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Didda
Jul 27, 2017 4:28 PM CST
Hello everyone!
2 years ago, we bought a jostaberry, and this year, much to our delight, it is producing a copious amount of berries.
This is the downfall though- they taste like juniper berries, and as such, are inedible. Yes, it is a jostaberry plant, we have checked with a horticulturalist. She has 0 insights into why it is tasting like this though.
Why? Why is ours tasting nothing like it should?
The gooseberry in the same patch tastes exactly like gooseberry, and the currant right beside it is making the best tasting jellies. The strawberries taking over all of the rest of the available space are scrumptious.
Any insights would be appreciated.
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DaisyI
Jul 28, 2017 9:46 AM CST
Welcome!

Are you waiting until the berries are ripe enough? I admit I have never heard of this berry before but reading about them, I believed they don't ripen until July. As you are in Alberta, maybe yours won't ripen until August. Wait until they are soft and nearly black.

Hope this helps.
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greene
Jul 28, 2017 11:09 AM CST
The Jostaberry fruit is recommended to be used in pies, crumbles, ice creams, jams, wine and liqueurs, not for eating out of hand.
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Alberta
Didda
Jul 29, 2017 10:27 AM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

Are you waiting until the berries are ripe enough? I admit I have never heard of this berry before but reading about them, I believed they don't ripen until July. As you are in Alberta, maybe yours won't ripen until August. Wait until they are soft and nearly black.

Hope this helps.


Yes, they are fully ripe, very dark purple, and very soft.
They have tasted like this since they were green, and it's not getting any better.

They taste like this after being cooked, with as much sugar as I can manage to fit in with them too.
It's so very disappointing.
Ah well, my gooseberries are doing amazing, and I'm looking forward to when they are ready for making into jam :)

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