[NAFEX] 'Bubblegum' plums?
mdemmon at gmail.com
Sat Mar 13 16:26:20 EST 2010
Oh god. The first time I tasted a Toka plum I thought I'd died and
gone to heaven. Definitely my favorite plum as grown here in se MI,
barring the natives which can have an even better flavor. Or much
worse, depending on the tree. ;)
They are small, but I actually like that better in a plum. I like
plums that are like big cherries you can fit in your mouth in one
bite. The only problem I have with them is that somebody decided they
taste like bubblegum and now I think of that every time I eat one and
it tastes a little bit like that. And it did not before. Can have a
strong cherry flavor.
I don't have one planted yet, but the farmer I buy them from describes
it as shy-bearing compared to his other plums. He grows only japanese
and hybrid plums. I'm curious how it would do if pollinated by a
native plum. I believe it is a hybrid.
se MI z5
On Sat, Mar 13, 2010 at 11:04 AM, William C. Garthright
<billg at inebraska.com> wrote:
>> 'Bubblegum' is some marketer's idea of a better name than 'Toka', which is the older name of this cultivar. You could ask people their opinions of the flavor of 'Toka' since it's the same thing.
> My Toka plums, which bore fruit for the first time last year, were
> smaller than the other plums I've got, not much bigger than the wild
> plums around here. (Maybe I should have thinned them.) They didn't look
> as nice as the other plums, either,... but they were easily the
> best-tasting. I was very happy with them.
> Luckily, they didn't taste the SLIGHTEST bit like bubblegum, either.
> Lincoln, NE (zone 5)
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