[NAFEX] sorbus fruit

rob hamilton lostman_amiga at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 14 11:56:40 EST 2002


I was told somewhere that this tree rarely fruits and
as low production. I guees I have been mistaken?

   
--- Mark Lee <markl at nytec.com> wrote:
> Thank you Hector.  I checked out these trees
> yesterday.  I found the tree
> has now dropped all its fruit.  They average around
> 1" in diameter.  They
> are yellow with a red blush and have the shape of
> mini Seckle pears.  The
> texture was like a pear, still a little astringent
> fresh, but not bad.  The
> Plants For A Future web page describes the ripe
> flavor as "somewhat like a
> luscious tropical fruit".
>
http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/cgi-bin/pfaf/arr_html?Sorbus+domestica&CAN=LATIN
> D
> I would agree.  The flavor was like a sweet tangy
> mixture of pineapple,
> mango and guava with a bit of rosewater thrown in. 
> Hey, I sound like I'm
> writing a wine review.
> Thanks also to Lon for first pointing out the
> potential of this fruit.
> -Mark Lee, Seattle  z7
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nafex-admin at lists.ibiblio.org
> [mailto:nafex-admin at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of
> hector black
> Sent: Friday, November 08, 2002 8:45 PM
> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] sorbus fruit
> 
> 
> Hello Mark,
>     There's a sorbus domestica at the Seattle
> arboretum that I try to visit
> whenever I go there.  The fruits are pear shaped and
> of fairly good size.  I
> gathered some when I was there about Oct 8th. 
> Tasted quite a bit like pear
> but the hadn't completely bletted so there was still
> some astringency.
>     The tree is away from the larger part of the
> collection, it's very close
> to the gift shop, behind the nursery sales area.
> If you haven't checked it out, you would enjoy it. 
> Very large tree.  They
> suffer from fungus and borers here.  But I keep
> trying.
>     Hector  zone 6 middle TN
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Mark Lee <markl at nytec.com>
> To: <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Friday, November 08, 2002 8:38 AM
> Subject: [NAFEX] sorbus fruit
> 
> 
> > I went exploring at the arboretum in town this
> week.  I have been waiting
> > for the first freeze so I could go sample some
> fruit that I have been
> > reading about.  The common mountain ash, a Sorbus
> species, is considered
> by
> > some to be a weed in Seattle.  The fruit is so
> sour and astringent that I
> > classify it as a "spitter", one taste and you
> can't keep it in your mouth.
> > The Washington Arboretum has one of the largest
> collection of Sorbus, and
> > this provided me with a chance compare fruit
> quality of a number of
> species.
> > Here is a description of two that stood out.  A
> word of caution...   Like
> > apples, the seeds of Sorbus probably contain
> hydrogen cyanide, so the
> ususal
> > precautions should be taken (ie don't make meals
> out of nothing but
> seeds).
> >
> > Sorbus devoniensis (Fontainbleu Service Tree,
> French Hales, Sorb Apple)
> Two
> > colors of fruit were hanging on this tree, orange
> and brown with white
> > speckles.  The orange ones were mealy and
> tasteless.  The brown ones were
> > fully ripe and "bletted".  These had the flavor,
> sweetness and texture of
> > dates.  In England these are collected and
> fermented into an alchoholic
> > drink.
> >
> > Sorbus pallescens  (no common name) Native to
> China.  The tree was young
> and
> > fruit was sparse.  But of the few I sampled, the
> flavor was good.  It was
> > sweet and tart with the flavor and texture of
> apricots.
> >
> > Both of these trees will have a future in my
> edible landscape.
> >
> > -Mark Lee, Seattle z7
> >
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