I had a few dozen berries from my 2 Indigo Crisp plants this year. I actually found them pretty good, but definitely a bit different to other blueberries since they don’t have as much of the blueberry taste, mostly just sweet. My youngest daughter had one and said, “this tastes like a water melon”, which actually seemed pretty accurate. It was crisp and sweet and while blueberryish, did also have some taste of watermelon to it. Without much tart, I found that I could eat them well before they were fully blue and actually liked the flavor better then, unlike other varities I needed to let hang. Nice, but I’m not sure it warrants making a lot of effort to grow them.
Which is actually where I’m starting to come down to with all my blueberries. I’ve also got Misty and Sunshine, which are nice, reasonably productive, but I’m not really convinced they are better than what I can get at the store during the time that they ripen. Sweetcrisp was great… the few berries I got from the plant. It is just so much less productive for me than my other plants that I feel like I’d have to grow a half dozen of just that variety to get enough to do much with.
All my blue berry plants are currently in pots and I moved them into my screened in porch to keep the birds and chipmunks from stripping them. Even netting is tough, since the chipmunks just dig under the nets. Maybe the fact that the screen cuts some of the light impacted sweetness on the other varieties?
I’ve added a couple Cara’s Choice and hopefully will get a taste of those next year to see if they are as good as folks say. I know they aren’t super productive, but hopefully they’ll out produce Sweetcrisp.
But depending on how that goes, I may just drop the blueberries from what I grow and add more black currants and figs instead. I have very little space and it just seems to make sense to focus on growing things that are either dramatically better than what they have in stores or, like figs and currants, aren’t even available locally.
Or maybe I’m just doing something wrong with the way I grow them and not getting the best taste from my varieties.