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One of the chilli varieties I am growing this year is an "Uba Tuba" chilli, which looks like this...
"The flesh of each pod is thin athough crisp to taste and they mature from green to red approximately 90-100 days after seedlings have emerged. The body of the pods have some detectable heat, but the wings are sweet and mild." - http://www.thechileman.org/results.php?find=Ubatuba&heat=Any&origin=Any&genus=Any&chile=1&submit=Search
lilylouise wrote (see)
I grow a chilli similar to your Huntertony- it is called Friars Hat Pam LL x
That is an awesome name! Might have to keep an eye out for some seeds for that one next year.
We grow Jostaberry which is a cross between a Gooseberrry and a Blackcurrant. Very nice sharp fruit.
We also grow Abronia melanifolia (Chokeberry.) You cannot eat the fruit from the bush,but the processed juice makes a really nice sharp Jam.
We did have Worcesterberry too, but found it a bit too prickly for our poor hands. Make a good security hedge though.
Loganberries are nice and there are thornless varieties of it.
How about Chilean guava? I've got some, currently in pots, soon to be planted out, and they are sooo delicios
I think Geoff's suggestion of blueberry is a good one. You can grow them in pots in ericaceous (?spelling) compost for acid loving plants.They are very good for you. Here is a BBC site that tells you how to grow them.
Passionfruit? Loganberry or even Cranberry?
Like LilyL, I grow Cape Gooseberry plants in containers every year. They grow (too)rapidly in a GH, so I just have a couple outside in a sunny sheltered spot. Leave until just before first frosts in Oct or so for harvesting the sweet spicey fruits.
Also I have three small Dragon Fruit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_fruit) plants on the go (from seed) indoors and will be delighted just to get a flower.
Current challenge is Karela (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karela) which I can't yet get to germinate but will try this year. Have also failed to date with Persimon despite chilling the seeds for a few months. Any ideas?
Got a buch of catalogues from Thomson and Morgan the other day including one for fruit. They have some weird new varieties which don't tempt me such as the 'first ever pink blueberry' and a Cot 'n' Candy - 2/3 apricot and 1/3 plum . Might interest Big gav if he comes back
You have said that you are short of space, but would you be able to 'pleach' or 'espalier' some small trees against a wall or fence? I'm thinking fabulous apricots and lucious greengages. I know they are not considered madly exotic, but how many people do you know that are actually growing them?
Hey artjak! we have just bought a greengae - not sure it will fit in our orchard, stll deciding
Pineberries taste like pineapples, it's a strawberry though.
loquat will be a waste of time in this country I'd think, they need to get quite large and they need 70+ temps to produce flowers, without flowers there won't be any fruit. I had one in my back garden for about 8 years, one that a previous occupant planted from seed like 10 years earlier. Despite living in the Midlands and it being in a sheltered spot never did anything but produce masses of leaves. And bear in mind that the leaves are huge and very waxy, even when they drop they don't break down. My parents live in Malta and people have loquats growing in their gardens, the fruit is very bitter, kind of made my mind up to remove the one growing at mine!!! Anyways best of luck!
When I was a child (when pterodactyls few across Hyde Park) my father used to make a wonderful greengage jam, opening the stones and extracting the kernels to put in the jam also.