Unappreciated Fruits Seminar, Corvallis, OR, Oct. 8-10, 2009

Sponsored by USDA Agricultural Research Service and OSU Horticulture,

Renowned pomology dignitaries were in Corvallis to share their excitement about the history of fruit growing and the potential of some underutilized fruits that deserve more attention in the United States. The cultivation and use of quince, medlar, hardy kiwifruit, sorbopyrus, haskap, pawpaw and other oddities were discussed by persons considered by some to be fruit specialists and by others to be fruit fanatics!

10:00 – 10:45   Dr. Jules Janick (Distinguished Professor, Purdue University)
History of Fruit and Nut Iconography

10:45 – 11:30   Barbara Ghazarian (The Queen of Quince, Monterey, California)
Simply Quince, from breakfast to dinner for three thousand years.

11:30 – 12:15   David Karp (Writer & Fruit Detective, Los Angeles, California)
In search of exquisite fruits.

12:15 – 1:00     Susan Dolan (National Park Service, Seattle) – A Fruitful Legacy – The evolution of American orchards from 1600 to the present.

1:00 – 2:00       Chad Finn, Kim Hummer & Joseph Postman (USDA ARS, Corvallis) Chinese hardy “baby” kiwi, Japanese Haskap, Sorbopyrus and other interesting, weird and deviant fruits.

USDA Genebank Open House

Joseph Postman, USDA quince curator, with the “Queen of Quince.”

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