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This grows as a weed here and I can say it's frost hardy to at least -5C. I tried the fruit once and never again! It was terrible. Some fruit is simply rare but not useful (like maqui berry best left to the birds)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A couple of avocado tree questions
« on: May 07, 2022, 05:46:48 AM »
The most important thing about an avocado is that it needs perfect I mean perfect drainage. (I killed some)

Thank you! I found the fruit tasting bad and smelling worse.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cyphomandra abutiloides - Dwarf Tamarillo
« on: April 30, 2022, 05:13:43 AM »
I bought some seeds at Tradewindfruits of Cyphomandra abutiloides:
and the fruit tastes disgusting! Does anyone know how to use the fruit/ has recipes? And yes, the fruit I tried were ripe!

I saw the seeds at tradewind fruits and it sounds interesting. But did anyone grow it or cook with it?
How do they taste like? And the description reads as if  they are a pain to cook:

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Tropaeolum tricolorum
« on: March 06, 2022, 02:18:14 AM »
I just ordered these rare nasturiums at chiltern seeds. Apparently you can eat the tubers. Did anyone try this?

Recipes / cook with taro?
« on: March 05, 2022, 07:20:04 PM »
We planted a lot of different taro and we don't know when to harvest and how to cook them.
I guess we cut up the crown and replant them - actually do they ever set seeds?

I don't have any of them but blue potatoes can be super weedy, but that might be an advantage. I have purple kongo and they are spreading everywhere.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / myrianthus arboreus cold hardiness
« on: March 05, 2022, 06:59:21 PM »
Hi there, I haven't been on the form for years!
We have a garden just North of Newcastle and the climate is classified as warm temperate but people are growing mangoes there.
I am interested in myrianthus arboreus because the leaves apparently can be used for soup. (and birds are only after the fruit)
How cold hardy is that tree?
Its available at daleys. atm.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: covid 19 and herbs ect
« on: February 16, 2021, 01:06:34 AM »
I won't do a thing, but certainly not get the vax, so many people get severe side effects or die. Please do get informed and read both sides. Other than that I didn't know that the fish plant helps with viruses. It wants plenty of water and shade and is nearly a weed.

Fair dinkum has the seeds. I actually grew it once, but lost the tag and I could not remember what "flower" that was....

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Which dioscorea is that?
« on: February 16, 2021, 12:50:49 AM »
then I wait a bit until it flowers, thanks!

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Which dioscorea is that?
« on: February 15, 2021, 10:23:43 PM »
I have a dioscorea in my garden and I don't know which one. I grew it from seed and it is def not d. alata. It is either an edible or a medicinal one, maybe batatas??? Thank you!

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