Fruit Gardener

Volume 47, No. 6 - November & December 2015

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Fruit Gardener November/December 2015 cover

Photo by Jenny Hom – Phoenix, AZ

Features

2015 Festival of Fruit
Here are the sights of the Festival of Fruit in San Diego and the smiles of members enjoying
themselves. This festival was cosponsored by the San Diego chapter of CRFG, the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program and the Master Gardener Association of San Diego County. The diverse plant sale area was chock full of goodies and savvy growers.
 
Star of David Fruit: 6-Sided Carambola
A tree having atypical characteristics is interesting. This is also true when the fruits from
one’s trees differ from the norm. The carambola fruits that Ernest H. Williams, Jr. and Lucy
Bunkley-Williams have been picking from their tree in Puerto Rico are especially striking.
 
Ya Gotta Love Parasitoids
People don’t often think about the close-up details of what natural predators on insect pests
actually can do. Don Winterstein thought about it. A lot. And what he describes is a rather
macabre scenario, yet it is satisfying because of the hope it represents for all who love citrus.
 
Canning 101: The Basics
Beverly Alfeld, our Jamlady, worries a lot about how easy it is for those uninitiated in canning methods to allow dangerous casualness to creep into canning procedures. At best it can result in a ruined batch of food and lost investment. At worst, it can produce deadly toxins.
 
Arizona Pomegranate Harvest
Jenny Hom of the Arizona chapter in Phoenix sent us this article by Tad Thompson, thinking
that we might want to publish it in the Fruit Gardener. We did want to, so here it is.
 
CRFG Scholarships and Internships
Emory Walton epitomizes the ideal CRFG member: He is always ready to help with anything. Deeply interested in things that will promote CRFG scholarship and internship programs, he was happy to write about them. These programs have been financially sustained and actively promoted by many; individual members and several of our chapters have donated generously to CRFG’s assistance programs or created new ones. Our high school grafting teams are also a big boost to these assistance efforts; they sometimes provide the “seeds” that stimulate some students to seek an education in agriculture or perhaps sharpen their focus on a specialty.
 
George Emerich’s Black Sapote
When Alex Silber saw the tribute to George Emerich last issue, he had to let us know how
proud he is to be enjoying fine fruit from a choice black sapote that originated with George.
 
Departments

Ask the Experts—VOLUNTEER FIG, SICK FIG AND 'JANICE' FIG
From the Editor
From the President
CRFG Kitchen—KATHY'S FINAL RECIPES
Jamming with Jamlady—CRUCIAL ESSENTIALS OF CANNING
The Marketplace
Seed Bank
Essentials

CRFG Officers, Chapters and Services
CRFG Membership
Lost Friends (addendum)—GEORGE EMERICH'S BLACK SAPOTE

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