Red Chinese Mulberries
The Red Chinese mulberry tree is a broad, spreading bush or small tree dotted with small thorns. Like its mulberry relatives, the fruits are technically not a berries but rather aggregates of tiny fleshy drupes clustered around a single stem
Monterrey pears are a large variety from northern Mexico, botanically a cultivar of Pyrus pyrifolia. The Asian pear hybrid was selected from the tree of a popular southern Texas variety. Monterrey pears are a cross of European pear and a Japanese pear.
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The Snow apple, also known as Fameuse (which means famous in French), is a small to medium-sized red apple that often has green or cream-colored spots. It has a snow-white flesh and a strawberry-like aroma. The Snow apple is described as distinctive in flavor with spicy and sweet notes and a juicy, tender flesh.
Snow apples are available mid to late fall.
Snow apples are an antique variety of Malus Domestica. Snow apples are a dessert apple (meaning they can be eaten raw) and are thought to be an ancestor of the well-known McIntosh Apple. Snow apple trees produce a heavy crop every other year if they are not thinned; it is recommended that thinning occur early to reduce the crop load. The Snow apple is also known as Fameuse, Chimney, Chimney Pointe, Pomme de Neige, Red American, Royal Snow, and Snow Chimney apple.
Snow apples are high in vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, riboflavin and also contain minerals such as potassium, copper, manganese, and magnesium. Apples eaten with the skin contain fiber; aiding in digestion.
Snow apples can be eaten raw, juiced, made into cider, or cooked. Snow apples are often eaten raw or used for cider because of their lack of storage ability.
In the 1730s Snow apple trees were planted around Lake Champlain, Quebec. After the French-Indian war, all that remained in the Lake Champlain area were stone chimneys and apple trees, thus the surrounding area became known as Chimney Point and Fameuse apples were given the nickname “Chimney apples.” In America this variety became known as Snow apples because of their white flesh. There is a 90-year-old Snow apple tree that lives on Robert Frost’s farm in Vermont. It is speculated that the poet planted the tree himself.
Originating in France approximately during the 1600s, the Snow apple was introduced into Canada and America in the 1700s. The Snow apple was the most commonly cultivated apple in Quebec, Canada, until 1860 when most of the trees died due to an unknown disease or a particularly severe cold and dry winter. The Snow apple has failed to regain popularity since the Quebec tree loss. Snow apple trees grow in hardiness zones 4-8, which means the coldest temperature they’re able to withstand is between 4(-20 to -30 degrees Fahrenheit) and 8(-10 to -20 degrees Fahrenheit).