Tag: heirloom fruit

10 Best Apples in My Orchard

10 Best Apples in My Orchard

While my orchard harvests are not ready for prime time availability and farmstand sales, I do like to share my findings in what I think are some of the best apples I grow. And by best apples, I mean, tree varieties that aren’t too fussy […]

Tyson Pear: Portrait of an Heirloom Fruit

Tyson Pear: Portrait of an Heirloom Fruit

  The Tyson pear is summer’s answer to winter’s Comice. I spent the first twenty-some years of my life eating but one pear: the Bartlett, first found canned, bobbing in a soup of syrupy sweetness, second as the only option in the grocery store produce aisle.  Years later, […]

Greenmantle Nursery: Vintage Apples off the Beaten Path

Greenmantle Nursery: Vintage Apples off the Beaten Path

In my neverending quest to cover every square inch of Tall Clover with anything that bears fruit, I stumbled across a remarkable site: Greenmantle Nursery of Humboldt, California. The nursery has been in business since 1983, and features some old homestead varieties from plant breeder Albert Etter (1872-1950). Today I […]