Tasty and unusual fruit

Hi, Am after suggestions for fruit that'll taste great and possibly some unusual fruit that'll work in a cool temperate climate. I'm feeling inspired - Just read diacono's taste of the unexpected and Jane grigson's fruit book. Have got alpine strawberry, rhubarb, honey berry, blackberry, red and purple raspberry, red gooseberry, Mirabelle, cherry. None have fruited yet. Am lusting after a mulberry but haven't got the space for another tree. Growing a locquat from seed but have heard that in may not produce fruit. Also fear that it may grow too big. London gardens and all that. Any suggestions for fruit plants gatefully received And for books, websites etc. too Cheers, Gav


  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806


  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,014
    Hello Big gavimage I grow Cape Gooseberies every year -they are easy to grow from seed- I sow mine in feb/mar image This year I am also going to try growing Cucamelons- I bought the seeds from the James Wong collection of seeds.

    Pam LL x
  • One of the chilli varieties I am growing this year is an "Uba Tuba" chilli, which looks like this...


     "The flesh of each pod is thin athough crisp to taste and they mature from green to red approximately 90-100 days after seedlings have emerged. The body of the pods have some detectable heat, but the wings are sweet and mild." - http://www.thechileman.org/results.php?find=Ubatuba&heat=Any&origin=Any&genus=Any&chile=1&submit=Search

  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,014
    I grow a chilli similar to your Huntertony- it is called Friars Hat image

    Pam LL x
  • lilylouise wrote (see)
    I grow a chilli similar to your Huntertony- it is called Friars Hat image
    Pam LL x

    That is an awesome name! Might have to keep an eye out for some seeds for that one next year.

  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,807

    We grow Jostaberry which is a cross between a Gooseberrry and a Blackcurrant. Very nice sharp fruit.

    We also grow Abronia melanifolia (Chokeberry.) You cannot eat the fruit from the bush,but the processed juice makes a really nice sharp Jam.

    We did have Worcesterberry too, but found it a bit too prickly for our poor hands. Make a good security hedge though.

    Loganberries are nice and there are thornless varieties of it.

  • How about Chilean guava? I've got some, currently in pots, soon to be planted out, and they are sooo delicios image


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,929

    I think Geoff's suggestion of blueberry is a good one. You can grow them in pots in ericaceous (?spelling) compost for acid loving plants.They are very good for you. Here is a BBC site that tells you how to grow them.


  • Passionfruit? Loganberry or even Cranberry? image

  • paull2paull2 Posts: 93

    Like LilyL, I grow Cape Gooseberry plants in containers every year. They grow (too)rapidly in a GH, so I just have a couple outside in a sunny sheltered spot. Leave until just before first frosts in Oct or so for harvesting the sweet spicey fruits.

    Also I have three small Dragon Fruit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_fruit) plants on the go (from seed) indoors and will be delighted just to get a flower.

    Current challenge is Karela (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karela) which I can't yet get to germinate but will try this year. Have also failed to date with Persimon despite chilling the seeds for a few months. Any ideas?

  • Got a buch of catalogues from Thomson and Morgan the other day including one for fruit. They have some weird new varieties which don't tempt me such as the 'first ever pink blueberry' and a Cot 'n' Candy - 2/3 apricot and 1/3 plum image. Might interest Big gav if he comes back


  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,014
    What is the point of pink blueberries and white strawberries!!!!!!

    Pam LL x
  • cape gooseberries, cucamelons all sound intriguing - might try and see if there's any space for them next year

    this year probably going caseille ( i guess it's a similar thing to josta and worcesterberries) . And the chilean guava - hear it smells lovely too. And either blueberries or bilberry

    has anyone tried growing bilberry ? ??i know they need ericaceous soil like blueberry. Some people say bilberry's easy and others say they need a bit of TLC

    is the uk warm enough to get fruit from persimmon and passionfruit - ??my garden's nice and sunny but i don't have a greenhouse.

    Already ordered some whiteberries - the write-ups sounded good but not sure if that's just well written marketing
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    You have said that you are short of space, but would you be able to 'pleach' or 'espalier' some small trees against a wall or fence? I'm thinking fabulous apricots and lucious greengages. I know they are not considered madly exotic, but how many people do you know that are actually growing them?image

  • Hey artjak! we have just bought  a greengae - not sure it will fit in our orchard, stll deciding image

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,908

    Pineberries taste like pineapples, it's a strawberry though.


  • Very good point artjak - don't know why there aren't more greengages about. Even the supermarket ones i bought tasted good and the trees i've seen have loads on them
  • loquat will be a waste of time in this country I'd think, they need to get quite large and they need 70+ temps to produce flowers, without flowers there won't be any fruit. I had one in my back garden for about 8 years, one that a previous occupant planted from seed like 10 years earlier. Despite living in the Midlands and it being in a sheltered spot never did anything but produce masses of leaves. And bear in mind that the leaves are huge and very waxy, even when they drop they don't break down. My parents live in Malta and people have loquats growing in their gardens, the fruit is very bitter, kind of made my mind up to remove the one growing at mine!!! Anyways best of luck!

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    When I was a child (when pterodactyls few across Hyde Park) my father used to make a wonderful greengage jam, opening the stones and extracting the kernels to put in the jam also.image

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