[NAFEX] MN 447

Betty Mayfield bmayfield at columbia-center.org
Wed Mar 5 15:41:16 EST 2003

To the list,

Although I don't have any knowledge of the MN 447 apple, this apparent 
attitude of the University of Minnesota disturbs me.

Some of you have said you like the apple, some don't, but according to 
David Bedford "they thought it was too strongly flavored for most people" 
and won't name it. Apparently they have no plans to distribute it either.

It seems to me that a university has a moral if not a legal obligation to 
make the results of its research available to the public and not act as a 
censor of public taste. Otherwise this knowledge and variety could be lost.

Or have I misunderstood, and is the university planning to market the apple 
variety on its own to generate income?

Betty Mayfield

At 10:39 AM 3/5/03 -0500, you wrote:
>I received scionwood of MN 447 from David Bedford (U Minnesota) a few years
>ago and fruited it for the first year in 2002. I liked it very much.  I like
>flavorful apples.  It has one of the most unusual flavors I've ever tasted
>in an apple.  One friend who also tried it said immediately it tasted like
>sugar cane.  He's from Cape Verde.  I've never tasted sugar cane, but I
>would say that I could taste molasses.
>I don't believe U Minn has any plans to name 447.  As I recall, David said
>that they thought it was too strongly flavored for most people.  I signed a
>non-propagation agreement before I received wood.  I don't know how well set
>up  the University is for scion distribution.  I have a bit of wood I could
>send out as long as David gave me permission-which might include submitting
>a non-prop agreement to the University.
>If you like strongly flavored apples, I suggest you try King David, Sutton,
>Newtown Spitzenburg, and Milo Gibson.
>John Bunker
>Fedco Palermo ME where it's snowing again.
>on 3/4/03 1:18 PM, Lucky Pittman at lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu wrote:
> > Folks,
> > I've been seeing recent references to this apple(MN 447) over on the
> > Gardenweb Forums, referenced as one of the parents of Keepsake and Sweet
> > 16, with glowing references to its flavor.
> >
> > Anybody on the list fruiting it in their orchard, or can anyone comment 
> on it?
> >
> >
> > Lucky Pittman
> > USDA Zone 6
> > Hopkinsville, KY
> >
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