Thursday, July 15, 2021
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
A friend gifted me this melon which is new to me. This is an Iranian melon with a very pronounced creme brûlée flavor. There are slight vanilla and basil notes too. I grew up in Central Asia where many different melons were available, but I do not remember any which would be similar to this one. This Persian melon has a very unique sweet flavor and crunchy texture. My son describes the flavor as chocolate covered marshmallow.
Saturday, July 3, 2021
Next to the Southmoon plant I have a Pink Lemonade blueberry in a similar pot, but Pink Lemonade produces significantly less. I am not sure it is worth growing in my conditions. In the picture below is a comparison of a harvest on the same day. I do not see many berries forming on Pink Lemonade either.
I have two more cultivars that just started to produce this year. These are still small plants, but I can already see that their berries are very different. Climax (left) and Krewer (right) are shown in the picture below. Krewer fruits are very large, probably the largest blueberry fruits I have ever had.
Sunday, June 27, 2021
In the below image, all white berries are Buluklu, which are intensely sweet. Illinois Everbearing fruits are in the lower right corner. These are complex in flavor with good amount of sugar and acid. Kaester is in the upper left corner, and the Nigra LA fruits are in the upper right corner. The Morus nigra fruits are very flavorful and sweet-sour.
Friday, June 18, 2021
In this post I will be collecting info on the Himalayan mulberries I grow or find in other gardens.
I have described the Himalayan DMOR9 accession in a number of posts in this blog. I have grown it for a few years.
I received Himalayan Skinner scions in early 2021, and some of my grafts already made a few fruits this spring. The fruits seem to be very similar to DMOR9, but I need the grafts to mature before making any conclusions. The leaves of this accession are heart-shaped and thus different from DMOR9.
A few weeks ago I came across two more Himalayan trees that may or may not be identical to each other. They also look very similar to DMOR9 but have even more palmate leaves. Time will tell if these are different from DMOR9.
When I have the plant material available for sale, I list it at reallygoodplants.com
Buluklu in the below image. Very sweet melting berries.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Friday, June 11, 2021
I missed to collect the Strawberry loquat fruits when they were perfectly ripe. The ones I have here on the left part of the picture are past their prime. No detectable acid here, sweet fruit, mostly of a baked apple flavor.
Argelino fruits just reached their peak ripeness stage. These are probably the most flavorful loquat I have, with an excellent sugar and acid balance. Apricot-grape and maybe even mango flavored.
Monday, June 7, 2021
All these four selections are very good loquats. All are growing on the same combination tree in Vacaville, California.
Chuck has the most dense flesh, sweet, apple-grape flavored, overripe now.
Ed's Delight is still very good, but now at the end of its peak ripening period. Very sweet with a little acid, soft, juicy, pear flavored.
Surprise is at the peak ripeness now. Very sweet and very juicy with some strawberry-apple notes.
Fletcher White Many fruits are ready, some will need more time. Sweet with a good amount of acid, grape-pear flavored, juicy.
Sunday, June 6, 2021
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Blueberries turned out to be one of the most challenging plants to grow here in Davis. This was until about a year and half ago, when I followed an advice to grow them in large pots. Last year I already had some berries from a couple of my potted plants and today I picked a bowl from each Reveille (left) and Southmoon plants.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
This is a much smaller set of loquat fruits than I described a few days ago. All fruits here are from my multigrafted tree in Davis. I have more grafts that fruited this year, but these are what the birds and squirrels left for me.
Argelino still needs more time. It’s an excellent late cultivar, but does not have enough sugar yet.
McBeth is actually not bad this year, or I may have caught it at the right time. Pretty sweet, dense flesh with some acid. Mild apple-apricot flavor. Good size.
Shed fruits are coming from a recent small graft. Very sweet, juicy, with intense melon-apple-apricot flavor. Little acidity makes it an overall excellent fruit.
Napa Library is a small but very early and extremely sweet fruit with a flavor of very sweet melon and apple. I do not detect any acidity in this fruit.
My pick from this tasting is Shed.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
This is a recent introduction by the Hybridizers Group of SCV chapter of CRFG . This is an excellent yellow nectarine. Very sweet and juicy...