|Daisy holds a handful of recently picked fruit.|
The rabbit eye blueberries have just finished and the blackberries are coming to an end… but the Jamaican cherries are kicking along at a rate of about 6 fruit per day. For one tree, that’s not bad at all.
Of course, I have no idea if it’s going to survive winter here. Also known (like multiple other species) as the “strawberry tree,” Jamaican cherries are a tropical tree. We shall see what happens. I’d really hate to lose it: the fruit taste like a cross between cotton candy and popcorn. Really delicious.
My Illinois everbearing mulberry has also decided to start kicking again with a new crop that should start ripening any day now… and then in another month or so, it’ll be time for Snacky’s Diner to re-open.
On an up note, we’ve got elderberries for the first year here, and they’re doing great.
I do have one northern raspberry plant, too. And it bore me ONE raspberry. Looks like I’ll need to plant 15 to get a handful. Or 1,000 to make jam.
Here are the best berries for Florida (that we’ve found so far)!
Southern Highbush Blueberries
My top favorite is mulberry, hands down, but we’ve had the others grow for us as well. If you love strawberries, they’ll grow here but I find them to be a pain in the neck.
The great thing about gardening: there’s always next year… we’ll fertilize, mulch, cultivate, and see what happens.