Rating fruit for northern climates (zone 5ish)
Copying a format that was posted for the California forum, I want to see how people rate fruit, both standard and unusual fruit, that you can grow in colder climates (about zone 5). We can share info and find out what are some of the best fruits to grow in our climate.
One thing that makes fruit worth growing yourself is if it is something you cannot buy for a reasonable price. It might be that the fruit is ripened on the plant, giving it a flavor you cannot get in the store. Or it might be an unusual fruit that is not commercially grown.
Could you please rate the fruits below according to the following 3 point scale
First digit, how you like the fruit:
1=strongly disliked it
2=less than average
3=average/take it or leave it
4=enjoyed it/would eat it again
5=liked it/would seek it out
Then note if it was
P=prossessed another way
and last, overall ease of growing:
E = Easy
M = Medium
H = Hard
5FE Black Currant
Feel free to add more info, I know a 3-point scale cannot tell the whole story.
I will start with my experience so far:
5FE Black Currant (warning: acquired taste!)
3FM Haskap (birds eat them, MUST be netted, otherwise easy)
4FM Juneberry(slow growing)