Persimmon Fruit update Autumn 2018

I thought I had better show a few fruit photos of this years 2017 crop of Persimmon’s.

This variety is known ‘Dunaj’ which produces 7cm diameter fruit, that are relatively flat. It is self fertile, so it does not need another pollinator. It is a Diospyros Kaki that normally grow to about 12m tall. But this variety only grows to approx 5m tall.

If you need to order other varieties have a check at http://www.gb-online.co.uk/prestashop/category.php?id_category=136

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The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada – 7 volumes

After 2 years being on the waiting list, I finally got my copy of the following set of books. A set of 7 volumes, each 500-600 pages.

The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada by Daniel J. Bussey, edited by Kent Whealy, and published by JAK KAW Press, LLC

They must weigh something like 20kgs and are going to take me years to read through.

With over 16000 varieties listed, it has taken Daniel J. Bussey, and Kent Whealy over 30 years to compile. Obviously many varieties are of UK origin, but it covers worldwide varieties.

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2017 Hazel harvest – 4 weeks earlier than 2016

This had caught me by surprise. The 2017 Hazel harvest is 4 weeks earlier than in 2016.

I noticed the squirrels starting to gorge themselves on hazels from either end of my row of different hazel varieties. Masses of broken shells on the ground. I thought nothing of it, as squirrels have done this in previous years. Even when the kernel inside was not properly formed.

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A complex Russian Plum – Kolonovidnaja

Unlike most fruiting trees, this is very columnar. A cross between Prunus domestica, Prunus cerasus and Prunus cerasifera.

A relatively small to medium plum, of exquisite taste. The variety is very hardy and has good resistance to fungal diseases. If you just see the photo, you would say that’s a ‘cherry’, but the size is about twice that of an average cherry.

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A really nice looking rarity – Plum ‘Manaccan’

An old Cornish variety of plum.Originating from the Manaccan area of Cornwall. A chance wild seedling.

A really nice looking rarity, yellow skin with a orange/pink hue. Makes good eating, sweet but not too sweet, but a bit drier than most modern varieties. Would be good for drying due to its low moisture content.

Ripens late August – beginning September.

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Very unusual large August Apple – Filippa Anka

Filippa Anka is a cross, of Filippa x Transparente blanche. The variety originated in Denmark, where it is still grown, bu on a rare basis. The apple is a dessert/culinary apple.

Filippa Anka is mature for harvesting late August to early September. For an early apple the fruit is quite large, and is 10cm long x 8cm diameter. The flesh is very juicy with a strong sweetness, weak acidity and much aroma. The apple stores for a short time.

 

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A hauntingly strange but really lovely looking apple – Trumdor

A hauntingly strange but really lovely looking apple – Trumdor. OK its got a lot of days to go before its fully ripe. Also known as Oregon Spur Trumdor’, and a mutant of RedKing.

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Three Plum varieties already ripe for 2017 – Mirabelle Countess, Najdena & Aprikyra

Amazingly we have 3 plum varieties that are being grown outside that are already ripe. Whats even more, is they look very similar.

The 2 photos above are a variety called Mirabelle Countess.

The above 2 varieties are called Najdena

This one is called Aprikyra

They could have all done with an extra week ripening up, but the birds and wasps have begun attacking them.

Najdena – A complex hybrid of Prunus cerasiferaPrunus salicinaPrunus ussuriensisPrunus simonii. Parents being Skoroplodnaja x Desertnaja ready in mid July, medium, 30g, dark purple, yellow flesh.

Aprikyra – Is an interspecific hybrid between apricot and plum, – this results in an unique aroma, reminiscent of cherry, which has not been there in this form before. The variety is self-fertile and due to its blossom – early, but after the apricots – it is well adapted to our climate.

Mirabelle Countess – As with the other 2 varieties this is also a plum hybrid based upon, Prunus cerasifera. It has a sweet taste, and of medium size, especially as its one of the first to ripen. When fully ripe they turn more redder, almost going to purple. But when they are that colour they are far too ripe.

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2017 Persimmon – Sharon fruiting

The Sharon persimmon belongs to the non-astringent persimmons variety. They are cold resistant and will easily grow in the UK without the need for any protection. Tastes a little like an apricot. Harvest September-November.

We are anticipating a good crop this year. The flowers have set and small fruitlets are forming.

Prefers a good deep loamy soil in sun or light shade but succeeds in most soils. Dislikes very acid or wet and poorly drained soils. Requires a sheltered position. Dormant plants are quite hardy in Britain, but they require warmer summers in order to ripen their fruit and wood. A warm sunny location improves the chance of producing ripe fruit. Fruits are frequently produced outdoors at Kew. The young trees require some winter protection for their first winter or two.

Because persimmons leaf out based on number of hours exposed to warmth rather than on exposure to chilling, they can be slower than most. In some areas, a newly planted persimmon may not break dormancy until late spring in warmer climates and summer in cooler climates.

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Very very Rare – Hmong Red Cucumber

‘Hmong red’ is considered a heirloom cultivar. Its scientific name is Cucumis sativus ‘Hmong red’.

A very productive and tasty variety that stays mild even when large. Millions of the Hmong tribe live on the borders of Thailand, China, Burma, Laos and Vietnam, and are a very ancient people.

Ok in truth this cucumber is more of a burgundy brown/red colour, and it was only 15cm long. It should grow to 30cm long, but it was only grown in a 2 litre pot. Only 1 female flower was kept, all the others cut off. It also produces copious amount of male flowers, which were also removed. The actual taste of the flesh was surprisingly good.

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