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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Another prickly pear selection
« on: August 05, 2022, 01:00:32 PM »
The Opuntia (Prickly Pear) Variety, Torrance PCH#1,
that I got from Nullzero in 2013 is F R U I T I N G !!!
for the very first time!

When the years were passing by,
I decided I was going to let it grow into the giant cactus (Medusa) pictures that Nullzero has posted.
And, it seems to have worked/payed-off.
The fact that the tree is a beautiful cactus, IMO, also helped.

After several years of waiting for fruit production in my high humidity Zone 10b,
I’m ecstatic with this Breakthrough (I had almost given up all hope),
that this Opuntia Variety will bear fruit in the Miami, Florida area.

Now I’m waiting for multiple fruits to grow, ripen (turn red), harvest, and
comment on the fruit quality: taste experience & edibility of the seeds.

Thank you Nullzero for this Opuntia.

I can’t wait to hear of other varieties that are:
as productive or more so, with even better quality fruit.

The Torrance PCH#1 that I got from Nullzero is doing great and it looks really good and healthy. I suppose that after a year of planting, it now has developed a good root system. From one planted pad, it now has 3 multi-pad branches. It has a full sun location, and I'm not watering it at all, to induce fruiting. I'm just sporadically fertilizing it.

I hope that it will soon look like the giant multipad 'tree' picture that Nullzero posted on this Thread (before it was destroyed, suposedly, by the owners of the property; it was kinda sad to see that happen, that 'tree' was a real beauty) and with the same abundant fruit quantity/production.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lemon Zest
« on: June 10, 2022, 03:58:30 AM »
I’ve properly tasted the ‘Lemon_Zest’ mango variety for the very first time, and here’s the report:

I’m happy to report that I do have a real ‘Lemon_Zest’ mango variety tree.
And, ‘Lemon_Zest’ is just absolutely awesome!

I ate a perfectly ripened mango from my tree.
The fruit was ~5 inches long (sorry for no-picture, I just wanted to eat it right away).
The color is Demi-yellowish with a hint of brownish.
The flesh is yellow.

And, the taste. Oh my Goodness, the taste!
I immediately thought that the refreshing great taste was unique, just like, say, a lychee taste is unique.
The tastebud fireworks in each bite was exquisitely delicious and totally unexpected.
It wasn’t a lemony taste as I had expected, it was an exceptionally complex lemon_zest taste,
and thus it’s name is perfect.

The flesh had no fiber, except negligible amount on a somewhat-thin seed.

I give it a rating of above and beyond eXcellent!

The tree is now ~25 feet tall. It’s a bit compact. It grows kind of slow (it’s not in a prime location; it’s near a tall Mamey fruit tree).
The fruit production has been robust and the best ever!

My main reason for getting this variety was, because many on this Forum were raving about it.
And, so, I want to thank Murahilin & everyone, it is an excellent recommendation which I wholeheartedly endorse.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: November 28, 2021, 08:04:53 PM »
Please help:

I remember the time during the existence of this Thread, when many of Us were hoping to find a truly sweet & good quality dragon fruit variety.

Well, this Great-Breakthrough! is now Old-News, In-My-Opinion.
As You can now find such Quality Dragon-Fruit variety at a local quality Supermarket like ‘Whole-Foods.’

Next-Step (Question(s)):

Does anyone know if there’s a Dragon-Fruit Variety for my South-Florida Zone-10-b Area with these ‘Breakthrough’ specs?

And, the Best source where I can go and buy it?

Does ‘Excalibur Fruit-Tree Nursery’ in Florida have such sweet Dragon-Fruit Variety?

Thanks in Advance for any Help

When I put together all of the varieties in my Home-Yard, and after considering & comparing all the Best Attributes, only one mango variety comes to my mind (for my Zone 10-b area):

‘Young’ mango variety

Overall Quality

I’m still searching for the mango variety with a Superior-Quality.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado 24/7 Thread
« on: November 28, 2021, 07:24:40 PM »
This is a photo of‘Winter-Mexican’ avocado variety.

It was just picked off the tree a few minutes ago.

P.S. (Today is Sunday 11-28-2021)
Planning to Report on the date when the last avocado of the Season produced in my Home-Yard;
I haven’t run out of avocados this Season yet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Custard Apples Florida
« on: March 25, 2021, 08:59:07 PM »
I call it ‘Paradise Custard Apple.’

I believe it’s officially called ‘Fernandez Custard Apple.’

