Wine Berries On The Bush

@fishtiger58 (30284)
Momence, Illinois
May 30, 2016 7:47am CST
Some years ago I thought I bought a raspberry bush. A year later a friend saw a picture I had taken of the bush, it hadn't produced berries yet, and she told me it wasn't a raspberry but a wine berry. The company I had bought it from sent the wrong thing. But it turned out ok as the 2nd year we got berries. Having never even heard of wine berries I was anxious to try them. I love them. They look very much like a raspberry but they are smaller and when ripe they are tart. I love that. They also look different on the vine than a raspberry does. I took this picture in 2012 and we only had a few berries but this year it looks like we are going to get quite a few berries. This is an incredibly slow growing plant very much unlike raspberries. When given the chance a raspberry will take over the entire area they are planted in and more. We have had them grow under sidewalks and into our flower beds and veggie garden. I am excited as this year I am going to get more than one small mouthful of wine berries.
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@sueznewz2 (9330)
• Alicante, Spain
30 May 16
I'm glad you like them... do you have to protect them from the birds.... a friend of mine has strawberries and raspberries in her garden and the birds come and help themselves too....
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@fishtiger58 (30284)
• Momence, Illinois
30 May 16
I'm not sure if the birds like them but I bet they do. We have had so very little of them I'm not sure. We have our strawberries caged so the birds can't get them. As for our raspberries we get just tons of them, so if the birds want some we are happy to share, we give them away to family and friends every summer as there are to many for us to eat before they rot.
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@sueznewz2 (9330)
• Alicante, Spain
30 May 16
@fishtiger58 ooohhh thats good, you have enough to 'share' lol's
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@fishtiger58 (30284)
• Momence, Illinois
30 May 16
@sueznewz2 yes when the raspberries are ripening we get a big bowl every day for weeks.
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@PainsOnSlate (19009)
• Canada
2 Jun 16
Fascinating, I've never heard of them so looked them up, I will be looking for them on my hikes from now on.
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• Canada
3 Jun 16
@fishtiger58 All my life we have been picking berries from the fence lines on the side of the road. I will bet I've had them and never knew it. I looked it up, they look very similar to raspberry and blackberry.
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@fishtiger58 (30284)
• Momence, Illinois
6 Jun 16
@PainsOnSlate Yup the berry looks very much like a raspberry but smaller. I looked at the plants yesterday and it looks like I have more than one hundred berries. I am very excited for them to ripen.
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@fishtiger58 (30284)
• Momence, Illinois
13 Jun 16
@PainsOnSlate Very cool, nothing better than finding a wild berry patch. I just love that.
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@just4him (88850)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
30 May 16
I've never heard of them. Interesting picture of them, they look spiny or is that fuzz? Love the picture.
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@fishtiger58 (30284)
• Momence, Illinois
30 May 16
I had never heard of them either. I think its some sort of spine to keep critters off it. They do eventually go away.
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@just4him (88850)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
30 May 16
@fishtiger58 It's good they go away.
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@fishtiger58 (30284)
• Momence, Illinois
31 May 16
@just4him For sure or we couldn't eat them and that would be a shame.
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@BelleStarr (30994)
• Portland, Connecticut
30 May 16
Yes I have found at least that my wild black raspberry are very invasive and would take over our entire yard given half a chance.
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@fishtiger58 (30284)
• Momence, Illinois
30 May 16
Oh yes they would. I know of a huge patch of black raspberries and we pick every July, we could pick for a week straight and not get them all. We never take that much as I have two different kinds of red raspberries in my yard and we can't eat all of them either. So my family benefits from my husbands desire to grow his raspberries.
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@BelleStarr (30994)
• Portland, Connecticut
30 May 16
@fishtiger58 My husband finally got tired of ours and just cut it all down it had gotten huge and was getting too close to the pool. lol loved those berries though.
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@fishtiger58 (30284)
• Momence, Illinois
31 May 16
@BelleStarr I do too just plain yummy. They spread like weeds.
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@LoriAMoore (9565)
• United States
31 May 16
I'll be darned; I've never heard of wineberries.
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@fishtiger58 (30284)
• Momence, Illinois
1 Jun 16
I hadn't either but I love them. So glad that company made the mistake in what they sent.
• United States
30 May 16
hmm, don't reckon i've e'ery tried any'f those? sounds most interestin' 'n what a lovely plant. i hear ya'n those rasperries, they used to take o'er the hills from which i hail. 'course, gettin' 'em to grow'n these parts's quite a feat. they dislike our winds, sandy soils which 'neath's layers'f caliche, lol. did've 'bout 10'f 'em though, prior to the years'f drought. took 5 years'f compostin' to get a bed they'd thrive'n. the berries were huge, the plants quite prolific - much to the delight'f the birds 'n myself.
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@fishtiger58 (30284)
• Momence, Illinois
31 May 16
At my old house we had a huge raspberry patch and those raspberries were huge also, bigger than my thumb.
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@CRK109 (14368)
• United States
30 May 16
I never heard of those before! But they sound great!
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@fishtiger58 (30284)
• Momence, Illinois
1 Jun 16
They are really good, can't wait for them to ripen.
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@Susan2015 (18267)
• United States
30 May 16
Hope you at least get a bowlful of them from the plant this year.
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@fishtiger58 (30284)
• Momence, Illinois
30 May 16
I am hoping so too. Looks like we have several dozen on the plant this year, I hope they all make it.
@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 May 16
That's pretty good isn't it? I'm glad you're not disappointed that you don't have any raspberries.
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@fishtiger58 (30284)
• Momence, Illinois
30 May 16
They are way good, I'm really glad the company made the mistake. As for raspberries I have more than I can eat, we regularly give them away to family and friends.
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@JolietJake (39524)
30 May 16
I don't think I've ever had those. We have a few decent raspberry plants and a big blackberry bush I am trying to save from being smothered by the dang honeysuckle.
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@Juliaacv (21955)
• Canada
30 May 16
Will you get enough for a meal this year from the plant?
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@fishtiger58 (30284)
• Momence, Illinois
30 May 16
We just might. Last year we had like 4 berries. This year it looks like we have dozens of them, I am excited. One slow growing and producing plant.
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