I went out and had a look at (and taste of) some of fruits on the local wild seedling apple trees today.
These two were real standouts from the mere ten trees I looked at today: they are visually disease-free, beautiful, sweet, and crispy fruits, from beautiful trees that are growing well in my local biome. The one on the left tastes and looks kind of like a Gravenstein, and the one on the right tastes like a Honeycrisp.
I’m going to flag them with a strip of fabric so I can grab some scion wood from them when they go dormant in Winter, and graft them into one of my trees.
In the meantime, I’ll go out with my two best friends (the telescopic fruit picker, and my bike) and pick some fruit from the hundreds of seedling trees in the area. If they are terrible for eating, they’ll make fine juice, ciders, pies, dried snacks, preserves, and pectin!
I think it’s safe to say I’m one of the only people here who would bother harvesting the wild fruit. It’s just me (the weird Canadian) and the Thai ladies fishing for perch that are actually taking advantage of the local natural abundance every day. I don’t really feel that bad picking a few kilos of fruit, since it will be wasp food if I don’t!