Not all berries are real soft fruit. Many species are called berries just because of their shape. In view of the large variety of different types of berries and soft fruit, it is not always easy to decide on the right shrubs.
Soft fruit that belongs in every garden
The most well-known berries and berries are:
The real soft fruit comes in three different colors: red, black, and white. Red and white currants are sweet with a tart undertone, while black currants have a more tart flavor.
If you have enough space, plant all three varieties in the garden. Strain selection isn’t that important, as the aroma of the three main strains doesn’t differ much.
They differ not only in size but also in color. There are green, whitish, yellowish, and reddish varieties, with the reddish being the sweetest. Some gooseberries are hairy. If you don’t like that, choose smooth varieties.
Raspberries come in three colors: red, yellow, and black. Strictly speaking, the fruits are not berries but are called berries because of their shape. The different varieties differ considerably in taste.
Bramble bushes form long tendrils that grow very quickly. The blackberries are also not real berries. Care should be taken when planting in the garden, as the plants are difficult to keep in check. The choice of variety does not play a special role, since the taste differs only slightly.
The most popular berries in home gardens are actually stonecrops rather than berries. Unlike berry bushes, the much smaller plants are planted in rows in beds. There are many varieties of strawberries that differ in taste and size.
The real berries are usually only planted in the cultivated form in the garden. However, the taste can hardly be compared to forest blueberries. Blueberries need acidic soil and do not thrive well in all gardens. The choice of variety does not play a major role, at most the berries differ in size.