[NAFEX] Hypothesis needed
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Tue Dec 30 13:45:01 EST 2008
That's my thought, too. The list of nutrients that increase sweetness in
ripe fruit seems to be "all of them." I've had sour/bitter plants sweeten
up as the I've improved the soil and fertilized. Groworganic.com has a
blend they call Brix Mix. Pretty much anything that's been shown to
increase brix is in the mix. It might be interesting to see if something
like that would have any effect.
To my taste, all cranberries are bitter; but I've had highbush ones that
were intolerable even to cranberry lovers. My favorite cranberry-like fruit
is lingonberry. My experience with them is that if someone thinks they're
cranberries, they often regard them as the best they've had. If they know
they're something else, they'll reject them as not 'traditional'.
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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Ginda Fisher
Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 9:51 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Hypothesis needed
Is there any chance it's genetic?
...... Original Message .......
On Tue, 30 Dec 2008 11:26:48 -0600 "Jim Fruth" <jfruth at tds.net> wrote:
> I need everyone's best guess as to what might cause bitterness in
>(and, possibly how to correct the problem): I harvest Highbush
>(Viburnum trilobum) from six places.
>1. Swampy area between a lake and high ground. These are understory
>perhaps as many as 100 of them, getting filtered sunlight and peeks of
>direct sun. Their roots are constantly in saturated ground. These
>have a musky taste, are otherwise pleasant and make excellent jelly.
>2. Two bushes at the edge of a lake with surface water 2 to 3' down.
>Berries taste great and make excellent jelly.
>3. Two bushes in front of an office building near a creek with surface
>about 7' down. Berries taste great and make good jelly.
>4. Large bush in my neighbor's front yard. Water table unknown. Berries
>taste great and make good jelly.
>5. Bitter berries from a small thicket in the woods with water table
>unknown. Jelly is bitter.
>6. Bitter berries from my orchard. Bushes obtained from two nurseries,
>in Minnesota and the other from North Dakota. Planted 2' above hardpan
>where water pools after a rain plus receives some irrigation water. Jelly
>Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
>For jams, jellies & syrups:
>(218)831-7018 [My Cell]
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