Achacha

gcmastiffs(z10 Florida)July 12, 2009

Has anyone here eaten or grown Achacha (Garcinia Humilis or Achachairu)?

I ate some today and found them exceptionally delicious!

I cannot find much growing info on them (maybe I have the name wrong)?

I have a few fresh seeds, and am going to try to germinate them.

The plant I saw was a small dense shrub, with many fruits.

I'd love more info on this tasty fruit!

Lisa

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boson(Delray Beach,Florida)

Hi Lisa,

I am growing Achachairu from seeds too. Here is what a professional grower told me some time ago:

"Achachairu is one of the easier Garcinias to grow - light shade when young, later full sun. Any decent soil will do - it can grow in a pH range of 4.7 and 6.6. It does like a lot of water but is relatively drought resistant. It's a relatively slow grower and takes about seven years
to fruit from seed."

This plant has been called Garcinia laterifolia in some books. The debate is on whether this is a correct name. Some people call it Bolivian mangosteen.

Tomas

    Bookmark   July 12, 2009 at 10:15PM
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jsvand5

I have a small plant from Sadhu. It has been growing well since I bought it and seemed to take the cold well in the winter. My greenhouse got down to around 40 degrees and it showed no stress.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2009 at 10:31PM
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boom1(10b)

i have two Garcinias from Sadhu

Achachairu, garcinia laterifolia and cherry mangosteen, Garcinia intermedia

many sources confuse the scientific and common names, they are almost interchangeable and impossible to correctly reference.

Here is a link that might be useful: lets figure out the garcinias

    Bookmark   July 14, 2009 at 4:01PM
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gcmastiffs(z10 Florida)

Thanks for the information! That link is very interesting, Boom1.

Here is the tree's label. I took two fallen fruits, since there were no signs saying not to.

There was another Garcinia with fruit, that I thought you all would like to see(G).

Lisa

    Bookmark   July 15, 2009 at 8:46AM
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red_sea_me

if anyone can grow it Lisa, you can.
I really need to visit Florida again, I'll bet I could live at the Fairchild for a week before they noticed me. Then I could just move to the next tropical garden (so long as they dont have Mastiffs protecting the fruit).

-Ethan

    Bookmark   July 15, 2009 at 12:44PM
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gcmastiffs(z10 Florida)

Ethan, when you do visit, let me know and I'll bring a strong friend to help you shop.

Fairchild is plenty big enough to hide out in, and I have to admit that the drive to the Garden on Le June road is stunning.

Most of Florida is not so beautiful.

I'll be there for the Chocolate Festival in Winter, when it is cool enough to walk the entire property. I'm not very interested in eating Chocolate-sure wish Mangos were ripe in January(VBG).

Lisa

Here is a link that might be useful: Gus and cart

    Bookmark   July 15, 2009 at 1:58PM
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boom1(10b)

that second picture is mangosteen?

i wonder how old it is and what kind of care they give it.

i live near the broward dade border about 10 - 15 miles west of the beach, i want to grow one but the information about growing them down here is discouraging

    Bookmark   July 15, 2009 at 3:00PM
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gcmastiffs(z10 Florida)

Boom1, yes, Mangosteens. They had quite a few of them, all in a greenhouse. Last year at this time this same plant had ripe, red fruits on it. I restrained myself and did not pick any(G).

You could email Fairchild to find out age/care/etc.

The Mangosteens looked very healthy. The Rambutans in the same greenhouse did not look good.

I think you could grow Mangosteens in a greenhouse where you are. I wouldn't try it where I am, in Jupiter.

Their Cacaos, Achacha, Miracle Fruits looked good too.

Lisa

    Bookmark   July 15, 2009 at 6:51PM
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eldys

I've been growing the plant Fairchild lists as achachairu for several years now (Sadhu sells the same tree as G. intermedia - as Boom1 noted, it's next to impossible to get consensus on naming Garcinias). My 3-year old potted seedling fruited this year in a tree-shaded location with very little direct sunlight. It's one of my least fussy plants, and the attractive foliage makes it a handsome landscape specimen as well. I believe that the tree could easily be kept in a container indefinitely, so those of you with limited space or incompatible climates should definitely put in on your short list.

Oh, the plant in the second picture is actually a cherapu - the true mangosteens are just behind it and much larger.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2009 at 11:31PM
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berto

I just visited a commercial grower of achachairu in Recife, Brasil. He gave me more or less 3 kilos of fruit and I ate every single one of them at the hotel. In my oppinion, achachairu is better than mangosteen. I wish I knew how to post photos here. Anyone willing to help me? Thank you! Berto

    Bookmark   April 7, 2011 at 2:26PM
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pepperot(FL)

berto,

upload your pictures to photobucket.com
Find the image in your album, copy its "html code" and paste it into your message.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2011 at 3:01PM
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nullzero(9)

This is one of the fruits on my wanted list. Unfortunately, I can not find a source of grown out plants. I will most likely try to order seeds in the future.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2011 at 6:54PM
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ohiojay(z6 OH)

Null...if you can find a Spanish speaking friend, look up Jardines Eneida Nursery. We purchased grafted plants there last year. They were mislabeled as G. Brasiliensis...which has been a common mistake down there for some time. They will ship plants to the states. They did for Gerry(Lycheeluva).

    Bookmark   April 7, 2011 at 7:44PM
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boson(Delray Beach,Florida)

Hi nullzero,

Here are 3 places that sell either seeds or plants of achachairu.

http://www.montosogardens.com
http://www.viveroanones.com
http://organicfarm.net

I had plants about a month ago, but I gave away all I could at that time, otherwise I would have given you one.

Tomas

    Bookmark   April 7, 2011 at 8:21PM
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hmhausman(FL 10B)

"achachairu is better than mangosteen?"

