[NAFEX] Bill's pluot evaluations

William C. Garthright billg at inebraska.com
Wed Sep 30 10:50:06 EDT 2009

> It was fun to read of the experiences of someone trying new varieties, 
> but not necessarily very instructive.  Young trees with just a few 
> fruit can be very misleading.

I'm sure that's right. If nothing else, weather must make a big 
difference, and our weather was far from typical this year (although 
it's usually pretty variable).

> It is not at all unusual for me to jump to conclusions about the 
> superior quality of the fruit from a young sparsely bearing tree.  
> It's hard not to scream from the rooftop about a new variety you're 
> excited about, but a reliable evaluation takes about 10 years, IMO.

I hope that works the other way, too! Or will I be more likely to be 
disappointed in the taste of Flavor Supreme pluots in the future than 
pleasantly surprised by the other two varieties?


To be honest, I think that part of my enjoyment of Flavor Supreme was 
because of their ripening date, which came before I was swamped with 
other fruit. By the time I got fruit from the other two varieties, I'd 
been eating so much fruit (nectarines, peaches, plums, etc.) that likely 
nothing would have wowed me. To some extent, that might be why my Flavor 
Grenade pluots were popular when I gave them away, but not so much with me.

Lincoln, NE (zone 5)

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