[NAFEX] Ribes update

Kim Maser prairievines at gmail.com
Fri Nov 6 12:15:10 EST 2009


I have Ben Nevis up here in the Edmonton area. It's one of the better of the
Ben Series.
It does quite well here. I find the flavor excellent and haver made spome
good jam/jellies from it. Cassis would be interesting.

Cheers

Kim

Zone 3b
Sherwood Park, AB
Canada

On Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 5:30 PM, <rmelrose at danvillevt.net> wrote:

> Ben Sarek produces the BEST cassis, at least UMHO!
>
> Richard
> VT 4a/b.
>
> > My picks for gooseberries that combine very good flavor with very good
> > disease resistance are Poorman, Black Satin, Red Jacket (not the
> > European variety with this same name), and Glendale, all of which
> > thrive in my NY's Zone 5 Hudson Valley farmden. Hinonmakis Yellow is
> > an excellent variety except that it has not borne well for the past
> > two years; it is very weak growing and was too inundated by other
> > plants. I've moved it.
> >
> > The very best tasting gooseberries are those European ones, such as
> > Whitesmith, Webster, etc. They have very mean thorns and are very
> > susceptible to mildew.
> >
> > Pixwell is small, tough, and too tart, not worth growing at all, in my
> > opinion. I also don't consider Hinonmakis Red (aka Lepaa Red) worth
> > growing or eating.
> >
> > As far as blackcurrants, I like the taste of Titania very much. Other
> > favorites are some of the Russian varieties, such as Kirovchanka and
> > Belaruskaja. As a matter of fact, they are among my favorite of all
> > fruits! I'm digging up all my Consorts as well as Ben Sarek, the
> > latter having large berries but, to me, bad tasting.
> >
> > Lee Reich, PhD
> > http://www.leereich.com/
> >
> > Books by Lee Reich:
> > A Northeast Gardener's Year
> > The Pruning Book
> > Weedless Gardening
> > Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden
> > Landscaping with Fruit
> >
>
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