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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hard Pruning My Mexicola - Advice?
« on: July 22, 2021, 03:58:18 PM »
You can stump avocsdo trees and thry just come back so no worries on cutting a lot off at once.  Just do it in winter when the sun isnt as intense and then paint the newly exposed wood with white paint.

Hmmmm..... Thanks I think I have an avocado stumping candidate.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best orange\lemon tasting mango
« on: July 21, 2021, 07:27:26 PM »

You should look at your own photos. They are laughably low resolution. How do you manage to do this?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fiberless mango ?
« on: July 20, 2021, 08:03:30 PM »
Now I get it.... You mean fiber around the seed. This is some people's bugaboo I suppose. Of all the things I think about when eating a mango, a fibrous seed is not one of them. I do  eat flesh on the seed and fiber does not register. If there was any I did not notice this.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fiberless mango ?
« on: July 20, 2021, 12:55:45 AM »
I have eaten many types of mangoes and they were all fiberless as far as I am concerned. The one exception was mangoes from a certain seedling tree that were full of fiber. I suppose they were like the juice mangoes from the Caribbean. Yeah, also once had a real Caribbean juice mango, this was not a fiberless mango.

If you do not have a critter problems then I would let your first OS drop when ready.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / The mango eating elite came by today
« on: July 12, 2021, 02:16:10 PM »
Today was buckets of rain
But they still came
They rolled up

Sami came from afar
Driving a spiffy English car
Sami in his Range Rover
Said move over rover
Let Sami take over
He went straight to my trees
He picked what he pleased

Gilberto in this year's Lexus SUV
He picked what he needed

Thanks to both!
I was building up a mango excess
Putting me into
Slight distress

Any of you mango growers have someone who comes by in a Tesla? Or any kind of EV?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Little Gem doesn't seem so little
« on: July 11, 2021, 09:26:19 PM »
This Gem tree needs to be hotwired to your I-Tals

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Beware - I lost 100 USD
« on: July 11, 2021, 06:04:23 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sourcing Luc's Garcinia
« on: July 11, 2021, 02:11:29 PM »
Luc is not coming down for breakfast.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Maha Mango...
« on: July 10, 2021, 07:36:13 PM »
Oh sorry, I forgot to mention that I thoroughly enjoyed my Maha mangos when I had my tree at the old house.  Not a flavor bomb, but a very pleasant tasting and beautiful mango.

So typically I would agree with you on the Maha - I've had them several years & I always thought they were decent..never awesome.  However, I had one from a friend this year where the flavor was VERY complex.  It was an Asian flavor mango, but it was really excellent.  Difficult to describe the flavor - but I guess it was mango cola like.  Way better than CAC, M4 (early M4), Cotton Candy (early CC).  Not as good as E4, Super Alphonso, Fruit Cocktail - huge flavor bombs, Maha was slightly a notch below.  It was better than a Pineapple Pleasure I tried too...most likely the PP wasn't in its prime as I know there's a ton of hype on PP these days.  I guess it comes down to soil conditions and how the tree was cared for as my friend is very meticulous with his tree.  Point being, don't rule Maha can hold its own!!

It had better!  At Tropic Plants Nursery in my 33321 I had to make a choice to buy either a PP or the Maja. Was three months ago. I went the Maja route. I can't wait until it has its exotic elongated fruits hanging and driving up my property values. I was Maja hooked when I was at Bender's Grove 6 years ago. On the right was an 18ft maja tree as loaded as can be.

I have another Bender/Maja story for later.

i'm about to make reservations for next year . I came down in the second week in June and there was a lot of good varieties. After i came home it seems to be more in the third week of June. I'm coming down this week. I hope there will be more available then Neelam and Keitt. I'm hoping for at least cotton candy and M-4

This Rogue variety avocado is now leaning North
80 year old mother-in-law used wire and a steak to save it. The ground was quite saturated

Is she still pounding the steaks leaning South?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Karen Michelle
« on: July 10, 2021, 03:35:19 PM »
I can officially say that I have secured a 15 gallon Karen Michelle mango tree from Truly Tropical Chris in Delray Beach. I would like to thank Honest Abe for focusing my attention to this wonderful mango. I was actually sitting in my Resort Room texting about how much I enjoyed coconut cream mango when Abe mentioned on this forum I should try Karen Michelle. I had all the mangoes that I got from Tropical Acre Farms displayed on plates and platters on the kitchen table about to take a photo. When I saw Karen Michelle staring me in the face. I was very impressed with the size and when we tasted it coconut coconut coconut. I have been wanting to get a bigger size mango and this should compliment my Sugarloaf and M4 nicely. As far as large mangoes I now have fruit punch and Karen Michelle. Honest Abe you might want to consider a 7 gallon. Her trees tend to run much larger than most others you will find. I will be visiting her on Thursday I will take a photo of one with a tape measure included for reference. As the Duck Dynasty guy would say I'm happy happy happy :D

KM in 15 gal sounds lovely. Show us some pics


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Beware - I lost 100 USD
« on: July 10, 2021, 09:22:45 AM »
The translation here is the Denmark Gov't was handing out free Covid money to U and everybody else. U then proceeded to blow yr new found wealth  (allegedly $100) on buying seeds from a  remote someone thousands of miles away in some tropical locale. You did not get your seed satisfaction.

