Fruit Gardener

Volume 40, No. 1 - January & February 2008

U.S. $5.00; Foreign Surface $6.00; Foreign Air $8.00
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Fruit Gardener November & December 2007 cover

Photo by
Lon Rombough

Features

Passion for Passiflora
On the inside front cover, Edgar Valdivia shares his experience of first becoming reacquainted with the fruit of his youth, then falling head over heels for it—one might
say he developed a passion. And along the way he became quite an authority as well.
 
Should I Plant an Avocado Seed?
To kick off the Year of the Avocado and the 40th Anniversary year of CRFG, Julie
Frink provides us an essay that ought to debunk a few common misconceptions.
 
The Medlar as Metaphor
In defiance of mindless consumption, Barbara Wilde holds forth on a rather
eclectic fruit not widely known and not exactly loved by those who know it. But,
as you will see in this interesting story, acquired tastes are sometimes the best of
all. Readers will also learn that the wood of the medlar is highly prized for the
Basque makila, ornate and intricate walking sticks that are anything but ordinary.
 
When Freshness is Not a Selling Point
Oh yes, there is more to know about the medlar. And who but David Karp could
bring it forth from relative obscurity with more thoroughness and style? David has
taken an earlier-written article that first appeared in The New York Times, and
expanded it by adding in material cut from the original as well as adding assiduously
saved facts, new information and a wonderful collection of photographs.
 
The Chinese Quince
On the inside back cover, Arlo Hale Smith offers a bit of comparative botanical information, some great photos of fruit and flowers and two very nice quince pie recipes.
 
Fruit Brief

Passion Fruit Passiflora edulis .......................... Alfredo Chiri
News & Notices



Calendar
CRFG Development Fund News
CRFG Services and Contact Information
CRFG Subscription Information & Form
Guide to Articles for 2008
Departments

Ask the Experts–HOW YOU CAN HELP CRFG GROW
Book Review–BURIED TREASURES
Book Review–AMAZON RIVER FRUITS
CRFG Kitchen–THE DELECTABLE, VERSATILE AVOCADO
From the Editor
From the President
Fruit Forum
Jamming with Jamlady–MEDLARS: UNIQUE FRUITS
Organic Gardening–AT CHADWICK GARDEN
Seed Bank
The Marketplace CRFG MERCHANDISE, CLASSIFIEDS

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