[NAFEX] Tips? sources

Hélène Dessureault interverbis at videotron.ca
Sat Mar 19 13:41:00 EST 2005

The subject of apple identification and the comments from Diane in Victoria
combine to remind me of a wonderful festival taking place every years on
Salt Spring Island. I was fortunate to attend two years ago and saw with my
own eyes a display of the most impressive number of apple varieties,
displayed with their specific name tag. You can see for yourself a picture
of this exhibit at
The exhibition was held in the Fulford Hall near the town of the same name.
There was a booth featuring specialists in apple identification and people
were invited to bring specimen for identification.
To bring your own specimen to submit for identification would be fun.
This festival, which takes place every year, is being held on October 3rd
this year (2005).
Hélène, in Québec north of Ottawa.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Diane Whitehead" <voltaire at islandnet.com>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Saturday, March 19, 2005 12:56 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Tips? sources

> Cornucopia II, A Source Book of Edible Plants, describes cultivars
> I've never heard of, and where to buy them.
> Some examples:
> Apple:  Lord's Seedling:  Medium to large, roundish fruit: skin
> yellow, more or less russet; flesh very aromatic, of excellent
> flavor; season late August.  Tree a heavy and regular bearer.
> Originated at Linden, New York by James S. Lord about 1892.  scions
> from Bear Creek and Christian Homesteading Movement, custom grafting
> from Greenmantle, trees from Southmeadow
> Pear: Rousselet de Rheims: ...........flesh almost melting, not very
> juicy, highly perfumed, rich in sugar; flavor spicy or musky, causing
> it to be called Spice or Musk pear in colonial America; ripens in
> September, very good for candying.  Of very ancient, unknown origin,
> a favorite of Louis XIV of France.
> Southmeadow
> Peach: Lemon Cling: ...resembling a lemon..large nipple...juicy,
> sprightly, vinous, with an agreeable acidity; quality very good when
> perfectly ripe; ripens in September. vigorous; highly productive;
> bears regularly.  Dates back to before the Revolutionary War. scions
> from California Rare Fruit Growers and National Germplasm Repository,
> Davis, CA
> Cornucopia is a great book, put together by Stephen Facciola.  My
> edition is from 1998, published by Kampong Publications in Vista,
> California.
> I am always amazed at what I find when I go to check on something
> else.  For instance, as I was closing the book just now, my eye fell
> on blue bachelor's buttons, also called cornflower.  The flowers are
> eaten as a vegetable, used as a garnish, made into jelly, and added
> to beer.  Also make a blue dye to color sugar and gelatin.  I've
> grown them forever, and never knew any of that. I'll have to toss
> some in the salad this summer, along with nasturtiums and chive
> blossoms.
> Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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