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Re: Rain

you are making me hungry for some fresh fruit and all
of it here is still... well lacking.

Did have some bi colored sweet corn over the holiday
that was unusally good for this time of year.


--- james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net> wrote:

> Hi, Bonnie. Well, for starters, here's what the
> lychee tree looks like: 
> http://snipurl.com/r80z [that picture is of only a
> small section of the 
> tree; the whole thing looks like that] Fruit needs
> to be a bit darker 
> red to pick; probably next week. I may try canning
> some of them.
> Avocado has 100 or more fruits this year. This
> variety keeps on the 
> tree for a limited period--and has practically no
> shelf life once 
> picked; this is our biggest worry at the moment
> because they should 
> start to ripen in mid June.
> "Tommy Atkins" mango has, maybe, 50-60 fruits. These
> are those very 
> colorful mangos one sees in the supermarket--bright
> red, yellow, and 
> green all at once. Quality is only so-so [slight
> resinous taste if not 
> fully ripe, flesh tends to be fibrous]. These are
> great for pies and 
> cobblers and for making Indian pickles, but they are
> not worth much in 
> the ex-supermarket market. So we will probably ripen
> fully them in the 
> garage then can and/or pickle them.
> Our "Carrie" and "Alanpur Banishan" mangos, both
> premium varieties, are 
> very young and will have maybe a dozen fruits
> altogether--no problem 
> disposing of those!
> The black sapote--a subtropical relative of the
> persimmon--must have 
> had 1,000 blooms this year; absolutely a mass of
> flowers that were 
> swarmed daily by bumble bees. The ground under the
> tree is now black 
> with dead flowers. I don't know what the pollination
> rate has been, but 
> if it;s as high as 1 percent, we could have a
> problem.
> But what Squints and I spent some time examining was
> the two sugar 
> apples and the atemoya [a cross between a sugar
> apple and a cherimoya]. 
> These may be the most delicious fruits that will
> grow in the Lower 48. 
> Many of the flowers on the three trees have yet to
> open, but of those 
> that have opened, many have set. It's still early,
> so how many make it 
> to maturity is questionable.
> On Jun 1, 2006, at 2:22 PM, Bonnie & Bill Morgan
> wrote:
> > Is that a bad thing, Jim?  A farmer's market may
> give you some exotic 
> > plant
> > money for something special.  What all is shaping
> up in your fruit 
> > trees?
> >
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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