In my book just look at this as your donation n devotion to the poor in the t3rd world who are affected by (craptastical) climate change.

Hot wire the I-tal to  the Who-Tay. Set the meter at 10,000 volts. This will take care of  all predators.  Including fishermen  and  capybara.

80 year old mother-in-law used wire and a steak to save it.

Is she still around begging for OS mangoes? Have her pound in the steaks for the 10,ooo volt hot wire. Put the ol gal to work.

The rains falling down today on the just and and the unjust. It is greening up all lawns here. You might be an atheist but it doesn't matter.... You are still getting God's righteous rain coming down on your trees and plants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2021 Lychee Season
« on: July 08, 2021, 10:46:38 AM »
Here's some photos of the green fruits, they should start to ripen here in SoCal at the end of August.

Very nice lychee photos! I planted a lychee but it went nowhere. I blame the alkaline soil here, at least in my Broward location ... but mangos don't mind it. Citrus also did not thrive due to alkalinity. Lychee is definitely more exotic than mangoes. I need a neighbor with a lychee tree that I can trade my best mangoes with.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2021 Lychee Season
« on: July 08, 2021, 10:36:41 AM »
This must be v late lychee I saw with lots of 4" panicles in my Broward zip code. Lychee panicles look prettier than mango panicles______

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Any Damage from Elsa?
« on: July 08, 2021, 09:14:59 AM »
fliptop   ---- Looks like minimal damage. You posted this to show your dog?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Mangos 2021
« on: July 08, 2021, 09:11:07 AM »
Ice Cream--The plant produces an average yield although trees are not very productive in Florida due to poor fungus resistance

This wiki probably sent in by Squam. Most or all mango wiki are Squam authored or Squam added on to, he went on a wiki mango tear a few years back.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Mangos 2021
« on: July 07, 2021, 07:14:45 PM »
Tried quite a few already but I like strong flavored mangos and so far carrie has been on top. Last year they seemed washed out but were really medicinally flavored this year. Second would be Kathy, then sweet tart and peach cobbler, 23-2, Maha and lemon zest about equal, pim seng min, The rest were good to average and still some left to try.

Carrie is OK with me ripe, picked green, medicinally flavored and anything else from any random Car tree in any random year. It will never taste like a Glenn.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this orange sherbet ready to pick
« on: July 07, 2021, 06:32:35 PM »
I can only go by the photo. They look too shiny skin to pick. Not enough yellow yet (while this much shiny yellow late in the season would mean OK to pick). Since you are salivating at your first OS of the season. (I believe) Wait few more days and keep squirrels away.

As a vast generalization you pick mangoes when their skin looks dull and not tight an shiny looking. Though commercial operations will pick mangoes  shiny. They do not ripen on their trees. They ripen on your kitchen counter

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this orange sherbet ready to pick
« on: July 07, 2021, 07:36:11 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Your weapon of choice?
« on: July 05, 2021, 05:10:23 PM »
Go for the common blunt serrated knife. I have them placed at different parts of my garden so I can always grab one for a quick pruning, cutting into fruits and other matters. This image shows the Victorinox version. You want the cheaper knockoff that restaurants put on your table. Ask the owner if you can buy ten from him. Or hit a restaurant supply store.

Whoever invented serrated should get a Nobel prize. Harbor Freight sells a machete that is normal blade on one side. Viciously sharp serrated on the other. Of course I bought two. I gave one away. -----

Paring knives? 4 for a dollar at my local Dollar Tree.

I have limited freezer space. No stand alone freezer. But If I had a stand alone I would freeze most mangos whole with the skin on. When you take the whole mango out it is very easy to peel as it defrosts, though you must do this within a few minutes of it being out at room temperature. Then take the "naked" mango(s) and move on to your next steps.

How I would do this---

Cut the mango halves off. Scoop out all the flesh. Get flesh off the seed as well as can be done. All mango skins are tossed out. Put all this into a container and freeze.
How does this taste 3 months later?

From what I have read, that after a few months in the freezer it is a watery mess that has lost much flavor and sweetness? True or not? Thanks in advance!

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