Harrow Diamond Peach
Dec05

Harrow Diamond Peach

(Prunus persica) Every year, in mid July, I head to the Guelph Farmers’ Market to get the season’s first, almost-freestone peach, Harrow Diamond.  It’s one of the best!   Fully ripe, it has a gorgeous red blush.  It’s great in pies or try it in a Peach~ Blueberry Crisp!    Harrow Diamond was bred at the Greenhouse and Processing Crops Research Centre in Harrow, Ontario and is one of 15 peach cultivars developed...

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AC Harojoy Apricot
Dec05

AC Harojoy Apricot

(Prunus armeniaca) Released in 2000, the AC Harojoy is commonly grown in Southern Ontario and is ready for harvest in early-to-mid season.  Bred at the Greenhouse and Processing Crops Research Centre in Harrow, Ontario, the AC Harojoy apricot  is one of 13 apricot cultivars that Dr. Richard Layne developed between 1974 and 2003. This beautiful yet hardy and disease-resistant variety is able to withstand cold temperatures and is...

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Prairie Cherries
Nov21

Prairie Cherries

(Prunus cerasus)   Prairie cherries are one of my favourite new crops.  Developed by Dr. Bob Bors of the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, the may revolutionize fruit growing in Canada’s western provinces. Sour cherries are not a new crop for North Americans.  What is new is the range climates that this intensely flavorful fruit can now be grown. Thanks to a generous dose of Mongolian genetics, cultivars released...

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Sweetheart Cherry
Nov05

Sweetheart Cherry

(Prunus avium) Sweetheart cherries won the the 2012 Outstanding Fruit Cultivar Award from the American Society for Horticultural Science, due to their influence on the sweet cherry industry, at a national and global level.   Bred by Dr. David Lane and Mr. Richard MacDonald at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Summerland, British Columbia, Sweethearts are a late-season sweet cherry, ready for harvest in early August. Widely...

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