Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Can you grow Jackfruit from seeds?

When I was a child, back in the 80's my parents would drive us all to Vancouver to get fresh tropical fruits like longan, jackfruit, rambutan, cherimoya, and even the legendary stinky fruit durian. Those were the moments that shaped my love for tropical fruit.

Back then, tropical fruits were not abundant in Seattle. Maybe because they weren't commercially grown yet here in North America.

It was because eating fresh tropical fruit only happened once a year that it seemed like such a special occasion. I still treasure those memories. Including the number of times my dad got ticketed for trying to bring home fruit across the border. That is still a big no no nowadays.

Luckily today, I can go to the local Asian market and pick up most of the tropical fruits that we enjoyed 30yrs ago.

Including Jackfruit. Which can be sold as a whole fruit or in portions.

The taste of jackfruit can be compared to eating a tropical banana peel except much better obviously. It's super sappy so wear gloves when you cut into these and have some oil on hand for your knife.

The seeds can be grown quite easily as well. They sprout relatively easily using the paper towel method.

Now will they ever grow fruit is the other question. Probably not since these trees need to get pretty huge before they can produce fruit. But it's fun to try regardless.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

It's like Black Friday for Figs!

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Harvey is almost synonymous with the American Fig culture. He has an amazing reputation, a great website and arguably one of the largest collections of figs in the US. He's also a very fair and stand-up guy.

He grows his figs out of California and has over 350 varieties in his collection. Not everything is available for sale until he verifies the variety to be true. That's a big service to us collectors. Since there are too many folks trying to make $$$ before verifying what they truly have. Every year he culls varieties that are too similar so that he can distribute only the best to his customers.

Towards the end of the January, he sells his fig cuttings to the general public. And just like Black Friday for most folks, when Harvey opens his web page it's a mad dash for folks to click and buy the best varieties 1st.

This year, I did get the majority of what I wanted but I missed out on the Paratjal Rimada and RDS BV. Luckily for me Harvey contacted me last minute about some extra Sanguinatos, so I'm stoked to be getting some of those cuttings.

His cuttings are top notch, long and thick and fresh. Some can be cut down to two cuttings.

Here's a list of what I got. I went back for seconds LOL.

1st order
Cyprus 2
Dels Ermitans 2
Figo Sofeno Escuro 2
GM172 Gozo Girl 3
Hative De Argentueil 3
Lampeira Prusch 2
Maltese Beauty 1
Mega Celeste 2
Patlican  2
Planera  2
Sierra 2
Tres Ao Prato 2
Tsapleosiko 2
2nd order 
Hirschstetten 3
GM202 3
Albacor de Molla Blanca 1
GM149A Gozo Rose 1
Gulbun 1
Baleares Plot 3  1
Melanzana 1
I376  3
White Adriatic 1
Sanguinato 2

Harvey's a great guy and I greatly respect his work.

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His youtube:

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Figs to Avoid for the Pacific Northwest

I have 260 Fig varieties in the collections and growing. At the moment I'm rooting or will root over 125 more varieties.


Answer: Because I have this strange drive to trial as many varieties as I can to help those folks in the PNW or with any similar climate to pick out the best tasting, productive varieties for our climate.

Along the way I've uncovered some great tasting brebas like the Calderwood unknown and Brandon St Unk. Which are great for this area.

But there's also a list of figs that we should avoid here. Even with a green house they are difficult to get a ripe fruit from.

The BIG NO NO List for Fig Varieties here in the PNW. It's a growing list so come back to this.

1. Mission
2. Panache
3. Yellow Long Neck
4. Karachi green
5. Deanna
6. Alma
7. Kadota