Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Harvested some nice tasting coconuts this week. I've included a photo of a glass of the coconut water, to show its consistency. The outsides of the coconuts are light green, with portions/stripes grey as they age.
Inside, however, is some quality Coconut!
In addition to the Dragonfruit, the Prickly Pears are ripening. Unfortunately, many of them split, and ants invaded. I attribute the splitting to the erratic periods of drought, then excessive rain, then lack of rain for weeks!
The split here, however, is caused by my knife, in the careful ritual I have to open the fruit.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
This is the amount I harvested, between 350-400 fruit:
And here I am boiling / simmering them for making juice used in preparation of Jaboticaba Jelly.
Friday, June 1, 2007
Click on the photo to see more detail, but the fruit actually grow on the trunk and main branches, and has a very tough and thick skin.
I eat the fruit fresh, but I have several friends who make jelly/jam from them.
The California Rare Fruit Growers site says that Jaboticaba can be propagated by seed, although since the grow so slow, you might as well do that for your children to enjoy with their kids
At this point in time, I only have the yellow flowering (and white/yellowish flesh) kind of this unique cactus. I am looking for some mature leaves from the red variety, if you have any :-)
My first introduction to this fruit was in Sicily, and I believe the variety I tried to be Opuntia littoralis, coastal prickly pear. If you have problems swallowing seeds, forget this fruit. Also, you must be very careful when harvesting - I use a thick silicon glove, and remove the fruit.
Then make one incision laterally, just to the depth of the skin. Two slices, one at each end, and then peel back the skin - watch for the spines!
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Sine this is my first tree (it took 10 years to bear fruit), I am not sure about when to pick them. The fruits are quite large, but still green. I imagine they are holding somewhere around 0.5 to 0.75 liters of water inside.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
This strange variety of atemoya is still ripening on the tree. While the size and color is eye candy, the flavor of this particular cultivar does nothing special for me.
Can anyone identify it?
update: This is a custard apple, and not atemoya
Saturday, May 12, 2007
If it fruits, I'll write an entry about the fruit.
This tree has flowers which have both male and female organs, and others which are solely male. I assume this photo shows both types.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Thursday, May 3, 2007
The blackberries are in bloom this week as well. Here, you can see both flower, and under it, developing fruit. (note: however hard I've tried, I'm unable to check email on this variety of BB)
It's almost Litchi time! Here is a close up of the developing fruit. I estimate about another 5-6 weeks until harvest.
Enjoy these photos I took today. If you click on them, the full size image should be displayed, and you can see more detail.
These photos show the various stages of the flower/fruit development. The first one shows a flower before it "opens up."
Above is the result you hope for: a developing pomegranate fruit, somewhere near a week old.
Even in Florida, where the Winter was quite warm this year, my pomegranate still lost its leaves (it is deciduous). I have a white variety, but it is quite young still. My friends at the Tampa Bay Chapter of Rare Fruit Council International made it for me from a clipping a few years back. It seems to be a slow grower (for me, anyway).
Well, that's all on the pomegranate until I can harvest some fruit. But before I save this post, I want to share one interesting thing I ran across when researching this fruit: There was an statistical analysis done on just how many seeds a pomegranate has. In their analysis, there was on average 613 seeds per fruit, which is (coincidentially) why Jewish tradition teaches the pomegranate is a symbol for righteousness - it is said to have 613 seeds corresponding with the 613 mitzvot, or commandments of the Torah. (amazing what a little About.com can teach you)
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Avocado flowers are also out. Like with the cashews, some of the early flowers have been pollinated and are developing into fruit.
OK, so I forgot to rotate them (actually, I hoped that blogger would read the rotation in the exif data). Here, you can see (if you turn your head) my huge longan tree in blossom. It just started this week.
One more head turned is this one which shows the surinam cherries.
First signs of canistel flowers.
Key lime fruits forming - you can still see the stamin of the flowers, and other flowers that just opened in the background. This tree is on its third or fourth flowering since January.
A fruit I need to post an entry on is Spondias purpurea, a.k.a. Red mombin (jocote, in Costa Rica). It is flowering now, and since this was a mild winter in florida, there are also fruit developing from a few months back alongside new ones.
Imbe, Garcinia livingstonei, is beginning to fruit. It also is blossoming. More about this East African tree later...
The annona squamosa, sugar apple, flowers are blooming, Here you can see both male and female stages of the flower. I'll leave it up to you to guess which is which.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
The best and most in depth info on Inga, and on its utilization, can be found in two excellent books by T. D. Pennington: The Genus Inga - Botany ( ISBN 1 900347 12 1) and The Genius Inga - Utilization (ISBN 1 900347 58 X)
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Cashews are native to the northeast coast of Brazil, and are mostly known for their nuts -which grows externally in its own kidney-shaped hard shell at the end of a pseudo-fruit. Illike the "apple" myself, but you better make sure it is ripe or you'll get a sour surprise :-(
More on the cashew as it matures.
thanks, and please check back. I'll try my best to update more regularly.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
As you can see in the photo below, canistel should be harvested when fruit turn yellow-orange.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/HS299 suggests allowing fruit 3 to 10 days to ripen at room temperature until soft but not mushy. Once fruit is ripe it may be stored in the refrigerator for several days prior to use.
I do not know the variety I have, although they seem to have or 1 or 2 glossy brown seeds per fruit, as seen above.