Last fruit- and berry harvest in forest garden

A week ago we had the first night frost in the forest garden and it usually means the end of the fruit- and bärsäsongen. The only fruit that lingers now is black and red chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa and A. arbutifolia). Especially black chokeberry is said to be an incredibly healthy fruit, thanks to their dark color.

Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) which is a very healthy berry that tastes best after a couple of frosty nights.
Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) which is a very healthy berry that tastes best after a couple of frosty nights.

Before the first frost we had time to reap both apples and plums. Variety Victoria is big and yummy fruits that ripen rather late, but our new favorite is the kind General gulplommon, getting juicy and super tasty fruits.

General gulplommon, our new favorite among the plums we grow.
General gulplommon, our new favorite among the plums we grow.

Last spring we planted a number of Korean silver bushes (Elaeagnus umbellata) and they have already produced a lot of fruit. Bush is nitrogen fixing and helps build fertile soil in a young forest garden. It needs full sun to thrive and therefore find it difficult to cope in a mature woodland garden. The plant is related to the sea buckthorn (Hippophaë rhamnoides) and the berries have similar properties, then they also contain essential fatty acids and high in vitamin C.

Korean silverbvuske (Elaeagnus umbellata) is closely related to buckthorn and has dangerously healthy berries.
Korean silverbvuske (Elaeagnus umbellata) is closely related to buckthorn and very useful berries.

Another plant that yielded fruit for the first time in years, fence or grape labruskavin (Vitis labrusca). The berries of the variety 'Spulga’ we harvested look like small grapes, but taste much spicier than usual purchase grapes and has the right-sized grains. It will be interesting to see how they remaining varieties that should produce fruit next year, to taste.

Staketdruva or labruskavin (Vitis labrusca) produces spicy grapes with rather large nuclei.
Staketdruva or labruskavin (Vitis labrusca) produces spicy grapes with rather large nuclei.

Although the harvest season for fruit and berries in principle over forest garden continues to produce. The perennial vegetables that have been a little boring during the hot and dry summer months have now entered a new phase of growth and we have already harvested a few kilos of tender leaves of garden acid (Rumex rugosus). Although our absolute favorite among the perennial vegetables, Good Henrik målla (Chenopodium bonus-henricus) has begun to produce new shoots and inflorescences good and will continue to do so as long as it is above freezing during the day.

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