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  • From: Ginda Fisher <>
  • To: North American Fruit Explorers <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] blueberries, kiwis, grapes, deer
  • Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2008 16:25:35 -0400

There are three main variables in blueberry flavor: sweetness, tartness,
and degree of intensity. The actual flavor doesn't vary a whole lot, and
the intensity of it is closely linked to the size of the fruit, since a lot
of the 'flavor' is in the skin.

I've been frustrated because different sources disagree (a lot) on which
are the tastiest blueberries. A couple of catalogs do attempt to rate
this, however. I've planted a lot of blueberries that I hope to have good
flavor based on descriptions, but only three have really reached bearing

st. cloud

I think all of these have excellent flavor. St. Cloud has probably been
the best cropper, in part just because it's the largest plant. (until
recently my only god blueberry spot was in front of a window, and I also
wanted short plants, so as not to block the view.) but I have been very
happy with it.

I've also planted:
Little Giant

check back with me in 3-5 years and i'll let you know how I like them. :-)

zone 6, eastern Mass.
...... Original Message .......
On Tue, 3 Jun 2008 13:09:00 -0700 (PDT) Melissa Kacalanos
<> wrote:
>My husband and I finally bought a place with room to
>plant fruit, and now we're hoping we have time to get
>a few plants in the ground this year. I know it's kind
>of late, though. I have some questions:
>What are the best (meaning tastiest, while still
>fairly high-yielding and trouble free) blueberries?
>When I look up varieties, all the descriptions sound
>pretty much the same, except for the obvious
>differences between the little wild ones and the big
>cultivated ones.
>We'd like to plant hardy kiwi vines ASAP, since they
>apparently take years to get old enough to fruit. Do
>deer eat the vines? In that case, we shouldn't plant
>them until after the deer fence goes up. Also, any
>recommendations for how to build a trellis for them? I
>understand that they need a lot of support, but what
>does that mean exactly in terms of materials and
>I had an idea to make our deer fence less ugly by
>growing vines on it, for example, kiwis and grapes,
>but this would only work if the deer don't eat them.
>Any advice would be appreciated.
>zone 5, Ithaca, NY
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