Garden Berries

Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 21

71.4% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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11 out of 13 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Tailypo
Location:
Cedarcreek, MO, United States
Date:
October 9, 2015
          5.0
 
Wonderful fruits but ouch
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Taste; ease of growing.

What are the cons? Thorns!

Review:

I first grew these back in 2009, merely out of curiosity, but since then I have developed a distinct love/hate relationship with them. I LOVE the sweet-tangy fruits so like cherries with just a hint of tomato. In fact that tomato flavor almost put me off them at first, it seemed so at odds with the fruity sweetness, but after awhile, I really got to like it -- especially after I developed a few recipes to eat them in. (If you are new to this plant and want recipes, just go out and pick a bowlful and try them in anything that you would normally use either cherries or tomatoes in. That's what I did and it is amazing how well they work as either a sweet cherry or more tomato-like fruit.) What I HATE is the thorns that reach out and grab you as you pass by! These are BIG and AGGRESSIVE -- put them way back from paths and smaller plants. They also readily self-seed and can become invasive, so watch out for tiny sprouts early in the spring so you can put them only where YOU want them!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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3 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Confederate Rose
Location:
Colon, MI, United States
Date:
October 5, 2015
          3.0
 
Litchies in Michigan
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Prolific. Beautiful fruit.

What are the cons? Thorns, Need recipes

Review:

We grew this seed in southern Michigan and it did great here in our semi-cool climate. Plants did very well and are quite prolific. Would love to see someone write some good recipes for the fruit.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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8 out of 9 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
patthiel
Location:
Kalaheo, HI, United States
Date:
May 19, 2015
          5.0
 
Marvelous Plant
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 4.5
 

What are the pros? Flavor, sized

What are the cons? Nothing major; wear gloves

Review:

This plant was a large container experiment. It worked out so well, I am ready to plant it as a hedge It has really wicked thorns, and although I have good rose gloves, I have yet to use them. I have learned to wait until the fruit turns really, really red--not sort of red. Once ripe, it is delicious, though it is good at almost ripe too. I didn't get but about 40% germination, but once up, the plant is unstoppable. I neglected it; it thrived. Yes, it is pretty when in bloom. The size of the fruit doesn't matter in terms of taste. I think a cross between a cherry tomato and a raspberry is the best description.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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14 out of 14 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Garnet Northey
Location:
Bllomfield, Ontario, Canada
Date:
April 27, 2015
          5.0
 
Do not miss this fruit
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Likes clay, hea,t a little H2O

What are the cons? Do not fertilize.

Review:

Start 6 weeks before last frost and treat like tomato. Don't pick just because it is red and the calyx has turned back, wait until it comes off easy with a light twist with thumb and index finger. The taste is unique and at best has the hint of a black cherry flavor. I eat two or three dozen per day. Bumble bees love the flowers. They are also useful for taking potato beetles away from potatoes. A wonderful plant with excellent fruit right off the vine in late pm.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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8 out of 8 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Ava
Location:
Cottonweed, AZ
Date:
December 12, 2014
          3.0
 
Thorny Seedy...Want a bite
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Beautiful flowers.

What are the cons? Thorny & seedy

Review:

I enjoy growing new things.....but as the season progresses, some new things fall into the category of a waste of space. Difficulty weeding (thorns). Difficulty harvesting (the 5 fruits were covered with thorns). Difficulty eating: My fruits were the size of a dime and were predominantly seedy with no amazing flavor to make up for it. (Zone 7b). I'll give it this: while other tomatoes perished all around it with curly top virus, this plant was juuuuust fine all season long...then again it's not really a tomato.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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