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  • Subject: [nafex] goumi and mold
  • Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:19:09 -0500

Hello NAFEXers,

Has anyone encountered difficulty with mold on goumi? I am in the southeast
where humidity presents a real challenge for fruit growing.

I have found that goumi are quite astringent until ripe (when they can easily
be pulled from their stems) but that by the time they are ripe, a black mold
begins to appear on the surface and quickly spreads between fruit. For the
two years the plants have been fruiting, I have lost the majority of the crop
to the mold. This year, I covered the plants with a low-tunnel (with the
sides open) to keep the plants dry. Even this did not seem to reduce the mold
spread. I could probably be more cognizant of only harvesting when the dew
has dried. I am not certain if goumi will continue ripening off the plant.
Does anyone have experience with this? Any suggestions or recommendations?

I love the taste of goumi and they are popular with my market customers. They
seem worthwhile if I can figure out a solution to the mold.

Thank you,

Orby Dare Orchard
Cedar Grove, NC

  • [nafex] goumi and mold, Shelley Rogers, 11/13/2018

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