The All About Fruit Show's
tough... some things are gone
, and other's aren't ripe by showtime. I've often mentioned the orchard of a past friend in Sherwood (Ore.), every time I'd walk that orchard I'd find a new favorite apple
! Everything appears to peak. I've been amazed (if guility of not partisipating as I should in our Fall Event) by the quality and quanity of fruit on display, until I find they
own a 'walk-in' cooler! That would answer the question of how they still have Gravenstiens
Many of the 'best' pears are late, and still 'crunchy' at showtime. And, pears need cold storage to ripen to perfection. And keep in mind what's being described as 'a pear.' There are a multitude of Asian Pears
that for years have been refered to as "Apple Pears" due to their crunchy
texture - that never do soften... My pears all begin to fall when they're still crunchy, even the Bartletts. Some, like Bosc, I prefer crunchy! Others, like Comice, I can't get to soften before their cores rot ... so I eat them crunchy too (or grind them into juice!).
I'm as inspired lookeing at the fruit as I am tasting it -- as it often looks too good to eat! I think you'd do well to attend our excursions to the Pear Repository in Corvalious... but it was nearly the same situation on my visit; there fruit hung on the trees, each at a different stage of readyness -- but what can you tell from that? But way back our fall Fruit Show got me in loads of trouble! I'm still trying to dig, prune, and now type my way out!
And everyone's got to try a quince - followed quickly by an astrigent persimmon! ...then toutch your tounge to some fig leaf sap and nothing may ever taste the same