Cornus mas fruiting on it's own

Bradybb WA-Zone8May 25, 2012

I picked up this plant last Fall after trying some wonderful Gelato or ice cream made from it's fruit.There was some talk about needing two to have fruit.I know there isn't another in the neighborhood and this one blossomed and now has lots of berries.Maybe two or more will get more,but I'm impressed by the amount. Brady

Around February/March


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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Very interesting, Brady. Any idea how this fruit tastes?

Patty S.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 3:30PM
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It is great in jam, ice cream and especially good in meat souces or other sweeet and soure meat dishes. Unbeatable with lamb.
It is very popular in Caucasian places like Armenia, Geordia, Southern Russia, etc. It is caled Kizil there, Kizil jam or Kizil sauce, etc.
I am a big fan of kizil, but I don't think it is good for fresh eating.
I grow two varieties, just in case :)

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 5:11PM
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Bradybb WA-Zone8

I tried a few off the tree at One Green World in Oregon last Fall.They were good,a little tart.Some people say they are very tart and others tell to wait until they are almost withering on the tree for best flavor. Brady

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 5:15PM
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The flavor is like a mixture of tart cherry and cranberry. Mine is somewhat astringent raw, although pretty good when it's so ripe its red-black and starting to shrivel, almost "bletted". Mine is just seedling grown, improved varieties may be better.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 7:49PM
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Patty cornus mas is great fruit for fresh eating when truly ripe-left on plant to ripen fully, then left for a day after picked. Then you get a great tasting fruit. Popular limited season delicacy in northern Iran I didn't get enough exposure to in southern Iran because too perishable to ship down south to us when truly ripe.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 10:52PM
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austransplant(MD 7)

Glad to hear you're getting fruit Brady. I suspect self-fertility depends on the variety. I got a Jolico (actually two, one a replacement for another out of stock variety) from Hidden Springs Nursery some years ago. I was told the variety was self-fertile, but I am yet to get fruit. In the mean time I've planted another variety, but they are relatively slow growers. One day I'll get to taste them!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 10:58PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Well, thank you all for such great descriptions. It is a very pretty potted tree. I'll have to see if I can find a spot on my north slope for one.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2012 at 11:17PM
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Its my understanding that C.mas is wind pollinated. That makes sense to me, here in WI when it blooms there are no pollinators out that early in the year. The fruit is delicious! I have a friend who has invited me to collect as much as I want from the 4 trees at his work place. I harvested about a 5 gallon bucket full this year. The fruit is fairly delicate and didn't make very good sauce. I had to tame down the astringency with apple sauce. The fruit leather was OK as well but I'm now inspired to make ice cream! Good thread.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 11:39AM
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