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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Incredible jaboticaba collection
« on: July 30, 2021, 09:54:36 AM »
That is a ton of different variety.  Kudos to the Obsession!  Thanks for the vid.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Longan Biew Kiew
« on: April 15, 2021, 11:27:36 AM »
Thanks for your observations. I have the Biew Kiew for about 15 years. Is a shy bearer for me and I get those low temps.  Kohala, diamond river fruit yearly for me. Maybe itís just that variety?  A typical shy bearer. At least in my observations. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Jaboticaba
« on: August 25, 2020, 04:03:21 PM »
In the ground for 7 years, partial shade. Gets some full sun. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Jaboticaba
« on: August 25, 2020, 03:33:45 PM »
2020 update. Biggest one about the six foot level.
No flowering yet. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticaba question . . .
« on: June 11, 2020, 10:06:47 AM »
My friend who lives up the mountains of dominical has a couple jaboticaba.  I'm sure the fruiting season is different than here in C.Fla. Mine flower and fruit 3 or 5 times a year. Dec to about May.  Then quit for the summer/fall.   My friend in Costa Rica says he always has fruit. Maybe he is an ideal location.   You will need to figure out a way to protect the fruit from birds/critters though.  Jaboticaba are great to grow.   After a few years you will have too much fruit. So, figure out how to can it and preserves/ jelly/wine/etc.   

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pitangatuba vs Pitomb
« on: June 11, 2020, 09:53:37 AM »
My pitomba fruited very well.  They are really tasty.

Now these fruit can be described as apricot tasting much more than pitangatuba! 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pitangatuba vs Pitomb
« on: June 05, 2020, 03:41:34 PM »
idk, i've had fruiting pitangatuba for about 5 years.  I do understand there is improved variety. Hey, same with suriname cherry...However, not searching for those.  I don't see how it can be improved.  It's an ornamental and conversation piece in my garden so it stays.  But, hopefully my point of view of someone who is NOT trying to sell you a plant weighs heavy.  Everyone who has tasted it spits it out immediately.  But, I have other friends who are growing it and they concur with my assessment. 

It should be labelled as super tart and barely edible to only those with taste buds that can tolerate it.  Like I said, even tried it with miracle fruit.   So many other good berry fruit to grow, unless you really want one, Pitangatuba is a fun word to say but do not recommend it for eating.   

For growing culture, it is very easy to grow.  Does better with moisture, but mine has survived droughts and a few hurricanes have shredded it but it recovers.  Its pretty when it is flowering and holding fruit. Its amazing how quick the fruit plumps up.  its hidden then all of sudden you walk by it and there is big and plump fruit.  Falls to the ground very easy, perishes quickly.  Maybe used as a jelly if you got time to make jelly. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pitangatuba vs Pitomb
« on: June 03, 2020, 01:10:31 PM »
Just an opinion here, I've been growing both for a few years. To me, pitangatuba is horrible. I even just tried it with miracle fruit. Absolutely horrible. It has an apricot taste for about a second & a half after miracle-fruit. However, I had to spit it out quickly as the intense sour was flipped over to intense sweet, and not in a good way.   It is ornamental though, but not worthy to grow as an edible.  Worse than suriname cherry.

Pitomba is pretty good. I currently have ~50 fruit on my bush.  It is more edible, but also just a novelty fruit. 

Pitangatuba was pushed a few years back at the rare fruit meetings and on this forum. Sure, may be improved variety, however, it is a stinky sour fruit not worthy of growing other than as an ornamental.   

I've been lurking your vids here-n-there. For some reason youtube recommends your vids to me even though I'm not following you.  You have the gift of gab and are very entertaining.   

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Video of someone stealing my mangoes
« on: July 19, 2019, 08:22:56 AM »
That's just wrong.   Sorry!

I was just there last week.  Rambutan is everywhere on the side of the road from Jaco South.  Pineapple of course.  Banana.  Some mango.  Rainy season seemed delayed into early July last week was dry and the locals said heavy rain in June but July was dry up to last week.   In the fruit stands I saw some mangosteen but was too expensive and I had access to free fruit so hard to buy.  But love mangosteen.   

