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Grimal vs Haitian star apple

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vttran starts with ...
Hi!
Just wanted to know, between Grimal & Haitian star apple, which is a preferable variety? The Leeming Fruit Tree Nursery (WA) guy said,”they’re the same, they’re both purple”. Sounds like all red apples are the same ‘cos they’re all red!
Would appreciate a more helpful advice. Thanks.
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Vttran

I grew up in the Philippine were star apple is a very common backyard tree like the lemon tree in Australia. We have five huge star apple tree in our backyard. Three of them were more than 30 feet tall with literally hundred of fruits.

Caimito's flesh is juicy, milky, sweet, and jello like, a bit similar to a fully ripe persimmon but juicier. I also love the gelatinous flesh near the seed like a sweetened meat of a young coconut. You're right there is a slight difference in taste between different star apple variety. For me i prefer the taste of the greenish gold (Philippine gold) variety over the purple colored one (Grimal & Haitian). The taste is more delicate and intense and generally sweeter compared to the violet hued cv.

I uploaded the two different colored cv's of caimitos.

Happy Gardening :-)

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Mike Tr says...
Grimal is green and Haitian is the small purple.Grimal is named after Adolf Grimal, Florida.They are the 2 worst and smallest fruited types of star apples.
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Vttran says...
Thank you Fruitylicious1 and Mike for your reply.

I haven’t come across the Philippine Gold as yet - fruit or tree, sounds delicious though.

Initially I was tossing between star apple & abiu, but read on the net that star apple tree has medicinal properties. I haven’t heard of any grower in WA who has successfully produced star apple. A friend’s mum has a non-fruiting15yo tree.

One can only hope, right?
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Tran

They can try cincturing the tree to force it to flower and fruit. Experiment on a few branches and see what happens.

There is a video here at Daley's explaining the principle behind cincturing and with instructions on how to accomplish it.

Happy gardening :-)
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denise1 says...
I see Fruitlovers is selling seeds of a white African star apple- Chrysophyllum albidum.
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