Below is a statement you can easily find with a google search on “fruit not bothered by spotted wing drosophila” or SWD.
In particular, SWD will feed on thin-skinned, soft fruits such as raspberries , blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, grapes, plums and cherries. They do not attack healthy apples, pears or cherry tomatoes. However, if these fruits become damaged, they can successfully infest them.
So with this SWD issue, I am having to rethink exactly what I want to have growing here that gets ripe in July/August timeframe.
The google info above mentions that they do not bother healthy apples or pears. I have a early Mcintosh apple and had some ripening late June, and all thru July so far and no SWD issues found with those. I consider myself lucky to have one thing already that ripens in July that these things will hopefully not bother. It would be nice to have 2-3 other fruits to add to that.
Do you know of any Pears or other Apples or any other fruit that ripen in July/August that SWD is known not to bother (healthy fruits) ?
Is there a early ripening muscadine for example ? not prone to splitting, too tuf skinned for SWD ?
Trying to think long term here… and move towards a goal of having very little fruit getting ripe here that I have to bag to keep these things from infesting.
I could eat Apples, Pears and Muscadines for a month or two
Any early ripening Jujube’s out there ?
Have any of you started to move in a direction like that for your SWD period ?
If so what fruit choices have you decided to try ?