[NAFEX] Nafex highlights

lreich at hvc.rr.com lreich at hvc.rr.com
Fri Aug 20 17:48:44 EDT 2004


Doreen,

I believe the pyrus x sorbus hybrid you describe is shipova. I grow it and have written about it in my new book. My shipova is like a small pear and very delicious. One interesting thing is that it's somewhat different, possibly, when grown on the in the Pacific NW as opposed to here in the Hudson Valley of New York. The ones I've tasted from the west are smooth skinned and buttery, while mine are russetted and have a chewy flesh. They're both delectable, though.

Lee
www.leereich.com

----- Original Message -----
From: Doreen Howard <gardendiva at charter.net>
Date: Friday, August 20, 2004 4:19 pm
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Nafex highlights

> Mark Wessels asked:
> > Doreen and anyone else who attended the conference,
> >    Can you share any of the highlights. Were there new fruit or nut
> > varieties that really thrilled you. Toss us a scrap would you.
> 
> I am tossing only scraps, as I only attended the Sunday mixer and the
> sessions on Monday.  I had a photo shoot and 
interview to do 
> elsewhere in MO
> on my way home.
> 
> The keynote speaker, Dr. Jules Janick, did a terrific Power Point
> presentation on a 16th century Italian artist's, Caravaggio, 
> paintings that
> featured fruits.  Janick called the art dissection a mirror on Baroque
> pomology.  I'm an art buff, so I especially liked Janick's program. 
> The
> interesting thing was that when you look closely at various fruits 
> in the
> paintings, you see diseases and insect damage like we have now.  
> People of
> that time valued fruit as a sign of wealth and fertility and 
> painted it with
> all the warts, including insect-eaten leaves, apple scab, etc.
> 
> Dr. Chiranjit Parmar showed slides of various fruits, herbs and other
> edibles from the area of the Himalayas in which he lives.  Most 
> plants are
> not known to Westerners, but Parmar says they can be developed in 
> the US.
> It was difficult to understand his narrative, so I didn't get much 
> out of
> the explanatio
ns.  One thing stuck out, though.  All these plants 
> are wild
> and for the taking.  He said that anyone can harvest them, and they 
> do.Then they sell them in his town market or sell them to vendors.  
> There is no
> such thing as ownership of these vast plantings.
> 
> Richard Moyer did an outstanding job of promoting minor fruits for the
> mid-U.S.  I'll let him detail his presentations.
> 
> A program I especially enjoyed was Joseph Postman's Natural 
> IntergenericPome Fruit Hybrids.  He passed out some materials on 
> the breeding, but there
> were not enough copies.  If anyone has copies, I'd appreciate a 
> copy of your
> copies and will gladly pay for mailing costs.  Please contact me 
> offlist.
> Specifically, Postman talked about the pyrus X sorbus and cydonia 
> hybrids.He brought a cooler full of pyrus X sorbus fruits for us to 
> taste.  They
> were delicious, and I see market potential.  They are NOT Shipova, 
> which is
> already available.  These fruits 
were the size of a very small pear 
> andshaped similarly with a faint blush over green.  The texture was 
> firm and
> crunchy.  Flavor was sugary, but with a range of undertones.  If 
> anyoneknows the name of this cultivar, please tell us.
> 
> I didn't attend the Tuesday field trips, but wish I would have had 
> the time.
> Everyone visited the U. of MO Agroforestry Research Station.  Two 
> projectsthere sounded very interesting, and I will pursue them 
> later.  U of MO is
> developing a truffle industry for Missouri nut growers--an added 
> marketproduct for inter-cropping.  And, they are also developing 
> commercial morel
> propagation.
> 
> These are my scraps.  How about other attendees reporting, too?
> Doreen Howard
> gardendiva at charter.net
> 
> 
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