The Newest Fruit For The Upper Midwest

It’s not often a completely new fruit type makes its way onto the much-recommended list for the Upper Midwest. Raspberries, strawberries, apples and plums have been around since the days pioneers built their sod huts. We are now living in the days of fruit-growing history, as a brand new fruit makes its way into popularity,…
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New Hardy Mulberry Has North Dakota Pioneer Roots

It’s truly rare when an entirely new, well-adapted fruit species is introduced into northern climates. History is in the making with the proud introduction of a winter hardy mulberry. This isn’t just any new mulberry, Trader Mulberry’s mother plant is 125 years old and still bearing sweet, delicious fruit in Barnes County, North Dakota. Introduced…
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Best Plum Varieties For Backyard Gardeners

Growing fruit in our backyards is fun, especially when it tastes better than store-bought. Plums are a great example. Northern gardeners can grow tree-ripened plums that are sweet and juicy, and the small trees easily fit into homeyards. Plums are small-scale trees, only growing to an average of 15 feet high and wide, smaller than…
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Quiz: Which Fruits Must Be Picked Fully Ripe And Which Ripen After?

Have you ever wondered why the green bananas we buy at the grocery store ripen sweetly after a few days, yet the half-white strawberries in their plastic tubs rot while we wait for them to taste like home-grown? That’s because there are two divisions of fruit: types that continue to ripen after picking, and types…
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