[NAFEX] Himalayan blackberries
ernestplutko at wiktel.com
Tue Apr 22 14:01:01 EDT 2008
Was there rampant growth in Alabama? I saw the plant database
previously but I have never seen R armeniacus growing in the East or
Midwest. Maybe I should say I never recognized any. I did see robust
blackberries growing in a vacant lot a little north of St Paul. Mn.
They grew in arches about 15 feet long and had thick, thorny canes.
They had fairly sparse, tasty blackberries. I took a few small
plants 300 miles north to grow but they died over the first winter.
I'm wondering if they were Himalayan blackberries. The only native
blackberries I have seen in Minnesota were small spindly canes with
poor quality fruit.
---- Original Message ----
From: phainopepla at yahoo.com
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Himalayan blackberries
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2008 09:16:59 -0700 (PDT)
>Yes, I have seen Himalayan blackberry growing in
>Alabama last summer while on a plant collecting trip.
>In fact, the USDA plants database shows it as being
>somewhat widespread across the US and even into
>I think part of the reason why it grows so rampantly
>out here is our climate, but it is also just an
>incredibly vigorous and difficult to control plant.
>As for flavor, it is ok but definitely lacking. I
>find that blackberry flavor is a matter of taste
>depending on what you are accustomed to. I used to
>like them and still eat a few on occasion but I much
>prefer the cultivated trailing cultivars such as
>Cascade, Silvan, and Marion. They have a more intense
>and balanced flavor profile than does R. armeniacus.
>--- Ernest Plutko <ernestplutko at wiktel.com> wrote:
>> It seems to be unclear where this species came from.
>> The Internet
>> suggests Armenia, Europe, India or the Himalayas.
>> Seems to be hardy
>> to zone 5. Some people like the berry and some
>> don't. I never ate
>> one so I don't have an opinion. Have you seen the
>> blackberry grow anywhere else in the US except the
>> West Coast. Maybe
>> the rampant growth on the West Coast is do to the
>> weather there?
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