Examples of the Fruits We Typically Encounter and / or Grow Each Year:
The list of fruits we encounter and / or produce throughout the year includes Fresh / Raw Sugarcane, Parvel, Honey Mango, Burro Banana, Mamey, Mango, Sapote / Sapodilla, Mamoncillo, Breadfruit, Avocados, Plantain, Rambutan, Papaya, Jackfruit, Pumelo, Lychee, Persimmon, Dragon Fruit, Loquat, June Plum, Sun Plum, Goji Berry, Fig, Kiwifruit, Guava, Guayaba, Muscadine Grapes, Tuna Cactus Fruit (Green & Red), Uglifruit, Xoconostle, Korean Melon, Longan, Cherimoya, Sugar Apple, Star Fruit, Soursop, Custard Apple, Peruvian Cactus Apple, Blood Orange, Kumquat, Key Lime, Calamondin, Kiwano Horned Melon, Naranjilla, Coconut, Pepino Melon, Flor de Jamaica, Gunda, Barbados Cherry, Surinam Cherry, Miracle Fruit, Indian Gooseberry, Cassabanana, Jujube, Mangosteen, Gac Fruit, Surinam Cherry, Jacote and more. Every week of the year should herald new surprises, as despite working virtually every market in this great city virtually every week for years, we’re still often surprised by new species & cultivars of exotic fruits regularly encountered. Common citrus (cultivar non-specific) like oranges, limes, lemons are always available upon request.
Get ‘free’ seeds, and on rare occasions even cuttings attached to the fruits! We like the idea that you’ll have enough seeds in your kit that if you sprout and nurture them they’ll be worth everything you paid for the fruit. Including specimens that have seeds worth planting in them is a huge priority here. Of course, not all the best stuff has good seeds due to complex inter-species hybrids and other potential factors. Some fruits have no seeds.
The Selection Process:
The objective of this combo is to deliver the most strikingly exotic looking and deliciously sweet tasting array that the fruits of this effort can offer during any given week. Selection is very dependent on seasonal availabilities.
At certain times we might be forced to bend on the main fruit selection directives:
1. Always include several fruit types that have perfectly good planting seeds in them.
2. Citrus should only be selected if the types are very rare in most other places (i.e. kumquat, calamondin, uglifruit, blood orange, keylime).
3. Soft-tissue fruits should only be selected if they’re not fully ripened and / or with branch cuttings attached, and they’ll be shipping out the same day they might be selected (i.e. mulberry, muscadine grapes).
4. Providing more than a just few fruit types total in every individual box is key, therefore large fruits should be limited to one or less, especially in the smaller MFRBoxes (i.e. pumelo, most papaya’s).
5. Fruits best used for cooking are last ditch filler options (i.e. plantain, breadfruit, gunda).
6. Only include sour type fruits when Miracle Fruits are ready on the bush and are to be part of the shipment.
7. Only one of each fruit is provided, unless they are smaller grape-sized fruits.
When Your Box Arrives:
Open immediately to let it all breath. You’ll find the contents checklist page on top. Each type of fruit will be lightly packed in brown paper bag (or similar) material. Open and pour each into a suitable dish. Quickly remove any specimen that is showing rot or mold, assuming they’re in with a group of companion fruits. The reason is most rotting fruits release gaseous ethylene (a PGR) that will signal other likewise prone fruits to also trigger into rot mode. In the event you’re bringing the box in from being hot, allow the fruits a good 15 minutes in the open air to breath and acclimate to room temperature, and then shove into the fridge to cool (to prevent possible tissue shock) and store.
Some Insights Into The Various Fruits You May Receive
Citrus are highly ethylene prone. For various reasons one specimen out of an entire lot might begin rotting or molding many days before the others would have. If you leave the decay driven specimen (the the mold bloom it’s probably catering) then you can expect the others to follow along with it at an increasing rate. If there are brown patches that are obviously all the way through the skin tissue then that is a stage of rot, but that doesn’t mean the entire fruit is bad. The fruit sections stemming from such an area do begin to sour. The longer such a spot exists, and the larger the spot determines how much of the inner fruit has lost palatability. But initial short-term occurrences don’t necessarily mean the entire fruit is spoiled. Should this be occurring, cut it open (the sooner the better) and eat your way around any blemishes. Don’t worry as your tongue wont let you eat anything you shouldn’t. It does such a good job of this it even prevents you from eating specimens are aren’t harmful and still hold all of their life giving properties, on occasion. Thickness of the skin is another important factor, as a dried skin doesn’t inherently mean the stuff inside is bad. Instead, there’s actually a ‘sweet spot’ moment where the stuff inside is at the ultimate stage of super juicy ripeness. However, the thicker the fruits natural skin determine the likelihood that the specimen would be more likely to rot instead of dry. The total juice content does as well, as the more inherently juicy a citrus fruit is the more likely it will mold over, and the more quickly the inner fruit will sour if the skin tissues are browning through.
Is generally available all year, and the seeds are good to grow (fruit in as soon as 5 years). We’ve never seen a Jackfruit that fit could fit into any of the boxes the Priority Mail Service provides. The market specimens we see are always 20-30 pounds (approx 15KG). This will only be added to an order if it’s requested in the invoice, and you only only receive a cut section of it. If you seek an entire whole fruit this is possible, but as a separate special order (usually $4.50 per pound) option only (contact us) and shipping will cost roughly $1 per pound the fruit weighs. International shipping not available. Usually when the fruits reach market they aren’t yet ripe enough to ‘eat as fruit’, but rather cooked like a vegetable. This is a very tricky item to offer, so with cut pieces there could be an otherwise undo delay in shipment until we find stock worth shipping (the ripeness we find being the major issue). A 20 pound fruit usually has at least 75 seeds.
Until we increase Everbearing Mulberry tree plantings as planned, only regular Mulberry might be added. Typical Mulberries only fruit in Spring. Don’t eat the white immature berries, as they are poisonous to prevent creatures from eating them until the seeds are ready. They don’t taste as good their look-alike Blackberry, but you get an entire tree of them and the seeds are barely detectable while eating. Seeds are perfectly good to sprout, and are Desiccant Type with long shelf life. These will only be provided with branch cuttings attached due to fruit shelf life. The cuttings wont be dipped in our rooting stimulant blend, so after you eat the fruit you should dip them into some type of rooting product. The stems will be wrapped in what should be just the right substrate to keep them moist. When they arrive remove them and let soak in some pure water for a good few minutes before replacing. Manage the substrate bag into a suitable cup or pot to hold it right, and hydrate the substrate without completely soaking it. Keep out of full sunlight, but the white unripe fruits do require photosynthesis to ripen without draining all of the remaining vigor from the branches. When the fruits are done remove most of the remaining leaves and the cuttings should be able to endure a couple hours of full sun per day increasingly after a couple weeks assuming roots are striking. If you see new shoot tips growing it should be ready to plant into proper soil. While its still in the bag setup dripping some light liquid fertilizer solution into the mix once should help things along.