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Jul 10, 2009 09:20 PM

Comparative Stone Fruit Tasting, Livermore's Alden Lane?

We did stone fruit tasting at a fruit tree breeder's place recently and the breeder mentioned that this weekend in Livermore, Alden Lane nursery has about forty different fruit varieties to sample.

Has anyone gone to this event before? And what varieties of stone fruits did you like?

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  1. Thanks for the heads up. Sounds like a fun outing. Here's some more info:

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      So I went out there today. The fruit tasting was part of their "Art Under the Oaks" event, so there was music, etc. as well. They actually "only" had 21 different stone fruits, including apricots, plums, pluots, nectarines, a nectaplum and peaches. What was nice was that they had information about the requirements for the trees, and were able to advise me as to which ones would do well in Alameda (it turned out my favorite nectarine was one!).

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Cool, thanks for the report, i was wondering, what was the name of the nectarine you liked?
        and was it listed as a low acid or a balanced acid?

        any peach or apricot varieties that were especially aromatic?

        1. re: evernote

          The nectarine was Snow Queen. Since the tasting was oriented toward finding a good variety to grow, the info was focused on things like how many hours of chilling they needed and whether they were self-fruitful (Snow Queen is only needs minimal chilling hours, which is great because the near the Bay it doesn't get that cold, and is self-fruitful). I don't like really low-acid fruits -- I would say this one had a nicely balanced acid. The one apricot they had was an experimental variety that was delicious -- very apricot-y. I didn't pay much attention to the peaches, but the crowd favorite (they were taking votes for people's favorites on a white board) seemed to be the donut peaches.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Thanks so much! I'll keep an eye out for Snow Queen.

            I heard there's a new low chill cherry that should be coming on the market soon -- that's suitable for socal requirements too. I've never liked the two main varieties of donut peaches on the market, but recently I tried a few new varieties and they were full of flavor, good stuff. I'll have to check out the fruit road show when they come out to my side of town. Thanks again!