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Pitomba (Talisia esculenta)
« on: May 17, 2023, 12:33:23 PM »
Is anyone growing it? Can you share some information on your experience?
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Re: Pitomba (Talisia esculenta)
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2023, 08:47:42 PM »
I've been growing a couple seedlings for about 2 years now. They seem to not like higher pH, both get chelated iron treatments from time to time. I have them in shade. There is a fruiting specimen down in the Florida keys (Grimal Grove), and even after Adolf passed away in 1995, the tree survived 15 years of neglect and is still fruiting and looking healthy, so can survive annual dry period once established.

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Re: Pitomba (Talisia esculenta)
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2023, 09:00:04 PM »
I have 2 types, one sweet and sour and the other sweet and subacid.

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Re: Pitomba (Talisia esculenta)
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2023, 11:36:11 AM »
Both of the replies in this thread appear to be talking about Eugenia luschnathiana (Bahia Pitomba) rather than Talisia esculenta (the true Pitomba). A lot people just use common names on this forum rather than scientific. It doesn't help that there is the curse of common vernacular names that appropriates existing fruit names and puts an adjective in front... Pineapple Guava, Mamey sapote, Irish Strawberry Tree, Grapefruit, Indian fig... need to reformat completely.

To OP: I would advise you to translate this page: https://www.colecionandofrutas.com.br/talisiaesculenta.htm
The biggest pity with this species is that the layer of pulp is very thin. I have asked quite a few people in Brazil if there are any varieties that have more pulp, and they all say no.
Eugenia luschnathiana = CURUIRI.    Talisia esculenta = PITOMBA
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Re: Pitomba (Talisia esculenta)
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2023, 04:19:47 PM »
Once I have it. But you have to take 5 of them in your mouth to get the taste.

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Re: Pitomba (Talisia esculenta)
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2023, 06:57:31 PM »
Thank you for the replies.
I am indeed asking about the less common Talisia esculenta. Thank you for the link Mango Stein.
It is enough for me that they can get this fleshy.
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Re: Pitomba (Talisia esculenta)
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2023, 11:41:44 PM »
I really enjoyed eating these in Brazil.  Not a huge amount of flesh but I popped them and ate them all day long.  They are especially good chilled.  I have a bunch of seedlings and they are very fast growers in a Sandy mix. 

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Re: Pitomba (Talisia esculenta)
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2023, 10:34:06 AM »
Good to know Joe. Thank you.
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Re: Pitomba (Talisia esculenta)
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2024, 09:36:07 AM »
Hello Muni. I was looking up this unusual fruit when I found your post. I bought this in a local market in Rio while visiting. And I’m sure it is T. esculenta. The seller told me it is Pitomba. Slightly hard leathery shell like between a langsat and longan. The taste is sour sweet with a tang of raw peanut. Very low fruit to seed ratio with the translucent flesh clinging to seed.

I hope you found what you are looking for. For me I think it would be an acquired taste.

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Re: Pitomba (Talisia esculenta)
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2024, 01:27:14 AM »
Thank you for sharing Sapindave. We always have what we need when we need it. Not sooner, but no later. In Perfect timing.
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Re: Pitomba (Talisia esculenta)
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2024, 10:07:53 AM »
I planted some 4 in Bahia Brazil (its native range). I planted in full shade, partial shade, and nearly full sun. They’re doing great with no care in an agroforestry scenario. They’re handling our bad for us drought (small amounts of rain every 2 weeks) very well.  Our soil is acid, clay type, nutrient poor.

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Re: Pitomba (Talisia esculenta)
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2024, 01:33:53 PM »
had them before and the taste is really good, 2nd to only litchi in this family :)

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Re: Pitomba (Talisia esculenta)
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2024, 03:30:45 PM »
I planted some 4 in Bahia Brazil (its native range). I planted in full shade, partial shade, and nearly full sun. They’re doing great with no care in an agroforestry scenario. They’re handling our bad for us drought (small amounts of rain every 2 weeks) very well.  Our soil is acid, clay type, nutrient poor.

That's great! Thank you for sharing and continued success!

had them before and the taste is really good, 2nd to only litchi in this family :)
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