Wonderberry - 10 seeds

Wonderberry - 10 seeds

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Also known as garden huckleberry, the wonderberry/sunberry (Solanum burbankii) is a unique plant developed by Luther Burbank in the early 1900s. The bushy, erect plants reach mature heights of two feet. Attractive white flowers appear in midsummer, followed by hundreds of deep bluish-black berries. Wonderberry growing is easy and the plants require little care. Start the seed indoors in late winter, then move the plants outdoors when all danger of frost has passed in the spring. If you live in a warm climate with no late frost, you can plant the seeds directly outdoors.

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Wonderberries are relatively safe to eat, although unripe, green berries may be poisonous. This usually doesn’t present a problem because unripe wonderberries are extremely bitter. Ripe berries are harmless, and they are easy to distinguish because they lose their greenish colour. The berries are ready to pick when they are soft and no longer shiny. The ripe berries aren’t very tasty when picked fresh and eaten raw, with a flavour akin to an unripe tomato. However, the berries are delicious in pies, syrups and preserves when they are cooked and combined with sugar or other sweeteners. Don’t pick the berries the same way you would pick blueberries or huckleberries because you’ll have nothing but a sticky mess. Instead, roll the berries gently between your fingers and let them drop into a bowl. Don’t pick the green berries; they will ripen if you leave them on the plant.