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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pouteria calistophylla (AKA wild sapote)
« on: July 30, 2022, 07:42:11 PM »
I searched the web and saw no mention of its taste. I tried one at the Huntington Library, CA, that seemed ripe enough and it wasn't good. The skin clung to it like sapodilla, and the flesh looked like a firm white sappote, but more mealy on the outside and it wasn't sweet, and the smell got worse and more chemical-like the further I nibbled into it. I don't even know how to describe it because it had a funky taste and I eventually threw it away. There was something repulsive about the taste, though apparently animals are fine with it.

At least the sign warned me they don't taste good to humans!

So now there is a record online in English of how it tastes and where to try it, and when I saw an abundance of the fruit ready for picking. (At the end of July).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Muntingia Dropping Flowers
« on: July 30, 2022, 06:46:09 PM »
I tried mutingia at Champa nursery. The trees shot straight up but even the lowest fruit were hard to reach, with the very lowest ones being about 7 feet high and only the size of your fingernail after you pulled them down. There weren't many fruit on a branch either for all of the effort. I think they grow quickly and would require a lot of pruning; they had a row of them about 12 feet tall and in containers that were 15 or 25 gallons.

(At the time they seemed to be have much more big trees than they could sell and I suspect hardly anyone was buying them.)

They were sweet and had a different taste that was pleasant, but if you don't have space I would grow something else. It's obvious that the tiny fruit aren't for ground-based apes like us and are probably for birds that can easily fly that high for tiny rewards.

I like that he's expanding the selection of fruit and I hope it continues to grow. I visited him 3 months ago and bought 3 seedlings which I put in partial sunlight under the edge of a guava tree and they're doing fine.

(I bought 2 kinds of jaboticaba and one abiu. He warned that the abiu might not survive the winter where he lives, but I think my nightly temperatures are a few degrees warmer in my city. I'm planning to initially put the seedling in an unused aquarium during the winters since it's cold sensitive. Later if it makes it and gets more mature I want to see if I could grow it in a 25 gallon plastic pot on the cement in here in socal.

I'm guessing I might be able to keep it just warm enough if I covered it in an insulating plastic bag during our mild winters, while taking care to monitor the weather for cold spells. (I might also mulch a little and even insulate the side of the pot.) I don't think most people would go to that much trouble though.

Recipes / Re: Yuzu recipes
« on: May 13, 2022, 07:05:36 PM »
You should be able to make a good soda with Yuzu and carbonated water, because I buy Yuzu soda cans for $1.50 imported from Japan via Daiso. (They're like dry grapefruit/pomello Italian sodas if you have bought San Pellegrino branded soda.)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Abiu finally producing
« on: May 13, 2022, 06:47:55 PM »
It is common for seedling abiu to be bland and watery tasting, which is why some nurseries only sell grafted plants.  The Z varieties Iíve tried are very tasty with hints of vanilla and caramel

Well, the first sentence is disappointing as I've only seen samplings for sale perodically in California, though I would like a vanilla-caramel taste. :) I've read the Lucuma also has a caramel-sweet potato taste without the jelly and is drier so that might be better if you like the taste of caramel-flan but don't like the jelly texture? (I have yet to try either though.)

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