More About Mirlitons

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by Frank Davis

wwltv.com

Posted on March 24, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 24 at 9:09 PM

Did you see my latest entry concerning planting mirlitons?  Well I just got some additional information on the little Louisiana vegetable pears from a researcher named Lance Hill.  You might want to read this:

 

www.mirlitons.org Lance Submitted By: Lance Hill

Frank,
I always enjoy your segments and I appreciate your encouraging people to plant mirlitons, but new research on mirlitons indicates that your instructions may not produce good results for most people. First, I assume most readers will buy a mirliton from the store, which is available this time of year. These are imported from Costa Rica and grow at 4,000-5,000 feet and will not grow well--if at all--in our environment. This was the outcome of research by the USDA in the 1920s and by Dr. Moha Dutta Sharma in 1997. Growers will need a home-grown "Louisiana heirloom mirliton" which are not available this time of year. Second, flat ground planting no longer works in our climate of intensive rain days. The plants will waterlog the roots and instead must be planted in large hills with high-quality, fast-draining soil.

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