Unusual Fruit You Need to Grow in Your Garden...

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Written by: garden_therapy

...because you can't buy it in stores!

Gardener's know good food because they grow it and taste it freshly harvested. They give the plants love and attention for many weeks, months, or years, and are sweetly rewarded with the freshest flavours, which  can’t be found in  store. 

In my home garden, I generally look for unique edible plants to grow and purchase the standard fare items at the store or farmers market. Here are a few examples of fruit that you need to grow at home, just to taste the sweet rarity of each bite.
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Ground Cherries

Also known as golden berries or cape gooseberries, these tomato-family relatives grow in their own packaging! Paper lanterns grow on bushy plants that thrive in full sun. 

When the ground cherries are ripe, the paper lantern will fall to the ground. They can then be collected from around the base of the plant, as they will stay unharmed until the paper starts to decompose, about 3 weeks after they fall. When ripe, they have a rich, golden colour and the sweet pineapple-flavoured fruit. These are a sure-fire hit with kids.  
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Pink Blueberries

Blueberries are considered a superfood because of their anthocyanin pigment which is a dietary antioxidant. So why would anyone grow pink blueberries? 

Perhaps it’s for the ornamental reason. The leaves are a silvery-green that look much more decorative in the summer garden. Pink blueberries can look white to pink, similar to unripe blueberries, which may allow you to keep your harvest protected for a little longer. 

I like them because the fruit are tart and sweet, reminiscent of their ‘Pink Lemonade’ moniker.  

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Alpine Strawberries

I grow both yellow and red alpine strawberries which are a different kind of plant altogether than a traditional strawberry. Alpines strawberries pack all the sweet punch of a strawberry on a smaller, less bloated berry. Evergreen plants grow berries all summer that are prized by chefs and foodies. 

Even if they don’t produce a mass quantity of fruit each year, they are worth growing for taste alone. Yellow alpine strawberries can be a great way to increase the berries you get to eat vs. the berries that the birds get to eat. Similar to pink blueberries, yellow strawberries resemble an unripe version of the traditional fruit. They have all of the flavour but a bit less visual pizzazz.  

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Cocktail Kiwis

Kiwi 'Issai' or Chinese Gooseberry is a hardy perennial kiwi with exceptionally sweet fruit that are grape-sized. This vine produces many virtually-hairless, super-sweet mini kiwis. 

These hail from Siberia so you don’t need tropical temperatures. In fact, they are hardy down to -35º/-31ºF. This kiwi is self fertile, so you can grow it in a smaller garden where there is only room for one plant. 
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Heirloom Figs

Fresh figs don’t transport well, so unless you have fig trees growing in your garden, you may only have access to Fig Newtons throughout the year. Dried figs are a great way to preserve a harvest that ripens all at the same time, but the flavour is nothing like a fresh fig. 


A ripe fig, warm from the sun, tastes like fruit soaked in honey with the texture of passion fruit dotted with tiny, crunchy seeds. Even if you have been lucky enough to try a fresh Black Mission, Brown Turkey, or other common variety when they are in season, there many more heirloom varieties in a range of size, taste, and colour that must be tried.
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Uncommon Berries

There are many other berry plants that produce tasty fruit beyond the blueberry, strawberry, and raspberry. 

Goumi berries are a nutritious, red fruit speckled with silver and gold on an attractive shrub prized for its dark-green foliage. 

Seaberries or Sea Buckthorns grow on unruly bushes that produce a mass of orange berries high in vitamins, oils, and antioxidants. 

Honeyberries are related to honeysuckle and the oblong, blue fruit taste like a blackberry-cherry-grape combination. 
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Miracle Fruit

Miracle fruit is the berry from a shrub (Synsepalum dulcificum) that miraculously changes the flavour of the things you eat afterwards. The berries are small seeds covered by a thin, sweet covering that contains a glycoprotein called miraculin, which binds to the tongue’s taste buds when the fruit is consumed. Everything you eat for the next 30 minutes to 2 hours will taste much sweeter. Sour, bitter, and acidic foods like lemons, beer, and vinegar taste like candy, soda, and cookies. 

See my  collection of more unique fruits you should grow  here:
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You might also like this list of  Rainbow-Hued Vegetables for more cool plants to grow in your edible garden!
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