It is always a wonderful day tasting fruit at Wolfskill in Winters. Our California Rare Fruit Grower (CRFG) club is treated great when the staff hosts a tasting. This week we were treated to tasting fresh and dried mulberries, eight of each. The farm has 60 varieties of mulberries that are cared for to save the genetic material along with collections of peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, almonds, prunes, grapes, walnuts, pistachios, persimmons, olives, pomegranates, figs and kiwifruits. These 150 acres are like a living library. It is a project between the University of California – Davis, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Agriculture Research Service (ARS). It is one of 32 repositories.
The lower picture is of Pakistan Mulberry. I have been growing this one for several years here at MST. The fruit was very popular at the tasting and seemed to be the people’s favorite. There was a blind dried mulberry tasting and the results will be made available soon.