What is a Jostaberry? - A Jostaberry or Yosterberry is a cross between a blackcurrant and a gooseberry.The fruits look rather like large blackcurrants. They make delicious jam or make a great addition to a summer pudding.
And a Sunberry? This juicy berry is a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry and looks rather like a reddish blackberry and has a rich sharp flavour.
Our strawberry varieties available to pick as they ripen through the season are:-
The medlar is a most unusual fruit - the fruit looks rather like a giant russet - brown rosehip. It can only be cooked or eaten once it has "bletted" that is to say rotten (sounds tempting doesn't it?) Probably the most popular use of the medlar nowadays is for making jelly which turns out a lovely amber colour. In history the fruit were sugared to eat on St. Martin's Day on 11th November. They were also used for making harvest wine or cider.
The wood of the medlar tree is very hard and has had various uses over the centuries including making spearheads and clubs and in the Netherlands was used for making parts for windmills.