Honeycrisp Apple, Morello Cherry

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I’ve looked up Honeycrisp apple in the Nafex archives and found I remembered correctly that it is well thought of by the Nafex folks who do go first for flavor & garden worthiness. They compared it to Macintosh for flavor. There was not much mention of Morello Cherries except that they have great flavor and will do well against a north wall (!) and that the ‘Evans’ cherry is a Morello descendant and highly popular in the Canadian prairies. DNA Gardens in Canada list them and lots of other interesting fruits–I have emailed them to see if they ship to the US–bulletins when they happen.
Applesource is a good way to ‘test drive’ apples for flavor before putting in your orchard–it is how I decided on ‘Pink Pearl’ and ‘Golden Russet’. They ship assortments you choose from their list of current & antique apples.
I wonder if there is a similar source for other fruits? Raintree sells preserves from different fruits but that’s not quite the same thing. Nafex’s nursery resource list is here.

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USDA Hardiness Zone: 4b/5aLocation: rural; just south of British Columbia/Idaho borderGeographic type: foot of Black & Clifty Mountains (foothills of Rockies–the Wet Columbia Mountains in BC climate- speak)Soil type:acid sand (glacial lake bed)/coniferous forestExperience level: intermediate/professionalParticular interests: fragrant & edible plants, hardy bulbs, cottage gardening, alpines, peonies, penstemons & other blue flowers, primulas, antique & species roses & iris; nocturnal flowers Also: owner of Paradise Gardens Rare Plant Nursery

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