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Florida's avocados, papayas, tomatoes, mangoes, peaches, passionfruit and peppers are safe — along with more than 400 other fruits and vegetables.

They'd all been threatened by the Oriental fruit fly, an invasive pest that infested farmlands in Miami-Dade County last fall.

As of Saturday, the state  has declared the insect eliminated.

read the entire article here...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Vinamit Jakfruit Chips: Taste Test
« on: January 25, 2016, 08:42:42 PM »
Recently I bought some Vinamit brand jackfruit chips. They are made in Vietnam, fried in Canola oil,  and come in a slick modern metallic bag. Being a Jakfruit lover, I forked over $8.50US for a 17.5oz bag(500g) and was not disappointed. They are crispy and delicious. Very flavorful and will be a favorite of most Jakfruit enthusiasts!. Has anybody tried these?

There is a new documentary about the Breadfruit that recently premiered in Hawaii. It's a 36 min film and the trailer link is below. It looks like an excellent one. Thanks to the  Homegrown Food Network for sending me the information....


Tropical Fruit Discussion / FGM: Fairchild Ramble Fest photos 11/14/15
« on: November 14, 2015, 07:25:46 PM »
Here are some photos from my visit today to the Fairchild Garden Ramble Fest in Coral Gables Florida. It's an awesome  event with great food, live music, tropical fruits and exotic plants for sale. The day was pretty rainy but we got in and out with minimal delay.   

Delicious Soursop drinks

Dr. Noris Ledesma lecturing on Tropical Fruits for South Florida

Beautiful seedless Breadfruit tree for sale



Fruits for sale at great prices

Lula Avocados (local)

Hall Avocados (local)

Cool display of succulents

New addition to Whitman Pavillion...Mangifera pajang

Mangifera pajang

inside the Whitman Pavillion

here I am in front of one of the incredible grafted Durian trees in the Pavillion...I have not seen any flowering or fruit set yet, but I am certain these will be the first fruiting Durians in the continental USA.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Green-Red Florida Sugar Apple?
« on: September 20, 2015, 05:51:36 PM »
Here's a unusually colored Sugar Apple (A.squamosa) that I just picked. It's definitely a green variety but has reddish coloring along the carpels. This seedling tree had just one fruit this year so I am not sure if they all will be like this one. 
Just a cool looking fruit

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Amazing Fairchild Mangosteens-Langsats!
« on: July 12, 2015, 12:47:22 PM »
Whie I was at the FTG Mango Fest in Coral Gables Florida, I visited the Whitman Pavilion and found the Mangosteens and Langsats were LOADED with fruit. More than I have ever seen..There were probably 75 to 100 fruits on the Mangosteen tree!!!!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / FGM: Fairchild Mango Fest 2015 photos
« on: July 12, 2015, 12:37:55 PM »
This past Saturday, I was able to get away and attend Fairchild's Mango Festival. I arrived at 10am and already the closest parking lots were totally full. The place was totally packed. Like always, the mango display area was incredible and all the Mango experts were there to answer your questions. Lots of great food, mangos to buy and great people made it a memorable time. It's always a great event...   

Yair Aron and Warren Condon providing mango advice...

HUGE Pascual mangos

Mango sales area...Fairchild grown mangos

My personal haul for the day

Just got back from the 2015 Redlands Summer Fruit Fest. Great event as always. Chris Rollins came back from retirement to host the event. There were loads of fresh locally grown fruits and some great displays including over 200 cultivars of mango. Ran into fruit guru Steve Spangler from CA and many old friends also. The Fruit and Spice Pk looks great and there were lots of ripe fruits to taste on the park grounds also. Lots of people selling Brewster Lychees on the roadside for $3lb. They were awesome!

Over 200 cultivars of mangos

Nice Caimitos in this display

wax jambus

Totally LOADED lychee...WOW

Roadside lychee sales

A small portion of my haul for the day. The red jocotes were great. Also bought 7lbs of Lychee

Tropical Fruit Discussion / FGM: Mini Mango Haul May 2015
« on: May 25, 2015, 04:10:54 PM »
Visited Jeff Hagen's fruit orchard today and brought back all the mangos in the photo except for the Duncan's. His place is incredible

Glenn mangos

Nice Jakfruits

Just wanted to let everyone in the Palm Beach and North Broward areas know that fresh Guatemalen Rambutans have arrived in the local markets. I bought some yesterday at Western Beef in Boca Raton for $3.99lb but they are also available at Penn Dutch in Margate and The Boys Market in Delray Bch. Very delicious and just a nice fruit....   

For Sale...Fresh Sarteneja Custard Apple seeds, also known as "Birthday Cake". These are prolific fruit trees that produce very true to seed. One of the cold hardiest of the tropical annonas. The pulp tastes like raspberry flavored vanilla custard or raspberry birthday cake. Very delicious. Please email me at mangosteen59 at $12 plus shipping for 10 seeds. Ready to ship. US orders only.

