[NAFEX] [NAFEX) Apple flavor, Jerry's comments

tanis grif tanisgrif at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 6 10:01:16 EDT 2006


How are these trees on disease tolerance?  Yes, chance seedlings w/ useable fruit
are not uncommon, but good fruit w/ low disease incidence are rare!


--- ginda.us wrote:

> ...My uncle has a 12-hour summer apple tree - it might be closer to an 8  
> hour tree, actually.  It's not a named variety, it's one of four he  
> grew from seeds in his youth.  It's a medium small, attractive yellow  
> apple, and the taste (directly off the tree) is excellent, with a  
> soft but crisp texture.  No need to store them for a couple of weeks  
> - the tree ripens its apples gradually over several weeks on its  
> own.  you just need to pick today's fruit when you want to eat it.   
> Yesterday's fruits are soft and bruised, but still okay for juice.
> 
> (His experience makes me think it's not that hard to grow a useful  
> backyard tree from seed.  Of the four he planted, two were worth  
> eating, although the other is too sweet and not acid enough for my  
> taste.  The other two were bitter, but might have been fine for  
> cider.  He pulled them out before I had a chance to try them.   
> Obviously none had commercial potential, but a long ripening season  
> is a virtue in a backyard tree, and a virtue that's rarely found in  
> named cultivars.)
> 
>

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