taiwan and Brunei.

The amount of durian Indonesia exports is small in comparison with Malaysia and Thailand but they still export some. Seedling culture is good in theory but when they are planting seeds from mediocre fruits, not so much. I found a lot of the seedling durians in Indonesia, Sumatra specifically were not very good.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Book recommendations?
« on: November 26, 2022, 08:50:05 AM »
The world was my garden by David Fairchild

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If you want the best selection of fruits youíll find in the Philippines , youíre going to want to go to Davao city. Late for durian season now but you will still find some. Itís practically year round you can find durian there but the quality goes down and the prices go up when itís considered off season

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Maybe better next November/December. Seems some years the durian trees like to go in rest-mode

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Good season but not much durian..yet?

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wtb Graham mango tree or ship to CA
« on: November 21, 2022, 07:11:11 AM »
Looks like larafarms is sold out right now but I would ask them when they will have more , prolly wonít be more than a few months

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which is better, Rambutan or Longan?
« on: November 14, 2022, 05:49:50 AM »
All 3 have uniquely different flavors, so comparing the three is really based off personal preference.  Rambutan can vary a lot in flavor and texture from variety to variety. With that said, I will go with lychee , more juicy than a rambutan and the kaimana ones Iíve eaten a lot of are generally sweeter than any rambutans Iíve had.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: November 11, 2022, 01:11:00 PM »
Cassowary, that is a good point and worth nothing. considering Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in the world, doesnít surprise me that durian can and will go for a premium price. As to why the prices have gone down as DL mentioned, I would be curious to know more. Once you factor in everything is imported from neighboring Malaysia , Thailand or Indonesia , itís no surprise the prices are high

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Dabai - very tasty, calorie dense food. If I ate a kilo I would be full for hours. Seem like a pain to harvest and Iíve heard only 1 in 10 trees will produce a female tree but still doesnít make sense to me why they arenít more commonly grown outside of Borneo. Taste I would describe is something between an olive and an avocado. Definitely in my top 10

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: November 06, 2022, 07:08:02 AM »
Peter, I went a few times, late August is usually the best time to visit. They have a festival called kadayawan every year in celebration of the main fruit season, where durian, mangosteen, lanzones , marang and pomelo are all in abundance. There are so many vendors during the season that it would be impossible to visit and miss them

Thatís good to know,DL.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: November 05, 2022, 12:50:33 PM »
Durian in Singapore was amazing, granted there are many vendors with subpar quality. Could be said about anywhere. I could spend an easy $100 a day in Singapore eating durian sometimes closer to 200. Thatís just too much for me. My best experience buying durian was in Davao where I would get choice arancillo durians anywhere from $1-3 a piece. The flavor is very strong when you find a good one and overall the experience was just as good as any musang king Iíve tried

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kampong avocado pear shaped?
« on: November 03, 2022, 05:17:27 PM »
Very common in Hawaii and many parts of SE Asia
Thank you for responding. Do you mean the variety is common in those places, or that the variety is commonly pear-shaped in those places?

The latter. There being many different types of avocados and many are pear-shaped

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kampong avocado pear shaped?
« on: November 02, 2022, 01:16:51 PM »
Very common in Hawaii and many parts of SE Asia

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Sorry I meant t. bicolor / mocambo I wasnít impressed with

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Miami fruit has cupuacu fruit for sale...
who wants to pay $87 for 1?
 ;D

I think like cacao, the seeds are where the real value is. The fruit tastes like unsweetened yogurt / bland durian. I would only eat it if there was nothing else to eat

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So they are promoting something they are selling ? Truly shocking  :P

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I was growing Concorde grapes for some time and much like jabo they have seeds and thick skin, and it definitely makes them hard to consume in volume.

This is why they are not a highly sought after fruit. I have seen jaboís just sit at farmers market with very few, if any people buying them. Still worth growing but youíd have to be crazy to devote your life to growing and collecting them. I agree they are nice for growing in a greenhouse due to how compact the plants are.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Durio crassipes
« on: September 29, 2022, 05:03:29 PM »
Sabah seams worth it then, can take a ferry from a port near Balikpapan to Tawau.
August or December, hmmm..
Yes Mangifera caesia in Bali is very good IMO. Have never tried other M. caesia so have nothing to compare to but there are different varieties in Bali, pink/red skin, brown rough skin, green skin and in-betweens. There is also a really good elusive seedless wanii in Sidemen, still haven't found the tree. Also different shapes and sizes, it's a very common mango in Bali.

Ben, did you like the dulcis x zibethinus hybrid?

Peter, was it better then a standard average zibethinus?
Haven't had kutjensis yet :(

I actually didnít even try it because I wasnít feeling well that day. Had enough energy to go fruit hunting but not eat the fruit ha

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Durio crassipes
« on: September 23, 2022, 11:57:37 AM »
I went in late dec into January both years I went. It seems this is usually when the main season is but sometimes comes earlier or later. I based this off when people on the forum were selling seeds in years past. Itís possible the year Peter went the season started early or that there were 2 seasons, from which I gather can happen. There were some mangiferas when I visited such as m. pajang, probably the most widely grown mangifera on Borneo. The flavor was just ok for me, and just like anything Iím sure the flavor varies a lot from tree to tree. I came across m. caesia once on the way to Tenom at a roadside stall but I was not impressed with the flavor. I figured this could not be the same ďwhite mangoĒ people talk about so highly in Bali. All the fruits seems a bit more adventurous than me as he went to Kalimantan and did some foraging in the jungles. Also worth noting, I did come across a durio z x dulcis at a roadside stand/ market outside of Miri. Glad you had a good experience with kutejensis Peter, as the ones I tried were all pretty dry. I remember Lindsay showing there are some good ones to be found in Sibu.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to harvest green jakfruit?
« on: September 21, 2022, 09:04:48 PM »
Before the seeds develop ideally. You want to cut it in half, quarter it. Carefully cut the skin off, and then the core. slice into larger chunks for cooking. Youíll want to oil up whatever knife youíre using beforehand and have a towel or rag to wipe off the excess latex. They would use bowls of water and bleach in the Philippines i saw to help preserve the white color. I donít recommend doing that.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Durio crassipes
« on: September 21, 2022, 08:04:56 PM »
I was in Sipitang and Lawas and at that time there was more graveolens around than there were Zibethinus. Another slight distinction I notice from this picture compared to dulcis is that the fruit shape resembles that of a more typical durian, dulcis are usually round like a small basketball

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Paw paw seeds
« on: September 21, 2022, 03:22:52 PM »
Added wild types

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Paw paw seeds
« on: September 20, 2022, 06:38:03 PM »
You could say that :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Durio crassipes
« on: September 20, 2022, 10:04:24 AM »
Never came across it there or heard of it before. Looks similar to dulcis but with slight variations. Flesh to seed ratio looks pretty scant

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Paw paw seeds
« on: September 20, 2022, 10:02:22 AM »
Sorry I meant to post this: https://www.petersonpawpaws.com/germinate-seeds/

Iím in SE Pennsylvania

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