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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: 9,802


  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,013
    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." -

  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,013
    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.

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,671

    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: 16,793

    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.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • 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 ( plants on the go (from seed) indoors and will be delighted just to get a flower.

    Current challenge is 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?

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