Friday, September 20, 2013

European Pears, Asian Pears & 'Jonafree' Apples Ripe

   We still have many harvested European pears for sale, and some Asian pears and early 'Jonafree' apples.  We also still have 11 boxes of 'Flameprince' yellow peach, our last peach variety that we finished harvesting a couple days ago, and two boxes of white peaches still for sale
We still have 'Flameprince' yellow peach (1st box) for sale, plus 'Luscious'  European pears (2nd box), 'Shinko' Asian pears (3rd box) and early 'Jonafree' apples (4th box).
   European pears, Asian pears and 'Jonafree' apples all keep well in the fridge for 6 weeks.  European pears need to be placed on the counter 3 to 4 days before you want to use them, to soften and turn yellow.  Asian pears stay crunchy and are very juicy and sweet.  Asian pears are sometimes called "apple pears" because they're shaped like apples and eaten out of hand like apples, but they do NOT result from cross-breeding an apple with a pear (which is impossible without genetic engineering, since apples and pears are two different genera, not just different species).  Asian pears are simply pear species from China and Japan rather than from Europe.  We'll have pears for sale until about Oct. 18 this year.
   Besides harvesting pears and 'Jonafree' apples, I've been evaluating the apples resulting from my apple breeding program, and have made several selections for further testing.  I've used only apple varieties immune to apple scab disease in my crosses, so all the progeny are immune to that disease, but we've already cut down some trees which are susceptible to fire blight or apple blotch diseases.   Several of the 'Sundance' seedlings are promising. 
This seedling of 'Sundance' apple is one of my selections from my apple breeding program.
   The main apple season, and pick-your-own apple season, won't start until Sept. 28 this year, and apples will be heavy all of Oct. and Nov.
    From Sept. 1 to Nov. 31 we're open our fall hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Sun. 1-6 p.m.  For highway detour directions, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "older posts".