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Heirloom fruit filled the main building at Clackamas County Event Center Saturday for the All About Fruit Show

PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - The main building at the Clackamas County Event Center was filled with all kinds of heirloom fruit Saturday that was meant to be examined and tasted as part of the All About Fruit Show.

Amy Dissly couldn't contain the delight she experienced with each bite of pear or apple Saturday.

The Molalla resident was more than happy to try slice after slice of some of the nearly 500 varieties of heirloom fruit laid out on tables within one of the halls at the Clackamas County Event Center in Canby on Saturday.

The annual All About Fruit Show, put on by the Home Orchard Society, was in full swing and volunteers were busy cutting slices off of fruit for visitors to try. And Dissly was having a good time pointing at different types of fruits and giving them a go on her palate.

"This is so much fun," she said. "I had no idea, but read about it in your paper and thought, 'That sounds really interesting, and I get to taste everything?' I'm for that."

And that's what brought her to Canby on Saturday: the chance to explore Heirloom fruits, many of which will never show up in a market, and give them a taste.

"This is a pretty cool event," she said. "I had no idea it existed. I'm glad you guys put something in the paper about it. I'm sure folks all over this area would be interested."

As for the tastes?

PMG PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - Heirloom fruits were available with origins including Belgium, France and more.

"Well, some of them are really good. I'm really partial to the Asian pear varieties, it turns out," she said. "Others, well, they aren't quite to my liking. I do wonder if they'd be better canned or in a pie or something like that."

The All About Fruit Show is an annual event.

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