@rockblossom@tinamarie1974 Although when they’re actually tree-ripened, they won’t be that small. I’ve seen Alphonso mangoes (the variety you see in stores) that are three to five times the size of the off-season, tiny ones you see in stores. They taste about three to five times better, too.
@Kyeh I’m sure you have plenty of fresh fruit around you that I can’t have here. My favorite fruit is whatever’s in season. A fresh, tree-ripened cherry or peach can be just as good as a fresh, tree ripened mango or lychee.
The only thing is, I’m an introvert and get nervous talking to new people–and it’s worse initiating the conversation. While I see tons of mango trees blooming around me, I probably won’t get up the nerve to ask even one of the neighbors. At least my mango tree is blooming this year, and I have a new connection for my lychee fix.
@Weboh Tree-ripened cherries are seldom seen around here, but the peaches can be wonderful. Mangoes are just so heavenly, though! The only fruit tree I’ve currently got in my yard is a so-called “Red Delicious” apple, but it’s not. I do have a large rhubarb plant, and one of these days I’m going to try growing raspberries; I tried one year but didn’t succeed.
@Kyeh@Weboh A few years ago, a friend thinned out her raspberries and gave my wife a bucket of the excess canes. They sat in the bucket for a couple of weeks without anyone getting around to them and started to look pretty sickly, so I quickly dug a bed and stuck them in the ground, thinking “nothing to lose”. Now they produce several crops of fresh raspberries each year. Definitely worth the minimal time I took to plant them!
@macromeh@Weboh Nice! I think I didn’t give mine enough water over the winter; I think they’re moisture-loving plants. When I was a kid I had an aunt who lived on Mercer Island outside Seattle and at the time her house was surrounded by wild blackberries - it seemed like a wonderland to me; you could wander through this large thicket and just pick them and eat them.
@Kyeh@Weboh Yes, I do battle with the wild blackberries every summer. If I didn’t, I think they would completely envelope the house and barn within a few years. I do like grazing on the berries, but I just wish they would learn some manners.
@Webow I have a question about avocados : do you know if the tiny ones, like the ones they sell in a bag at Trader Joe’s, are a different species than the larger ones, or are they just runts from the same trees?
@f00l@mike808 Yes, I knew about the different varieties, but was wondering if there’s an actual species with tiny fruit or just different sizes on the same tree? I do like the thin-skinned ones - they seem to keep longer for some reason.
@f00l@Kyeh@mike808 Yeah, if you’re talking about smaller avocados, you probably mean Haas—which is a different variety from the larger, differently shaped “Slimcados” or “Florida Avocados.”
Look at the difference in shape. The difference is more noticeable in the Slimcado variety, since they have a skinnier “neck.”
Haas avacados aren’t always tiny, though. When they’re tree ripened, they can get closer to the same size as the Florida ones. But commercial ones are rarely allowed to get close to that size because smaller, unripe ones ship better.
I found a Bon Appetit article that says this:
“These avocados are only a little bigger than a lime, about three inches tall, illustrated using test kitchen manager Brad Leone’s hands for scale—and have proportionately-sized pits. These single-serve California Hass avocados aren’t new this year; they come around whenever poor weather conditions cause smaller crops. Previous small avocado growth came in 2013 after “low winter rainfall, erratic bee activity during the late spring bloom period, and lots of unseasonably cool and cloudy weather,” according to NPR.”