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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tampoi enters production
« on: October 10, 2020, 08:33:57 PM »
A new fruit for Finca la Isla, tampoi, has entered production and passed the test. The test is to determine commercial acceptance in our market. Nobody at the farmers market was familiar with it but on sampling pretty much everyone bought some. This contrasts with our other baccaurea, dulcis, which has a poor reception. Although itís called Ďdulcisí itís much more acidic than the white fleshed tampoi that I introduced today.
Baccaurea are dioecious and the trees were planted out as seedlings some 4.5 years ago. In the pipeline is also a yellow fleshed tampoi. 
The fruit season is waning here and the stars like durian and mangosteen are no longer part of our offer I did manage to have rambutan, duku, Rollinia, champedek, and some mamey sapote.
Itís pretty exciting for us still when something comes into production for the first time here. Inevitably the workers havenít ever tried these fruits and often our family hasnít either. To introduce something that will grow well here and be easily accepted is what itís all about for us.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Yellow pulusan
« on: September 02, 2020, 06:38:43 PM »
We had never seen a pulusan look like this. The quality is quite good, a consumer offered to pay twice the normal price after trying it.
Whatís even more interesting is that it comes from a tree growing along the roadside in front of a friends house who had no idea what it was until it produced. Pulusan was introduced to this area in the mid 80ís but there have only been red fruit until this seedling showed up with its nice fruit.
My son plans to put air layers on it once the harvest is done.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sour pear garcinia
« on: August 07, 2020, 03:47:17 PM »
So, weíre calling garcinia lateriflora sour pear now. Itís been an impressive harvest and the fruit is interesting but...
A lot of fruit people have tried this fruit and are impressed by the interesting complexity of flavor within which there is a very distinctive pear flavor. But, the tasting experience finishes sour. Itís funny how at first itís not that sour but then acid dominates. Itís nice to sample but I donít think anyone could eat very much of this fruit.
The tree is beautiful, dioecious, and the fruit has wonderful presentation.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Brunei cherry producing commercially
« on: August 04, 2020, 01:01:59 PM »
Garcinia parvafolia is something Iíve been working on for probably 7 years. This is not the first time itís produced but the first credible commercial production where I could take it to my stall at the farmers market and sell several kg.
The pulp is sweet and appealing, this was not a hard introduction to make. On Borneo the locals dry the skin, powder it and use it as an ingredient in curries to give tang to the dish. Iíve had reports that the skins, blended with water and sugar makes a good juice drink. Most of my customers are eating the pulp and casting the skins away.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Durians falling nicely
« on: August 02, 2020, 12:19:04 PM »
Overall we are off to a great start on this fruit season. Certainly one of the highlights is the durian season!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Aguaje harvest
« on: January 30, 2020, 08:04:04 PM »

Aguaje is the common name we give to mauritia flexosa, a particularly large and beautiful palm from South America. Itís very tolerant of wet, swampy land but will adapt to generally wet tropical climates. Itís said to be the most useful palm of its region as itís appreciated for thatch, etc.
what weíre interested here is in the fruit. You can wait for the fruits to drop or climb and cut a large bunch that must have been 50kg. The un ripe fruits are kept in water which gets changed every day or two. As the fruits ripen they turn a brighter red and soften. The skin gets soft too and is easy to wipe off the surface of the pulp. The aguaje pulp is a savory fruit almost like a cheese, kind of like safou as well. Weíre really enjoying it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Salak id
« on: November 28, 2019, 08:39:58 AM »
We grow s. Salacca, s. Affinis, s. Walllichiana, and what was represented as a Bali salak. So this is about the ĎBalií version.
The fruit is very similar to salacca. But individual plants seem to be diocious and have flowers that look quite different, especially the male flowers. In the photos you see a male plant and in the other a receptive female cone that we have pollinated by tapping a picked male flower on the female and leaving it there.
What salak is this?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit Id help
« on: November 05, 2019, 12:43:45 PM »

I collected the seed of this plant at the fruit park on Penang. It was collected from underneath a Fijian longan. Obviously itís not that. To me it looks most like rose apple. Can it be anything else?
Thanks, Peter

