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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Achachairu quinta in Bolivia
« on: December 23, 2021, 07:37:09 PM »
Nice! Lucky you got to visit there. Isn't it widespread because it is cultivated? Or are you implying that it grows wild there? Isn't it a quinta, a farm, where it's been planted?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red abiu, "abiķ roxo", what is that?
« on: December 23, 2021, 06:23:51 PM »
This is caimito, which fruit is outside red and the pulp is very similar to abiu ;-)
Actually the texture and taste is very different in caimito from abiu. But yes these 2 often get compared.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best time to go to Hawaii?
« on: December 23, 2021, 06:21:52 PM »
Best time to go to Hawaii is whenever you have time off. But my favorite time is June-July: mangoees, lychees, and many others, plus not so  many tourists, and usually lots of good events going on.
In summer months there are some artocarpus like jackfruits and chempedaks.
Best island for fruits is island of Hawaii, and best side is Hilo side.
If you do a search this same question has been asked many times and places to visit have been listed.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hawaii pulasan season?
« on: December 23, 2021, 06:17:28 PM »
Iíve been seeing some amazing abundant bunches of big island pulasan on the HTFG facebook. Any other Hawaiian growers having a big pulasan harvest right now? I remember last year being a bust, any ideas as to the cause, climatic or just needed a rest?
Those were my photos. Usually pulasan season is earlier: September-October. It's hard to generalize as to causes of off years, as not too many folks have pulasan trees here. Still very rare.

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One problem with white sapote in hot tropics is they are not fond of intense heat but they want full sun, so I feel you have to make a compromise growing it in hotter areas.
They can take 100F degrees with no problem. Tropical areas don't usually get that hot. In areas where temperatures get over 100 can use shade cloth.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what to do if U.S. Customs has it ???
« on: December 03, 2021, 04:51:39 PM »
First you need to find out what the problem is, why they are not releasing it? They are supposed to send you a seizure notice if they confiscated it, but lately this is not being done consistently. They often destroy the material without even letting you know if procedures were not followed, like having small seed lot permit enclosed.
Suggest phoning them to see if your package is still there, and to see if you can correct the problems.

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Interesting. So do you guys know if the lowland  fruits taste as good as those grown in higher altitudes? And does white sapote trees grown in lowland tropics produce the same yield as the trees in the highlands? Thanks guys.
Lowland grown white sapote here in Hawaii tastes just fine. But white sapote on rainy side of the island is much more susceptible to disease than white sapote grown on dry side of the island. Kona grown white sapote is definitely better than white sapote on Hilo side. Not sure about yields, but i would think dry side also has better yields.

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White sapote fruits fine here in lowland tropics Hawaii. Does not need chill hours.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB Durian seeds
« on: November 27, 2021, 03:01:11 AM »
i have some right now. You can order them from my seed page http://fruitlovers.com/seedlist.html

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First fruits on my Annona conica plant.
« on: November 13, 2021, 12:52:25 AM »
This morning I found two of the fruits on the ground! The work of macaques, who had taken a bite from the fruits and not finding them sweet, had discarded them. One was slightly soft, but full of seeds, with hardly anything to eat! I have now covered the plant with a net, and hopefully will get to taste the remaining fruit!
:(

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Great you were able to get them growing. Suggest planting in ground or transplant to bigger pot soon. They grow very fast, much faster and more vigorous than regular avocado given the right situation.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: grafted cherapu
« on: November 11, 2021, 05:35:09 AM »
Edilson Giacon just posted this on FB, and i thought you would be interested Jaime West: "The mangosteen plants grafted, grew to the sides, horizontally not upwards.
Probably by the Garcinias growing coniferous-like, an apical yolk up and side branches growing to the sides, thus pimples removed from side branches, will grow horizontally, reason for failure.
Today in ParanŠ, we already have a protocol of techniques to graft Araucaria - Araucaria angustifolia, and this technique can be partially used in Garcinias.
In Garcinias, we have more than one branch of apical growth, something less common in conifers, that need to be induced, but we can also induce more of them in Garcinias.
Below a search for coniferous grafting, need to watch, read several, to separate more correct practices."

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I think its been out of print for some years.
Only the english version is out of print. The larger and more complete portuguese version is still in print, just not accessible from publisher right now due to covid.

Incorrect. I ordered mine a few weeks ago and received it Thursday.
The company selling the book through Amazon is NOT the publisher. Just a distributor. So what i said is correct.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First fruits on my Annona conica plant.
« on: November 07, 2021, 01:24:29 AM »
i believe, oscar, i said something like, "rather bland, kinda like a rollina."   rollinias arent so bad!

