April 14, 2014 at 5:35 am #8523
I too had experience with bananas (a past life when I lived in the Pacific Is). Sigatoka (pronounces singer-toka) is a town in Fiji, where the disease must have first been identified. A true mature ripened banana is a beautiful thing.
At home in NZ I grow citrus.. oranges etc and I was telling a nurseryman how good my oranges are. He said.. it is not that you are so clever.. it is that you are getting tree ripened oranges.. which are much better than what is in the shops.. as` they are picked immature (and in many areas ..like Florida….. are then sprayed with an orange dye to give them a nice color). In the tropics oranges are always green!..or just slightly yellow.
In NZ my oranges hang on the tree.. or fall naturally… and we get oranges for many months from spring to summer. I am now (autumn here) harvesting a late orange… not so sweet.. but still nice tho have the extended season. Permaculture… that is the best thing.April 14, 2014 at 1:42 pm #8558
Fruits and vegetables fresh from the field are so different. It’s pretty amazing how they taste. We just start with our food forest, but have plenty of mango and lychees already. They came with the land we bought.
Alea iacta est ("The die has been cast")April 14, 2014 at 2:14 pm #8571
Jay, one of the easiest things I do is every time I buy a pineapple I cut the top and plant it. I have now about 30 plants and 25 are giving pineapples right now. They are smaller then what you buy in the market but so much sweeter and better. They do not cost my anything and they do not need much care.April 15, 2014 at 4:27 am #8682
A few times in my life when I worked in the Islands.. the locals I worked with picked a field ripened pineapple. Unbelievably sweet and juicy!! You will never buy a truely ripe pineapple in the store.
I saw a program on TV where the guy said that there is a generation growing up that has no idea what real fruit and vegetables should taste like. What is in the shops may look good.. but has no flavour. Apples and tomatos are good examples.
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