Fourberries...what a waste of money

I purchased a couple of Fourberry bushes earlier in the year and planted them in my garden. They have had a decent growth and a good amount of fruit and the flowers are pretty indeed (although I havent had the chance to see the bright red autumn foliage yet).

I waited patiently for the fruit to ripen nicely before starting to pick it. I was so diasppointed when I did though. They have a fairly long stalk on one end and a longer flower remnant on the other end. When trying to take them off they peel the ckin away already damaging the fruit. When trying the fruit it got worse. The skin of the fruit is horible and tough as hell (it's like eating leather) and the taste of the fruit is far from the sweet and juicy that it gets advertised as.

I am sincerely disappointed and the only reason I havent pulled the bushes out is simple curiosity and hope that things may improve as the plant matures.



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,243

    what is fourberry?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,691

    I may be a bit of a stick in the mud, but I tend to think that if our gardening forebears didn't think they were worth eating, they probably aren't.  The flowers and autumn foliage does look good, and I bet the birds will enjoy the berries - so good for a wildlife garden maybe?

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,243

    Ribes odoratum/aureum.

    Our gardening forebears were right Dove. The berries on these are tiny. 

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    "Developed in Switzerland by a family fruit nursery that began as long ago as 1889, their Lubera brand specialises in new fruit varieties of all kinds. Their RedLove apple was launched last year."

    I bought my dwarf apricot from them, but this is a German company, not Swiss, they just have a branch in Switzerland.

  • Dove, you are right, the only thing they're good for is wildlife gardening.


    Sue, I did buy a couple of RedLove trees as well so I do sincerely hope that that experience turns out better than the fourberries. image

  • FloydFloyd Posts: 11

    Out of interest why did you chose to grow them?

  • I like blueberries and fruits of forest in general and this variety promised to combine a few of them. So I fell for the advertising "sweet words". lol

  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 751

    I was thinking of getting them too but I might give them a miss then. I'll stick to my blackberries I think. I've bought Cornus mas, Aronia Nero, Aronia Viking and Lonicera caeruleum Duet+ Ktch... (sp?) I like the idea of a more 'wild' fruit. I love Rowan berry jelly. Our ancestor gardeners had to work hard selecting for tastier and better fruit, sometimes 'tastier' gets lost in favour of 'better'. So I want to give the more 'wild' fruits a go. I don’t net my fruits so if the birds get them they get them, Che sera.

  • I recently just bought one, but it has just died.  I am about to get a replacement from the nursery that I bought it from, but greenlove's experience has put me off. 

    I think I will rethink what to replace it with.  I thought the flower, bush and fruit would contrast well with my Japanese wineberry plant.

    Back to the drawing board!


  • My Fourberry has just started flowering. My plant came from a cutting I took from a friends plant last year, I hope it's not as bad as greenlove makes out. My wild Blackberry taken from a wild plant is showing well, it is one of those blackberries that have large, "bibbly bobble" fruit with a true blackberry flavor, my cultivated blackberries have a large fruit but with not a true blackberry flavor. I am also starting for the first time to grow the Black Raspberry and the canes are covered with flowers so I expect a bumper crop. My 150 Strawberry plants are also covered with flowers so again another bumper crop, as with the Blackcurrants. Looks like a good year for the fruit, just what I need to combat the alien inside of me. I have three box freezers and last year I filled two and a half of them and have still run out of berries, three full ones should see me through the year.


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