A superb newcomer, resembling the garden huckleberry, but with a far superior taste, and should NOT be eaten green. Quick and easy to grow in a container, garden or green house, producing thousands of small, sweet, unusual-flavoured, blackcurrant-like fruits, which can be eaten straight from the plant, but also cooked when they make a very good jam/jelly/preserve. Young plants can fruit in as little as 10 weeks. The leaves of this plant are narcotic and are sometimes smoked as a canabis legal-drug substitute and we DO NOT recommend this practice.
Seeds are surface-sown or covered only slightly, do not allow the soil to dry out. Containers should be held in warm conditions until sprouts appear. These seeds are very slow to germinate, usually taking from 30 to 40 days. Move sprouting plantings immediately to bright light conditions, such as a south-facing window. Support with cane or wires if the plant grows very large.
Wonderberries are interesting plants that produce berries from early summer until autumn. The plants are annual in most climates; wonderberries do not tolerate frost. Read on for more wonderberry plant info.
What is Wonderberry?
The ripe berries aren’t very tasty when picked fresh and eaten raw, with a flavor 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 sweetener.
Is Wonderberry Edible?
Wonderberry belongs to the highly poisonous nightshade family. Although this sounds frightening, the nightshade family also includes common edibles such as potatoes, tomatoes, gooseberry, eggplant, hot peppers, and tobacco.
Not frost hardy. Grow as an annual. Sunset Zones: All zones USDA: All zones
The plants are exceedingly easy to grow and care is similar to the tomato, except that wonderberries tend to be less picky about temperature and water, and generally fruit much faster. Can be grown in full or part sun outdoors, or in a sunny window. Sow seeds directly in the ground during summer, or start inside. Germination is best when soil temperatures are above 70F. Keep the soil damp and repot as needed; wonderberry plants need little attention to flower and fruit. See also: garden huckleberry.
The wonderberry is a man-made cross between Solanum villosum and S. guineense, produced in the early 20th century by renowned plant breeder Luther Burbank. It closely resembles the wild garden huckleberry, and adding to the confusion, this common name is often used to describe the wonderberry as well. However, the flavor of the wonderberry is far superior to that of the garden huckleberry.
Cooked and used as a flavoring for various desserts. The unripe (green) berries are poisonous.
By seed. May fruit in just 2-3 months.