The Musk Strawberry

drew51 SE MI Z5b/6aJune 10, 2014

I has some of these last year. Raintree forgot to send the male i ordered, so I had no fruit! In the fall I ordered 2 different male cultivars. 2 of each from the Strawberry Store. This year fruit is developing, guess it worked? Although I'm not sure what plants are the male anymore? Strange berries, they have a metalic red color
Notice the achenes are red too! Fruit is rather small, just slightly bigger than alpines.

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how do they taste ?

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 9:43PM
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drew51 SE MI Z5b/6a

"how do they taste ?"

The one pictured was the first ripe berry. My best friend has been in the hospital for 11 days battling a very serious infection, even needed chest tubes. I gave it to him. I have yet to taste one. It smells like alpines. My friend said it has a distinct taste. But he never has tasted alpines. Many really like them. So waiting for others to ripen to give it a try.
My friend is doing well and will be out in a few days.

I tasted ground cherries for the first time this year. They taste sort of like a tomato except it was the sweetest tomato I ever ate. Quite good! I will be growing them from now on.
Interesting plant, here is one of two I have growing.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 7:37AM
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drew51 SE MI Z5b/6a

I had a chance to taste these. I got about 20 of them ripe. They taste like alpine, except the wild flavor is more intense. And they have a creamy texture. I would say they are excellent!! Production is a little low compared to other berries, but it's not that bad. My strawberries are so crowed I threw out 3 musk strawberry plants with unripened berries today. I need to give what's left some space. They still look crowded i will remove more in the future. I'm getting 3 or 4 musk strawberries a day, that's enough.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 7:09PM
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