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Temperate Fruit & Orchards => Temperate Fruit Discussion => Topic started by: willpollinateforfood on May 12, 2018, 11:59:40 PM

Title: Questions about fruiting plants for New England
Post by: willpollinateforfood on May 12, 2018, 11:59:40 PM
Hi everyone,
I have a few questions:
1. Are Aronia melanocarpa (black chokeberry) fruits juicy or hard?
2. Are prunus virginiana (chokecherry) fruits juicy or hard?
I am trying to identify what the "chokecherries" were from my childhood that my grandpa showed to me in Vermont. (not elderberries).

3. What do red goji berries taste like fresh? are they sweet and fruity or savory? Has anyone grown them in zone 6a winters outside?
4. Sweet goumi berries - Elaeagnus multiflora - has anyone tasted them, good or gross?
5. Maypop vines, passiflora incarnata, do they become weedy invasive type vines that are hard to control? Do they spread by suckers?
6. Lastly, hardy kiwis, has anyone tasted them from their garden, do they have any acidity? I had them from the store, no acidity at all:( I also have not planted any yet because I heard they can become very large, invasive vines. Thank you in advance!
Title: Re: Fruiting trees/shrubs for zone 6a
Post by: scottsurf on May 13, 2018, 01:19:41 AM
 goji berries dont really taste good or bad for me there more of a health thing. i like goumi there sweet and tart get the named variety though
Title: Re: Fruiting trees/shrubs for zone 6a
Post by: Florian on May 13, 2018, 01:14:29 PM
There are cultivars of goji that are sweet(ish) when fresh.
Title: Re: Questions about fruiting plants for New England
Post by: Zpusher on May 13, 2018, 06:36:29 PM
For me they tasted like fruity tomatoes, not entirely bad. I agree with scottsurf more of a health thing
Title: Re: Questions about fruiting plants for New England
Post by: Triloba Tracker on May 16, 2018, 01:00:12 PM
Regarding maypop vines -
There’s a whole thread here about them I’m pretty wild about them. Who couldn’t love a temperate passion fruit?!?
However, they definitely spread and I suppose you could say would be invasive. They will come up all over the place, and, I’m finding after a few years of having some, they may not “stay” where you plant them.
That is, it might not come up from the original planting site in the spring. It might choose somewhere else to “pop” up.
But I adore the fruits, the flowers are stunning and fragrant.