Supposedly this species is highly variable and the fruit less flavourful than some better known Annonas. It would be good to get a first hand appraisal.
Jim West told me they are like a bland rollinia. Marco from e-jardim told me they were quite good, not bland at all, and he got his seed start from Jim West, so i'm eager to hear what Chandromohan thinks of their taste?
I'm going to have to try hand pollination because my trees flower like crazy but don't set any fruit....so far.
I wouldn't describe rollinias as bland. Just not ultra sweet like other annonas.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: grafted cherapu
« on: November 07, 2021, 01:21:50 AM »
Mangosteen will do the same. Yes you need to use scions that are from upright branches. If you use scions from horizontal branches you will only get horizontal growth.

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Is this book still largely unavailable due to COVID issues in Brazil, either in the Portuguese print edition or the English language eBook?
The publisher is still not sending books out of Brazil. The english language eBook you can access online.

Other than at Apple Books, which I do not use, is there anywhere else where I can get the English eBook?
Not that i know of.

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I think its been out of print for some years.
Only the english version is out of print. The larger and more complete portuguese version is still in print, just not accessible from publisher right now due to covid.

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Is this book still largely unavailable due to COVID issues in Brazil, either in the Portuguese print edition or the English language eBook?
The publisher is still not sending books out of Brazil. The english language eBook you can access online.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First fruits on my Annona conica plant.
« on: November 05, 2021, 01:00:11 AM »
Supposedly this species is highly variable and the fruit less flavourful than some better known Annonas. It would be good to get a first hand appraisal.
Jim West told me they are like a bland rollinia. Marco from e-jardim told me they were quite good, not bland at all, and he got his seed start from Jim West, so i'm eager to hear what Chandromohan thinks of their taste?
I'm going to have to try hand pollination because my trees flower like crazy but don't set any fruit....so far.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Achacha Tree in SF Bay Area
« on: October 03, 2021, 05:29:16 AM »
Partial shade till they get 3-4 feet high, and then can go full sun. Looks like you planted it too close to your shed. The reflected heat is good while it's small, but eventually that tree will get very wide, up to 30 feet wide when old and healthy.

Yea my yard is a little small so I dont have much space left with 25 other trees. I doubt it will get too big here in our marginal climate. I'd be happy if it survives winter here.
They are from foothills of the Andes mountains where it gets cool, but doesn't  freeze. As long as they are not exposed to frost they should be ok.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First fruits on my Annona conica plant.
« on: October 03, 2021, 05:23:42 AM »
I have two plants from seeds given by Oscar, and a few days back I found three fruits have set on one of the plants. The other plant has lots and lots of flowers, but no fruit set.

Congratulations. Let us know what you think of the taste when they turn yellow and ripen. Please also take some photos of the ripened fruits and of the interior.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First fruits on my Annona conica plant.
« on: October 03, 2021, 05:09:17 AM »
Congrats. I have been tempted to buy some Annona conica seeds, since a couple of people have been offering them for sale recently. But, I have never had any luck germinating rare Annona seeds. Good to see others are having luck with them. Those are some neat looking fruits.
This species of annona, unlike some other annonas, is very easy to germinate. The trick is getting it to pollinate. It's best to plant 2 or 3 plants very close to one another. Otherwise you will get lots of flowering but no fruit set.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peanut Butter Fruit
« on: October 03, 2021, 05:06:39 AM »
It doesn't have the fat content of peanut butter so even with the flavor it isn't quite right.  Sort of like how chocolate flavored lollipops or hard candies aren't quite right without the fat
As far as i know this fruit has no fat content or oil in it. Very different from peanuts.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Achacha Tree in SF Bay Area
« on: October 01, 2021, 06:32:04 PM »
Partial shade till they get 3-4 feet high, and then can go full sun. Looks like you planted it too close to your shed. The reflected heat is good while it's small, but eventually that tree will get very wide, up to 30 feet wide when old and healthy.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peanut Butter Fruit
« on: October 01, 2021, 06:27:42 PM »
Thanks for the feedback.  It's in a protected spot on South Merritt Island.  I'll definitely try to protect under 30F. 

I was wondering if it would eventually produce enough fruit that I could fill up a whole jar with and have natural peanut butter.  I'll update this thread in a few years if it does good or not. 

It is obviously a novelty fruit.  I got great interest when I posted these same photos on facebook. 

Viva la Peanut Butter Fruit!
Eating lots of them right now. Produces very well in Hawaii, but for some reason shy bearer on the mainland. The fruit does not taste at all like peanut butter to me, but is very tasty none the less. I would compare it more to dates, but not nearly as sweet as most dates. But texture is very similar, and it is sweet, unlike peanut butter.

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