Would you like cinnamon or strawberries with that?

cinnamon and strawberry

The apple on the left is a ‘Cinnamon Spice’ and the one on the right is a ‘Strawberry Parfait.’ I just harvested both on a foggy morning—today. And, yes, their names really do describe the flavors. Cinnamon Spice has a very mild cinnamon character, and is a great, cripy apple. Strawberry Parfait has a really intense berrylike flavor—some might even find it too intense, although I like it and Merry loves it, and she is not even much of a fan of apples, ordinarily.

This is one of the great pleasures of home orchard experimentation: The vast range of flavors you can get out of fruit is a constant source of amazement, as well as taste pleasure.

Now, I can hardly wait for my first ripe apple off this tree, growing on my apple espalier fence:

Freiburg

It is called Freiburg, and is said to have a distinct anise flavor.

(In the background of that photo you can see a little bit of the Ladera Frutal grapefruit grove.)

Oh, and about that foggy morning. Turned out it was a prelude to a pretty hot day—86 degrees.

5 thoughts on “Would you like cinnamon or strawberries with that?

  1. I live in Pacific Palisades, CA and probably have a an average of 300-350 chill hours a year. Here is what I’ve had success with over the last 10 yrs:
    Apples: Adena Stark (cinnamon)
    White Winter P (great)
    Fuji
    Pettingill
    Plums/Puot:
    Santa Rosa
    Dapple Dandy
    Flavor Grenade
    Pear:
    Floridahome
    Hood
    Peach/Nect:
    Edwards Ambrosia
    ” Divinity
    Cherry:
    Royal Rainier (tree fruits
    very well)

    I made a huge mistake about three years ago when my Blenheim Apricot died…I replaced it with a Goldkist which has had spotty production at best. After reading your blog I am going to try the Newcaste and a Flavor Delight Aprium.
    I also have three types of table grapes and three different blueberries.
    I would have an interest in exchanging scion wood with you (Strawberry Parfait) if you have an interest.
    Craig Johnson

  2. Craig, I am delighted that you posted this. I hope other fruit-growers will follow your lead! It is very encouraging to learn of your experience with Royal Rainier cherry.

  3. Craig, I am delighted that you posted this. I hope other fruit-growers will follow your lead! It is very encouraging to learn of your experience with Royal Rainier cherry.

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