Gardening Articles: Edibles :: Small Fruits & Berries

Jostaberry (page 2 of 2)

by Kris Wetherbee

Josta Good Fruit

Because bushes flower in early spring, they may need protection from late-spring frosts in cold climates. They bear fruit by the second year on year-old wood, and fruiting spurs of older wood often produce up to 12 pounds of fruit per bush. Berries start off green, closely resembling a small gooseberry, and hang firmly in clusters of three to five. In early summer, they reach their final size and develop a translucent deep purple, almost black skin. The vitamin C-packed fruits are ready to pick by late June in my zone 8 climate.

Kris Wetherbee maintains a garden and orchard in Oakland, Oregon.

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