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can anyone source some for me and ship a box to NY? I would be happy to pay above market price.

If anyone has any good quality mangoes that are ripe but still very hard and would be willing to ship to me in NY, happy to pay your going rate for the fruit plus postage and packing etc.
please message me.
Or if you know of any places that currently have fruit that ship, please reply here.

I have a client from Trinidad who was virtually in tears reminiscing about Julie mangoes.
If anyone is willing to ship a few to NY for me to pass on to her, I'd pay them very nicely.

I have a client from Trinidad who was virtually in tears reminiscing about Julie mangoes.
If anyone is willing to ship a few to NY for me to pass on to her, I'd pay them very nicely.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / mango eating today in S. Florida
« on: June 10, 2013, 01:01:51 AM »
Got to eat quite a few mangoes today in the South Florida area. In general, the standard was a little lower than last year, likely to do with massive amount of rain that has come down in the last month. There were a few real crackers though. Providence- a chance seedling from the Walter Zill orchard. Sweet Tart- another Zill mango was excellent. SOM  a Malika seedling from Harry was really good, as was a seedling mango Clint brought. Edgar was really good too. Some of the notable less flavorful than usual mangoes were pickering, duncan and malika.
great 10 hour trip and I came back with a suitcase full of mangoes including keit, orange sherbert, carrie, sinc, doloras, hatcher, sweet tarm, and SOM.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / lychee consumption so far
« on: May 25, 2013, 06:49:37 PM »
well the season is 2 weeks old and so far my wife and I with a little help from my kids and friends have gone through 60 pounds of mauritius lychees. I personally ate about 35-40 pounds of these. Just getting started.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / finally!!!!!!! lychees hit NYC!!! PIC
« on: May 10, 2013, 04:05:29 PM »
Floridian Mauritius lychees in the house. Aiiiiiiight!
Its funny, once lychee season ends, I miss it for a few weeks but then dont really think about lychees again till around march at which time low level pangs start to kick in. Once May hits, I go beserk and start harrasing the asian distributors on a daily basis. Apparently the fruit hit NYC yesterday afternoon. which is exactly five days earlier than last year, though the first fruit to hit last year were Mexican Brewsters. The Florida lychees did not hit NYC last year till around mid June.

so ive only eaten about 20 lychees so far- they are slightly under ripe but no problem for me as i like acidic lychees. im sure they will sweeten up a little as the season progress at which time they will be perfection itself.  right now the prices are sky high- $7 a pound which is higher than I have ever seen for lychees in NYC, but by peak season they are usual down to around $4 a pound. as you cans ee there are wax jambu, star fruit, longans (and jakfruit out the picture). but when lychees r in town, nothing else gets a look in. I shlepped a 20 pound box home from manhattan to brooklyn on the subway. thats some serious lychee dedication.

looking to buy up to 25 pounds of lychees. anyone willing to fulfill order? happy to pay for fruit and shipping. please message me if you can help

Tropical Fruit Discussion / tons of pics of my fruit trees in bloom
« on: May 03, 2013, 03:16:53 PM »
these first few pics are of "orangered" apricot. this was grafted onto a non-productive peach tree and it took off. this graft is only 3 years old and should produce about 30 apricots this year.

here is shot of the tree. the pink blossoms to the left are a peach graft added to the tree a couple of years ago. if you look carefully bang in the center of the picture, you can see a couple of white blooms which are plum. he rest of teh greenery is apricot. none of the original peach tree was left except for the trunk.

this a cox orange pippin apple tree- unfortunately it has bloomed very lightly this year- although i get about 15-20 fruit every year from the tree, it has never thrived. not sure why- though i think it gets the least sunlight of all my trees which may explain it. if you look carefully to the right of the pic, you can see a green ribbon which denotes a graft and you can see the graft is blooming.

this is a mystery lychee airlayer made by harry. unfortunately it got badly sunburnt when i took it out of the garage. it has produced a few fruit which can be seen in the next pic.

here are quite a few pics of my golden russet multi-graft apple tree because the blossoms are so breath taking.

and here is a pic looking back at the tree from the back of the yard.

this is a hardy kiwi growing uo a pergola followed by a bunch of blooms just about to open. the foliage is also stunning and the leave sturn shades of pink and white. you can just see the color change starting to happen in the next pic.

one of my mutli graft cherry trees starting to form little cherries

delicious pink gooseberry patch

this was a nectarine tree but i removed one of the 2 main trunks and added a peach graft. so now the right trunk is nectarine and the left trunk is peach. this is another graft that took off like a rocket. the graft is about 3-4 years old - i will likely get about 50 peaches from the graft this year.

petite negron fig showing little figlets forming for the first of the 2 crops. the major crop is formed in the summer.

looking nice a nice muscat grape crop this year. excellent fragrant sweet grape but i have a hard time keeping the bees out when the grapes ripen and once the bees get in, it causes a tremendous amount of rot to set in. i lose about 70% of the crop to the bees/rot.

a grape bloom about to open

this is a nectacrest nectarine that I added a plum too. thats why you can see pink and white blossoms on the same tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / the kindness of strangers
« on: May 03, 2013, 11:48:47 AM »
One of our forum members noticed that I was hankering after some Florida mangoes and kindly offered to ship me some. He refused any payment for his time and bother despite making a special trip to purchase the mangoes and another trip to ship them. What incredibly kind and thoughtful people populate this forum.  Thank you.

sorry for going off- topic but its rare that I get to show off an in-ground tree.
this is a golden russet apple tree with about 15 other grafts on it. the tree is in full bloom (probably most blooms ever) and many of the grafts have bloomed profusely for the first time so I should get a decent variety from this tree. its incredible to see the various different shades of pink and red, the different apples varieties bloom in.

valencia pride and tommy atkins?

unfortunately, they were not ripe so i couldnt sample. havent found any other wild fruit growing. at breakfast in the hotel, they serve some very nice small yellow guava every day, as well as some awful papaya that taste of smoked feet. some of the days they have decent atulfo mango and other days they have had awful tommys.

