[nafex] Re: Crataegus fruits
hblack at TWLakes.Net
Fri Feb 8 18:49:13 EST 2002
We've got quite a few hawthorns growing and bearing and are generally
pleased with the fruits. The Mayhaws are the first to bear, are quite
attractive in bloom and fruit. There are occasional rust galls on stems,
fruits or foliage, but not enough to worry about. We find the fruit makes a
fine jelly, but think it would also be good in a sauce. Tastes a lot like
sweet and sour sauce used in Chinese foods. Azarole bears late in the year
and makes a milder flavored jelly. Also quite pretty in bloom. Again
occasional rust, but not serious enough to worry about needing control. By
the way, we're in a very humid, narrow valley with limited air circulation.
easily gets into the 90s in summer.
The Chinese haws gave us more disease problems. They are also fall
bearing, although not so late as the Azarole. Fruits are the largest of all
haws. More rust on some varieties and serious damage to twigs with the
galls, also on fruits. Still worth growing because of the excellent flavor.
Would be great mixed with applesauce. I've tried the leather, that Donna
mentioned, but these taste better than that.
Richard Fahey does send scionwood of the Cherry Haw that he has up
there. We've grafted it to one of those thorny wild ones. No fruit yet.
Might mention that hawthorne is used as heart medecine in Europe and
possibly also Asia. Fruits and leaves both contain the chemical. and I
believe all haws contain it.
Hector Black, zone 6 middle TN
----- Original Message -----
From: LuckyPittman <Lucky.Pittman at murraystate.edu>
To: <nafex at yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2002 6:34 AM
Subject: RE: [nafex] Re: Crataegus fruits
> >===== Original Message From nafex at yahoogroups.com =====
> >Now that Lucky mentions it, none of my cherry haws from Richard Fahey
> >came up.
> Neither did the ones you sent me, Donna. Nor did any of those I saved
> the tree at the I-24 welcome center. I wonder, though, if they might have
> some sort of double dormancy - those things are more like a dogwood stone
> a typical pomefruit seed. They might come up this spring.
> > Richard offers scions? I got some hawthorn rootstock in error,
> >if they would do?
> I'm pretty sure he offers scions, and I've got no doubt that it would work
> just fine on any native hawthorn, including any purchased hawthorn stocks
> might have on hand.
> Lucky Pittman
> Hopkinsville KY
> Supposed to hit 60 today(spitting snow yesterday morning). I'm taking the
> off to prune my oaks, grub out & transplant some apple rootstock suckers I
> didn't deal with last year, and lift some pecan/hickory/walnut seedlings
> various folks have ordered.
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