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tebow(Young) mango
« on: July 17, 2019, 10:20:58 PM »
"maybe we can buy a few off you down here for a tasting. "

I own a 2nd home down in Sunrise, fl. since December/18.    Thus, I'm down there more often. I'm not sure where you are, but yes, I can trade some mango when the chance happens.   

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ensey Tropical Fruit Company
« on: July 17, 2019, 05:48:08 PM »
I want to relate a Merritt Island mango story here.  I was in Costa Rica last week and stayed with my good friend Mateo on his 33 acre fruit farm. It was a surfing/fruit/coffee/beer vacation for me, but I digress... I noticed a mango tree off from the guest house and it was large and full of purple big fruit.  He said he didn't know what variety it was but he got the seed from Merritt Island about ten years ago when he was visiting me.  I looked at it and went...that is OSTEEN... Its a seedling, don't know if it is mono/poly, but it is an Osteen seedling.  They weren't ripe yet but looked real close. I picked one and it didn't ripen the whole week I was there. Thus, the commercial attribute of long shelf life was confirmed.  I sent him a text if it ever did ripen and how was the taste, but he hasn't replied back yet.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tebow(Young) mango
« on: July 17, 2019, 08:24:13 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   

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tebow(Young) mango
« on: July 17, 2019, 08:15:55 AM »
Sorry if I'm behind the times on this topic, but have been chasing other hobbies the last few years.  I'm back though!  I'll catch up to 2019 eventually.  :P

Found from a google search on an obscure website 2011:

My grandfather was issued US Plant Patent # 3,181, on May 16, 1972, for his "Young" mango. He would be rolling over if he knew that PIN had changed the name. Was named after his good friend Dr. T. W. Young of Vero Beach, Florida.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tebow(Young) mango
« on: July 17, 2019, 08:01:08 AM »
"I'm considering banning anyone who uses the name Tebow."

LOL, I'm a long time gator-hater (Go UCF Knights) so when the name first came out I remember everyone huffin' and puffin' about it.  Especially my FSU friends.   The hate was real!   

Purely a marketing name as it got plenty of media coverage at the time.   

I haven't googled it, but any history of the 'Young' variety?    I think parents are edward/???    Not sure.   

I ate another one last night and paid attention to the taste and off-flavors.  I say canned syrupy peach.  Definite peach flavor.   

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ensey Tropical Fruit Company
« on: July 17, 2019, 07:56:37 AM »
i live 3 or 4 miles north of Ensey's.   I haven't stopped in there in a long time. Rode my bike by last week and they were open.

Glad to see they are still growing and selling mango.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wayne Clifton
« on: July 16, 2019, 08:23:44 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tebow(Young) mango
« on: July 16, 2019, 08:13:57 PM »
Hey, I'm a mango snob also (along with beer and coffee snob).  I get that.  Taste is subjective.   I happen to think Tebow is a really great tasting mango.   For those who don't, are you joking?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tebow(Young) mango
« on: July 16, 2019, 12:51:34 PM »
"what was your previous #1 mango?"

The mango I have in my hand and eating?  :P 

favs: kent, glenn, rosigold, pickering.  I've got about 18 variety.  The Tebow/young just produced enough fruit this year that I got them before the rodents did.  Of course there are better tasting ones that are listed but I eat what I got.     

Why would this be a joke?  Is this not a tropical fruit discussion forum?   

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tebow(Young) mango
« on: July 15, 2019, 09:40:06 PM »
I've been growing mango and multi variety for a long time.  I just recently tasted some tebow mango and have to say that is probably the best tasting mango I have ever had.  I understand the 'young' variety was renamed tebow.  But, regardless it is a very sweet and fiberless mango that is a very pretty fruit when ripe.  The tree is slow growing and stays within bounds.     

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wayne Clifton
« on: July 15, 2019, 09:35:32 PM »

RIP Wayne Clifton....

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