Hi, I am on low carb and very low sugar diet for almost a year, gradually move to Paleo. ) This fall we moved to the house and I want to plant a garden. I am new to Paleo and new to gardening and I am pretty confused. I want to plant vegetables and berries in my garden. I am going to order berries from here http://www.starkbros.com/products/berry-plants (I hope it will not be considered as a advertising, if someone knows better place for shopping please let me know) There are so many varieties of raspberries, strawberries... I am afraid if I will omit "sweet" ones they are going to be so tart kids won't eat them. Can anyone suggest me please what berries to order so they will be relatively sweet and still Paleo. We have Blueberry and Blackberry farms nearby so I want to plant something different. I live in Virginia, 7B hardiness zone. How sweet Honeyberry and Issai Hardy Kiwi? Can I eat Elderberry fresh? Or they too tart for this?
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on June 10, 2013
at 10:36 AM
We ofte4n tried wild elderberries as children but never liked the taste. I would not deliberately grow them. We also used to go into the wilds to pick what used to be called bilberries in the UK (now they seem larger in shops and are called blueberries and I expect the big new types are sweeter). I planted some of those but in a bad place and they never fruited. They nee4d very acid soils, suit moorlands etc.
Strawberries will be one of the easiest to plant. Again as children we used to pick in the wilds wild strawberries, sometimes called Alpine strawberries in the UK - they are so small as to hardly be worth eating but pretty delicious if you can grow enough. They can be be bought from catalogues.
We used to be allowed to look after a neighbour's vegetable garden when we were children and they were away and pick their raspberries. I think you would be best with raspberries and strawberries. In the UK there are still wild raspberries (for anyone into foraging) and they are less sweet than the cultivated kinds.
Finally blackberries - we have those all over the local woods and they are much more bitter and smaller than the cultivated varieties.
However I would worry about none of that. Just buy some strawberries and raspberries in any varieties and see how it goes. It will all be good, much better than a tub of ice cream.
on April 12, 2013
at 12:22 PM
strawberries are a great and easy grow! make sure you order ones with avariety of fruiting timessome fruit only once while others give full season(single bearing, ever bearing), . any bramble berry is going to be a great success as well, read up on how to properly overwinter and prune for the health of your brambles and so that they will produce for years.
another great one to plant, if it does well in your climate zone, is mulberries, they start out twiggy bushes but make their way into full grown trees that produce fruit similar, but in my opionion much tastier then black berries. they are extremely generous plants and birds LOVE them, but will never be able to clean you out of fruit off of them. they come in a variety of colors from white(the sweetest) ot mauve, voilet to dark purple.
you should also think about growing melons, a lot of the heirloom varieties of cantelopes and honey dew are really amazing, NOTHING compaired to store bought, I actually cant even smell store bought cantelopes without gagging. they are generally low sugar compaired to water content and a great treat on hot summer days. the farms ive worked for we have grown heirlooms from "high mowing seeds" and a few other companies and they have been really delicious. full of potassium too, make sure to get those organic amendments in your soil:)
another thing you might look into is what berry bushes grow natively in Virginia. I have lived in places where choke cherries and currants are native, they are definitely not as sweet as more cultivated fruits but still very tasty and make a very low maintenance addition to gardens.
on March 15, 2013
at 09:17 AM
First off, fruit is Paleo if it doesn't make up most of what you eat, more like an occasional dessert or snack. I did not look at your link but, you're obsessing about something so small in the scheme of things. What you should look for are organic heirloom seeds or plants (bonus if you get it from a local/small farmer.) Unlike most commercial seeds, heirlooms have not been genetically modified for sweetness. Heirloom plants have been grown and the seeds saved from the hardiest plants that were able to resist diseases and pests without use of pesticides and the best producing plants, not necessarily what plants produced the sweetest fruits. Seed savers exchange might be worth a look or a quick Google for organic heirloom plants. In my experience, blackberries will end up being less tart, blueberries are next, strawberries, then raspberries. Bottom line is that wherever you buy, you should be looking for quality and not worrying about something being too sweet as long as you're buying something that wasn't genetically modified.