Hard-to-find fruit. Large rose hips with cinnamon applesauce flavor.
Now for something completely different;a fruit like no other. The flavor of this rose-relative is a culinary collage of loquat, kumquat, fig and dates, with smoky, spicy overtones: a bit like apple-butter. Growing on deciduous 20-foot tall trees, weirdly wonderful-looking 1" rust-rose fruits resemble russeted crabapples. The real weirdness comes at harvest time. After plucking the fruit, they require ?bletting?, which means letting the fruits ripen until almost rotten-looking; brown, wrinkled, squishy;and the inner pulp is brown and custard-like. Once bletted, eat the fruits immediately;the window of flavor opportunity is tiny! Splendid in chutney and jellies, or baked, roasted or stewed.
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It survived 1 summer in Phoenix, AZIt survived it's first summer in Phoenix, AZ- so it's tougher than one might think. I haven't seen much growth at all- not one branch, but it does have a few blossoms and flowers this year. I have put it on the garden line since the weather got hot, rather than the tree line in order to see if maybe it just needs a lot more water. It does look happier and is getting more leaves.
I can't say much about the fruit, as I haven't been able to try it yet. But the quality bare root I received, I was happy with and it sprouted quickly.