[NAFEX] Conference pears set fruit without pollen
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Thu May 27 13:11:55 EDT 2004
Dang, this post reminds me of how LONG I've been in NAFEX. This same
sort of topic came up years ago in POMONA when there was a discussion of
seedless apples. There was even someone who was breeding them, but found
just what you mentioned - the seeds are gone but the core remains. Several
triploid apples, like Gravenstein, will set seedless apples very frequently.
Nowdays there IS one way to use seedless apples or pears; blend them in
a high speed blender like Vita mix. Nip out the calyx and stem and the
whole fruit can be blended as the tough core material will be blended up
with it. With no seeds, you won't get any cyanide.
I don't see anything desirable about seedless pears other
than the ability to have a pear harvest even when spring conditions
prevent pollination from occurring. That often comes in handy here in
the wet Pacific Northwest.
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