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  • To: "Hector Black" <>, "North American Fruit Explorers" <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] new website
  • Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2009 09:34:14 -0700

Hector,  Being limited in space, time I've limited myself to travelling out to mid-state when decades ago the Mass. Highway Department planted millions to hold the banks.  So I taste them by the hundreds out there.  When I find a good one I make sure we'll have that one for years to come.  So, no, I figured I'd do what I could here because that great diversity should be explored.

In spring, maybe you could consider making sure some of that research is on the internet?  If any of its lacking and there's no copyright conflict, I could publish on or maybe the nnga would put on   I'm hoping with a humorous approach just helps those unfamiliar orient to the bush, what it looks like, that it is in fact edible, etc.  Charlie Paradise

From: "Hector Black" <>
Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 8:52 AM
To:, "North American Fruit Explorers" <>
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] new website

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

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

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

Massachusetts, where I am, is hostile toautumn olive, the only state as far as I know where its been made a violationof the law to propagate eleagnus;  its my frustration with treating thisgreat and generous plant with hostility that impelled me make this newwebpage.  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 Ihad my chestnut tree introduce the eleagnus.   

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

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

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