Re: [pfaf] [Fwd: Alternative fruits]
- Richard Morris wrote:
> Folks might be interested in the following comment
> Ivan Viehoff (iviehoff@...) added the comment:
> > Some further unusual fruits, which may be a bit marginal here.
> > Asian pears (Pyrus Pyrifolia) are a treat for me from the shops. It is[snip]
> > hard to buy a tree here, though I think they should grow.
> > I ordered one from Keepers Nursery, but they had to give me my money
> > back when the grafts failed. But I've found one now.
> > I have planted it next to a common pear, which I am told will
> > cross-pollinate it. It fruits over a long period, so hopefully any reasonable
> > pollinator will be sufficient. I saw a splendidly vigorous tree growing in
> > a garden in Motueka, in the north of NZ South Island. It was heavily laden in
> > only its third year, and already looked like a mature tree. This tree had three
> > varieties grafted on, a clever trick they seem I have heard about but never
> > seen in this country. Of course, they are grown commercially for export
> > around there, so the gardener had no difficulty finding the material.
Some Asian pear varieties are available from Frank P. Matthews nursery in the
UK. I don't think they have a website but an e-mail contact is
mailto:nick@... . I have planted a 20th Century amd a Chojuro, both
grafted onto Pyrus communis, but I'm really going out on a limb here in the West
of Ireland and expect fruit, if at all, only in very favourable years. The trees
I received from FPM are nice, strong maidens, c. 6 ft tall. We have the space so
it's worth a try.
Our list of trees and shrubs with many edibles is at
http://www.ibiblio.org/permaculture-online/Clogherspeclist.html and I must say
PFAF has been invaluable in making selections. Thank you!