• Last Bite

Last Bite

  • August 1st, 2011

Elberta is not highly colored, but it has good flavor, bears dependably, and is widely adapted—traits the helped it dominate the peach industry for nearly a century.

Elberta, probably the most widely known peach variety ever, was the first large, firm, shippable peach that was yellow-fleshed, freestone, and melting. It [...]

  • Apple selections evaluated for postharvest performance

Apple selections evaluated for postharvest performance

  • August 1st, 2011

Starting about three weeks before anticipated harvest, fruit of each selection is tested weekly for starch conversion.
Washington Tree Fruit Research commission

The Washington State University apple breeding program is focused on developing novel apple varieties that will meet or exceed the quality of currently grown commercial varieties, both off [...]

  • What’s hot in grape varieties

What’s hot in grape varieties

  • August 1st, 2011

Jeff Sample has a small greenhouse that he uses to grow cuttings and increase the number of vines that he can plant from Foundation Plant Services. Sixty sticks of dormant wood yields about 100 plants.

Since the late fall freeze last November in Washington State, Jeff Sample of Terroir Nouveaux [...]

  • Last Bite

Last Bite

  • July 1st, 2011

The Santa Rosa plum was the most widely grown plum in California until the mid-1970s.

The Santa Rosa plum, one of the most popular and widely known plum varieties in America, was named after the northern California city of Santa Rosa where Luther Burbank, the plum’s breeder, settled in 1875 [...]

  • Honeycrisp season expanded

Honeycrisp season expanded

Wescott Agri Products

Right from the get-go, Fred Wescott thought Honeycrisp would be a new force in the apple market. And he bet on it. He planted orchards in Minnesota and northern Washington. And, now, his company is bringing Honeycrisp into the United States from partners in Chile, starting its [...]

  • Hopes were high

Hopes were high

  • June 1st, 2011

A colorful sampling of interspecific plum selections bred by Glen Bradford of BQ Genetics.
BQ Genetics

When modern varieties of plums crossed with apricots were first commercially released in the late 1980s, the new fruit offered great promise of energizing the plum industry and exciting consumers. Though the hybrid fruit, [...]

  • Varieties that are changing the peach industry

Varieties that are changing the peach industry

  • June 1st, 2011

The New Jersey Peach Festival has been held in July for the past 25 years, at which peach varieties can be tasted and discussed. “We usually have about 20,000 to 30,000 people attend,” said Jerry Frecon, showing the variety display.
COURTESY OF JERRY FRECON

Jerry Frecon takes pride in the [...]

  • Honeycrisp challenges club concept

Honeycrisp challenges club concept

  • June 1st, 2011

The name SweeTango captures the apple’s sweet, tangy taste.
COURTESY SALLY & WILFRID MENNELL

Honeycrisp has set the standard for new varieties to follow in terms of consumer acceptance and the returns that growers expect, apple marketers say.

t’s also one of the few varieties that producers can freely plant and [...]

WSU to protect new varieties

  • June 1st, 2011

Washington State University is taking steps to protect its new apple variety, WA 2, in overseas countries. WA 2, the first variety to emanate from its apple breeding program, is moving into the commercialization phase and is available to Washington growers only.

Dr. Kate Evans, WSU’s pome fruit breeder, said [...]

  • Grapes for Puget Sound

Grapes for Puget Sound

  • June 1st, 2011

Left to right, Top: Regent, Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Noir Precoce. Bottom: Golubok, Rondo

Field trials of cool climate wine grape cultivars are beginning to identify varieties of potential for Washington State’s Puget Sound. For some varieties, field data have been collected for more than a decade, providing viticultural information. In [...]

  • Patterson, an all-round apricot

Patterson, an all-round apricot

  • June 1st, 2011

The late private fruit breeder Fred Anderson, known as father of the modern-day nectarine, is credited with the development of yellow-fleshed nectarines in California. But he also made a mark on the apricot industry with his Patterson variety.

The variety originated from Anderson’s breeding program located in Le Grand, California, [...]

  • Apples for every taste

Apples for every taste

  • June 1st, 2011

As well as growing fresh apples, Jack Feil grows cider apples, including Hewes Crab, a variety that originated in Virginia around 300 years ago.

Jack Feil grows more than 200 different apple varieties at his orchard in East Wenatchee, Washington, but thinks that’s not enough. He wants to grow apples [...]