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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help with Oro Negro
« on: Today at 10:59:06 AM »
ON grows strong, flowers, and fruits well here, growing on limestone. Partially shaded. Started as a 1 gallon just a few years ago.

Had one for breakfast this morning. It had fallen early (about 2 weeks ago) and was completely green. It blackened up and ripened, and was surprisingly good. Good sized fruit, like 4 Hass fruits. Silky smooth and oily. Flavor was mild, but when properly ripened they are very good. Best cado I've had in several months. Watching the last few like a hawk.

Its looking kind of misshapen, as am in the process of trimming it to make light for other plants. There are a few fruit still on it, the only problem I have with ON is the critters attacking fruits before ripening. Covering them has helped so far.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What to plant north of my house?
« on: October 06, 2022, 09:20:40 PM »
Was thinking the same re persimmon; ours doesn't do much and it gets a bit of sun. Obvious by how, where, and when it vegetates that it is not receiving enough light.

I would look at lemon drop garcinia, some jabos, loquat, and maybe carambola. Cacao might do well, a long as it doesn't get too cold or windy. There are some eugenias that can do well with low light.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Search for the Best Tasting Mulberry ???
« on: October 06, 2022, 01:19:06 PM »
Kaz, your sangue e latte is beautiful.  I have white ivory that looks similar but has a little more cream color.  The birds got the last of them before I could take a picture.

Here is a picture with sweet lavender, the two on the left are the lavender at different stages, the black ones on the right are Thai dwarf.

Of the 8 varieties weíve tried so far, I liked all of them except for dwarf everbearing.  My husband and son liked Thai dwarf best because of the sweet and tart flavor like a really good blackberry.  Thai dwarf also has a firmer texture and the fruit doesnít fall when ripe.  We have not tried noire de Spain yet.

I wonder if others who find the Thai dwarf bland would get better flavor if they thinned their fruits.  I thin the fruit on most of my trees in general to get better quality.  Kazís tree is so productive maybe itís just too much fruit for the tree to sweeten up. 


That's interesting, as Dwarf Everbearing tastes very good here. Some of the most delightful berries I've had have been Dwarf Everbearing. They aren't always great, depending on time of the year, ripeness, weather, and pests. But definitely a keeper for me. Wonder if there are different varieties being called the same thing, or if location/enviro differences are that impactful?

Its not very good. The juice is alright, but the seeds are as gritty as it gets.

Pretty busy for a while, but could send you plenty of cuttings in the near future. Tree needs a trimmin' pretty bad.

lmk if you want to trade anything, or you can just cover shipping.

Hey Jabba. Extremely sad to know you are going through such a disaster. Reassured to know you and yours made it thru the storm.

When you are ready to start growing back, please don't hesitate to reach out to me for budwood and anything else I can offer to help. Also have turmerics and gingers for you. Know it's too soon, but hope to help in the near future. We are all pulling for you!!!

They grow super easy from cuttings. Just stuff in the dirt, don't let dry out.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hurricane Ian Prep
« on: September 27, 2022, 09:31:40 AM »
Ian is going to dump a tremendous amount of rain. It is forecast to slow down, which could weaken the storm, but will stick around much longer and bring more water as a result. Just happens to coincide with king tides, which increase the chances of flooding already. Not looking good.

...already over 3 inches of rainfall here in South Miami-Dade (yesterday, last night, and this morning), and these are just the outer bands.

Nice to hear! Just grafted Lil Gem to Coco Cream.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya in FL anecdote
« on: September 24, 2022, 02:11:28 PM »
Way to go Joe!

Think we are going to see nice developments with creative crossing. Keep up the great work!

Cool video and comparison! Your kid has presentation skills!!

While yellow df is sweeter than all of the other df I've tried, I enjoyed the flavor of American Beauty the most. Really dig the funky colors of the reds and purples too.

Try a slice of yellow with the PH at the same time. =)

Congrats on your successful relocation! Lots of fun checking out the plant pics, will be great seeing how things develop. Best of luck!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What kind of mango is this?
« on: September 14, 2022, 06:26:48 PM »
Keitt? Kent? What is the flavor like?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What To Do With Green Bananas?
« on: September 13, 2022, 10:45:18 PM »
Thanks everyone! Gonna give em a try. =)

Probably will go with fried and baked first.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What To Do With Green Bananas?
« on: September 13, 2022, 11:22:12 AM »
Inspired by Brad, I chopped a fruiting banana stalk that was damaging our fence. In the past, would've waited till ripe, but after seeing those cado trees taken out, got the nerve up to take it down.

Question: Can you do anything to make super green bananas edible? These are Sweethearts. Not sure if they can be used like plantains at this stage. All ideas are welcome and appreciated!

A few lemon drop, papaya, guava, carambola, small saps, peppers, some nanners are ripening, and an avocado is darkening early.
Which avocado?

A lone Oro Negro is blackening, and has been since weeks ago (70%?). All others are totally green.

A few lemon drop, papaya, guava, carambola, small saps, peppers, some nanners are ripening, and an avocado is darkening early.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: It's September 1st, where are your Mangos?
« on: September 09, 2022, 04:24:06 PM »
Lil Gem appears to be a mid and late season winner! 

When it feels a little soft/has some give when you squeeze it, the fruit is likely ready. I will cut part of one side, and place the mango cut side down on a plate. If the slice is good, I eat the rest. If still sour or tough, I let the rest of the mango sit out and ripen some more, and try the next day.

Cutting/shipping scions on Monday. One more order available, more in near future if interested. $30 + $12 for shipping for 7 scions, wrapped with buddy tape.

Best way to prep is with good rootstock to graft onto when trees arrive, and be ready for temp and humidity control. Don't forget the buddy tape.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone willing to send one seed to me
« on: September 04, 2022, 01:41:49 PM »
For those that receive, its a good idea to share with others down the line.

It is also a good idea to establish yourself as an active member before asking for hookups. Once you have posted a bit and made some friends, the door for sharing opens up.

Yangmei does not seem "hard to grow." Rejuvenating plants that have been bare-rooted and shipped from China is the hard part. Once established, they are pretty hardy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 10b (south florida) perennial staple foods
« on: September 04, 2022, 09:12:09 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Mangos from India Grown in Florida?
« on: September 03, 2022, 09:29:32 PM »
Any overripe mango can taste bad; Malika can be extra awful. That said, picked and properly ripened, is very nice.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone willing to send one seed to me
« on: September 03, 2022, 06:46:41 PM »
I'm with Carolyn!

What are you looking for Asifh?

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