Grown in Florida USA...freshness guaranteed..!!!!

Also available in limited supply...Amazon Giant Rollinia....delicious lemon merengue flavored annona that can grow to 7lbs (3.5kilos)

....$15 for 10 seeds plus shipping.           US orders only.

Tropical Fruit Tree Sale
Sat 4/25 8am-4pm

Melbourne Auditorium
625 East Hibiscus Boulevard, Melbourne, FL 32901

Tropical Fruit Discussion / 4/25-4/26 Broward Rare Fruit Tree Sale
« on: April 23, 2015, 08:08:38 AM »
This weekend is the Broward Rare Fruit & Vegetable Council Tree Sale.....

When: Sat 4/25 (9:30-4pm) Sun 4/26 (10-3pm)
Where: 5201 SW 208 Lane, SouthWest Ranches FL 33332
Phone: 954-252-9216 

Mangos:  Over 60 cultivars
Sapodillas (10 cultivars)
Avocado (20 cultivars)

We have some huge(8 foot+) grafted mango trees bearing fruit for only $75! While most fruit trees are between $24-$36

Plus many more varieties......Abiu, Cashew,  Sugar Apples, Caimito, Guanabana, Breadfruit, Custard Apple

Click on their website for full

Tropical Fruit Discussion / FGM: Sarteneja Custard Apples
« on: April 22, 2015, 09:30:33 PM »
Here are the Sarteneja Custard Apples from Parkland Florida.....these fruits are awesome. Taste like raspberry custard. Who else has ripe custard apples right now? What varieties are you growing?

Today I stopped after work at my friend George's beautiful property in Parkland FL. He has LOTS of impressive fruit trees including 52 jaboticaba trees that produce over 1000lbs (500 kilos) of fruit per year. His Red Sarteneja Custard Apples are to die for. Some reach 4lbs each. I brought home 3 that weighed over 7 lbs. His Lychee crop is small this year but he has an abundance of mangos with over 15 cultivars. He also has fruiting Abiu Atemoya, Guanabana, sugar apples and many more. He also has many large Jakfruits and they produce a BIG crop as big as 63lbs each. Quite a place....

Springfels mango

Kutak mango

Hasya Sapodilla

Mauritious Lychee

Lemon Crunch Jak

Big fruiting Abiu

His biggest Jaboticabas


Delicious Sarteneja custards (A. reticulata)

Tropical Calabaza

Tropical Fruit Discussion / FGM: Picked a big Rollinia today 3.75lbs
« on: March 26, 2015, 08:13:58 PM »
Today I picked one of my Amazon Giant Rollinias. It weighed in at 3.75lbs. My biggest ones are over 6lbs.  This was not a real big one but is still an impressive fruit. Delicious taste like a sweet lemony sugar apple. One of my favorites!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / FGM: Giant Coconuts > How Big do they get?
« on: March 21, 2015, 10:49:55 AM »
Question...How big do Coconuts get? I just bought a few grown near Fort Pierce Florida that weighed 12 pounds. I have seen bigger ones but these are indeed quite large. Who has seen bigger and where?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / FGM: California Cherimoyas
« on: February 03, 2015, 06:33:58 PM »
One of my good friends in California sent me a box of Cherimoyas that were grown in Camarillo. They are DELICIOUS! It's almost impossible to find good ones in the stores here but these are the best I have ever tasted. Not sure of the cultivar. They are grown by Dario Grossberger and I can vouch that he knows how to grow these to perfection. His website is

Tropical Fruit Discussion / PHOTOS 1/25 Fairchild's 9th Chocolate Fest
« on: January 24, 2015, 08:48:47 AM »
Fairchild's 9th Annual International Chocolate Festival

When: Friday, January 23, 2015 9:30 AM to Sunday, January 25, 2015 4:30 PM

Indulge in chocolate delicacies during the season's most delicious event! Enjoy fine chocolate samples from artisan chocolatiers, lectures on chocolate making and demonstrations from Miami's master chefs and chocolatiers! Take our Chocowalk to learn about the life cycle of a cacao plant, with stops in our Rainforest and more. Find out everything you ever needed to know about chocolate from the experts.

View the International Chocolate Festival program!
View video and photos of past International Chocolate Festivals to see what makes this event so special.

The Chocolate Festival at Fairchild admission is included with Garden admission. $25 for non members and free for Fairchild Members. Tickets for non members can be purchased the day of the festival or pre-purchased below. 