I'm in Puerto Morelos (between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen)  on a weekend break till Tuesday. Anyone know of any good places to get fruit from Cancun or Playa Del Carmen?

these were very large and appear to be of excellent quality but they are about 1-2 weeks away from being ripe. remind of the cherimoyas i bought from will post pics when they become ripe enough to open. my china town vendor has gotten this season off to an incredible start. longan, durian, jakfruit, mangosteen, cherimoya, and its only early april!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / today's china town haul
« on: April 08, 2013, 11:18:54 PM »
went to check out china town today and was pleasantly surprised to see a nice selection of fruit. There were small durian from Malasia,  mangosteen from thailand, longon and jackfruit from im not sure where. see pictures below. the durian were previously frozen, the mangosteen were fresh. the mangosteen were outstanding with only 2 out of about 20 having gabage. the longons were also excellent. i did not buy any jakfruit as I can buy them locally at a cheaper price. ive tried 2 durian fresh off the tree  before and really did not like it but i figured id give it another go even though this was a previously frozen fruit. the durian gave off a moderate aroma in my office but nothing too terrible. when i opened it up however, the smell was absolutely appalling. it smelt like a large tub of shredded onion had been left out over night. i just could not bring myself to put that in my mouth and dumped the whole fruit. the long winter of crappy fruit is finally over. rejoice oh fruit lover.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jakfruit in March
« on: April 02, 2013, 07:58:44 AM »
My local Asian grocery store has been selling Jakfruit in March. They don't speak English so I can't ask them where the fruit comes from? They also sell durian which I assume are brought in frozen as I believe unfrozen durian are not allowed in to the US? (I'm not brave enough to try the durian, and besides you have to buy them whole which would be an expensive taste test)
In any event, I know Jay has also found Jakfruit in Ohio in March and Ive seen other posters in CA mention having bought jakfruit in March.  Where are these fruit coming from. I know that in May/June Jakfruit is sold all over china town here that is brought in from Jamaica and Mexico but I would guess that March is too early for these fruit to be ripe  from Mex/Jam. Anyone know where the March jakfruit  are being imported from?
The fruit are not great but pretty good. I have purchased 4 large chunks, once a week during March, and all 4 occasions, the fruit was crunchy, appeared to be slightly under ripe, zero latex, and very small seeds.
I am not sure if the zero latex/small seeds was a function of the fruit being under ripe or if that is just how this variety of jakfruit is.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / my latest weird fruit taste comparison
« on: April 01, 2013, 07:06:23 PM »
many of you know that I think mango has taste tones reminiscent of turnip, and I understand that I am entirely alone in this thought.
well here's my latest, even weirder fruit taste comparison. I think dried persimons have taste tones of smoked fish. this is not an april fools post. this is 100% geniune

Tropical Fruit Discussion / i'm back!!!!!!!!
« on: March 20, 2013, 11:04:46 AM »
after spending the last 9 months working 14 hour days getting  my new law firm off the ground, my yearly pangs for all things fruit related have finally gotten the better of me. I am actually in court right now waiting to be seen by the judge and figured this would be an amazing way to kill time, catching up on the forum. I'm dismayed to see in my nine month absence, I've been knocked off all the forum top-10 lists. oh  well. what did I miss? has anyone come up with a rose apple or green sapote that are remotely flavorful in the interim?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / what do people think of kent mango
« on: July 20, 2012, 08:13:50 AM »
i bought 2 from Walter zill and ive left them till last to eat- given how huge and pretty they were, i assumed theyd be tasteless.
having just cut a slice from one this morning, im very pleasantly surprised. great flavor very different from any other mango ive had. kinda reminds me of mangosteen flava.
what do you peoples think?

I have purchased canistel on several occasions during the depths of the winter where its hearty rich sweetness was much appreciated by me- but i made the dumb mistake of buying 4 fruit from Robert is Here during mango season. right, like im going to even look at canistel when I have a dazzeling array of mangoes to eat every night.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / unbelievable Malika seedling
« on: July 17, 2012, 09:28:15 PM »
dont remember where i got this from- either Harry or Sleepdoc I think.
woooooooooooooooooow. color is intense orange. flavor is extreme. texture is nice and dense- zero fiber. Id give it a 95/100. the only flaw was some parts of the mango were a little tart but I would guess that would not have been the case if I had waited another day. This seedling needs to be a new variety.
Thanks so much whoever gave this to me (now im thinking it was sleepdoc?)

I have read for several years how some people love Julie and some hate it due to its strong flavor. I have long wanted to try a Julie to see what all the fuss is about. I finally got my hands on 3 Julies. Thanks Kings Harry.
All 3 were virtually black on the outside (athracnose?) and looked like a potato that been left too long in the drawer.
Anyway, when I got back to NY, i ate two of them. I was blown away. Incredible flavor. And for me what really made the mango stand out was that its flesh was unusually dense (in a good way).
I dont understand how there is anyone that does not think this is a knockout mango.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / tommy atkins direct from the tree
« on: July 17, 2012, 07:06:01 AM »
while at the Fruit and Spice park, I got to try a Tommy Atkins direct from the tree (Joanne the staff member taking me around, picked it for me).
I had always wondered if a fruit direct from the tree was better than the TA's sold in NY that are shipped from South America.
It was way better- I gave it at least a 3/10.
Anyone growing a TA?

12pm is probably a good time as it gives us 2.5hours to walk around after the park opens and is an hour before the first lectures start.
anyone have a good place for us to meet.
who will be there on saturday at 12?

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