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Mike starts with ...
Another week passes and my haul is supplemented by some backyard volunteers.
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Wow! Yummy fruits Mike! I was told that there are almost nothing in term of tropical fruits in winter at Rusty market and you managed to get that many kinds of fruits. I was told that abiu season finished in April. Well done.
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Mike says...
Hey there lucy the abius are seedless 'sports' of my Z4.The biggest malay apples are over 300g.
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Unbelievable! I have never heard of Seedless abiu. How do you propagate those? Malay apples that big? I bought some last time about 2 years ago and could not eat them due to ff.
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Mike says...
Lucy they are a bit like avo cukes but there are a few each winter when no normal size ones are coming on.That malay apple is the sweetest kind around here and good inside.
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Very good inside with thick flesh Mike!. I 've never had a proper taste of this fruit. Either overripe or ff. I bought a tree for 5 bucks last week. I hope there are still some in July..
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Mike says...
I hope your one was a good quality type.I am sure they will last a while yet.
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Huge fruit! I hope so. Bought in a local market from nursery man who brought to the market and sold it cheap because he could not sale it at his business.
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Mike says...
The sun is out,breakfast is prepared and I'm wondering what flying foxes dream about.
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MaryT says...
Flying foxes dream about Mike eating their left overs for breakfast LOL You are wicked Mike to tease us like this.
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amanda says...
That looks lovely Mike - very healthy too! I can see what some of the fruit are (rockmelon, paw paw, star fruit passionfruit, longon?)
But - what are the small fruits at the very top left - and the dark, dense yellow one at the very bottom with the smooth brown seed peeking thru?

There is also a tomatoey looking small fruit to the right of the longon...?

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Mike says...
Amanmda look at the original market day photo and all will be revealed.The melon is a mango melon and I put a bit of yellow skin on top to show it is not a rock melon.The orange pulp of the passionfruit shows it is a sweet one.The top fruit are a type of tamarillo,the brown seeded one is a moist canistel close to ross sapote in form and the small guavas are the pineapple 'candy' brazil guava.
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Mike says...
Mango melons are one of my favourite fruits.
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Me too. I have at least 3 or 4 melons a week. So sweet.
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amanda says...
Lovely :) Is the tamarillo thing a naranjilla..?
Must admit I prefer a good honey dew melon to rockmelon also..

Where was the persimmon grown?
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Mike says...
Amanda tamarillos are the tree tomatoes Cyphomandra whereas naranjilla is Solanum quitoensis.The mango melons are more expensive than rock or honeydew melons but only a bit.The persimmons probably come from Mutchilba where the orange fuji/fuyu types are also grown.There were frosts there wed/thurs and the persimmons would have enjoyed the chill.
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asder says...
You don't need to live in the tropics to have a wide selection of fruit in June.Currently in Sydney we have white sapote , guava (poor taste ,though), passionfruit, a few late feijoas ,raspberries, Satsuma mandarin, tamarillos and masses of Kiwi fruit.
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John Mc says...
Mango melon is new to me. Is it a rockmelon?, or something totally unrelated? Some people say it's very bland if you're expecting it to taste anything like a rockmelon. Saying that, on other sites it appears to be only the size of a peach, hence the name peach-vine.
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Mike says...
John Mc I suspect they are a honeydew x rockmelon and the one in the picture is over 2kg.I find honeydews bland but have always like rockmelons.The mango melons are like a yellow honeydew on the outside with rockmelon coloured flesh on the inside.They are a bit sweeter than most rockmelon,nicely aromatic and the flavour.......hang on yeah better than rockmelon.The flesh is crisper than rockmelon and has a different set of flavours without the muskiness.
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peter1000 says...
hi mike,
ive seen some seeds on ebay,
would seeds from differant sources all
grow to 2 kg or would some only grow to
peach size as discribed on some sites.
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Mike says...
peter 1000 I think the name is catchy with 2 M's and a few types might be riding on the coat-tails of the one in the picture that is very good quality.I think a small thai melon that is bland gets called mango melon over there.The aroma when I open the fridge is very sweet.To be honest peter I don't really know about the ebay seeds.
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peter1000 says...
yea i just looked again and the ebay
supplier is actually in south australia
and is calling them mango honeydew
which i didnt notice when i first
saw it.
will you have any spare seeds of the
2 kg one you have.
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Mike says...
This is aussie totes peter I presume.Yes I have some of the seeds drying for you already.I need to send the DF seeds anyway.I have some good flavicarpa passionfruit seeds as well as a few elite big P.ligularis from southern brazil if you're interested.
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amanda says...
I see our Bunnings are now selling grafted Granadillas (Nelli Kelli brand) New to range here - so I guess it will be awhile b4 we get feedback.

