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CurrantsCurrants

Currants have various names throughout the world: Johannisbeere in German, Ribes in Danish, Swedish,  and Italian, Groseille in French, and Bes in Flemish for example.  The English term that we use currently has only been in use since the 1550’s, the much older English name was Ribes and is currently still used in other languages.

Currants will generally do well in our soils, although the less alkaline the better, and will produce heavier with an annual pruning.  They prefer morning sun and afternoon shade in our climate as their leaves can sunburn in our hot summers – grown under trees or on the north side of a house works well. They are also very cold hardy.

We carry many different kinds and colors of Currants, from red to white to dark purplish-black.  All are heavenly and unsurpassed for their divine jellies.  They are also fantastic in pies and sauces with other berries.  Some use Currants for juices, wines and the French liquor Cassis.

Different Currants are recommended for different uses so be sure to do your research and check with us about which ones are currently in stock.

Strawberries

Strawberries

These delectable little ruby fruits of the summer can be found here at Greenhurst in various different varieties.

In the spring we bring in Ever-bearing and June-bearing plants and have them available in bundles as bare-root plants.  As the season progresses we begin to bring in potted strawberries of different varieties including Alpine Strawberries, that do not produce runners, and Ornamental types, for their flower color.

As the first fruit to ripen in the spring you can’t go wrong with a strawberry-garden to satisfy your taste buds.  Growing your own strawberries, or buying organic, is recommended because strawberries can be one of the worst fruits to buy from a super market because of all the pesticides used in production.

Strawberries can be used to make many different tasty products from jams, preserves, compotes, syrups, smoothies, with ice creams, and many more scrumptious things…  How exquisite!

Gooseberries

Gooseberries

Gooseberries are an interesting fruit since it is common practice to harvest the berries full size but still under-ripe.  These are then used for jams, pies, and other classic Gooseberry dishes.  Some varieties have excellent fruits for eating fresh & fully ripened, however.

Similar to Currants, Gooseberries are extremely cold hardy but do not enjoy our hot summers, so be sure to give them some protection from the direct hot sun.  In optimal conditions your Gooseberry will grow fairly quickly and because of their arching branches it is recommended to not plant Gooseberries in hedge rows but to allow enough space between plants for ease of pruning and fruit harvesting.

Of the Gooseberries we carry our Pixwell & Captivator Gooseberries are popular choices because they are virtually thornless and are scrumptious in pies and preserves.  Be sure to ask us about our current stock & sizes if you need something specific.

Raspberries Raspberries

When you think of raspberries do you think of bright red berries on stems that are covered in tiny thorns? Most often that is what people think when they think of raspberries but there are Raspberries in other colors and on stems that are thornless.

Raspberries come in four different colors, red, purple, gold, and black. Their sweetness & flavor varies from variety to variety. All are perfect or jams and various other culinary uses, but must be used quickly after harvesting, as they do not keep well in the refrigerator or left out at warmer temperatures. For long-term storage freezing is recommended. Unlike Blackberries and Boysenberries, the Raspberry comes clean of its stem to leave a hollow core.

We carry a tasty supply of different kinds of Raspberries that are perfect for your garden & kitchen. In the spring you will find them in the nursery as bare-root and later in the season in pots. A few varieties we generally carry are Fall Gold, Willamette, Munger Black, Canby Thornless, Heritage, Autumn Bliss Red, Amity Red, and many more… Please check with us on availability if you want a specific type as Raspberries are very popular.

Blackberries

Blackberries

Like the Raspberry, Blackberries are botanically termed an aggregate fruit, and not a true berry, because of numerous ‘drupelets’ that make up a single fruit. Most people still consider them, and refer to them as berries, however. Blackberries and Raspberries are also called caneberries or brambles.

Blackberries are a mouthwatering fruit that is used in many different culinary dishes from jams to pies to ice-cream. The seeds of the Blackberry are also easier to remove while cooking then Raspberry seeds because of their size difference.  Depending on your preference, it is not absolutely necessary to remove the seeds.

In the spring you can expect to find our Blackberries as bare-root and, like our Raspberries, potted later in the season. We bring in thornless and thorned varieties for those who want either or both. A few varieties we carry are: Obsidian, Black Pearl, Thornless, Black Satin, and many more…

Boysenberries

Boysenberries are generally considered to be a crossing between a Loganberry, a Raspberry, and the Pacific Blackberry by a horticulturist, Rudolph Boysen, in the 1920s or 30s. Like the Blackberry, it keeps its core intact, rather than having the drupelets (its fruit) separate from the core, leaving a hollow fruit, as with the raspberry, and as such is classified as a Blackberry. Boysenberries are a purple-red or reddish-black hue, juicy, & have a flavor somewhat similar to a raspberry.

We carry a tantalizing thornless variety of Boysenberry that is sure to please the taste buds and like our other berries & fruits are available in the spring in bare-root and later in pots.

Boysenberries are delicious eaten fresh.  They also work quite well in jams, jellies, preserves, pies, pastries, and wonderful fruit sauces for goose and duck meat.

Blueberries

Blueberries

Native to the mountainous and woody regions of the United States and Canada, Blueberries hold a special spot in our hearts. Blueberries feature colors ranging from blue to maroon to purple-black and sizes ranging from pea size to a medium sized marble. The flavoring also depends on the type of Blueberry and if it is a cultivated variety (with a sweeter flavor) or wild variety (with a tarter side).

Delicious Blueberry bushes we carry include: Berkeley, Earliblue, Northblue, Nova Blue, Patriot, Toro, and others…  Be sure to pay attention to which type of Blueberry you are getting as many require another Blueberry plant (often a different kind) to fruit.

Blueberries are fantastic in breakfast & dessert foods like cereal, pancakes, yogurt, fruit smoothies, muffins, cobblers, pies, and even as a topping for cheesecake.

Huckleberries

The Huckleberry is the State Fruit of Idaho and it’s no wonder why… Similar to the Blueberry, Huckleberries are native to the northwest United States and Canada and are one the most desirable, hard to find, and expensive berries on the market. Finding a wild bush up in a secluded area on a mountain or forested area can be a real treat. Finding some in your own garden can be even sweeter.

Huckleberries prefer acidic soils and down in our valley it may be necessary to amend the soil where you choose to plant your Huckleberry.  They also prefer growing at certain elevations (2,000 to 11,000 feet) which can make growing a wee bit more difficult. Most Huckleberries are still handpicked in their natural settings because of the difficulties in domesticating and growing this plant. You’ve got to have patience and tender, loving, care when growing your own.

We currently carry an Evergreen Huckleberry that is available in the spring and because of the high desirability these plants are snapped up almost as fast as we get them in.  Please call us if you are in the market for one of these plants to see if we still have them in stock.