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Baccaurea dulcis
« on: September 03, 2019, 10:03:07 PM »
So this is a fruit that I originally got my material from Jim West several years ago when he stayed on my farm for a few days. I admit I wasnít very convinced by this fruit the first time it produced but now it seems pretty good. It reminds me of some tampoi I had in Malaysia. As you can see itís an abundant producer. Now that the mangosteens are done Iím going to promote this fruit at the farmers market. Itís not mangosteen but not bad either!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Golden pulusan
« on: August 08, 2019, 04:31:20 PM »
My son brought these pulusan fruits from a friends property. They have thick skins which will probably give them better shelf life. The flavor is quite good.  Certainly this fruit is the product of a random seed although we have seen nothing around here anything like it. Our pulusan are very dark red. In Malaysia you see some green one but I like the look of this better. Weíre going to make some air layers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / First safou harvest
« on: August 02, 2019, 12:30:27 PM »
Something exciting for us that stands out from the incredible fruit harvest we are currently getting is the harvest of safou. Itís fascinating how these beautiful fruits take about 6 months to develop into a bright pink oval shape, then slowly turn into a dark, royal blue. We pick them at this stage and let them ripen like avocadoes which is kind of what they are like, with an olive like after taste. Quite good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Durian/mangosteen harvest upcoming
« on: April 23, 2019, 10:41:51 PM »
Weíve got flowering and fruit set on the king and queen of fruits in epic proportions right now.  The harvest could start in late July but I am expecting August, especially, to have large quantities of these and other fruits.  Itís not Asia but itís close for fruit people from North America to get their fill of these and other freshly harvested, high quality, ecuatorial tropical fruits.
There are other farms in this area and other parts of CR that will have a good fruit season this year.  To top it off there are several very good tree to bar chocolate producers to be found.
Iíll be giving further updates as the season approaches and hope to share fruit with more forum members this year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / First time flowerings
« on: March 21, 2019, 06:27:28 PM »

So, the first two photos are of safou which is something weíve been waiting on for about 5-6 years.  Itís another thing that weíve never really eaten before.  Every year we keep planting new stuff and, in many cases, we havenít eaten the fruits until they bear here for the first time.

This is a 3 year old, planted from seed, baccaurea motlyana.  I have 6 of these diocious trees planted together and Iím hoping another one will help this one out with a few flowers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is this a passiflora?
« on: March 16, 2019, 08:35:29 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Malaysia pilgrimage
« on: September 04, 2018, 10:35:46 PM »
My son and I recently made a trip to Malaysia, something Iíd been contemplating for awhile.  Thereís a lot to experience and  I wanted to prioritize learning about growing fruits from people who have been growing them for generations, see the fruits in the markets, then eat the food, see some nature...
With this thread Iíd like to report on this trip over the next days  and hear from others, share their experiences from S.E. Asia..
The first day we met up with Lindsay who was guiding another forum member, Micah and his wife Nicole.  We were East of KL in Hulu Langat looking for wild durians.  The area is hilly and replete with small durian farms. The locals bring durians out of the hills loaded in baskets on the back of motorbikes.  There are several fruit stands along the winding roads offering mangosteens, Langsat, durian, etc.  As soon as the durians come in they get sold by the piece to people like us or by the pickup load to an intermediary.
Besides D101 we had some nice kampung durian and a good amount of durio oxyleanus and durio lowianus.
This was the perfect start to our more tha 3week trip.  In KL we were still getting used to the 14 hours of difference between Malaysia and CR when we headed up to Penang.  We had been told that the durian season was finished in Penang but decided to go anyway.  Over the course of this trip we were advised off and on by Lindsay and we connected with her friend Eric at Greenacres farm on Penang for an extraordinary day sampling fruits at his place.  Besides excellent pulusan and one of my favorite durians of the trip, Goldfish, he had some interesting concoctions, many made from nutmeg husk.  A nutmeg cold drink, a cider, etc. 
From Penang we rented a car to drive across the peninsula to the east coast, looking for more fruits. That report to come...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Brix readings for some fruits this season
« on: November 01, 2017, 10:31:24 PM »
Just for fun, with our portable refractometer we have taken some comparative brix readings with some of this seasons fruits from our farm.  These are just a few of the fruits and specifically those that are not only sweet but have a tangy aspect to their flavor balance.
G. prainiana 16
Rambutan.  19
Mangosteen. 22
Longan.        22
Pulusan.        28
What do you think, I will add some more as they become available.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / G. Prainiana in full production
« on: August 15, 2017, 05:04:00 PM »
Cherapu is something I've been working on for a few years, there's not too many fruit trees that are slower growers than this.  We're still trying to decide if it's better to graft prainiana in the pot or, maybe grow them out and then top work the extra males.
Anyway, this is the second time this tree has produced and the first time it has really loaded up.  There can still be flowers appearing as the more mature fruits ripen.
I have my cherapu trees in what passes for full sun on my farm but at a friends farm in a drier part of CR the ones he has in partial shade are doing better than the full exposure planting.
The flowers are pollinated by our stingless melipona bees.  As you can see they are very efficient.  Hopefully, I'll be able to take a quantity to the farmers market in the coming weeks, see how they do.  We're doing nicely at the moment, eating this fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dwarf mulchi production
« on: July 30, 2017, 06:01:46 PM »
I originally got this material from Jim West a few years ago.  In my experience it performs best in some shade. It probably started fruiting about 3 years ago when it was only .5m tall. 
The fruit is nice, not sour at all.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Novelty citrus id
« on: June 17, 2017, 10:40:08 PM »

