“Hey! I have a question.”
What’s your question?
“On your last blog post your talked about a stone and pome fruit orchard, can you use plain English and tell me what you were talking about?”
Sure. A stone fruit (a.k.a. drupe if your being scientific) is a general term used for a fruit with flesh or pulp enclosing a stone or pit. For example, peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums and cherries are considered stone fruits. The stone is usually a single shell of woody endocarp with a seed inside.
Pome fruit on the other hand, is fruit with a “core” of several small seeds surrounded by a tough membrane. The membrane is encased in an edible layer of flesh. Apples and pears are the most common type of pome fruit. One interesting side note, pomes are the fleshy fruits of the rose family (Rosaceae).
If you were to visit our orchard, currently you would find 16 stone fruit trees and 6 pome fruit trees. There are planes to increase the numbers next year. Stay tuned . . . .