Very bitter yellow fruit develops spots of pink and orange when fully ripe in mid-October. Gene says, “Intense tannins, not terribly juicy but can pack some sugars.” He measured a whopping 21 Brix in some highly colored specimens from the sunny side of the tree. Gene has artfully pruned the wild mother tree, but he still has to compete with the porcupines for a share of the large annual crop. Another one of the local discoveries on trial at MOFGA’s low-intervention no-spray South Orchard, where hopefully the quill pigs will stay away. Z4.
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