*@ 679 @ Jostaberry - Orus 8 @ Very productive in Edmonds. One plant has been divided into three. Good mixed with gooseberries and currants to make a colorful, sweet, tart jam. From a breeding program in Oregon. The name comes from ORegon+United+States. There are others in the ORUS series, but ORUS8 is the most popular. It is a cross of three Ribes species: R. nigrum × R. divaricatum × R. uva-crispa. @ end

*@ 663 @ Golden Chinquapin - Seedling @ Native to the west coast of the US, including the Olympic Penisula of Washington state. The plant is evergreen. The nut is edible and sweet, either raw or cooked. The nut can also be dried, ground into a powder and used as a thickening in soups, mixed with cereals when making bread. The seed is about 1cm long and has a hard shell @ end

*@ 654 @ Pine - Italian Stone @ Started from seed in the 80's. Took 15 years to make the first crop of pinenuts. Most of the pinenut shells are blank. I found a seedling of this tree in 2003, and that second generation seedling has its first cones in 2012. Only 9 years. It takes two seasons to make a pinenut from pollination to harvest. @ end

*@ 650 @ Barberry - Nepalese @ A well-flavoured fruit, it has a sweet taste with a blend of acid, though there is a slight bitterness caused by the seeds. It is dried and used like raisins in India. The fruit contains about 2.3% protein, 12% sugars, 2% ash, 0.6% tannin, 0.4% pectin. There is 4.6mg vitamin C per 100ml of juice. Flower buds are added to sauces. @ end

*@ 639 @ Fig - Dans Pride @ One cutting of this fig came from Dan Ackerman, a member of the Peninsula Chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society, and owner of Bayside Gardens in Brinnon, Wa. I don't know its history, but it is supposed to be one of the best figs on the Olympic Peninsula. DNA tests at the fig repository at UC Davis have properly identified this cultivar as Madeleine des Deux Saison. @ end

*@ 623 @ Quince - Seedling @ Seedling fruited for the first time in 2011. Seed was shared by Lon Rombough. He selected these seeds from seedlings of Eastern European origin that were approaching the quality of eating fresh out of hand. Not quite there with my seedling fruit. They smelled very fruity. I cooked them into a sauce that was tasty. @ end

*@ 620 @ Strawberry - Diamante @ An everbearing variety of strawberry. Developed by the plant breeder Douglas Shaw at the University of California, Davis. The cross was made in 1991 using the varieties Cal 87.112-6 and Cal 88.270-1. The patent was granted in 1998. The selection was initially named CN210, first fruiting in 1992. @ end

*@ 580 @ Asian Pear - Kosui @ Origininated in Japan in 1959 from a cross Kikusui x Wasekozo.

Partially russeted, golden yellow to tan, attractive, tender, may crack a bit after heavy rain. Excellent eating quality, tender, very juicy, high sugar, low acid.

After Shinsui, before Nijiseiki, early, 125-135 days after full bloom. @ end

*@ 565 @ Barberry - Tibetan @ The Forest Farm Nursery catalog says:
"Dry Tibetan hillsides at 10,000' have probably made this 6-9' shrub tough as well as attractive: spineless leaves turn red in fall & masses of soft yellow flowers are followed by blue-black berries." @ end

*@ 565 @ Western Mountain Ash - Seedling @ This Western Mountain Ash is from Holden Village. The fruits are edible to humans, fresh, cooked, and dried, but it is necessary to wait until the bitterness disappears after multiple frosts. A wine can be made from the berries, according to Jack Keller. @ end

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