[NAFEX] Autumn Olive Harvest and 'Garnet'
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Sun Oct 10 10:26:53 EDT 2010
For Autumn Olives, I have Charlie's Gold, Sweet N Tart, Jewel, an evergreen
one and a generic one. All are slightly smaller than usual but are coming in
only slightly later. The evergreen one which has the best tasting fruit is a
bit later than the others. The generic one is quite tart. The flavor is
excellent in all the others except Jewel--very blah and slightly dryish. I
think it needs more sun and water. We had a very cool and late summer here.
Some of my other fruit is late too but even worse is that the birds have
discovered some of my fruit they left alone in the past. I think it is
goldfinches that have striped my Chilean Guava and something is now starting
on the red but not the gold autumn olives. Other birds --probably robins,
jays and mockingbirds are not letting even one of my figs become ripe. The
raspberries have fewer berries than usual this time of year due to a one
week heat wave which cooked many of them.
Idell in zone 9a in SF Bay Area in California
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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of John S
Sent: Sunday, October 10, 2010 6:58 AM
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: [NAFEX] Autumn Olive Harvest and 'Garnet'
A couple of years ago, I posted here that I was disappointed with Autumn
Olive 'Garnet'. Just as an update, I have found that it is a bit later
ripening then the wild ones around here. Once ripened, it has a nice sweet
taste with minimal bitterness. Unfortunately, my two trees never produce
nearly as much as the wild ones in the area.
This year, however, all of the wild AO's I can visit have minimal fruit and
they are more bitter than normal. A disappointment, because with the rain
this summer and the warm spring, I was expecting a big harvest and good
quality. The berries are larger than normal.
How's the AO's doing in the rest of the country?
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