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Chinatown Fruit Report-2012

This would either imply that the trees are particularly well evolved against pathogens (unlikely as it's always a process of co-evolution) or that in instances of crisis the sexual reproducing plans will be selected for at least in that generation. Although, if truly most plants are clonal then the amount of diversity introduced that way would be minimal unless a very high recombination rate is programmed into the sexual reproduction mechanism of this specific plant... All of this is a guess as I know little about this plant.

Jun 12, 2012
sergeik in Manhattan

Chinatown Fruit Report-2012

our cats are extra fluffy - i think they are more likely to stick to the leaves than me.
i think i'll just have to travel to south east asia to see how these taste fresh without the irradiation or whatever is done to them for US consumption - hopefully this will happen before the whole death bed scenario. i am no queen Victoria so I don't see anyone shipping a tree out for me and i seem to be a tad too cramped to have a greenhouse - but it would make for a nice story to tell the kiddos later.
lychees were good as always, but a bit too sweet. rambutans were excellent this time.

Jun 11, 2012
sergeik in Manhattan

Chinatown Fruit Report-2012

Thanks! I'll see how this goes next time - perhaps buying mangosteens in US is just hopeless - I am not convinced they travel all that well. I keep hearing how great they are and the flavor of pure mangosteen juice is certainly nice, but the few times I tried buying fresh fruit I've been left unimpressed. At least, I don't think I've seen any orange sap - just very deep purple colored skin.
Will let you know how the roasting goes - I am not sure I want to see what my cats will do with a house plant, but thanks for the suggestion!

Jun 11, 2012
sergeik in Manhattan

Chinatown Fruit Report-2012

So here is a question - what's the best way to pick out good/ripe/ready to eat mangosteens? We bought a bag this weekend but I was left underwhelmed... However, I don't really know what I am looking for.
Same questions for pieces of Jack fruit flesh (I didn't want to buy the whole fruit) - should the pulp be yellow or orange? Both seemed good, although with somewhat different banana/pineapple flavored undertone. Anyone tried roasting the seeds - I know it can be done, but just curious if it is worth the trouble.
By the way, tons of cherries, lychees, mangoes, rambutans and water apples out there in addition to the two fruit already mentioned.
Thanks!

Jun 11, 2012
sergeik in Manhattan