Monday, June 11, 2018

Mid-June Loquat tasting

This is my second loquat tasting of the season.  The first one is at

Left to right in the pictures:
Napa Library, Kando, Argelino, Franceschi Park


Napa Library makes the smallest fruits, Franceschi Park is larger, and Kando and Argelino are the largest.  Kando can be as large as Argelino.  On this date I only have smaller Kando fruits, as it is an earlier variety than Argelino; just few late Kando fruits are still on the tree.

Amount of flesh

Argelino seems to be having the most flesh, and Napa library has the least flesh.


Argelino and Franceschi Park are more juicy than Kando and Napa Library.


Argelino is the most complex, very flavorful, and has the highest acid content too. Franchschi Park has significant honey notes (the specific honey flavor). Napa Library is the sweetest, and Kando is sweet and pleasant for me too.  However, it seems that not everyone detects/senses the Kando sugars.  My husband does not sense them, and another friend was not impressed with Kando too.  


Napa Library was my first loquat to be ready, then Kando, then Argelino.  Argelino is at the peak ripeness now.  Franceschi park just starting to get ripe on June 11, 2018.


Argelino and Kando are known varieties.  I picked the scions few years ago at one of the CRFG winter exchanges. Napa Library is a graft from the tree growing by Napa Library.  Franceschi Park is a graft from the tree growing in Franceschi Park.

All pictures and tasting are from June 11, 2018. The fruits are grown in Davis, California.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

First peaches

My earliest peaches in 2018 are Orion and Springtime.  Orion peach was introduced in South Africa. USDA Wolfskill station holds this accession.  Springtime peach was introduced by the Armstrong nursery in Southern California; the scions are usually available at the CRFG winter exchanges.
Both are white and cling-stone fruits.  Orion stone can be separated in some fruits.  My trees were planted/made two years ago.  Last year, I could not tell if I liked Sprintime.  This year, the fruits are of excellent flavor.  My only complaint is that they are small.  I should be thinning them better. Orion produced one fruit only last year, and it was very pleasant and sweet.  This year, the Orion tree was heavily affected by the leaf curl, however it made lots of fruit. Unfortunately, most fruits have some bitterness in them. I picked the fruits after we had two days of over 100F in May.  They could be stressed by the heat, or the tree simply didn't have enough leaf mass for the number of fruits produced. I'll continue growing Orion, but Springtime is the winner in the early peach category this year. The pictures are from May 30. Orion has more round shape.
Orion (left) and Springtime

More on Guaruja Red Surinam Cherry fruit variability

While I was out traveling for a few days, my Surinam Cherry "Guaruja Red" (named by me) ripened a good amount of fruit. The fruit size is from 5 mm to over an inch. Most fruit had one seed, but some were seedless, and some had two seeds in them. When fully ripe, the fruits are sweet and pleasant. The pictures are from May 30, 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Surinam Cherry "Guaruja Red". Fruit variability

This was my largest single day harvest of fruit from my seedling tree that I named Guaruja Red.  The tree is a four years old seedling, that first fruited two years ago.  It is a vigorous grower, and it's around 8-9 ft high now.  The fruit size and shape vary significantly, from very small, 4-5 mm to over an inch in diameter.  Small and medium fruits are seedless, and the large fruits are seeded.  The seeded fruits have more pronounced ribs. On May 22, I collected the first seeded fruits this season.  All fruits before this date were seedless.  The pictures below show the variability of fruit collected on the same day.  The fruit quality is very good, sweet and complex.

Loquat tasting on May 22

Early season loquat tasting. Napa Library is the only one that is fully ripe now.  Kando is getting there, and Argelino may need more time.  McBeth seems to be flat.  Will re-taste the latest three in a week or two.
Left to right: Argelino, Kando, McBeth, Napa Library

In the order of my preference on this date:
1. Napa Library
2. Kando
3. Argelino
4. McBeth

Napa Library is a graft from the tree growing by Napa Library.  It produces small, but very sweet fruits.  Seems to be early too.

Late May Citrus

This is the last citrus post for the season.  The previous five posts can be found here:

By the end of May, only three citrus varieties were available on my trees:
Valencia, Rhode Red (a Valencia too), and Nagami Kumquat.  The tasting and pictures are from May 22, 2018.  Valencia seems to be more complex and better tasting than Rhode Red.  This may be due to the immaturity of the Rhode Red graft. Both oranges are very juicy, especially Valencia.  Nagami Kumquat is pretty good now too.

Left to right: Valencia, Nagami kumquat, Rhode Red

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Early April citrus tasting

This is citrus tasting post #5 of the season.  The earlier ones are here:

From Mid March to early April I had only seven varieties still fruiting, the images and tasting are from April 3, 2018.  


We finished our Gold Nugget by early March. Here are two varieties which are later than Gold Nugget, Tango (top picture) and Pixie. Tango seems to be a little sweeter than Pixie.  They both are great mandarins coming from recent grafts onto Mineola Tangelo tree.

Mineola Tangelo

These fruits just got ripe in April.  They are very juicy, seedy, and never sweet enough for me.  I'll continue grafting over this tree new new cultivars.

Valencia oranges

This year I have two varieties fruiting, the standard Valencia (top picture), and Rhode Red. They both need a little more time on the trees. Rhode Red seems to be more ripe than Valencia. 

Red Grapefruit

Fully ripe now, but not sweet enough for me.  I'm grafting more other varieties over this tree.  I'll leave just few small branches with this variety.

Nagami Kumquat

Fully ripe now too.  Has a good balance of sour and sweet.  I'm keeping this tree for now, and I may add Meiwa onto it later.

To sum it up: Tango and Pixie mandarins were my best citrus in early April of 2018.

Mid-June Loquat tasting

This is my second loquat tasting of the season.  The first one is at