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OfflineAtma
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Cherimoya/ Exotics fruits and veggies
    #3799366 - 02/18/05 06:21 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

So I just bought one of these from a local chain called Sav a Center, they usually carry a pretty good array of specialty produce. They are also know as custard apples or soursop. Very creamy and grainy(like an apple). Very delicious fruits. Does anyone hold a keen eye or an interest for exotic fruits and veggies? I certainly do. A company called Melissa's usually carries these things. Recent exotics I've tried:

Cherimoya(see above)
Young sweet coconuts - these are very cool. They still have the greenish husk on the outside. You slice of the top, mix up the jelly inside and you have yourself one sweet, healthy drink. They used this stuff as a subsitute for plasma in WW II.
Gooseberry - These have a weird calyx kind of papery layer on the outside. The yellow berry therein is full of sweet. I found them to be kinda bitter/nasty. Interesting to look at, but I guess they are aquired taste.
Sunflower chokes - The tuber of the Jeruselem Artichoke sunflower. You can eat em raw(my fav) or cook them in stir fries or use exactly like potatoes. Great stuff!
Horned melon - Very cool looking. The green jelly fruit inside tastes VERY much like cucumbers but just a tad sweeter.
Strawberry Papaya - One of my very favorites, Try em out. They are pretty common.
Guava - My all time favorite  :thumbup:.
Golden Kiwi - They are a little more oblong than a regular kiwi and seem to be slightly less tart. I love em, they are cheap and you can the skin and all. They supposedly come from New Zealand.
Lychees - I've only had these canned. They are incredibly strange looking fruits. Very tough and chewy white ring of slesh. A very light sweet flavor. I suppose they are much better fresh.
Japanese plum or Loquat - I have a tree of these in my fron yard that is fruiting as we speak. They are light orange/yellow and taste nothing or look nothing like a plum. Much softer and have soft seeds. Very sweet when delicious when ripe.

My goal is to one day try mangostein and dragonfruit.

What exotics have you tried lately?


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Re: Cherimoya/ Exotics fruits and veggies [Re: Atma]
    #3800163 - 02/18/05 08:53 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Last year I had some baby bananas, they were kinda red and very sweet.
And I recently shared a pomegrant (sp?), are they exotic?


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Re: Cherimoya/ Exotics fruits and veggies [Re: ToolTroll]
    #3801255 - 02/19/05 12:11 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I love Pomegranate. One of my favorites as well. They are very seasonal and I usually see them around christmas. A company called POM wonderful sells Pomegranate juice. It is available at all grocery stores in my area now. It is very expensive, but very tasty.


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Re: Cherimoya/ Exotics fruits and veggies [Re: Atma]
    #3803976 - 02/19/05 06:58 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

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Atma said:
Guava - My all time favorite :thumbup:




BIG ditto on that!

ive never heard of the titled one, ill keep an eye out.  the local stores here usually jsut carry the run of the mill exotics :frown:  i gotta go visit my veggy friends to get the good stuff.

cherry's are my all time favourite though.  original eh.  i eat pounds a day when my tree is fruiting, sometimes its all i eat for a day.

fruits are the shiznit, not a vegy fan though  :cool:


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Re: Cherimoya/ Exotics fruits and veggies [Re: kadakuda]
    #3804266 - 02/19/05 08:55 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Whenever I eat a guava, I am instantly teleported to the tropics. Guava is the embodiment of tropical flavor. I've also recently had starfruit(which is also pretty common) and a Feijoa, which is very unique fruit.

Here is some info on some of the exotics:
www.melissas.com
http://cherimoya.orcon.net.nz/600x800.html
http://www.feijoa.org.nz/
http://www.motherearthnews.com/arc/4048/ - GREAT info here!
http://www.yougrowgirl.com/use/worldfruit/lychee.php
http://www.thaiorchidfarm.com/dargonfruit.htm
http://www.healthfruit.com/mangosteen.htm


Edited by Atma (02/19/05 09:07 PM)


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Re: Cherimoya/ Exotics fruits and veggies [Re: Atma]
    #3804424 - 02/19/05 09:33 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I love ripe persimmons and this year I'm determined to find a Pawpaw tree.


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Re: Cherimoya/ Exotics fruits and veggies [Re: YidakiMan]
    #3804545 - 02/19/05 10:05 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

if you need a pawpaw tree, check http://tytyga.com the site looks like a ripoff
artist but I personaly went and checked them out, they are legit and have about
30 acres of green houses, they also have the best prices I've found on trees,
buying now can get you soem bare root trees and save you on shipping as well as the tree


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Re: Cherimoya/ Exotics fruits and veggies [Re: Prisoner#1]
    #3804655 - 02/19/05 10:31 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

You might want to look into cactus fruit. Not too bad...


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Re: Cherimoya/ Exotics fruits and veggies [Re: Prisoner#1]
    #3804782 - 02/19/05 11:06 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I would love to taste pawpaw fruit. It sounds very tasty! What areas of the USA do they inhabit in the wild? I wouldn't be surprised if we had them around here. We have a species of mini persimmons here in the deep south. They grow wild in the country and are very sweet and nice to stumble upon.


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Re: Cherimoya/ Exotics fruits and veggies [Re: Atma]
    #3804834 - 02/19/05 11:19 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

starfruits used to be one of my faves as well.  probably ate too many at the time, nto a big fan anymore.

and thanks for the links!  very helpfull.  its fruit and nut trees that make me wish i lived in a warmer climate.  oh well :frown:  30 years we'll have the weather.


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Re: Cherimoya/ Exotics fruits and veggies [Re: Atma]
    #3805349 - 02/20/05 01:58 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

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I would love to taste pawpaw fruit. It sounds very tasty! What areas of the USA do they inhabit in the wild? I wouldn't be surprised if we had them around here. We have a species of mini persimmons here in the deep south. They grow wild in the country and are very sweet and nice to stumble upon.




I haev a few of those very same persimons, one tree thats about 30' tall and a
couple of 10-15' trees, the deer love them and since you are in the deep south,
I'm sure that if you look around, you'll likely find a few pawpaw trees. they
inhabit most of the eastern half of the US and have been spread through the
midwest as well, one place to look is older farms, most of them have several
types of fruits and PawPaw was a favorite of many of those old timers.


kadakuda, because of selective grafting, you may be suprised at what fruits can be grown in your area. Call tyty and see what they can find, I was suprised to find a peach that produced in the late fall, most are early summer fruits.


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Re: Cherimoya/ Exotics fruits and veggies [Re: Prisoner#1]
    #3805410 - 02/20/05 02:12 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

interesting thought. im more thinking of surviving the frost, to be honest i dont care if i get fruit. i want the trees more than anything to be growing outside here. i'll definatly e-mail him, thanks!

do you know if grafting can change ones tolerance to cold? or is it used to change flowering/fruiting times/cycles?

im very jealous of your property....lucky bum!


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Re: Cherimoya/ Exotics fruits and veggies [Re: kadakuda]
    #3806104 - 02/20/05 10:02 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Hey Pris,
youve shown me that website before.  :wink:
I live in the eastern U.S. so I am going to count on finding one this year.  I'm pretty sure they grow at least somewhere in the state.  Although, I may buy one for my parents.  Do you think pawpaws could survive in zone 5a?


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