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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Meli Kalima Pineapple
« on: Today at 12:06:20 AM »
It could be described as having a coconut flavor I think, definitely creamy and that is pretty unique in pineapple, fruits did tend to be on the smaller side. Itís way, way better than sugarloaf. I worked briefly at Frankieís and came to know it pretty well. Frank had at one point leased some land in Kunia, in the middle of Oahu, and planned to grow this variety commercially. They had a deal with Whole Foods and another local grocer called Foodland who would sell their fruit at a premium price. Last I saw was maybe $8 or $9/lb and that was years ago. Maybe the demand for them died down. I think it probably took him 10 years of breeding and selecting to find it

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone growing rare artocarpus?
« on: February 26, 2024, 01:16:49 AM »
Not sure weíre part of the US but those are all great here in Hawaii. Not commonly grown but weíve had them fruiting for 15-20 years. Weíve also planted but not fruited Artocarpus sarawakensis, hirsutus, anisophylus,and elasticus. These are all vigorous, large trees. I wonder how one could grow them in a greenhouse. Maybe lanceifolius with smaller leaves and smaller but very good fruit would be more amenable to undercover culture?

Hi Steph. Mike T has posted before that lanceifolius may be the best candidate in terms of rare artocarpus for shaping / pruning a tree to your needs , maybe keeping one under 10 feet is possible. 
It could be fun for someone to experiment with that. When do your keledang usually fruit by the way? Wish I could visit someday when they are in season

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit grafting
« on: February 22, 2024, 09:35:04 PM »
The trees themselves are massive, I doubt it would be possible to get a pedalai to fruit under 10 ft, Iíve seen 20 ft trees werenít even fruiting yet. Not to mention it will take years for it to get to an adequate size for fruiting in a container, guessing 10-20 years. Easier to just fly to borneo :p

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: January 31, 2024, 04:35:26 PM »
Potted durians can be big enough to fruit in a container, have seen it and posted about it before. I bet those have stayed in the pots, thinking the trees would not survive being up-potted after being in the ground but canít be sure. Those trees still look worth planting to me, should be fruiting soon if not already

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ?!!!
« on: January 24, 2024, 03:59:00 AM »
Fruits should have a greenish to red button top. If itís brown, itís likely the fruit inside is rotten. they should feel soft enough to open by hand, when they are rock hard, thatís another sign itís rotten inside. $3/kg in Thailand right now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ?!!!
« on: January 20, 2024, 10:00:31 PM »

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Grafted cherilata
« on: January 18, 2024, 08:08:57 AM »
Beautiful fruit

Mangoes will not do well on the hamakua coast. Too wet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: figs!!!! an underated fruit
« on: January 09, 2024, 07:19:10 AM »
Problem I don't know the names of our varieties in English lol

But I will. Share some. Picture and how we plant them
For me this is the best one

We call it
Bakor in our dialect

The tree produces big ones at first then it's final production in the season small. Ones

Howís it taste? Looks massive

That 2nd fruit is Pingan I think, artocarpus sarawakensis, not a. odoratissimus. Looks good though

Ya I just meant in terms of whatís native there, K rimes. Apples and pears donít seem to do it that well for me either, even figs I have eaten about 30 and still be hungry shortly after x itís something about tropical fruit to me that is more satisfying give me a cempedak or a durian or 2 for lunch, even a hand of bananas and a cpl coconut to drink I am good to go. It can be hard to have much of an appetite in the hot tropics if you arenít being really active and fruit can be just enough to keep you going during the day at least thatís what I found for myself

Any South American fruits you can make a satisfying/ nourishing meal out of ? I guess acai would be one but are there any others? And besides peach palm.  Seems like most the fruits there Iíve seen or heard about from there I would only consider to be snack fruits

Acai has very little pulp, you need a ton to make a bowl of acai like we enjoy commercially these days. Sapotaceae is good stuff for smoothies in general. Annona can be a big feed. I could eat a massive bowl of pitanga or other eugenia?

I don't know what counts as a nourishing meal, I guess. I just snack all day on fruit and nuts anyways, leaving meat and carbs for the bigger satisfying windows.

Fruits can have a lot of carbs. I understand that with acai but I could not eat a satisfying meal of Eugenias, that seems only good for  snacking. Iím thinking calorie dense fruits such as durian, banana, jackfruit, mango, possibly annona

Any South American fruits you can make a satisfying/ nourishing meal out of ? I guess acai would be one but are there any others? And besides peach palm.  Seems like most the fruits there Iíve seen or heard about from there I would only consider to be snack fruits

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: January 01, 2024, 07:11:25 PM »
Howís the quality, and do they also have well known varieties or is it all kampung?

It was pretty good 7/10. One kampung I had gave me some numbing. mostly kampung but a vendor or 2 had some named varieties as well. I just went over for a couple days but am staying in Thailand for now. I much prefer the culture here, Malaysia is an interesting place

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: December 30, 2023, 10:58:51 PM »
Canít be too picky when the fruits are about $1 a piece.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: December 29, 2023, 09:36:13 PM »
Kuching pasar satok ( market) this morning

5 smaller durian for 20íringgit ($4.35)

$1 breakfast ($3 if you include the coconuts I drank )

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit vs Cempedak
« on: December 24, 2023, 07:20:31 AM »
I agree with you Mike that a good J33 can stand out from a good orange jack. I have found yellow fleshed cempedaks to taste more like caramel than the orange ones but the orange ones are so unique and complex in flavor I think it is pointless to try and describe. Iíve heard people even say orange durio graveolens taste like peanut butter but to me itís different and more complex than pb, more like a cheese, but canít pinpoint what kind

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Container Fruit For NYC Balcony
« on: December 22, 2023, 12:34:20 AM »
Definitely miracle berry and lemon, you could try lime too

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Nangaka mini jackfruit
« on: November 29, 2023, 05:09:34 PM »
So itís the tree and not just the fruit that are mini? Iíve had a small jackfruit that was soft-fleshed, very easy to open , little to no latex, but the taste wasnít anything that great. Came across another fruit in borneo before that looked like a possible cempedak on the outside, small fruit about a kg to one kg if a bigger one, the taste was pure jack. I wondered if it was a hybrid or just a pure jack.  Sounds like this nangka mini is special if itís getting talked about. Anyone have a pic inside of the fruit ? Also is this soft-fleshed or a crunchy variety ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2023 Mango Season
« on: November 22, 2023, 07:27:16 PM »
I had a keitt yesterday that was very sweet. In Kona now Iím seeing keitts,r2e2, rapoza, brooks and zillate

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit vs Cempedak
« on: November 21, 2023, 03:17:55 PM »
Hard to beat a good orange fleshed cemp or a rich caramel tasting one. Jack is still really good and seems to be more year round and less seasonal than cempedak. some varieties are nearly latex-free when picked just right. Hybrids seem to be seasonal too

Steph, Glad to see your list and trees in the ground, awesome view!

Also glad to have helped out a bit at Jeffís (Kona fruit farm) property.

I think not in the US.

Ya you need the proper paperwork or they can get confiscated even in the Us/ Hawaii

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tropical Fruits Hunting in Việt Nam
« on: November 16, 2023, 11:00:27 PM »
Always a good sign to see the leaves on the durians, that means they are probably drops, not cut. The durian I had in vietnam (da nang) was good but not amazing, most likely cut. I would like to return when there is more. Maybe now itís in season in da nang now too when I was there in March the season was just starting

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tropical Fruits Hunting in Việt Nam
« on: November 11, 2023, 07:19:32 PM »
Nice, what part ?

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