If you are like me and love fruit, you probably notice how expensive it can be and just how far around the world it has to travel before it gets to your local supermarket.
You may also have noticed that there isn’t a massive amount of choice either.
So if you knew about a neglected superfood berry that is foolproof to grow, you might be interested?
Say hello to the amazing Honeyberry. The picture above shows how it looks in my garden right now. Just 3 weeks ago, it was 6 inches deep in snow. In 6 weeks, I’ll be harvesting berries that are better for you than Blueberries, Raspberries and just about all the easily available fruit.
Rich in Antioxidants and Vitamins
Beaten only by Blackcurrants for Vitamin C, Honeyberries contain a fantastic range of nutrients. Magnesium content, needed by the body for nervous tissue, is unmatched by any other fruit. P-active compounds such as anthocyanins are only higher in Black Chokeberries. Anthocyanins have been found to have an anti-inflammatory effect that could benefit a range of conditions (Ref. Food and Chemical Toxicology, June 2010)
Super Easy to Grow
Honeyberries, unlike Blueberries, which need acidic soil conditions, will grow in just about any condition. My plants sit above rocks in my rather moist and shady garden in a soil that isn’t well fertilised. Growing more than one plant will help pollination. You will get a few berries in the first year, but once settled the plant will produce a profusion of flowers and fruit.
Early Support for Bees
Just like it’s relative, Honeysuckle, bees love the nectar rich flowers. The Honeyberry flowers far earlier in the year however, providing a much needed food source for all kinds of bees.
Like a cross between Blueberries, Raspberries and Rhubarb, these berries are nicely tart. They work well in deserts, smoothies and, of course, straight off the plant. They also make a great jam. They are ripe when the outside is purple and the inside red. If they are still green inside, they are not quite ready.
Good for the Planet
Growing your own is always beneficial to both you and the planet- fresher food that doesn’t burn up fossil fuels being flown around the planet. It also gets picked at the right time for maximum food value rather than picked early and ripened artificially.
If you are looking for a fruit to grow that tastes amazing and has enormous health benefits you won’t go far wrong giving the Honeyberry a try.
I’ll guarantee, once you have your first decent harvest, you’ll be looking to buy more.