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New fruit varieties are deliciously tempting; GARDENWATCH.

It is around this time of year the first scattering of plant catalogues drops on the doormat, full of new varieties of flowers, fruit and vegetables to tempt us in the months ahead. As interest in grow your own continues I have noticed that more people than ever are keen to grow some of their own fruit. With this in mind, I have taken a look at some of the new varieties for the 2010-11 season. One already attracting a great deal of attention is apple Redlove, which is available in the UK only from the Suttons-Dobies group. It is the world's first red-fleshed apple, and this colour is said to be retained when it is cooked or pressed. The company claims this dual-purpose variety is very tasty, and not just a gimmick, with 'berry nuances'.

It is already being planted by commercial growers throughout Europe - so they obviously feel it has a bright future.

I like the sound of Thompson and Morgan's new quince Lescovaeks.

It looks an attractive variety with round, silver leaves and large, green-pink flowers which yield large fruits.

Exclusive to the Suffolk company is Strawberry Cupid. Said to be deliciously juicy, this June-fruiting strawberry has good sized fruits. The company boasts Cupid is the only variety to have natural disease resistance to verticillium wilt, mildew, blackspot and crown rot. It also offers good rain tolerance.

Kitchen garden specialist D.T. Brown introduces another unusual fruit in juneberry Smoky, which has long been grown as a 'pick-your-own' crop in North America, where it is known as 'saskatoon'.

Smoky's fruits are similar in size, taste and shape to those of the blueberry. The self-fertile plants will grow in most soils and can yield up to 4.5kg of fruit per bush in July.

Another new soft fruit from Brown is the balloon berry, which is also known as the 'strawberry-raspberry'. It is easy to please and hardy. While the large, sweet fruits are a little bland when raw they should make delicious jam and jelly. Its low growing habit makes the balloon berry an interesting proposition for ground cover.

Colin Hambidge
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Aug 12, 2010
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