[NAFEX] red-fleshed apple trees in Canada
Sarah Kehler Ewing
skkewing at yahoo.com
Sun May 10 13:46:26 EDT 2009
Hi Derry and others,
Windmill Point Farm in Quebec carries a stunning, large, very dark red fleshed apple called "Purple Passion" that I am very excited to have now own two trees of. They seem to be really hardy as both mine made it through last winter's -45C with no die back at all. I've tasted "Purple Passion" and it is definitely for juicing/jelly: the juice is on the tart side and the flesh is not so much melting as it is inedible cellulose that you just can't eat!
Canada's Clonal Genebank (contact Margie Luffman) has a great collection of red fleshed apples. Just off the top of my head I can think of Geneva, Geneva Crab, Crab 6, Shelley, Wisley, and Scugog that they carry.
I also have a couple of "All Purple Jason Jansen" apples which has been given a new name that I need to track down. They also seem hardy, but mine are only a foot or so tall so it'll be a few years before I can share budwood.
If you have of any others that you would be willing to share/trade budwood for next spring, please let me know. I fell in love with red fleshed apples when I saw "Purple Passion" at a Fruit Grower's Festival at the Devonian Botanic Gardens a few years ago and now I'm trying to collect every one I can find with the idea of breeding a cold hardy red-fleshed apples that is good for eating (yes, I know that is a lofty goal even for a 36 year old!).
--- On Sun, 5/10/09, derry&bill <wchase at interchange.ubc.ca> wrote:
> From: derry&bill <wchase at interchange.ubc.ca>
> Subject: [NAFEX] red-fleshed apple trees in Canada
> To: "nafex" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Received: Sunday, May 10, 2009, 5:07 PM
> I've received a request from a fellow
> in Ontario looking for red-fleshed
> apple trees.
> I've referred him to Harry Burton on Saltspring Island,
> B.C., and to
> Siloam Orchards in Ontario.
> Does any one know of other sources of red-fleshed apple
> trees in Canada?
> Derry Walsh
> south coastal B.C.
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