What is everyone eating from their orchard today?


One of the hardest things to overcome is genetics. My dad would eat terrible food, fry everything. Clean up with gasoline if working with paint or oil. Never washed veggies or fruit. He lived till 86, and his bother was the same way and lived till 94.
I kinda laugh a little at trying to eat super healthy, I try so I can keep my weight down, but I’m not really doing it for health reasons, I’m doing it totally for cosmetic ones. As for how long I live has more to do with my genetics.
My dad was so malnourished as a POW, he lost all of his teeth had berry berry, scurvy, malaria, and a tape worm. Was a POW for 3 years 4 months. Did this tremendous strain on his body limit his life? Absolutely not.
I miss my dad a lot, but don’t miss the smell of fried chicken and pickled pigs feet which he pretty much ate weekly.
If you do take care of yourself you will live longer no doubt, but how much longer? Not as much as you think. It does though give you a better quality of life too. Jack LaLanne was 96 or 97 when he died. My uncle was 94 and never worked out or had a good diet.
Again eating well will give you a good quality life, and to me is worth it for that alone. And it could help you live longer. Probably does despite my observations.
On genetics and lifestyle.


Because my job keeps me moving nearly constantly, often lugging things around like ladders on uneven terrain, weight has never been a problem for me. I did notice I was becoming winded more easily a few years ago, though, and went back to a short, hard (steep hill, half a mile up, then back down) run 4 days a week. When I was younger I used to run just as hard and a lot longer.

Made me feel like a kid again, until a kid training for cross country passed me easily on my isolated road- well not that easily. He kept looking back and I swear I saw consternation on his countenance that it took him so long to leave me in the dust. About killed me to accomplish that.

Anyway, after a particularly hard day of busting sod with a shovel a couple of months ago my knee started aching and several doctor visits and an MRI seem to indicate a couple of meniscus tears and a spot of ligament bursitis.

Now I wonder if I will ever run again. Sigh! the travails of mortality. I may have a limp next time my Grandson sees me.

As long as I can keep carrying my ladder around for about another decade I’ll be fine.


HIIT - High Intensity Interval Training. The very best thing you can do for your heart and to burn off body fat. I do this, too, on my street. I walk from my house down to the bottom of the cul de sac, downhill. About maybe 100 - 110 yds. Then I run up to my driveway, and turn around, and walk back. It is a killer. But, it burns off body fat just about better than any exercise (that, and lifting weights to build muscle mass for post-menopausal women, who lose muscle mass at a much faster rate than pre-menopausal women). You should be able to run, Alan. Let the minsical tears heal, and allow the bursitis to resolve with rest and ibuprofen. There were some very good studies published just recently that showed running in later years actually doesn’t do the kind of joint damage we had originally assigned to running. Buy the very best running shoes money can buy, designed for running on either hard surfaces, if you’re running on the street, or for uneven surfaces, if trail running. You cannot spend too much money on your shoes. I don’t think I could ever claim being in as good a shape as you, Alan, but good for you to give that kid a true run for his money. Bam.


Thanks for the encouragement, the doctors don’t seem too worried either. I’ve just never had any nagging injury before in spite of a life time of depending on physical work to make money.

I read all those studies- at least when they reach the NY Times health section and I was aware that runners don’t have more knee problems than folks who ride bikes or do other things that would seem to be less wearing on the knees.

While I’ve stopped running I’ve started stretching and doing heavy calisthenics like push ups, pull ups, etc. If I can’t outrun them I better be prepared to make my stand.:grin:


Exercise can be a lifelong enjoyable event if you find something to do that you enjoy. I have been playing tennis for about 40 years now and I can’t wait for the next match. One big problem with continuing a competitive sport is that when you move into your senior years your competition is much younger. I don’t win as much as when I was younger but I still love the game and the circle of friends that come with it. Bill


Bill, This is where guile, deceit, and cheating come in handy. wink:


I’m about to eat the first ‘Champagne’ loquat of the season.


MrClint, how do you determine when loquat fruit is ripe?


They take on a deeper color and you’ll note some softness to the fruit. It rarely hurts to let the fruit sit another day when you think it might be ready. Here’s a pic of ‘Champagne’ from a couple of days ago:

I’m still letting the one in the picture sit. In so doing, a bunch of other fruit are ripening up as well.


I picked a few 20th Centrury Asian Pears today and they were Soooo good! I’m sure if I’d thinned more they would have been bigger. I like to let them turn yellow before picking. Th

ey don’t last long after that but sure are sweeter.


I have a 20th Century tree too. They are delicious!


Don’t get mad at me. I try to be honest here. My 20 th fruit is juicy but mildy sweet. The good thing is that I can eat them without peeling the skin.

To me, it is not in the same league as Korean Ginat or Hosui on a taste level. If KG is a 9 out of 10, my 20 th century would be a 5, sonetimes 6. Shinko ( from my tree) would be a 2.


Honestly, I have good reason to believe that the fruit pictured and described by me may very well NOT be 20th Century. I forget all the details of why I was suspicious, but on the tag I have a question mark after the name, which means I’m not at all sure. These guys are super sweet, so they don’t sound like your description. Can you (or anyone else) tell just from that photo whether or not you think they are 20th century pears? Certainly the are some type of Asian pear, though. Thanks.


Take a few close up pics, please. Maybe, you can take pics of them cut up, too.

I have heard that Shiseiki tastes better. That would be one of my guesses.


Those look and sound like Shinsui. My Shinsui are ripening now, I like that variety because it is a few weeks ahead of any other asian pear variety.


They appear to be picked at their peak. I’m sure they will be delicious.


This is my first time adding a picture so I hope I do this right, I’m quite the luddite.

Proud to show the first of my peaches, along with some berries. The white stuff on the peaches is Surround. I ended up with about 50 of these so far and there are another 30 or so on the tree. After a few years of failure, Scott’s organic program worked incredibly well.

I don’t know what kind of peaches they are, but they are delicious. I bought the tree for $1 from Home Depot years ago. If anyone has any guesses to the variety, please let me know.


Coralstar one of my favorites. Size of a softball.


Of my 49 fruit trees, I’ve only been able to harvest 2 Independence nectarines from my greenhouse tree. I should be able to eat some Puget Gold Apricots in another week or two, then some outdoors Independence nectarines and eventually Frost peaches and HardiRed nectarines. Today though we harvested our first batch of Triple Crown thornless blackberries, which ripened several days sooner than expected.

Here are some of the stone fruit I’m impatiently waiting to ripen.


These are what my kids and I did harvest today…

Then I harvested more for our upstairs neighbours…