By grafting the Che onto an Osage orange a superior single-trunk fruit tree is created. It bears a large crop of red, juicy fruit clusters reminiscent of round mulberries about an inch through, ping-pong ball-ish in size. The flavor is a cross between a mulberry and a fig, which it not remarkable as it is related to both. It is also distantly related to Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis), Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus), Fig (Ficus spp.), Mulberry (Morus spp.), African Breadfruit (Treculis africana), Paper Mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera) and the aforementioned Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera.)
In the years that followed, I occasionally happened upon the plant on the printed page where I found lukewarm descriptions of the fruit’s ﬂavor—”mild watermelon,” for example. Almost twenty years after our introduction I decided, ﬁnally, to plant a che and evaluate the fruit for myself; a year later I tasted my ﬁrst fruit. It was very good and nothing like a “mild watermelon.”
Were you to meld all the characteristics of a fresh ﬁg and a mulberry—both, incidentally, relatives of che—you would end up with something very close to a che fruit. To wit, che is an inch to an inch-and-a-half across, round, and a dull maroon with a rich red interior, a slightly chewy texture, and a few edible seeds. The flavor is most deﬁnitely fresh ﬁg plus mulberry although neither quite as rich as the fig nor
quite as sweet as the mulberry.
Dan Boone wrote: They are, frankly, a pain in the you-know-what, and offer little value in return, being so hard and gnarly and thorny and difficult to use productively.
Dan Boone wrote:The downside to that is that the wood is very hard and dense, and often thorny. So it fights your axe, dulls your saw, and draws blood the instant you grow incautious while cutting, bucking, splitting, or stacking it.
I'm not saying it isn't of value as firewood; I'm just saying it's not a lot of fun to use that way.
ev kuhn wrote:any updates after 9 month?
Mike Patterson wrote:So is there any reason you couldn't graft a mulberry onto an osage orange?
Ken W Wilson wrote:
Dan Boone, do you have figs in your OK collection?