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TheVeggieProfessor

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Bilimbi alternative and growing macadamia
« on: July 02, 2022, 08:47:02 PM »
Hi all. I have 2 questions.

First, my wife loves bilimbi but it is high in oxalates and contains s a neurotoxin , so not into eating it too often. Are there any similar tasting fruits to consider?

Second, what is the smallest size that macadamia can be maintained at and still be productive?

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Re: Bilimbi alternative and growing macadamia
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2022, 05:47:49 PM »
If you are looking a substitute for Bilimbi   for sourness I prefer green sliced mango or Tamarind.  I have all three of these in my garden.
Sometimes use Bilimbi sliced when cooking fish.
Green mango can be consumed grated in salads or pickled or made into sweet and sour Chutney
Tamarind can be used to make coriander chutney or in curries

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Re: Bilimbi alternative and growing macadamia
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2022, 08:22:16 AM »
If you are looking a substitute for Bilimbi   for sourness I prefer green sliced mango or Tamarind.  I have all three of these in my garden.
Sometimes use Bilimbi sliced when cooking fish.
Green mango can be consumed grated in salads or pickled or made into sweet and sour Chutney
Tamarind can be used to make coriander chutney or in curries

Good call. Thank you!

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Re: Bilimbi alternative and growing macadamia
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2022, 03:07:30 PM »
Some macadamias need a pollinator. The Beaumont is
self pollinating. the macadamias get quite large. I am
trying to grow a few trees now and keep having set backs.
The latest set back is the freeze last Winter killed two
trees. The one that made it is having a constant growth
spurt this year. The trees are drought tolerant but they really
like water. They also need low PH. I would think you could
keep the tree 12' x 12' and do ok but the couple trees I know
that produce heavy are much larger then that

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Re: Bilimbi alternative and growing macadamia
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2022, 04:20:44 PM »
Dwarf Macadamia
A dwarf Macadamia selection, growing to only about half normal size.
Precocious bearer of small sized nuts. Ideal for pots or limited space.
https://www.daleysfruit.com.au/buy/dwarf-macadamia-tree.htm
It has been commented that the nuts and kernels are quite small, and you have to crack a few to get an amount to eat.
Might be interesting as a dwarfing rootstock for other varieties ??
The wild 'Bush Nut Macadamias' also have smaller nuts than the commercial selections.
Now becoming rare in the wild, possibly more so after unprecedented bushfires around Nth NSW rainforest areas in recent years.

 

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