July 13, 2004

Summer Fruit

We are having very good luck this summer with: avocados, plums, pluots, and white-flesh nectarines.

That is all.

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Ummm, the apricots have been outstanding, too.

Posted by: Larry B on July 13, 2004 09:11 PM

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How many types of fruit trees do you have? I thinking about deep sixing the rose planter and put in some fruit trees. I've had some modest luck with lemon tress but I haven't ventured beyond. Good for you. I now know that I am firmly middled aged when a large portion of my spare time is spent at nurseries and in my yard (very small yard).

Posted by: Cal on July 13, 2004 09:31 PM

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Great peaches at Von's. I am trying to low-carb,but was successfully tempted by three peaches today.

Posted by: David E... on July 14, 2004 12:17 AM

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Yes, but what's up with the peaches? Every peach I've tried so far has been disappointing.

Posted by: Jonquil on July 14, 2004 07:25 AM

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Brad: Are you talking of self-grown stuff? If it's from the store, how do you know whether you have the "real" thing (as in "tomatoes")? Remember, "soft" is not the same as "ripe".

Posted by: cm on July 14, 2004 08:11 AM

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Brad likely is not growing avocados in the Bay Area, nor pluots (unless he got a cutting or graft from someone).

Of course, he could always purchase methods to defeat the temperature, but being an economist, he'd have weighed the marginal utility of the cost of equipment...versus...zzzzzzz

D

Posted by: Dano on July 14, 2004 08:53 AM

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>Brad likely is not growing avocados in the Bay Area

There's a big avocado tree on a front lawn in Sunnyvale. In season, there is a sign offering them for sale. Berkeley is a different microclimate of course, but I think it's actually warmer there most of the time.

Posted by: Paul Callahan on July 14, 2004 10:27 AM

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Pluots. I'd call them heavenly, but the fact they were invented by man argues against a divine origin.

Posted by: Tom on July 14, 2004 10:50 AM

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Paul:

There are always anomalies in individual plants, which is often where we get our improved varieties of food crops from.

I don't doubt there is a possibility of Brad having these trees; however, one frost down to ~ 25 F would probably kill an avocado (more likely farther away from water). I just think it is unlikely that Brad is fortunate enough to enjoy the fruits he mentioned directly from the tree.

I am happy to be wrong (nature abhors an ego), and if so, pass along my best wishes to someone able to enjoy such fortune in the Bay Area.

Best sir,

D

Posted by: Dano on July 14, 2004 11:49 AM

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> one frost down to ~ 25 F would probably kill an avocado

Frost? What's that? Subfreezing temperatures are very rare in South Bay--rare enough that I imagine you could intervene somehow if you had to (I can point you to at least one live tree). I'm not sure about Berkeley, but I don't think it goes below freezing much there either. It is usually a lot warmer in East Bay than SF.

BTW, I also agree that Brad is probably not growing the trees himself; it just seems out of character.

Posted by: Paul Callahan on July 14, 2004 12:28 PM

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Paul:

I still see evidence of frost in the Bay Area in the eucalyptus growth [from the '91 freeze], hence my comment. I don't live there [used to live in Sacto., but visit friends on peninsula and in E. Bay], so I bow to your knowledge.

Best,

D

Posted by: Dano on July 14, 2004 01:24 PM

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The peaches here have been almost as good as they were three years ago when they reached an all-time peak. Tomatoes are good too.

The butterflies have gone missing -- very worrying.

I had the two best breakfast tacos this morning ever. Ever! Bean & cheese, egg & chorizo, topped with freshly made pico de gallo, teamed with good black coffee. Peach milkshake on the way home with (check this out, you damn arteries!) real cream.

Posted by: Bean on July 14, 2004 01:49 PM

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Bean's comment reminds me that we have microclimate mania here. It's all part of the Bay Area's respect for diversity! I'm midway down the Peninsula (Redwood City-ish), and I've seen several butterflies. The tomatoes I'm growing have just barely started to blossom; the excellent ones in the Menlo Park farmer's market are trucked in. (Brad, if you do farmer's markets, look for Lucero strawberries and tomatoes. Small but intense.)

Posted by: Jonquil on July 15, 2004 07:30 AM

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I wonder if the delicious fruits have obligatory gustatory day old plus bagels attached to them.

Posted by: woodturtle on July 15, 2004 09:34 PM

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We did have a couple good freezes here in the East bay. It wiped out the Argentinian ants, who just recently showed up again. I'm up to my elbows in apples this year. I hate having to pick the damn things up, and since they're all worm-infested I can't eat them.

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