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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Chiletepin
« on: September 30, 2021, 05:07:57 PM »

I start this post to know more about Chiletepin ( Capsicum annum var. glabriusculum )
I have three plant of this variety, and I don't really understand what it likes : I have a plant in full sun that does not grow..   an other beneath shade of taller plants, it grows but doesn't flower, and the last is in pot in semi shade, it grows, but is a shy bloomer..   and all my three plants have +1 year.
I thought it could set thousands of fruits, as considered as a weed sometimes, but in reality, it's the fussiest chili pepper that I have grown. ( In comparaison my Capsicum praetermissum in a neglected pot, produces many fruits )

How do you grow them  ?  Do they are frost hardy ? ( Do they really regrow )



With only a few fruit set, each fruit no more than 5mm, maybe only one seed inside. How long before one could even get enough fruit to actually evaluate the taste, or enough seeds to perpetuate the variety?

You may have never taken the time out to examine this species, because it can sets hundreds of these tiny fruits.
And, the big plus, it's a perennial species, so once it is planted you can expect more and more fruits each year.
But like all plants, all of this is true with the correct environment..

About the size, I have Capsicum praetermissum that sets small fruits too, but since one of this per dish can be enough, one plant producer is enough for a person/year.


Just two photos to introduce this particular species which is say to be able to resist to temps below freezing ( -10 įC and more ).
This year will be their ( I have two plants)  first year outdoor, sure it will be fine, but still a bit anxious: they are Capsicum after all (!)
Like others wild Capsicum species, it took time to set fruits ( more than a year ), and my other plant have done nothing - I noticed that Capsicum flexuosum dislike our full sun, and prefer filter sun, or a good shade, and maybe that's the reason why the second plant, more exposed didn't set any flower.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avocado tree in 8b zone
« on: September 11, 2021, 10:51:11 AM »

I visited an avocado tree that I know for few years now, and it is gorgeous, so I wanted to share a photo.
There is no avocados on the tree, but it usually sets fruits ( pear shape, with a not so smooth skin ).

Ps : it thrives in a shelter place, and to give a scale, the fence is at least 2 meters high.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Passiflora edulis 'Norfolk'
« on: September 07, 2021, 02:21:58 PM »
Hi everyone,

Do you know this variety ( P. edulis 'Norfolk' ) ?
I read it tastes sweeter than the regular Passiflora edulis..
Anyone can confirm ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana identification.. any ID ?
« on: September 05, 2021, 10:19:51 PM »
Here is a pic of the bananas ( nearly mature since the "flower stem" is already long )

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Banana identification.. any ID ?
« on: September 05, 2021, 10:16:46 PM »
I came across this banana that makes me think of a Da Jiao variety. What do you think about this ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this fruit?
« on: September 05, 2021, 11:02:23 AM »
Yes it is. Ginkgo biloba fruits. They are still unripe indeed.
I have already seen them in an Asian market, just the seeds without flesh around, and it might be buy to be roasted ( I've never tried indeed )

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rare French Red Plantain Flag Leaf NWFL
« on: September 05, 2021, 10:33:28 AM »
Happy to put a name on this banana :)
It is fairly distinctive from the others that grow here. Big, red stems, petioles and even the base of the leaves.
Keep us up to date with this strain. I am curious to see how it can handle frost, freeze.
What is your minimal temps in winter ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rare French Red Plantain Flag Leaf NWFL
« on: September 04, 2021, 09:35:44 PM »
I see something similar here, in Guadeloupe island. If you have any information, please let a comment

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: covid 19 and herbs ect
« on: September 04, 2021, 11:00:32 AM »
Here is one pic of the plant that is used against covid here, by locals. See my previous message on this same post.
PS: I still ignore is name ! Sorry. ( Maybe it's Pluchea carolinensis..   )

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: covid 19 and herbs ect
« on: August 28, 2021, 08:21:42 PM »

Here, in French West Indies ( Guadeloupe and Martinique, but not in French Guyana ), there is an herb called Neurolaena lobata that is used for several ailments.
With Covid-19 crisis, some studies had been made showing a positive results against this virus.
Unfortunately, I didn't find significant articles in English.. 

