Let's Share our Favorite Soft Fruits: Favorite soft fruits and berries

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Let's Share our Favorite Soft Fruits

By dave
June 7, 2014

Welcome to Soft Fruits week! Blackerries, raspberries, strawberries and more. What are you growing, and which cultivars do you think everyone else should grow?

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Name: Cindi
Wichita, Kansas (Zone 7a)
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CindiKS
Jun 6, 2014 6:51 PM CST
Gooseberries! I love gooseberry pie yum yum!
And lingonberry crepes. Lingonberry jam. I'm about 50 miles south of a great lingonberry area. Next best place to get them is Ikea, in a jar! I tried growing cranberries, but the soil is too warm here.
I love currants, especially the clove scented ones. I don't cook with them, I just grow them for the blossoms in the spring.
The birds, bees and butterflies in my yard love the mulberries. I eat them too! The fish and turtles also enjoy snacking on them because the trees hang over the pond.
We also have elderberries growing around the pond, and the deer like those.
Last year my passion vines had fruit!
The one persimmon on my 2 persimmon trees ended up as coyote food.
We have pawpaws too. I hope I'm home the day they are edible! You have to catch them at just the right time, and if you do, they are super sweet and delicious.
I also grow grapes, blackberries, raspberries, marionberries, cherries, chinese quince, goji, kiwi. Most are shared with the wildlife. This year will be a great year for grapes. Some may actually make it into the house.
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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Jun 7, 2014 9:05 AM CST
I was just gifted three different varieties of currant starts - red, black, and a decorative one. I will probably plant them out this fall somewhere.

Gooseberries I am neutral to. I had a bush for years and found I rarely did anything with the fruit. I moved the shrub down our hill and am not sure if it is still alive or not.

I have a young mulberry inside my chicken yard, it produced one fruit last year and I'm hoping for a few more this year. It's still a small sapling and in a wire cage until it bulks up enough that the birds won't kill it.

I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Jun 7, 2014 3:44 PM CST
My favorite is the one currently ripe for the picking . Smiling


Thumb of 2014-06-07/gardengus/0c6fdb mulberries
Thumb of 2014-06-07/gardengus/f6c338 Juneberries

I don't have currents , but hope to add them some day , they are great in scones.
I am substituting dried elderberries , they useable but not the same.


Thumb of 2014-06-07/gardengus/79e0f7 gooseberries (almost ripe)
Not really my favorite either.
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jmorth
Jun 12, 2014 7:13 PM CST
I grow Paw Paws, took them 7 years to bloom. Bloom is beautiful, like a red leather bell. The fruits are quite unique. Geo Washington and Thomas Jefferson liked them for desert. They're trying to colonize the area they're in from underground runner roots. I believe they serve as a food or environment to the Zebra Swallowtail butterfly. I've only seen the Zebra ST once here but it was under the Paw Paw trees.
The fruit's viability is short-lived which is the reason they're seldom if ever seen in the grocery store.


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jmorth
Jun 14, 2014 10:02 AM CST
Alas, found pic of the Zebra ST
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jun 15, 2014 8:54 PM CST
Oh iI have seen them in the woods and wondered what they were looking for , now I know Thank You!
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Name: Dnd
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DogsNDaylilies
Aug 5, 2015 5:31 PM CST
I'm glad to hear that gooseberries aren't a huge hit because I had been really debating whether or not to get some. I ended up deciding not to when I found out that they (like grapes) are extremely poisonous to dogs. Sad So no grapes and no gooseberries. That's okay, though, there are plenty of other fruits to choose from.

@CindiKS - Do you grow lingonberries yourself? I had no idea IKEA sells lingonberry...well, anything! I'll have to check my nearest IKEA next time I stop in. I love lingonberry butter, too--IHOP is what got me hooked on it. I plan to add some lingonberries to my garden this year. As for your cherries, they don't happen to be Northstar, do they? I ordered two organic Northstar earlier this year and I'm curious how they taste. One of them appears to be dying (I'm not thrilled with the place I ordered them from) and I might replace it with a self-fertile sweet cherry tree instead, so if you have one of those, please feel free to make a recommendation!

Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Aug 5, 2015 7:26 PM CST
Oh yes
lingonberries on Swedish pancakes very traditional.

Yum Yum Smiling
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Name: Cindi
Wichita, Kansas (Zone 7a)
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CindiKS
Aug 11, 2015 1:27 PM CST
I've tried to grow Lingonberries, but my area is too alkaline, too hot, and too dry! Three strikes right there. I can't grow cranberries for the same reasons.
It's very easy to just buy lingonberries ready to go at the Ikea.
They are usually up in the front of the store by the fast food area.
I grow several kinds of cherry trees, sour, sweet, flowering, and wild. The sweet cherries are difficult to grow here, but I keep on planting them. The rain this summer has saved me!
A nursery by me has goji berries cheap this year, so I may be overrun with them in a a few years. Whistling
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