I am wondering what this bush is. The fruit is sweet, maybe 3/8", 1cm, with greenish citrus like seeds that are similar to the seeds of lime berry. As in the photo the fruit is black and does not taste like lime berry although there are similarities. The small bushes are about .5m tall.
Thanks, Peter

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cherapu update
« on: May 14, 2017, 08:56:04 PM »

We have been getting pretty good flowering and our melapona bees have been working overtime on the very fragrant g. prainiana flowers. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Landolphia
« on: May 04, 2017, 03:56:17 PM »
Does anyone have any experience with cultivating and landolphia species?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ficus opposita
« on: March 30, 2017, 08:32:43 AM »
Anyone with experience with this small fig from tropical Australia?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best chainsaw chain oil
« on: February 12, 2017, 10:39:52 AM »
I got the idea to use cooking oil for lubricating the chain on my chainsaw while reading a Paul Stametz book on propagating fungi.  He simply inoculates the wood chips while sawing by putting spores in the chain oil.  Obviously you wouldn't be very successful doing this with a petroleum based product.
I spoke with one chainsaw mechanic here and he said it shouldn't be a problem to substitute cooking oil.  Probably, for an organic orchard you shouldn't be able to contaminate it with conventual chain oil either.  As it turns out I can get cheap soy oil or local palm oil for cheaper than what's sold as chain oil anyway.
Does anyone else use cooking oil for chain lubrication, any thoughts?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mamey sapote trunk rot
« on: August 31, 2016, 11:30:46 AM »
We have a serious problem that we were unaware of until the foliage started turning yellow. Inspecting the trunk revealed advanced rot to the point that the tree is trying to send out roots from above the effected area. Even well above.  In cleaning the damage we don't see anything obvious in the way of insect infestation or pathogenic mycelium. My response is to cut back a good amount of foliage, treat the damaged, rooting area with EM and I think I am going to build up some soil where the roots want to work.
Has anyone had a similar experience, have some other suggestions?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Salacca affinis production
« on: August 25, 2016, 12:57:49 PM »
We have been getting production on the red salak for a couple of years and now I am trying to ramp up as the presentation and quality is pretty good. The pulp is juicier than the Javan s. Salacca and there are no spines on the fruits themselves to be knocked off.
Salak produces better with some pollinating help and we have an effective routine for the s. salacca but the affinis presents some other challenges. Interesting is that affinis starts to make fruits regardless of pollination and those fruits develop partially while staying empty inside. You can see in the photo the difference. Some entire racimes do that and it is hard to know early on whether to cut them off or not.
The plants are all seedlings, the fruit quality is very nice from the fruits pictured. This material originally came from Jim West.

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