Rowan Hybrids and sötrönnar - a taste test

A few years ago I wrote a enthusiastic Article about the various mountain ash hybrids and sötrönnarna I knew then. On paper, they are of course very exciting. Rowan hybrids with its diverse genetics, some of which are triple junctions between rowan, apples and pears, as well as the fact that most of those said to be designed by the legendary Russian plant parents successor Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin does not make it less interesting. The different sötrönnarna also has a fascinating history, such cultivar 'Nevezhinskaja' purportedly Finder a Russian shepherd and which today is considered a threat of food crops Slow Food Foundation. But how do they taste really?

Hybrid rowan tasting
From the left: rönnaronia 'Likjornaja', rönnaronia ‘Mitjurinskaja Desertnaja’, päronoxel 'ZoltÆn’ and a sötrönn (Sorbus aucuparia var. edulis) Diversity in the garden Stjärnsund.

This year there was a good harvest of the grapes, and last year I had the opportunity to munch my way through the many varieties of the fantastic nursery B’Ströö on Öland. In general, I think Rowan genes get pretty much the impact of most rowan hybrids.

Rönnaroniorna (x Sorbaronia fallax) with varieties 'Burka', 'Bursinka' and 'Likjornaja' is beautiful to look at and is certainly beneficial, but the taste is in the no further when picking them directly from the tree. Somehow it combines the its two parent species inferior taste characteristics. Cold Treatment enhances not taste any significant, but they are good to make jams and fruit leather på rönnaronia blir också gott.

Michurinskaya Desertnaya in bloom
Rowan hybrids are also very decorative, as this rönnaronian cultivar 'Mitjurinskaja Desertnaja'.

Tastiest in my own taste test is kinda 'Mitsjurinskaja Desertnaja' (x Sorbaronia fallax). It is claimed to be a cross between loquat (Mespilus germanica) and rönnaronian 'Likjornaja', which very well may be true on the basis of its appearance, with it mispeln characteristic pistillmärket in miniature. However not hit aroniagenerna through at all. The fruit is larger than the other varieties and has a flavor that is not completely overshadowed by Rowan husband.

Another favorite is the kind 'Zoltaja' from Poland. It will be a cross between pear and mountain ash (en så kallad päronoxel, x Sorbopyrus), men frukterna är mycket små och orange-röda. De smakar inte alls som päron utan påminner mig väldigt mycket om citrusfrukten kumquat (Citrus japonica). I ett blindtest skulle jag nog ha svårt att hålla isär de två rent smakmässigt. Andra päronoxlar är sorterna ’Rubinovaja’ och ’Eliit’, som båda också är ganska syrliga i smaken, men saknar lite av den smakmässiga komplexiteten som ’Zoltaja’ har.

x Sorbopyrus 'Zoltaja'
Rönnoxel ‘Zoltajaär rikbärande och dess frukter smakar citrus.

Among sötrönnarna I still have only tasted a little different unknown individuals and cultivar 'Rosina'. The unknown sötrönnarna tastes tart and delicious, without bitterness. They may advantageously be dried as raisins and ultra good as fruit leather. The fruits of variety 'Rosina' as I have in the garden has such pronounced bitterness that I suspect I might got a mislabelled plant.

Rowan fruit leather
Making fruit leather on sötrönn is crazy good.

With great excitement I am waiting for my copy of 'Nevezhinskaja' and 'Sacharnaja' will give fruit. It will report when it is time!

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3 thoughts on “Rowan Hybrids and sötrönnar - a taste test”

  • Tack för dina synpunkter. Jag har sökt information om sötrönnar en tid, Now I found out more and get your tips on suitable varieties, But where can I buy them?

  • Hi, har du haft möjlighet att prova ‘Nevezhinskajaoch ‘Sacharnajaän? Har det skett förändringar i din kulinariska topplista?

    • Tyvärr har de gett dåligt med frukt, det blev några enstaka bär bara som jag dessutom plockade för tidigt. Hoppas på skörd i år dock 🙂

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