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Well I'd never heard of this so I googled it when Lissa mentioned it on one of the babaco photos. 


Donna:  Never heard of them, googled it just now - can you buy the plants yet?  Or do they grow from seed I wonder, worth a try certainly.


Lissa:  I keep looking for plants for sale - Daley have them in production by the looks.

Apparently the Achacha Fruit Group hold rights to growing of the plant (from what I've read). There's some discussions going in Daley's at least one guy seems to have grown them from seed.


Ali:  Ooo I love achacha... I had one at the Powerhouse Markets a few years ago... I wish I had kept some seeds, but I wasn't gardening at the time. I've never seen them for sale as a tree though.

The Achacha is from the same family and is similar in taste to the mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana), known as “the queen of tropical fruit”, which is grown throughout tropical Asia particularly in Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Philippines and Indonesia. Local and imported mangosteen are available in Australia from time to time.

However the Achacha has a thinner golden skin, compared to the mangosteen’s thicker dark purple skin, it has about 25% more flesh per kilogram than the mangosteen, and it is not as sweet as the mangosteen. The Achacha has a wonderful balance between sweet and tart, with a delicate sorbet finish which makes it quite different to all other fruit and very refreshing.



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Hi Lissa,  I am South Brisbane, Greenbank.

I had a response from someone at Daleys thinking I was enquiring about freight for Achacha. They seem to have their wires crossed a wee bit in regards to people putting their names down for the growing trials.

Anyone else get a similar response when they applied?

I only applied yesterday, but nothing so far Lissa.
I haven't heard anything from them and I put my name down at the end of last week.

I've just had a phone call from Daleys. The "trial" involves buying trees at $39 each and also collecting from their nursery, so I'm out.

You may need to contact them yourselves to clarify whether you want tree/s under these conditions.

Wow! They are not shy about charging for seedlings! Ned Kelly.

These are probably considered to be a rare plant. These will be the only ones on offer for a long time to come.

Have my fingers crossed that my seed eventually take root.

I got an invoice!  Don't think I'll be going ahead especially as I have to pick it up... very disappointed they didn't mention that and I just registered for information.

And this was my email to them - the only response I got was an invoice!

I am interested in growing the Achacha fruit trees you mentioned in your newsletter, and would appreciate further information and selection criteria.  I live in Inala (west Brisbane) and am the co-ordinator for Brisbane Seed Savers and heavily involved with Brisbane Local Food forum network.

Yep, they sent me an invoice too but they also phoned and luckily I was home to chat.

The woman who phoned sounded quite stressed - perhaps it was dawning on them that they hadn't been clear about the trees having to be paid for. My invoice even included p/h even though they said they were too big to be delivered.

Not well organised methinks. Pity.


It seems crazy to expect people to give them good feedback and yet expect them to pay for the trees. A nominal fee perhaps but $39 and you pick them up! Daley's are usually so well-organised.

Hey Lissa, did you ever succeed in germinating any of your seeds?


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