My Review:
I just love it served chilled.
It has none of those sandy, grainy pebbles.
When eaten hungry it tastes like paradise to me.
I got it from Lara Farms.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Seedless Papaya Propagation
« on: November 30, 2020, 11:39:33 AM »
I have a Seedless Papaya tree.
The fruit is excellent quality.

I would really appreciate any suggestions on how I can propagate it, since it doesn’t have any seeds.


Looks like its hard to post pics currently but one made it through. The seedless averages around 46g and has a maximum size of around 80g so is intermediate between Fai zee sui big fruiting selections and Erdon Lee in size but the fruits are still whoppers.
My dilemma is should I just try to squeeze two in knowing I don't really have room and they might not even fruit. The trees were too hard to get to get to just let go of them.

Those Jumbo Seedless Lychee look fantastic! I sure wish that they were available in Florida, or at least anywhere in the States. It's great to know that they exist. Thanks for posting.

Found it. The name of the desired mango variety is: ‘Cushman’

This is the Thread where I described this variety and others (My thanks to all who helped):

Cushman: I've been told that those that see the adult tree, have a tendency to throw up (it's that ugly?).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado 24/7 Thread
« on: June 25, 2020, 10:19:48 PM »
Jan Boyce in Florida?  How cool is that!

Exactly, I have a lot of high hopes for this one, so far, so good.

I will follow up with further updates.

Maybe Kent?  Keitt trees are ugly, but the fruit is not roundish and is more fibrous than Kent.

Thank you for the reply, but:

No, the mango variety is not Kent or Keitt.

I used to know the name but have now forgotten it. But, I know that once I see the name again It’ll come back to me.

If I remember correctly, the name of the mango variety had at least one letter ‘o’ in it.

The name of the variety that I’m looking for, is a variety that is famous/legendary for having an excellent fruit, but an ugly & crappy looking tree.

BTW, I have 2 ‘Keitt’ mango trees & both are beautiful. And, ditto for the Kent mango trees that I’ve seen.

Please ID this mango variety from the given description of the tree and fruit:

This is not a new mango variety. This variety has been around for quite a while.

The fruit is of legendary excellent quality. The size of the fruit is towards a large size and a roundish shape. The flesh has no threads and is of excellent eating taste and quality.

The tree is famous for being exceptionally ugly!

I need to purchase this variety but I cannot remember the variety name, please help!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado 24/7 Thread
« on: June 25, 2020, 07:37:30 PM »
Jan Boyce avocado update

In April 2020, the tree had the first ever 2 fruits that were ready to pick off the tree. BTW, this is right in the middle of the S FL WAVS (South Florida Winter Avocado Void Season)!

I don’t know if this was a fluke, but I hope it happens again and I will be looking out for a repeat of this momentous event.

Anyway, these first 2 avocado fruits disappeared, and steps have been taken so that this unfortunate event does not happen again.

A few days later after the 2 ripe avocados went missing from the tree, the whole tree became flush with flowers. And, about a month later, the whole tree was fully flushed with small avocado fruits!

P.S.   These photos were taken less than 2 weeks ago.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado 24/7 Thread
« on: June 02, 2020, 03:15:32 AM »
To mrdub: I can only try to point you in the right direction. Perhaps you can do a search in this T.F.Forum and/or outside of it, by using the following key words:

Avocado Doctor
Avocado Grafting

Carlos is The Avocado Doctor here in South Florida, and he has some very informative Avocado Grafting videos.

I hope this helps and Good Luck

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lemon Zest
« on: June 02, 2020, 02:56:47 AM »
This is the very first one, ever, ‘Lemon-Zest’ mango fruit of my tree (the sapodilla beside it is a ’Hasya’)

The tree was planted ~4years ago at ~6ft tall. Now it’s ~17ft tall.

Since it produced just 1 fruit, I picked it off the tree a bit early & not at peak ripening — I didn’t want to lose it to anything or anyone.

I tasted the pleasant lemony flavor. Good to great eating quality with only an insignificant amount of fiber near the seed.

The size is a good Medium sized fruit.

This is the only Indian (elongated) type mango that I have. I enjoyed it. So, so far so good.
Hopefully the tree will produce more than 1 fruit next year and I’ll leave them on the tree until peak ripening. At which time, I plan to do a more precise report (God Willing)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Biiigggg Hasya sapodilla (picture)
« on: June 02, 2020, 02:24:20 AM »
These are some pictures of a Hasya sapodilla/nispero (the mango is a’Lemon Zest’ variety)

Comments: So far, it’s been a good to great eating quality fruit.