I will post pics if you are interested.

Kyoho variety seems mythical..  I wonder why..   due to the size of the grains ? Their taste ? The fact they come from Japan ( hence the name, I suppose ) where fruits are considers like precious things ?
Do there are several clones of Kyoho ?

Cotton Candy tastes great but itís a patented variety.  My favorite tasting that Iím growing is Kyoho.


I am gonna be patient and wait for the Plant patent expire.
If I am correct, 2033 for Cotton Candy grapes XD

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red avocado variety..
« on: August 27, 2021, 05:07:21 PM »
The skin is somewhat thinner than normal ( much more than Hass anyway ) they can easily be bruised.
About the leaves, I couldn't say since the tree is high..  and there is no leaves at my reach ( I have read that Mexican avocado varieties have anise like smell when crushed..  and I do so anytime I see an avocado tree XD )

Thanks for the link of this blog, the person who own it, seems to know well about cold hardy varieties.

I permit myself to post an other pic that show various avocado, and the read one ( an other that I gathered on the soil surface )

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Red avocado variety..
« on: August 27, 2021, 11:37:42 AM »
Hi everyone,

I noticed a bright red avocado in tree during my walk, then I decided to see if I found any beneath the tree, among the vegetation.. And I got one ! 
My enthousiasm is not due to the fact of it's red, but rather I think it could be more cold hardy than the others we commonly find around here in Island of Guadeloupe.

Am I wrong to think it's more cold hardy than the others because it's smaller and red ?

Thanks in advance for your point of view.

Thanks for your informations :)

I can notice an A++ had been awarded to Cotton Candy variety. Never heard of this variety here..  and now I would love to try it !
I keep in mind that Vidal Blanc could be a good compromise of Cotton Candy, and should be easier to find in France.

Blueberry grapes sounds a bit, like Cotton Candy too, like a weed name varieties XD
I will look for them ( Blueberry grapes makes me wanna grow everywhere, since we can't grow properly Blueberries here )

I think it's a tropical species..   but it should be worth a try especially if you have more hardy clones, or species in the same section.
I saw this species growing at an elevation of 500 m..   but there is no frost, and any freeze at this altitude, in Guadeloupe island.


I live in France, in an area where grapes and vineyards are everywhere. However, it still quite all the same varieties and it's quite boring when you want something that is out of these standard grapes  ( they are good, sugary,..   but the taste is nothing to compare to a Concord or Noah grapes varieties - I have already taste one these varieties and I fall in love about the complexity of the aroma )

I am waiting for your suggestions about what are your favorite grapes varieties ? Why ? ( it can be about the taste or about the cultivation requirements of the vines, or any other thing )



Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweet chestnut question
« on: August 23, 2021, 02:44:33 AM »
Here in France, in my region, there are plenty of chestnut ( it's always a pleasure to gather them in autumn.. )and I can say that I never saw such a young tree bears flowers, so I think it has been grafted, you have a grafted chestnut:)


I gathered some Passiflora laurifolia fruits with weird shape..
If anyone interested, I sell 4$ per pack of 10 seeds, plus shipping.


I have already replied to this too in an other forum part.
I do have a tree that produces bilimbi ( they just call it ike that where I am - they don't even know it's related to star fruit.. ). Don't hesitate to message me for fruits or seeds.
Since it grows vigourously I presume it should be a perfect rootstock for any Star Fruit..   

Here one of the fruit half cut.

Hi !

I have bilimbi fruits where I am now. How many do you need ? ( Just to estimate shipping cost ). I am on island of Guadeloupe.
I can take a picture of the tree where I could pick them up.

Hi everyone,

I am from France and I am in island of Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean sea, to spend some holidays. There I noticed a Passiflora laurifolia with weird fruits shape - see the photo.
( If someone is interested by seeds, message me to buy some ).

Don't hesitate to react to my post :)

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