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Babaco Tree

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Mark starts with ...
Can anyone please tell me what the fruit of the Babaco Tree tastes like? & How long befor they fruit & where do I get one without paying a fortune. Are they a big tree & if so, can they be kept short & still bear fruit? I saw some once in Gardenworld. It is my wife who is interested in this fruit. I'm just looking around for her.
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Mark27
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16th August 2011 11:02pm
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snottiegobble says...
Hope you found her, Mark. :) Seriously Babaco fruit are not for everyone. People with a very sweet tooth dont like them just as they dont like dry champagne!!! Thats just it. babaco fruit taste like dry champagne! In fact they are called the champagne fruit, but if you add them to sorbets, iced water & salads they are very refreshing & you will have the added bonus of really giving your pancreas a tonic.
The trees are no problem, reaching only about 3m at the most in Victoria & they start to flower after about 8 months in the ground which means ( due to Vic winters) you will have ripe fruit around 10 months later & onwards. Try to avoid frost damage because babacos will lose their leaves, flowers & some of their smaller fruit.
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16th August 2011 11:39pm
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Evo says...
I had my first one the other day; and yes, it tastes exactly like champagne! Sort of grape fruity, sort of tingly on the tongue, sort of acidic and maybe a hint of tannins. Its a delightful flavour and very sophisticated. I adore it. Would I eat a kilogram? Probably not. But as an addition to a fruit salad or as a bit of a pick-me-up for an alcoholic punch slurry - for sure!
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18th August 2011 7:40pm
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Mark says...
Haw Haw Haw Snottiegobble. Yes thanks I found her OK. ( I had forgotten she had gone out to do volunteer work, so oil's well that ends well.) With that out of the way,& the same message to all who answered this.. "Err YUKK!" That's just My opinion. I hate stuff that masquerades as 'champagne'!! ... However,, I wonder if there are any varieties of Babacao that taste like Moet et' Chandon? ..... Now That, is an 'acceptable' champagne.
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