Fruit

This page lists many of the fruits that I’ve written about on pumpkinbeth.com

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Alpine strawberries or wild strawberries (also known by their botanical name Fragaria vesca) are small, low growing, plants that trail along the ground, spreading via runners; these pretty little plants can grow up to around 15cm (6 inches) tall.  I adore alpine strawberries!  These dainty…

Amelanchier alnifolia ‘Obelisk’ is a small tree with a slim and naturally upright habit that’s a popular choice for small gardens – thanks to this plant’s fastigiated, narrow vertical growth. A number of years ago, I planted this lovely tree in my own garden; I’ve…

Blackcurrants (Ribes nigrum) are hardy deciduous shrubs that thrive in warm and sunny, sheltered sites.  These naturally bushy plants will grow in almost any well-drained soil.  Blackcurrants enjoy regular watering throughout the summer months; these fruits will tolerate a wetter soil through the growing season,…

I love growing blueberries!  Blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum and Vaccinium angustifolium) are deciduous shrubs that produce sublime tasting berries.  These handsome plants produce tasty fruit but they bring added interest to the garden with their intriguing white, bell-shaped flowers, which are adored by bees in springtime…

Figs, also known by their botanical name of Ficus carica, are wonderfully beautiful shrubs or trees, that produce delicious, parthenocarpic fruits in summer and early autumn.  In the UK, figs grown outdoors produce one crop of figs a year, but when the same fig plant…

Gooseberries (also known by their botanical name of Ribes uva-crispa) are easily grown, deciduous, thorny shrubs that produces delicious tasting fruit, in summertime.  The harvest time for gooseberries varies from June to August, depending on the particular gooseberry cultivar being grown, the planting location, and…

Grapevines (also known by their botanical name Vitis vinifera) are decorative climbing plants that produce delicious grapes and handsome leaves.  These wonderful plants can be very productive.  Grapevines are versatile plants; a range of varieties are available, you’ll find grapevines that are suited to growing…

Apples, also known by their botanical name of Malus domestica, are a group of deciduous fruit trees, which originate from Asia and have been cultivated for a great many years. In the UK, apples are commonly divided into two groups: culinary or cooking apples and…

Melons (also known by their botanical name Cucumis melo) are tender, sweet tasting fruits that can be successfully grown from seeds, in the UK.  Sow melon seeds in springtime – from March to the middle of May.  If you’re too late to sow seeds (or if…

In his early forties, Hajime Matsunaga, a Japanese plant breeder, started a breeding programme to breed a dwarf mulberry.  Mr Matsunaga’s dream was realised at 89 years of age, when he grew Morus rotundiloba ‘Charlotte Russe’ (‘Matsunaga’). Mulberry ‘Charlotte Russe’ differs from other mulberries – this…

Physalis peruviana is a tender, herbaceous perennial plant that produces absolutely delicious tasting orange berries, which are quite exquisitely wrapped in these gorgeous papery lanterns.  Also known as Cape Gooseberries, Ground Cherries, or Inca Berries, Physalis peruviana is a lovely plant, with a slightly shrubby habit.…

In the UK, Prunus spinosa is usually known by its common name – Blackthorn.  I am sure that Prunus spinosa has many common names, as this is a widespread plant that can be found growing in the wild across Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa. …

Raspberries (also known by their botanical name, Rubus idaeus) are easy-to-grow, shrubby plants that produce delicious tasting berries in varying shades of red, pink, purple, a dark inky shade of purple that almost looks black, yellow, orange, peach, and very occasionally, white.  The raspberries pictured…

‘Glen Coe’ is a mid-season, summer-fruiting (floricane) raspberry hybrid that was raised by the Scottish Crop Research Institute.  A hybrid bred from ‘Glen Prosen’ and an unnamed thornless black raspberry; ‘Glen Coe’ is raspberry with a fantastic flavour!  My ‘Glen Coe’ raspberries usually fruit from…

Polish-bred ‘Polka’ is an autumn-cropping (primocane) raspberry.  This is one of my favourite raspberries to grow; I adore these beautiful fruits and admire their attractive sheen.  ‘Polka’ raspberries ripen a week or two earlier than ‘Autumn Bliss’ and most of the other autumn-fruiting raspberries.  ‘Polka’…

Canadian bred Raspberry ‘Tulameen’ is a summer-fruiting (floricane) raspberry.  This cultivar is a late-summer cropping variety with raspberries that start ripening in July and continue cropping until the end of August.  ‘Tulameen’ raspberries have a delicious flavour.  These raspberry plants are very productive, producing an…

Raspberry ‘Ruby Beauty’™ (‘Nr7’), also known by its botanical name of Rubus idaeus ‘Raspberry Beauty’ is a dwarf, multi-branching, thornless form of summer fruiting raspberry, bred in New Zealand.  This compact, dwarf raspberry grows to only 1m in height, making this an ideal raspberry to…

Redcurrants or Ribes rubrum, as is their botanical name, are easy to grow shrubs, which produce delicious edible fruits that ripen during the summertime.  The time of ripening depends on the redcurrant cultivar you choose to grow, as well as the location where you’re growing…

I’m such a fan of Rhubarb; this is such a great plant to grow in your garden, or at your allotment!  Rhubarb is a perennial vegetable that dies back over winter but plants grow new stems and leaves every springtime.  This is a hardy plant…

Strawberries, also known by their botanical name of Fragaria x ananassa, are delicious, easy to grow fruits. Alpine strawberries, which are known botanically as Fragaria vesca, are small plants, which produce tiny, but delicious, often intensely flavoured fruits.  Alpine strawberries are the most shade tolerant…

Strawberry ‘Just Add Cream’, also known by its botanical name of Fragaria x ananassa – Strawberry ‘Just Add Cream’ (‘Tmstr14pnk’) is the culmination of eight years of breeding work, with flavour as the top quality, or priority, that they were breeding for.  Thompson & Morgan’s breeder…

Tomato ‘Big Daddy’, as you’d expect, produces big tomatoes!  ‘Big Daddy’ tomato plants produce beautiful beefsteak tomatoes, these fruits are so attractive, they would make a rather delightful subject for a painting or other art composition. As well as looking good, ‘Big Daddy’ tomatoes taste…

‘Black Russian’ is a beefsteak tomato cultivar.  Plants perform best when trained as a cordon (also known as an intermediate) tomato; this is easily achieved, simply by regularly removing the plant’s sideshoots and training the plant up a study support system. Given its name, it…

If you’re thinking of growing tomatoes, there are so many different coloured tomatoes you could grow other than the traditionally seen red tomatoes.  Tomato ‘Blue Fire’ produces eye catching fruit, that begin life as you’d expect – as greenish coloured tomatoes.  These tomatoes soon darken…

Tomato ‘Cherry Baby’ is a cherry tomato variety.  ‘Cherry Baby’ tomato plants produce bright red, round fruit, which are held in long trusses, ripening throughout the summer months and into early autumn. Tomato ‘Cherry Baby’ is an indeterminate or cordon tomato hybrid.  These tomato plants…

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