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  • From: "Hector Black" <>
  • To: <>, "North American Fruit Explorers" <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] new website
  • Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2009 08:42:43 -0600

Hi Charlie,
     I'm glad to see you've started a website.  I'm sorry to say that Tennessee also bans the sale of Autumn olive within the state.  We can still ship out of state.  We piled them up with all the research from the USDA in Beltsville about nutritional value etc. but they still went with the ban. 
     I think there may be cultivars that do better in some soils and climates than others.  We're getting large crops these days and have introduced them at the farmer's market.  Fruit leather, in combination with applesauce, was one of the tastiest.
     Do you know if anyone has imported the goumi varieties that are available in Japan? 
     Best wishes,   Hector Black
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, December 28, 2009 6:14 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] new website

Hi to all my friends here on the group who I've known over the years.

I sure have been busy.    I did get a ride with a friend also interested in fruit and wild plants to look this fall for  a good autumn olive, and found one, I think the best I've found in 13 years of looking, that I've numbered 15.   

Massachusetts, where I am, is hostile to autumn olive, the only state as far as I know where its been made a violation of the law to propagate eleagnus;  its my frustration with treating this great and generous plant with hostility that impelled me make this new webpage.  It started, though, with a snapshot I took of my chestnut tree, the tree showed so much personality that I had to find a way to use it, so I had my chestnut tree introduce the eleagnus.   

I hope to provide more stories in the future in the webpage....for now it'll have to stand alone as I've got other responsibilities.  I hope you enjoy the site.  If you have any future ideas for a role the website could play in education, promotion of the use of this plant, do tell.

Charlie Paradise   if you'd like to write to me directly,

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