Late summer in the forest garden is a fun time for those who like berries and fruit. Although we began planting berry bushes on a large scale until last year, we have already received a lot of harvest. Now in late August, many of the most nutritious berries are ripe.
One of the most nutritious berries as we can possibly grow in our climate, Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis), which is a North American relative of our raspberries. It's just the black coloring of the berries that make them so useful for us according to Jo Robinson, who has written the book “Eating on the Wild Side”.
Another black, but something more well known berries are blackberries (Rubus spp.). We grow so-called Siberian blackberry (Rubus fruticosus) we bought the Leif Blomqvist for a number of years ago. This particular variety is very hardy and berries are among the most delicious blackberries I tasted. They are cute, juicy and big.
Another raspberry relative that we are reaping now is the remarkable growth “Dorman Red” (Rubus idaeus x parvifolius) which is a hybrid between a raspberry from eastern Australia (Rubus parvifolius) and culture raspberry resort “Dorset” (Rubus idaeus). Actually, we should plant does not thrive so well with us, but it has at least passed one winter and is bursting with red berries which taste like slightly tart blackberries.
Havtorn (Hippophaë rhamnoides) belongs to the more well known of the extra healthy berries and even though our shrubs are planted for just over a year ago, we have been able to harvest a lot of berries. The kind that has worked best in years called Botnia Gold nugget and also it is purchased at Leif Blomqvist. Unfortunately they do not seem to have variety in their range extended, but we will start to multiply it this winter.
The harvest season is that luck is not over yet, and besides a few apples we look forward to soon be able to reap the chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa), another dark colored Superbar, Korean silverbuskens (Elaeagnus umbellata) small delicate fruits and mini kiwi (Actinidia kolomiktes). More on these in a future post!