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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 🥭 Mangos for sale
« on: June 13, 2022, 05:39:39 AM »
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Marang
« on: May 29, 2022, 05:59:14 AM »
Yes if itís giving off an odor it is probably ripe.  Can be hard to tell just from photos. Light brown patches could indicate over-ripeness , itís ready!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Marang
« on: May 28, 2022, 06:50:38 AM »
Itís close but I think needs Maybe 2-3 weeks. Notice how the ďspikesĒ have started to spread out on the bottom, they will do that throughout before it is ready to pick. I would personally let it ripen on the tree before picking it. The stem will often turn more of a yellow / brown before itís ready, another indicator that itís ripe or close to ripening.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Overhyped avocados
« on: May 26, 2022, 03:32:59 PM »
What donít you like about mexicola? Nothing Iíve tasted comes close to mexicola as far as high oil content and nutty taste. I donít grow them so canít comment on how they grow. Sharwil are probably my favorite overall.

I remember reading before that Singaporeans eat more durian per capita than anywhere else in the world. Iíve been before and the durian definitely did not disappoint. Itís best if you know where to go as the vendors do take advantage of the foreigners by not serving them the best quality. Durian all over Asia may use this same tactic. I have a friend who lives in Singapore and he told me that Cambodia has musang king durian quality if you know where to go. The botanical garden, gardens by the bay in Singapore is definitely a must visit for any plant lover.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2022 Indian Mango season in SoCal
« on: May 21, 2022, 06:41:03 AM »
Thanks to Simon for making this thread. I ventured over to the local Indian Ďsaffroní market and was pleased to find nice looking Ataulfo mangos from the DR at only $16 for a box of 10. They are hot water treated and do have a nice taste. Edit: some of the fruits I ate since yesterday morning looked ripe were more pale inside and less sweet , not sure if I would buy again.

You want to make sure they are coming from a good selected tree. Most of the fruits I ate in Costa Rica were bland, but I have had a good one before and know they can be quite sweet

Lol. crazy

Are you sure this isnít an atemoya? Iím used to seeing segments inside sugar apple, and also more seed. The skin looks like a sugar apple but inside it looks like an atemoya to me.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Picking Sugarloaf (E-4) Mango
« on: May 01, 2022, 06:07:04 PM »
Do these typically ripen in July in FL, with an earlier spring crop?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangifera Pentandra (Mempalam)?
« on: May 01, 2022, 11:04:16 AM »
Do you think this may be considered a wetland mango like foetida and kasturi?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: June FL Trip
« on: April 28, 2022, 05:32:11 PM »
Chief.. I am aiming to do similar, I hear end of july is peak for mango season
The last few years mangos have been peaking around the beginning of July, if I'm not mistaken.  (Alex or anybody else, care to comment?)  This may not be a banner year, but still enough available.  My trees are babies, just went in the ground, but I'm seeing a light crop on others' trees.
I went down late July last year and was able to try around 30 varieties of mangoes. But it all depends on season. I think there would have been more selections if I went earlier.

Where all did you go to try that many ? I am planning to visit sometime this season too, will be a first for me and I definitely was planning on stopping at tropical acres. Any other suggestions?

Peter would know. I tend to prefer Asian fruits in general. Best of luck on your project.

Durian tastes nothin like a sugar apple. A theobroma bicolor does somewhat resemble a bland durian though.

Everything looks really weird to me. Not how I used to see other tropical places. Totally different weeds.

What is your elevation? Do cherimoyas fruit for other people around you? I wonder if you are high enough? Coconut and cherimoya are generally not the same climate fruit, with few rare overlapping exceptions. You have them both.

I think there is little commercial potential with your planting selection. Mangoes unlikely to fruit well judging by climate alone and your soil description. Amazon tree grape is very low commercial value. No idea of Inga bean value, never seen them in Peru. . Avocados are probably only exception given right varieties.  Assuming ideal scenario, and everything grows to  a size they are suppose to, I think just about everything is planted too close. It's likely to become problematic in 5 years.  Just my 2 cents observation.

I'm big proponent of marang. I think should be planted everywhere in tropics. One of the best fruits in the world, will always have good commercial value once people get to know it in a new place. Big, very beautiful low spreading tree (with proper pruning ). Easy to collect large fruits. 3-4 years from seed. Falling leaves automatically create mulch and prevent weeds. No need to cut grass around the tree once it's big enough. You should definitely introduce some and see how they do in your place. Despite thriving in lowland tropics, I have seen them growing well as high as 1300 meters elevation.

I would try to introduce sheep instead of cows. Cows eat mango leaves and other fruit tree leaves. Sheep unlikely to do so and reach high enough. Also they are lighter animals, hooves will not make such impact in the soil as cows. Thus preventing erosion.

This is why travelling to or at least visiting some other tropical fruit farms is so important to do before attempting something like this because itís simply a matter of him not knowing what heís missing out on if heís never eaten fruits like durian, marang, cempedak, mangosteen, salak etc etc. imo he would have been far better off planting 1,000 marang or mangosteen than mangoes, which as you mentioned likely wonít produce well in that climate.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ice cream bean
« on: April 24, 2022, 07:42:09 AM »
That looks about ready to me. If they are ready they will be plump, as your picture shows and have a slight give to them when you try to open them up by hand. If they still have time they wonít have any give , wonít be easy to open and will still be hard when you touch them. As with many other fruits keep in mind they wonít all be ready at the same time , the fruits ripen at different times on the same tree.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Seeds for sale
« on: April 22, 2022, 07:53:17 AM »
letís see some pics if they really were that big

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Monster Rambutans
« on: April 15, 2022, 09:43:29 AM »
Those are definitely big but from my experience eating the larger ones doesnít necessarily mean better or sweeter. In fact I find less large ones usually have a better texture and are sweeter but this isnít always the case

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: April 10, 2022, 08:08:17 AM »
Spent $50 on a 4lb musang king yesterday. Very bitter and strong tasting. Worth it

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Our new youtube channel : FRUIT ADDICT
« on: April 04, 2022, 09:01:15 AM »
Those abiu are compost/ trash

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Artocarpus Hirsutus
« on: March 28, 2022, 06:51:34 PM »
Thatís a nice looking tree you have there. Did you get to try the fruit yet? Thoughts?

Middle eastern grocery sells them in the town near here.  If they are for sale in a store it will be dried mulberry.  I could dry some and send them if you really want to try it. 

I see amazon sells dried ones also. 

it seems the only middle eastern grocery to me is an hour and a half away, not much of a population here I guess.  How does dried compare to fresh?  I have never seed dried raspberries, blackberries for comparison.

I guess I could grow one but I'm running out of space

You could experiment planting some outside as there are a few varieties that are supposed to be cold hardy enough for this area. Is it worth space in a greenhouse ? Iím leaning towards a No because the trees need to be pretty large to get a decent amount of fruit. The difference between dried and fresh? The flavor is still there but itís a whole diff experience. Iíve tried dried white mulberries before which you can prolly find at a Whole Foods or other high end markets.

Great point. So many variables and a lot boils down to location. The whites are very good and I remember the first time eating them being impressed with concentrated sugar taste. The Himalayan reds are a top contender as well, can be very sweet and leave your hands sticky after harvesting a bunch.

How are your other trees doing? Any marang fruit yet ? I did not get to try kesusu when I went to Tenom.

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