The honeydew melons I get here are superb...? I prefer the one with the bright yellow skin (and lime green flesh). They are often sold too green at the supermarket...such a shame.

They look like yours Mike - but without the 'ribs' on the outside...
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Kim says...
Hi Mike,

I have read your stories on this forum for a while now. I am heading to Cairns and up to Cape tribulation in September - any tips for that time of year?

Thanks!
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peter1000 says...
yes mike its me.
thanks they all sound good.
ive been trying to keep a tiny shoot
an a ligularis alive for a while and
been waiting for daleys to have them
in stock so ligularis seed would
be a bonus. i dont know if i have mention in the past but i have a small
amount of p. antioquinensis seed if
you want any.

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Mike says...
Peter this is the supposedly elite ligularis but it is meant for mediterranean climates.I don't need more passionfruit thanks.
Kim don't eat the burgers at PK's or listen too closely to Mr Spencer.A stroll around Colin and Dawn Grays farm would be good.Don't swim in cooper or noah only emmagen or mason.Look at the peppermint stick insects on the coastal pandanus and don't eat any fruit you find.It will be the driest month and backpacker gridlock.The hinterland of mossman has more fruit farms and the rainforest is almost as good.
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MaryT says...
Mike I will email you re HS. I saw the peppermint stick insects at the botanic gardens in Cairns. They look good enough to eat :) Can't seem to find my photos of them but here's a couple I found of Cape Trib 2004
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Mike says...
Mary T I see the picture has Ealeocarpus angustifolius, cerbera,black palm, noah endiandra and the white one escapes me.We can pin the site where they came from to a thin strip at Cape Trib.Only the quandong can be eaten and if a tiny bit green it will be like a green banana on steroids.
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MaryT says...
Right you are, Mike (as if I'd know). They're just 'fruit' (maybe) that I found and put together for a photo shoot. Glad I didn't eat any of it though I did know the blue quandong for what it was. :)
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jakfruitetiquette says...
The white one looks like Syzygium, one of the "white apples". There are a few types up there.
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Mike says...
I was leaning to S.forte, when S.suborbiculare and juvenile S.cormiflorum jumped into my mind.There are about 5 others it could be but S.erythrocalyx is also a contender.
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Kimm says...
Thanks for the info Mike. I will look into those suggestions.
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Mike says...
peter 1000, it is on the way and the eagle might land on Monday.
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MaryT says...
You'll have one landing too Mike. My last belated thankyou parcel is finally out the door. In fact the post master was locking up but re opened just for me. :)
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Mike says...
Thanks Mary T.When the warm weather returns I expect to have a bonanza o good small plants/seeds at my disposal that are ideal for your place.
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peter1000 says...
thanks heaps mike.
ill let you know when they arrive.
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Mike says...
Peter1000 they should be there by now.
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peter1000 says...
hi mike,
ive been waiting for your return
before i posted.
yes the eagle did land on that
monday you mentioned. (many thanks)

with the mango melon do they grow on
the ground like melons or preferably
can they hang like passionfruits?
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Mike says...
Peter they are grown on the ground like a honeydew or rock melon (cantaloupe) but can be grown on a trellis also like a cucumber.Getting 2kg to 3kg the ground might be easier.I'll let you know whenever I get good seeds of species that might do alright in Adelaide.I might chase down some better asiminas,cherimoyas and lucumas an will pass those species on to my southern chums.The red bayberries have not come through yet and I might have to pursue an alternative source.
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peter1000 says...
thanks mike, i wish i had more i could
offer from down here.
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Mike says...
Peter no need you sent a big lot of dragonfruits before.Maybe I'll get none of those but we'll see.
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TMary says...
Hello from Rusty's in Cairns, Queensland where I met up with mighty Mike this morning!
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Jenny says...
Lucky you, Mary and great pictures! Did you buy anything? I'd probably come out with a couple of cartons. I will get there one day...
The purple flowers are really pretty.
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Al says...
Pic 4 Mary, is that an orchid?

Beautiful colour and form.
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TMary says...
The purple flower is a Petrea. They grow like weeds in Cairns; quite strong and invasive. They call it Tropical Wisteria.
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JohnMc1 says...
I have 2 vines of Petrea Vobubilis here, a purple and a white. Very slow, actually struggling.
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TMary says...
John I am told they like a lot of water.
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JohnMc1 says...
That probably explains a lot. They are in a dry area, thanks Mary, I'll try and get some more water to them. They are close to my pink flowering Macadamia nut tree which is in bloom for the first time this year and very happy about.
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TMary says...
John they also have a dormant period when they go yellow and lose their leaves. Once they established they need less water.
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JohnMc1 says...
Yes the purple has lost all it's leaves where the white hasn't lost any. The white is more established.
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Slicko says...
A Planters Jumbo, picked today and I love them :) yum.
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