hblack1925 at fastmail.fm
Fri Jul 11 12:35:25 EDT 2008
Hank, Thanks for your plug for Hidden Springs Nursery. My favorite also,
though it's all my daughter's now.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Hank Burchard" <hank at burchard.org>
To: <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2008 9:54 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] goumi
> My goumis, which came from Hidden Springs Nursery in 2004 with no
> varietal name indicated, have been something of a disappointment. I got
> my first crop this spring (in May!) and found the fruit -- of which
> there wasn't much -- rather insipid. From two plants I got barely two
> cups of juice. Perhaps the yield and flavor will improve in later
> seasons, but the goumi's performance is unimpressive compared to my
> autumn olives, also from Hidden Springs (my favorite nursery), which I
> use to make jelly.
> The AOs -- which USDA has sensibly renominated "Autumnberry" because
> there's nothing olive-like about the fruit -- began bearing in the
> second year and regularly produce more than 20 pounds of fruit each with
> casual harvesting. They require no care, respond to top pruning by
> producing more and larger fruits on the remaining branches, seem
> indifferent to drought and temperature extremes, and shrug off extremely
> heavy browsing by the whitetailed deer that infest my property. I bought
> all six varieties HS offers, and like them all, but the sport called
> Charlies Golden is so clearly the best that I have planted four more of
> them. The fruit is an attractive golden yellow, the yield is high and
> the flavor is outstanding.
> Hank Burchard
> Pecker Wood Farm
> Amherst VA (7b)
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