My Hasya tree was planted ~5yrs ago & at ~4ft tall. Now, it’s ~15ft tall. The production has been consistent, but not heavy like other smaller sized varieties.

I’m really glad I got this Hasya, it works for me in my home yard.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless Guava
« on: October 07, 2019, 01:39:54 AM »
Could you be so kind as to let us know what is the fruit size?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ross Sapote or Canistel?
« on: October 06, 2019, 10:29:39 PM »
I take back what I said about the ‘Ross Sapote’ Fruit size not being serious. I’v had my grafted ‘Ross Sapote’ planted for about 5 years. And, this its first year ever where the fruit size is surprisingly and agreeably adequate (see photo). I’m quite pleased with this since I find the Quality of the ‘Ross Sapote’ as Excellent.

From My Research, Fairchild #2 is Excellent Quality but low production yields. For me, this is unacceptable, unless You have yard room to spare.

I also would like to know more about the Quality and the Production on the ‘Aurea.’

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado 24/7 Thread
« on: October 02, 2019, 03:30:27 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado 24/7 Thread
« on: September 18, 2019, 01:46:38 AM »
This is an update on the ‘Monroe’ avocado at my location. It’s near the shade of a giant ‘Royal Poinciana’ tree; It’s probably growing slowly and with very low yearly production as a result. Nevertheless, and for the first time ever, the fruit production this year has been tremendous:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tebow(Young) mango
« on: September 18, 2019, 12:51:01 AM »
I've now read the other comments on this forum (early 2010's) and other spots on the Internet that say the Young mango is bland and not worth growing. is entirely possible that now after ten years of growing the tree that the fruit has improved?    Sometime's mango does have a bad year in taste due to environmental conditions or age of tree. 

I planted the Tebow/young in 2009.   ten years later.  I really liked the fruit and its the first time I tasted it as it always got raped by rodents.   I have given the tree zero care as well.  No spray, no fertilizer, no water. Its on its own.  Maybe that makes a diff also.  I'm a true believer on never fertilize or water a mango. They don't need it and that just encourages vegetation growth.

I'm also on Merritt Island with a ten foot sand ridge.  So, plenty of room for roots to grow. Water table is ten feet down.   

Thus, you guys in So.Fla may have different growing conditions. 

Ok, 'nuff said.  I think it is one of the best tasting.  Carry on and thanks for not banning me.  :P

My experience has been exactly the same with the  ‘Young’ mango. My yard sits on top of a rare S. Florida hill. And, the water level is also 10 feet down (or more), maybe that has something to do with the fruit quality.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fairchild First Jakfruit Review
« on: September 18, 2019, 12:25:33 AM »
I had a similar experience as described. Mine was growing under the branches of the neighbors’ 2 giant ‘Royal Poinciana’ trees. I was quite fond of that ‘Sweet-Fairchild’ Jackfruit tree. If it wasn’t because the  ‘Sweet-Fairchild’ got destroyed (as a result of the neighbor cutting down his giant ‘Poincianas’ and a Hurricane), I would have never cut it down. But, I have no regrets. I’m glad that those 2 giant ‘Royal Poincianas’ are gone. Now, I’m looking for a Tried & True variety that is Productive and High-Quality as a Replacement..

My ‘Sweet-Fairchild’ Jackfruit was the first and only jackfruit tree & fruit that I’ve ever had & tasted. A couple of years ago it got destroyed as a result of a hurricane. I always appreciated the health of the tree and everything about the fruit. But, I’ve realized it’s not the bomb, when compared to superior varieties. I’m now looking to get a productive jackfruit tree variety with higher fruit quality.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ross Sapote or Canistel?
« on: September 17, 2019, 10:37:09 PM »
I recently got and planted a ‘Trompo’ Canistel from Excalibur Nursery. Also considered: ‘Fairchild’ (1 & 2), ‘Aurea’ and ‘Aru’ (I guess it could be the same thing as Aurea).

I’ve learned that the taste of the ‘Fairchild’ (#1 or #2?) is near glorious. But, I rejected because it’s not as productive as ‘Trompo.’

I didn’t have enough info on the productivity and quality of ‘Aurea..’

I have a ‘Ross’ and I love the taste of the fruit. I’m pleased with the production. But, I consider the fruit size to be not serious. If the ‘LargeRoss’ variety mentioned on this Thread were to be propagated and available at my location in South Florida, I would buy it in a heartbeat.

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