Well.....I would have to repectfully disagree. Achachairu is the second best garcinia that I have tried. It is head and shoulders above most of the rest, however, mangosteen IMHO sits very comfortably on the top of the garcinia heap.

Harry

    Bookmark   April 7, 2011 at 10:45PM
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ohiojay(z6 OH)

I agree with Harry. The large, insanely huge, seed and the barely satisfying flesh to seed ratio is a big negative for the fruit. Don't get me wrong....LOTS of positives. There is just a pitiful amount of flesh in these fruits. Definitely one of my favorites still.

If I had tasted the fruit before I purchased my original plant from Bryan many years ago, I would have gotten several plants. Grows faster and fruits sooner than mangosteen. Lots easier to care for too.

The seeds germinate extremely well and easy too. Sadhu and/or Bryan will have small seedlings available...at least most of the time. Sherry at Viveroanones only ships seeds.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 7:12AM
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berto

Pepertot,
Thank you! I appreciate your help!
I had a good time enjoying these achachairu in Recife, Brasil.
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Berto779/Achachairu2-Copy.jpg

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 11:23PM
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berto

Here is the picture

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 11:32PM
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berto

Another photo

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 11:41PM
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berto

Sorry! Pepperot

    Bookmark   April 9, 2011 at 8:54AM
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red_sea_me

Those are some great looking fruits Berto, I can see easily eating a few kilos. Thanks for taking the time to post the pics.

hope you planted all those seeds,
-Ethan

    Bookmark   April 9, 2011 at 1:15PM
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jsvand5

How are everyones grafted ones that you guys got in PR doing? The nursery that you guys got them from were sold out a few months ago. I am going to get my wife to call about them soon, but I am not sure if her spanish is good enough to actually explain what I want (She is actually Portuguese).

    Bookmark   April 9, 2011 at 1:37PM
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berto

Ethan,
I did not plant those seeds. I have some seedlings already and they are over one year old. Lately, I see some nice growth.
According to the commercial grower, it does not make much of a difference to grow them from seed instead of grafting them. He prefers to grow them from seed. The amount of time to start heavy production is pretty much the same, he said.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2011 at 2:50PM
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ohiojay(z6 OH)

John...the grafted one was really really slow to start. I've been getting a flush here and there lately though and hope for some more as the weather picks up.

When they grafted it, they cut off the leader leaving a finished product that looked more like a "T". Very odd. But still had to have one. Not sure just yet what it may amount to.

Berto...thanks for the pics. Man...those do look delicous! I can remember wolfing them down in PR the last few years when I visited. They definitely are tasty.

Even though you already have seedlings...I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE YOU DIDN'T PLANT THE SEEDS!! Bad bad bad!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2011 at 5:35PM
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berto

ahahahahahahahahahah
Ohiojay,
I wish I could! It is getting harder to get things out of Brasil. Unfortunately, some idiots take things out of Brasil and then they patent it and want Brasilians to pay royalties to use their native plants/seeds/extracts, etc. Brasilian are not happy with that scenario.
It happened with acai (assaih).
Just for the record, achachairu is native to Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2011 at 8:31PM
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red_sea_me

John, my grafted plant still looks like a silk plant, though it has pushed two new leaves recently.

Berto, I believe other countries are doing the same as Brasil when it comes to keeping their plants and seeds from export. They want the first opportunity to develop and market the products. The Australians allowed the macadamia nut off their shores and missed out on a huge sum of $.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2011 at 12:40AM
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tropicaliste

Heard that!
I wasn't too pleased hearing that the Pili is in production phases in Hawaii, it is delicate yet incredibly rich, and blows the Macadamia out of the water and the Philippines will likely lose that desperately needed cash cow like the Australians[and Macs].

Didn't a pharmceutical comp patent the medicinal usage of Turmeric in India? Lame. Now the Acai?

:)

    Bookmark   April 10, 2011 at 1:51AM
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ohiojay(z6 OH)

But the Aussie's turned the table with Achacha. They are now reaping huge benefits. The host country can really only blame themselves. You and I ordering seeds or a plant is one thing. Someone ordering 3 million seeds? One might think to question that!!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2011 at 8:35AM
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berto

This business of one country taking advantage of natural resources from other countries is going on for a long time.
Few examples:
Mango - Native to India
Jackfruit - India
Orange - China (Brasil is the biggest producer of orange juice and the USA is second). The Portuguese took oranges from China to Brasil. Some "missionaries" brought them to Florida.
Nowadays, the Amazon region is full of "missionaries". A couple of years ago, in Manaus, my hand luggage was searched three (3) times before I got inside the plane.
I hope the countries come up with a better solution as far as exploration of biodiversity of our planet.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2011 at 10:42AM
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tropicaliste

I'm not against the natural-spread of the fruits and vegetables from one region to another, however the profit generating crops that could potentially lift an impoverished peoples is an issue that actually is woven into the heart of my undergraduate studies. e.g. the Acai and the Amazonian peoples, and the Pili and Filipinos, or even the Macadamia and the Indigenous Austrailians.

I'm also not saying that it is the people of any one nation over another, but the corporations that race to corner and then monopolize a market; it is my hope that the Philippines can receive the proper investment into it's Pili production and reap the benefits of an endemic species.

Please don't mistake my comments as a criticism of a country, but rather the multinational conglomerate who seek only profits.

Ideally a company that employs and are fair to the native peoples of the area is what I'd like to see with the Pili, similar to the Shea nut production in Burkina Faso that employs native women to harvest and process the Shea nut for skincare.

That's my 2c.
:)

    Bookmark   April 10, 2011 at 6:01PM
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salmanhabeebek

Hi .iam from India whether this plant grow in our climate .how can I ge some seeds of the plant?

    Bookmark   October 3, 2013 at 1:52PM
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