Time showed 6 o'clock in that house which looks like a palace. With the coming of the sunrise, Widartono started his activity. Alone he went to his front and side yard to take care of his 30 Eugenia aqueas. Once at a time his hand cast out useless water sprout and branches. He held and plucked some of the ripe fruits. That is the morning daily routine of the owner of PT Gunung Jati in his Eugenia aquea garden.
'Hmm, it smells good. Sweet and sticky in the tongue,’ said Drs H Saleh Muljono MM, the Regent of Magetan. The memory of tasting Durian Tawing 7 years ago are still on his mind. Unnoticedly, 2 segments were gone being eaten up.
‘Kiss of death’. The research theme which is similar to the name of a trash metal music group from Italy escorted three researchers from Israel and the United States achieving the 2004 Nobel Prize for chemical field. With one kiss of death, the bad cancer cell is vanished. Far away in Papua, the HIV virus/ AIDS are conquered by the kiss of the red fruit (buah merah) betacaroten.
In July 2009, an orchard owned by Asroful Uswatun, Jember, was full of visitors. It was the first yellow dragon fruit Selenicereus megalanthus harvest time in the orchard situated at the altitude of 17 m above sea level (asl). There were 150 plants of 2 years old fixed on 50 poles. On each pole there are 70 - 140 ripe fruits. Every week, 5 - 10 quintal of fruit can be harvested from that population. It weighs averagely 140 g each.
In a small village at the far east of Indonesia. Five kids squatted down while plucking some of hundreds syzygium fruits hanging on a tree stem one by one. The syzygium fruits were gathered to be made fruit salad with pungent soy sauce dressing. Nobody ever thought that after 55 years had passed, one of those kids realized the fruit he savored in Merauke, Papua, has not been identifiable in the world's fruit taxonomy.
In Indonesia, where Lansium domesticum is locally referred to as duku in most part and langsat in Pontianak, duku komering or known as duku palembang is popular all around Indonesia for its sweet sourless flavor. They thrive and grow gigantically on lowland area at the Komering river bank. Only a few people know that in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, a duku palembang having short figure has been fruiting since 2 years ago.
In July 2009, I fertilized 158 citrus trees of 4 years old. I used one part of Urea, one part of ZA, and one part of Phonska. The dose was 2 kg per plant. Prior to fertilizing, I made the plant water stress for 1 month expecting new buds would emerge and then turn into flowers. However, there were only 5—10% of buds that became flowers. What I would like to ask:
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