Image DonationsIt would be quite difficult for me to get many of these images on my own, so I am in need of assistance. The images would need to be unique to the internet, so I know that they aren't being taken from someone else.
I would appreciate images of any variety for any (fruit or nut) species, including ones I don’t have on the site yet, but with a preference for those that can be grown between hardiness zones 1 and 8. I am looking for images for each variety from multiple regions with rather different climates since that can sometimes dramatically influence the color of the skin (I will name them by state or region to make it apparent). I prefer the image to be of your average, undamaged fruit. I don’t want to decieve people by displaying the most photogenic fruit you can find. If the fruit comes from a tree that is partially shaded, let me know, and I will add it to the image title as well, assuming they are used (I only need a few per region). Images of the tree would occasionally be nice as well, particularly if it’s of a more unique quality that would help people identify the variety or of the fall colors (or lack of) within your region. The images should be converted to JPEG or jpg to reduce the size of the file before emailing. You can change the image type with "Save as" on Windows Paint or a similar program.
You can send them to
ReviewsEveryone who appears to have at least some experience and is willing to participate will be approved, but if participation ever becomes significant, I may become increasingly strict in hopes to improve accuracy and reduce the total review length (limiting it to the most experienced).
Ratings should be about varieties you either grow or have gotten from a local orchard or a friend. Do not rate varieties you've only had from the store, but you can use them as a comparison for your variety ratings. You can change, add, or remove any of your ratings whenever you consider it appropriate, but it may take me a few days to update it on the site. If I get enough reviews to notice a pattern implying X variety does well in the west but not the east, or something similar, I will make it known. Reviewing (or donating images of) varieties I don't have on the site yet will encourage me to add them sooner than I originally would have.
Right now, you will have to email your review, but if I gain enough participants, I will create you an account and a way for you to update your reviews on your own (after I'm done with the current wave of page updates).
Each variety should have, at the very minimum, a rating between 5* and 1*, based entirely on its fresh eating quality (and nothing more) in your climate, or a previous climate you grew them in. You must also tell me your state and the closest city your ratings are based on, so I can get the elevation and the average temperature (of your hottest day of the year) to pair with your reviews.
5* to 1* (5 excellent, 4 above average, 3 average, 2 below average, 1 poor)
If the quality is unusually variable from year to year, or even fruit to fruit, you should add that to your review as well. You may also add the number of years you have had experience with a particular variety. If you aren't quit sure, just add something like "3+ years", implying you have had at least 3 or more years of experience with it. If you only have 1 or 2 years of experience with a particular variety, and one of those years produced poor quality fruit, you are probably better off ignoring it for now, but I'll leave that up to you. Like I said, you can always change your review if it seems appropriate. You can also add a short summary of a few other characteristics you have noticed. For example:
acid: high, moderate-high, moderate, moderate-low, low, or somewhere between the two.
For some fruit, such as plums and gooseberries, you should have an acidity level for the flesh and the skin.
sugar: high, moderate, or low
Sugar rating should be excluded if there is no acidity rating. If something is rated as high in sugar, but you leave out that it also happens to have high acidity, some people are going to be in for a shock.
You may also measure pH and brix levels and send the results, but I am currently more interested in the pH/acidity.
texture: hard, soft, crisp, mushy, juicy, etc...
organic: yes, no, or somewhat
Has it been organically grown with reasonable results in your climate? "Organic" as in chemical or biological control from natural sources that are generally considered to be of fairly low toxicity. You may also add which diseases you have the most or least problems with as well if you would like.
splitting: resistant, somewhat resistant, susceptible, or somewhat susceptible
We can assume most cherries and plums are fairly susceptible to splitting, but for those that are noticeably more resistant than usual, that is when you should use "splitting: resistant". Use "splitting: susceptible" on varieties for species that are generally not considered to be susceptible to splitting.
biennial: yes, no, or somewhat
(your state here), (your closest city here)
Arkansas Black apple
4*, variable quality, moderately acidic, hard flesh, grown organically, no significant problems with disease yet, 3+ years testing the fruit but the tree has been around since early 2010's. Flavor appears to improve after X (day or weeks) in (warm or cold) storage.
Arkansas Black apple 4*
or simply just
Arkansas Black 4*