Vegetables and Fruit forum: Benefits and limitations of Hybrid fruit

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PCR
Sep 30, 2017 5:52 PM CST
Hey guys! Just wanting some feedback for why consumers would buy a hybrid fruit rather than standardised fruit Smiling Thanks!!
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Sep 30, 2017 7:02 PM CST
May I assume that you are asking why one would prefer a hybrid to an open pollinated. Other than a few consumers who have philosophical reasons, most just want fruits that look good meets their taste test. It is the producers trying to meet those desires that constantly look for better producers, that will stand the stress of marketing and look good at their final destination. That is easier to do with hybrids. If you are meaning fruits like apples, oranges, pears peaches, grapes, berries etc. These are almost all hybrids.
Name: Deb
PNW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Sep 30, 2017 9:23 PM CST
In addition to looking and tasting good, many people like to save their own seed, which can only be done reliably with open pollinated varieties (hybrids do not come true from their seed). I love the IDEA of saving seed, but rarely do so as my success rate at starting plants from seeds is rather abysmal (except those which can be direct planted). I should adopt that as a new challenge in my dotage.
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Name: Paul Fish
Brownville, Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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PaulF
Oct 1, 2017 8:35 AM CST
So far as most consumers are concerned, there is really no choice to it. Nearly all fruits and vegetables are sold as a convenience at grocery stores. These have been bred for the marketplace with the traits of being 'supermarket ready'. That is the thick skins for shipability, long shelf life, the perfect look for salability; and with this often comes lack of flavor.

Sometimes fruit stands will have O/P fruits and vegetables but more often than not they too will have hybrids for the same reasons as grocery stores. Home grown fruits and vegetables, mostly vegetables grown by the home gardener can be O/P-heirloom if grown from seeds or those few plants on the market that are O/P. As Dill said, fruits are almost all hybrids even though they can be grown in the home garden.

If I grow it I can choose my vegetables and which (hybrid) fruit varieties I want. Otherwise I am at the mercy of only having store-bought hybrids to choose from.
Name: Deb
PNW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Fruit Growers Ferns Dragonflies
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Birds Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
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Bonehead
Oct 1, 2017 9:47 AM CST
Here's an interesting video on sustainable growing: (hope the link works)

https://www.facebook.com/searc...
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PCR
Oct 2, 2017 8:46 PM CST
Thank you so much guys! the feedback is appreciated greatly. When i say standardised fruit, i do mean open-pollinated seeds which produce fruits that are identical to their parents, thank you Farmerdill! Thank You! Smiling

If anyone else has anymore input on the topic, please comment, it would help my studies! Big Grin

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