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Jostaberry (Ribes nidigrolaria)

Jostaberry (Ribes nidigrolaria)

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The Jostaberry is a unique hybrid, a cross between black currant (Ribes nigrum) and gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa), known for its large, dark berries and vigorous growth habit. This plant typically grows to a height and spread of about 4 to 6 feet. It is hardy in USDA zones 3 through 8, making it suitable for a wide range of climates, including many regions in Canada. Jostaberry prefers well-drained, fertile soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. It thrives in full sun but can tolerate partial shade.

The berries of the Jostaberry are larger than those of a black currant and have a complex flavor that is a blend of both parents – somewhat tart like a gooseberry with the sweetness and richness of a black currant. They ripen in mid to late summer and are excellent for fresh eating, as well as for jams, jellies, and baking.

One of the notable advantages of the Jostaberry is its resistance to common pests and diseases that affect its parent species, making it a robust and low-maintenance choice for gardeners. The plant also does not have the strong thorns typical of many gooseberry varieties, which makes harvesting easier.

The Jostaberry's combination of tasty fruit, disease resistance, and ease of care makes it an attractive choice for home gardens. Its unique flavor profile and versatility in culinary uses have also contributed to its growing popularity among fruit enthusiasts.



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