Friday, January 23

1:00 p.m. Lecture by Ricardo Trillos, Master Chocolatier-Cao Chocolates
Rainforest Plaza
Discovering the Magic of Chocolate from the Bean
Saturday, January 24

11:00 a.m. Lecture by Noris Ledesma, Fairchild
Science Village Classroom
Ecuador: A Living History of Cacao

12:00 p.m. Chocolate Lecture by Maricel Presilla, Ph.D.
Science Village Classroom
Learning to Taste Fine Chocolate Like a Professional: Understanding Flavor and Quality

1:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration by Jacqueline Gadala, SuperFuzion
Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
Chocolatey Superfuzion Oats and Coconut Bites

2:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration by Allen Susser
Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
Discover Tropical Dark Chocolate and Cocoa: Rocky Mango Brownies

3:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration by Darren Laszlo, jugofresh
Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
raw brownie, cacao cashew crema, raw chocolate-churro crumble, orange tuile
Sunday, January 25

11:00 a.m. Lecture by Richard Campbell, Ph.D., Fairchild
Science Village Classroom
Cacao's Struggle to Survive: Why We Should Care

12:00 p.m. Lecture by Osman Ariel Gutierrez, Ph.D., USDA-ARS
Science Village Classroom
The Genetic Background and Morphological Characterization of Cacao Genotypes from Plantations in Tabasco, Mexico

1:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration by Danny Diaz, Sweetness Bakeshop & Cafe
Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
Chocolate Pot de Creme

2:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration by Chris Bulgarin, Delicious Catering Services
Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
Five Spice Chocolate Glazed Grilled Colossal Shrimp served on Black garlic Sesame Noodle Salad

3:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration by Monica Duenas, Ortanique on the Mile
Cycad Vista Demonstration Tent
Chocolate Caramel Brownie

Tropical Fruit Discussion / The Florida Rambutan project (FGM)
« on: January 13, 2015, 08:54:53 PM »
The Florida Rambutan project
Call me crazy but I am attempting to fruit a Rambutan outdoors in South Florida. This has already been done here but it is still pretty rare, having been accomplished maybe twice and on a small scale. It is much rarer than fruiting mangosteens here which has been done several times. Even the Whitman Pavillion of rare fruit trees lacks a Rambutan and that tells you something.  My plan is to attempt this with 3 grafted trees growing in pots of very acid soil. I am very aware that Rambus hate our native alkaline soils and that it would be a death sentence if I stuck them in the ground. What inspired me was seeing grafted Rambutan trees in Puerto Rico with fruit hanging on them! So far my trees are growing nicely and there is hope. I will report on my progress over the next year. 

My 3 grafted Rambutan trees

Leaves from my trees

Potted grafted tree from Puerto Rico with fruit

What I hope to have in the future

Event: Growing Green Communities Conference: "Keeping delicious and distinctive foods from extinction"
Hosted by Slow Foods Glades to Coast
When: Saturday January 10, 2015 8:30 to 2pm
Where: Pine Jog Environmental Education Center: 6301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33415
Cost: $15 includes all lectures and a nice lunch provided by Chipotle restaurant

Dr. Richard Campbell "From the Forest to the Table: Exploring for, Conserving and Creating New Fruit”
Susan Lerner: "Rare Fruits"
Virginia Newton-Louis and Scott Lewis: "Growing Heirloom Tomatoes- From Seed to Seed"
Noel Ramos: "Boarding Ark of Taste Fruits" Mamey Sapote-Hatcher Mango-Popenoe Avocado-Hua Moa banana"
Svetlana Simon: Heritage hen raising

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Merry Christmas and Happy Jakfruit
« on: December 24, 2014, 10:28:06 AM »
To all my Forum friends...I wish you all a Merry Christmas. Just picked this J-31 Jakfruit (14lbs) yesterday. Next to it I have a bottle of homemade "coquito" which is a Puerto Rican coconut drink made with rum. I always make this for the holidays....

Tropical Fruit Discussion / FGM Jakfruit Fest photos
« on: September 14, 2014, 08:06:47 PM »
The Jakfruit Jubilee at Fairchild was a cool event. There were lots of fruit for sale ($1.50/lb) and plenty of quality grafted trees for $25.  I bought a "Fairchild First" which is one that produce small fruits. The speakers included Richard Campbell, Noris Ledesma and Chris Rollins and they were awesome. There were over 20 cultivars displayed and the tasting table offered up 4 cultivars including J-31. A real nice event worth repeating every year!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / FGM: Florida Labor Day Fruit Haul
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:46:06 PM »
Here's what I got today from my property.  Some of the Big Red and Big Green were over 20ozs. Sorry but these are not chewy or rubbery. My car tires are "rubbery" and that's OK, but I want my fruit to be sweet and delicious. Texture is secondary. These are just the best damn sugar apples that you can eat!!!!  Taste IS everything....

Fresh seeds for sale. Florida and Puerto Rico grown) Limited supply

Amazon Giant Rollinia ($10 pak of 10)
Big Red Sugar Apple ($10 pak of 12)
Big Green Sugar Apple ($10 pak of 12)
Kwai Muk (Eneida) ($10 pak of 10)
Abiu ($10 pak of 4)

Please respond to my personal email...mangosteen59 at

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