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Old Aug 18th 2011, 8:45 pm
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Yes, sorbus is what I've been saying but I can't find one that matches the colour of the fruit. I've been on RHS, googled, you name it..........
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Originally Posted by fionamw
No, the leaves definitely look similar but the fruit's nowhere near as big, not that colour, not the texture described and not chocolatey!Have to go with my first instinct of it being a rowan - which given the name, sorbus, and my neighbour's spanish word sounding like serbo/zerbo, whatever, does tie in. I just can't find a variety with the right coloured fruit!
Might be new/unique, and I could get him (and me) some kind of horticultural fortune
Ah well, have a look here to see anything hopefully similar:
http://www.foodsubs.com/Fruittroex.html#white sapote

Yet, imagine a fruit tasting of chocolate pudding!
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Old Aug 19th 2011, 6:03 am
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No, thanks for the suggestions (and a brilliant thesaurus link.... !) but not remotely convinced. If anyone knows the Rowan varieties like the back of their hand I stand a chance! In fact that's one thing I haven't googled...........
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http://www.gardenaction.co.uk/trees/...er-species.asp

Is this link any good? it gives descriptions of the varieties of rowan.
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OK, I think this is what it is. A Spanish friend has been doing some digging, and says this is a “serbal” (Sorbus domesticus), an old-fashioned fruit with almost no commercial interest.

Sounds about right, and the leaf does look like a sorbus.
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Not so much a delayed reaction, more an 'I'm in the UK, haven't had a chance to reply'.....
I agree Sorbus Domesticus looks by far the most likely candidate. The only thing holding me back is the actual colour of the fruit. The ones on my neighbour's tree are definitely green....yellow....then brown when bletted.
If the colour variation is typical, then yes that's probably what they are!
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Originally Posted by fionamw
Not so much a delayed reaction, more an 'I'm in the UK, haven't had a chance to reply'.....
I agree Sorbus Domesticus looks by far the most likely candidate. The only thing holding me back is the actual colour of the fruit. The ones on my neighbour's tree are definitely green....yellow....then brown when bletted.
If the colour variation is typical, then yes that's probably what they are!
I'ts certainly not a fruit I'd bother with.
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There are literally hundreds of varieties of Sorbus domesticus.......
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There are literally hundreds of varieties of Sorbus domesticus.......
Mmm. Kind of figured. I can't imagine it's anything special, it's not that kind of land nor that kind of owner (nice, knows his varieties of fig/vine/etc but I can't see it being an F1 Hybrid or whatever!)
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I bought some of these today Pithaya fruit, supposed to be the best fruit for eyesight.http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=pit...2&ved=0CEEQsAQ
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I bought some of these today Pithaya fruit, supposed to be the best fruit for eyesight.http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=pit...2&ved=0CEEQsAQ
Personally, like a lot of 'new' fruit, they are a real disappointment being to me, rather tasteless. Horned melon, I think they are called. The red flesh is supposed to be sweeter. I've been trying to grow them out here, but without much success.
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Personally, like a lot of 'new' fruit, they are a real disappointment being to me, rather tasteless. Horned melon, I think they are called. The red flesh is supposed to be sweeter. I've been trying to grow them out here, but without much success.
Look a bit like kohl rabi
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Originally Posted by fionamw
Look a bit like kohl rabi
But so many are rubbish. Star fruit? To me it's almost tasteless. Papaya? Amost as bad. Passion fruit are good, but the large yellow ones are like eating sweet frogspawn.

I used to admire Tesco for selling so many unusual ones, as it gave me a chance to try some I would never have seen otherwise. Custard apple, mangosteen, and some others I can't remember.
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Truth be told even the 'good' ones are often next to tasteless because they're picked underripe, gassed (sorry, kept in a controlled environment) and put on cooled supermarket shelves. No mango ever tasted like one fresh from the bush on a warm day. No avocado ditto. Strange though lemons feel when they're warm, they give better juice taken straight from tree to kitchen. Not that many 'traditional English apples' taste that brilliant from supermarkets, either. Don't get me started on the varieties being allowed to die out.
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Originally Posted by fionamw
Truth be told even the 'good' ones are often next to tasteless because they're picked underripe, gassed (sorry, kept in a controlled environment) and put on cooled supermarket shelves. No mango ever tasted like one fresh from the bush on a warm day. No avocado ditto. Strange though lemons feel when they're warm, they give better juice taken straight from tree to kitchen. Not that many 'traditional English apples' taste that brilliant from supermarkets, either. Don't get me started on the varieties being allowed to die out.
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You and me both. So many fruits are practically tasteless due to early picking and box ripening, or being bred for shape, size, colour and shelf life, rather than the priority being taste.

Allowing varieties to die out is criminal. You end up with the supermarket standard. It offends no-one, and by god it pleases no-one.
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