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Burra Maluca

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Burra is a hermit, and a dreamer, and an eternal optimist. She loves ideas, and she loves testing them out and sharing what she finds out. She's constantly starting new things but rarely finishes them. She is hopelessly disorganised and lives in a state of total, blissful chaos. She loves apricots. And cherries. One day she'll grow all her own food so she never has to venture off her farm.
She is currently taking some time off to spend with her family.
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Woohoo - I have two mexicola plants booked!

I think the are in short supply though.  Here's a link to the facebook post he made -

And this is what he posted. 

We are very pleased to announce the arrival of the most frost resistant avocado tree in the World.

Coming soon......

A big welcome to the MEXICOLA AVOCADO!

These remarkable trees are able to withstand temperatures down to as low as -7 celcius vastly increasing the areas in Europe where avocados can successfully be grown. Temperatures of 40 c and above in Summer are no problems either.

They have the highest quality flesh with a high oil content. They are smaller than the avocados you will be used too, around the size of a plum with paper thin skins that are edible and have a delicious anise flavour. You'll need several fruit to make a bowl of guacamole! But with yields of 25 kg plus when mature you will have endless guacamole heaven!

Another wonderful and unusual feature of this tree is the edibility of it's leaves. Many varieties of avocados from other regions actually have toxic leaves but the Mexican avocado leaves have been traditionally used to flavour black bean dishes and many others. Like bay leaves the flavours concentrate upon drying. They give a flavour similar to anise with a tarragon fragrance and sometimes hints of hazelnuts.

The fruits ripen from late August through to late October when no other varieties are producing in Europe so you won't need to buy any imported fruit during this period.

We are starting a business this April sourcing rare and hard to find trees that will grow perfectly in this area and many others. We want trees adapted to the extremes of our local climate that will be productive for years to come in food forests and orchards. Who doesn't want an avocado tree on their Quinta?

The trees are self fertile so will produce a crop on their own but will produce a bigger crop with two trees present. The flowering group is A but in areas with more variation of temperature during flowering it has been proven unnecessary to have both group A and group B types. If you would like to plant a group B variety to potentially improve yields I have:

Fuerte grafted onto Mexican rootstock giving the greatest frost resistance of any rootstock.

Bacon on the same Mexican rootstock.

We also have some Hass trees on Mexican rootstock. Group A. This is the least cold resistant variety we offer but it is such a favourite! The rootstock will give you the most frost resistant Hass tree you can buy.

We are also really pleased to offer Pecan trees this April. Absolutely perfect for this area needing long hot Summers to ripen fruits and able to withstand low temperatures below -10c. These trees do well in areas that can be too wet for other trees in the Winter. During dormancy when the trees hibernate with no leaves they can stand with wet roots for days at a time. The trees can get very large but only after many years. Nut production begins year 3 or 4 after planting. You will need one of each variety as a minimum to ensure good pollination.

I don't want to encourage the cutting down of trees but 1m3 of Pecan wood is worth 6000 euros!

With the new venture starting this April we are now taking orders for these fabulous trees and others. Supplies are limited so get your orders in now to secure your trees.

Can I ask you to private message me with orders and questions rather than on this open feed.

Trees available this April are:

Mexicola avocado: 28 euros each.

Fuerte avocado: 25 euros each.

Bacon avocado: 25 euros.

Hass avocado: 25 euros.

Pecan tree variety Mahan: 40 euros.

Pecan variety Wichita: 40 euros.

Unfortunately we are unable to ship the trees this year and they are only available for collection near Alpedrinha, Fundao. If you are a distance away maybe see if a few friends are interested too and combine for collection.

I will provide all growing info required to anyone who buys trees to ensure success and buckets full of homegrown avocados and pecans!

With today's prices of avocados you don't need too many kilos before the tree has paid for your investment. When fully mature a yield of 25 kg plus is a good average! 100 euros of avocados a year for 40 yrs+!

We will have many other trees and plants available in time but if there is anything you are looking for specifically then please ask and if we can find it for you we will!

Wishing everyone a fantastic weekend.

Tristan and family.

I'm busy singing this to myself, though I don't really know why as mexicola avocados have thin, aniseed flavoured, edible skin and don't *need* to be peeled...

1 week ago
I found someone selling Mexicola trees in Portugal! 

I've contacted him to place an order for two.  Will update when I've heard back and know more.
1 week ago
These two boys are a cross between a Light Sussex and a Cornish Cross.

I called them Chip and Dale.

Unfortunately, Chip was a wife beater and an egg eater, and I lost Dale to a fox as he valiantly fought to protect his flock.  Very good cross though, if you can keep the Cornish Cross parents alive long enough to breed.
1 week ago

John Duda wrote:in all my years of growing heirloom tomatoes, why haven't I ever seen a tomato that was cross pollinated by a bee. If that'd happened then the seeds that I grew the following year would produce something dissimilar to what I had the year before.

Modern tomato varieties tend not to be promiscuous enough due to the anatomy of their flowers. 

You might find this thread interesting - Promiscuously Pollinated Tomatoes And The Bees That Make Them Possible 

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