The more I experience and see other’s experiences with honeyberries, the less I am liking them. I was very excited about them in the beginning but they seem to be a let down so far.
It seems that there are a lot of false claims about them. For example, I’ve seen estimates of 5-10lbs of berries on 5 year old plants, 3-7 kilos per mature 3-4 year old, etc but I see 7 berries on a 3-4 year old plant above. I’ve only seen one descent harvest and I’m not sure from how many plants. Most seem to be way less than a pound. I remember thinking what will I do with 100lbs of honeyberries. Luckily, it doesn’t seem like I’ll have to deal with that issue ever.
My Solo and Maxie honeyberries that are still hanging for 4 weeks and are supposed to be sweet are still quite tart. Apparently sweet for a honeyberry means that your mouth won’t completely pucker and seize up for a minute after eating because these aren’t sweet…less tart at best. I can’t imagine what a tart one is like.
Borealis which was supposed to be Excellent for fresh eating is not.
I have had a good Cinderella and an ok tasting Aurora which are listed with fantastic taste but I’d expect better from a description of fantastic. I’m surprised that I haven’t seen more on the taste description of Cinderella since it seems to be one of the better tasting ones.
Perhaps they are better processed with some sugar or made into wine but you’d need more than a handful of berries for that.
Bird netting seems to be a requirement. No way a berry that is dark blue is going to sit on a bush for 3-4 weeks without any protection whatsoever especially when it is the only berry around at the time.
I wondering if I’m too far south to grow them well. Maybe planting them in full sun but shading them during the summer would provide better results this far south. I don’t normally get to say that…this far south…hehe.
It’s too early for me to really have a strong opinion but my excitement is waning I’m starting to lean toward a no, they aren’t tasty or worth growing in my area yet but have great potential. With that said, I’m still going to give mine a chance and hope for the best.
And of course, new varieties keep getting released so maybe they’ll have some tasty and productive varieties in a few years along with some growing tips for us honeyberry growing southerners. They are a developing fruit.