Monday, November 21, 2016

Tasting late pomegranates: Gissarskii Rozovyi, Desertnyi, Wonderful, and Sirenevyi

These all are late season varieties. Wonderful originated in the USA, the tree others were developed in the USSR/Turkmenistan. I grow all of these with the exception of Wonderful. Wonderful fruits came from Manuel Jimenez.


Gissarskii Rozovyi makes very large pale pink fruits that are prone to cracking. The arils are large pink with very soft seeds, sweet-sour intense flavor. Very good variety for back-yard gardeners. It is possible that these variety does not require hot weather for successful ripening, as this was the best tasting variety in the "cold" summer we had in Davis, CA few years back.




Desertnyi produces medium-large fruits. Very intense complex flavor. Sweet-sour, large dark arils with soft seeds (a bit harder than Gissarskii Rozovyi). Probably the best tasting late pomegranate.




Wonderful is Californian commercial variety. Large fruits with complex flavor, mostly sweet with some tannins. The arils are medium in size, dark, with hard seeds. Good standard variety, but I eat it when I ran out of the other poms I grow.




Sirenevyi produces very large pink fruits in late season. The arils are large, very sweet with a little bit of tart flavor, and very soft seeds. Another favorite of mine.



Monday, October 17, 2016

Apple tasting with Redwood Empire CRFG chapter and tour of Main Street Trees in Napa, CA

We had over 60 apple varieties to try





We also tasted a number of pears. Warren, #17 was my favorite 



American persimmons, D. virginiana. We had two cultivars to try




Pears are getting cut


Various other fruits and black walnuts were offered for tasting too




Cut apples








We had at least 4 varieties of quince, Aromatnaya and Kaunching are upfront



Feijoa fruits



Cut pears



Tallying the taste scores for apples and pears


Apple display 




Touring the orchard at Main Street Trees nursery


The nursery grows and sells very large native oak and fruit trees.  They are grown in fabric containers, and they move them to larger containers every year.

 http://mainstreettrees.com/ 








Friday, October 14, 2016

Tasting pomegranates: Eversweet, Myatadzhy, Medovyi Vasha, Vkusnyi, Cranberry

These all are Early and Mid-season varieties. Eversweet and Cranberry originated in the USA. Myatadzhy, Medovyi Vasha, and Vkusnyi were developed in the USSR/Turkmenistan. I grow all of these with the exception of Medovyi Vasha. Medovyi Vasha fruits came from Harvey Correia.

Eversweet is usually my earliest pomegranate and we used to pick it early October in previous years. This year (2016) I collected the first fruits on September 9, and they were ready.  This pom is very sweet with very soft seeds. light pink juice.  Definitely going to continue growing it.





Myatadzhy is more complex in flavor, and ripens few weeks after Eversweet. Dark red arils, very soft seeds, more acid than Eversweet.  Definitely a keeper in my yard. Overlaps for few weeks with Eversweet.



Medovyi Vasha

Very sweet, soft-seeded, large dark arils.  Not much complexity in flavor, and some people detect the straw flavor in it.  It seems to be better flavored when picked earlier in the season.  The fruits picked mid-October 2016 were good.  My husband actually likes this variety, and I can live without it.



Cranberry

Large fruits with large red arils, hard seeds.  The flavor is rich, complex, and compensates for the hard seeds. The plant is vigorous grower, fruited in the second year in my yard.  Definitely a keeper.




Vkusnyi

Mid-season variety, one of the best.  Dark red arils, soft seeds, complex flavor with lots of sugar and acid. This variety is a must-have for the mid-season harvest.



Monday, October 10, 2016

Tasting pomegranates: Dewey, Garnet Sash (Elf), and Mae

I picked fruits of these three cultivars on October 9, 2016. They all are sweet, and all have large hard seeds.

Mae has the most acid, and a little of bitterness, but still pretty sweet. Probably the least desirable fruit from this set.

Garnet Sash has the the largest and hardest seeds.  The arils are sweet with a bit of vanilla flavor.

Dewey is sweet with slight acidic tone. Probably the most juicy one out of these three cultivars. If I had to select the best out of these three cultivars, Dewey would be the one for me.

All these are less desirable when compared to a fruit of Vkusnyi pomegranate, that is ready now too.
However, they are certainly add to the tasting experience of pom flavors and may have other important traits outside of flavor and seed size.

Mae fruit





Garnet Sash (Elf) fruit














Dewey fruit



Oak leaf papaya, Vasconcellea quercifolia

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