Garden Berries

Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 25

80.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Artemiy
Location:
Moscow, Vladimir oblast, Russian Federation
Date:
November 4, 2017
          4.0
 
Interesting unusual vegetable
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Adventurism

What are the cons? Taste when fresh

Review:

I' ve grown this in zone 5a in 2017 wet cold summer. It has ripen, berries were not tasty, it is for jams and compottes more. But unfortunately I cannot grow it more, because I do not have square for it. I gave berries to neighbours, they will get seeds from it and grow them more next years.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
gardner
Location:
Stamford, CT, United States
Date:
September 21, 2017
          5.0
 
Great medicinal plant too
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? love the taste!

What are the cons? too weedlike

Review:

In India the leaves are cooked in recipes and used as medicine too. Do investigate. It is a shame to throw away the leaves.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Nickname:
mcsnail
Location:
Chicago, IL, United States
Date:
September 19, 2017
          2.0
 
not worth it to me
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? robust, interesting looking

What are the cons? didn't care for fruit

Review:

I'm determined to try all the garden berries until I find the ones that work for me. Unfortunately, this one didn't. It germinated beautifully, grew into an attractive plant (though with a spread that took up a fair amount of space in the garden) and was covered in berries quite early in the season. The problems: The berries took a LONG time to reach the stage that picking was recommended and didn't do it at the same time--so you kind of had to pick around the ones that were still shiny. We go to upper Michigan every summer and pick berries and have a freezer full of them. These were so inferior in flavor to what we have (or even to what we could purchase cheaply in the grocery store) that they weren't worth the bother. I suppose I could have made a somewhat palatable pie or batch of jam--but why?

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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25 out of 27 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
DumbHillbilly
Location:
Alton, MO, United States
Date:
January 21, 2017
          5.0
 
What Ive been looking for
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Great Yield, versatile

What are the cons? None

Review:

96 pounds off of 12 plants, in the poor Ozark soil! Had to stake or limbs would have broken, some limbs 6' long!. Leave all berries on plant until just before frost, very few will dry out; harvest all at once by clipping clusters off of limbs with pruning shears, then retreat to a comfortable chair to pick berries off clusters. Good keeper without refrigeration. As little as 1/4 C. sugar per cup of cooked berries brings out the blueberry flavor, see no reason to add lemon juice. Not tried the soda bath, very pleased with muffins, pies & jam w/o soda bath. Jam w/o added pectin, but don't over cook or will be "chewy". For jam use 2/3 - 3/4 C. sugar/C. pureed berries, slow boil ~15 minutes. Interesting, the color is acid sensitive, hence the reported color changes during soda bath technique. Started a batch of wine expecting the dark purple color, but the acidity of the "must" (0.6% total acids) changed the color to very light amber like a Chardonnay. Should make very good wine.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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11 out of 14 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
JRegen
Location:
Marietta, GA, United States
Date:
January 6, 2017
          1.0
 
My least favorite berry
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow, pest free

What are the cons? The berries are awful

Review:

This plant grew easily, heartily, and strong. I only grew one plant for fear of growing too many huckleberries. As it turned out, one was too many. The berries look attractive and edible, but they are full of slimy seeds and have absolutely no flavor at all. They taste like nothing. I tried making a jam out of it, and it set up very thick. It tasted like pure sugar, since the berries had no flavor at all. Even the birds and squirrels avoided touching these berries. I think they instinctively knew that they were of no culinary value. The solanum nigrum (sold on this site as "blackberry") that volunteered had 100x more flavor than this solanum species. Avoid.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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