[NAFEX] Cornus Kousa revisit

Ginda Fisher list at ginda.us
Mon Nov 26 23:15:28 EST 2007

I can't help you with seeds, but I can offer encouragement.  I once tasted 
a kousa that was pretty good:  sweet, custardy pulp around a few large 
seeds.  (within the inedible, spikey rind.)  I've also tasted several as 
you describe: mealy with a bitter after taste.  It's because of that good 
one that I keep trying them.  

I have a feeling this will take a lot of work, though, since they take a 
while to mature, and even the tasty ones are sort of marginal.

...... Original Message .......
On Mon, 26 Nov 2007 20:03:08 -0800 (PST) rob hamilton 
<lostman_amiga at yahoo.com> wrote:
>hey gang,
>For those who have tasted the fruit of these trees you know they are 
really are marginal fruits at best, but can be an interesting nibble.  The 
ones I I have tasted are usually mildly sweet, very mealy, many small seeds 
with a mild bitter after taste. I always thought that with a little work 
these could be made more interesting, but after looking around and talking 
to a guy who does some breeding, he knows of no one working on fruit taste.
>That all being said, I went of a tour of a garden in Akin, SC during the 
Southeastern Citrus Expo.  We came up on a Kousa dogwood that didnt look 
different than any other one, but it had a different taste.  The guy who 
gave the tour from Woodlanders nursery said that this was a and evergreen 
dogwood (I have never heard of this(?)).The tree had a label at the base 
but it was not for the tree.The fruits were not as sweet, but the texture 
was creamy with out any after taste with larger and fewer seeds. Similar to 
a bland pawpaw. The other your followed in my tasting of the fruits were 
not impressed, but I was..not so much for the taste, but that it suggested 
a possibility...maybe there i some real diversity out there in the quality 
of the fruit. I little sweetness and more size, the fruit would have been 
quite tasty. The production was good. the tree is attractive. I didnt 
notice any pest on the fruit of leaves. I dont know if I would ever breed 
some myself, but, I would like to collect (at least info on) some tasty 
ones if there were any out there.
>I stuff a few seeds in pocket. If I was thinking more should have grabbed 
a few more fruit as well. I have just planted the seeds that I have.
>I was wondering if anyone had had some kousa fruit that were particularly 
tasty and any varieties I should look out for?
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