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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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Iím in SE Pennsylvania

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Paw paw seeds
« on: September 19, 2022, 06:11:51 PM »

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Paw paw seeds
« on: September 19, 2022, 10:35:05 AM »
Selling these for $1 per seed , minimum of 20 plus shipping. Shipping is $2-12 in the states depending on if itís shipped priority or not.

Varieties available are Shenandoah, Susquehanna and a wild type. Shenandoah has a mild, sweet, with a custard-like texture. Also have some Susquehanna, which have a stronger flavor and the flesh is more yellow. The wild types vary in quality but can be really good.

Hereís info on how to germinate paw paw-

Where is he located?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Achacha Seeds
« on: September 11, 2022, 11:08:46 AM »

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Trade matisia seed
« on: September 05, 2022, 08:18:42 PM »
Congrats itís a great one to have, ive eaten it and other varieties in costa rice and Colombia. This one Frankie has I would rate the best quality. the fruits vary a lot in quality from seed. Iím guessing you purchased a grafted tree? How big Is your tree?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best commercial papayas out there?
« on: August 25, 2022, 07:24:33 PM »
Solo is a orange fleshed variety grown commercially in Hawaii

Update for all: So yeah, definitely no fresh durian available anywhere and MiamiFruit is hit or miss when they do have availability, at least to my understanding.

Hope you know someone in Hawaii cause it seems that cold pack priority mail express from the only place in US that grows them would be the only realistic, likely-legal way.

ďShipping or mailing most fresh fruits and vegetables from Hawaii to the continental United States is prohibited due to the risk of introducing certain invasive plant pests and diseases. However, there are a few exceptions. Fresh pineapple and coconut are permitted after inspection.Ē

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tropical fruit in Pot
« on: August 04, 2022, 06:42:56 PM »
Iíve seen a potted dwarf durian tree in the Philippines that fruits.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Honey kiss or Keitt?
« on: August 04, 2022, 12:43:00 PM »
Depends what youíre looking for. Honey kiss taste way better. By a mile

1- durian
2- mango
3- cempedak
4- marang
5- mangosteen

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best mangos of this season
« on: July 25, 2022, 08:47:28 PM »
Cac wins

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: colombian fruit hunting
« on: July 23, 2022, 07:03:56 PM »
Let us know what you find. The best fruits I could find in Medellin were mangosteen and mangoes

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: July 23, 2022, 07:00:47 PM »

Itís often planted alongside fruit trees in a permaculture type of setting as a chop and drop/ mulch plant. It can be used as a post for growing dragonfruit , pepper, vanilla etc.

Ya Cali produces some of the best citrus in the world.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Delaying Germination in Tropics
« on: July 17, 2022, 05:27:50 PM »
How on earth did you decide on Liberia , out of all places, to start an orchard/ farm?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: only one
« on: July 16, 2022, 12:51:12 PM »
Hawaiian grown: florigon or pirie
Florida grown: Going with Pickering as well

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: only one
« on: July 16, 2022, 10:20:14 AM »
Think I heard Alex in an interview say if he could only pick one it would be Pickering. That really says something. Someone can correct me if Iím wrong but I think he said Cac would be a close 2nd. Both solid mangos

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