Organic Wonderberry Seeds (Solanum retroflexum)
- Packet Size 10/100/1000: 10 seeds 100 seeds (-30%) 1000 seeds (-60%)
- –>Manufacturer country : Ukraine
- –>Product code : 10246-10
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- –>Germination : 90%
- Unit: Seeds
- –>Crop year / Production date : 2018
- –>Shelf life : 3 years
Many people claimed that Burbank had only reintroduced Solanum nigrum, also known as the common garden huckleberry as a new plant. There is more to the story of this tiny berry!
In 1909 Luther Burbank introduced the Sunberry, a cross of two varieties of common nightshade, neither of them poisonous but neither of them very good to eat. The new berry tasted better than either of its parents, especially when cooked. John Lewis Childs, a prominent customer of Luther Burbanks plant projects bought the rights for about $300, bred great quantities of the berry and renamed it Wonderberry. He began a large advertising campaign built around Luther Burbank’s name.
Immediately in response to this campaign, critics started a campaign to discredit the Wonderberry. It was said the new berry was nothing more than black nightshade, a common nonpoisonous garden weed. This does not seem to be true; it is thought that John Lewis Child’s stock may have been contaminated in the field. None the less, a large attack to discredit Burbank was on. At the 1909 Boston Flower Show the Wonderberry was judged a failure.
The small, dark berry that created so much controversy is still grown today under the original name that Burbank preferred the Sunberry. Moving far beyond jams and jellies this little berry is grown by restaurant chefs and used as a garnish for summer cocktails and as chutney to accompany fois gras.
Easy to grow, they produce small, sweet, blue berries – wonderful raw or cooked in pies, preserves. Makes great wines combined with sugars and acid blends.
Wonderberry or Sunberry are fast-growing, compact plants, developed by Luther Burbank and introduced in 1909. Great controversy arose over the origins of this plant. Many people claimed that Burbank had only reintroduced Solanum nigrum. Organic Wonderberry Seeds (Solanum retroflexum): photos & reviews.
Small, dark purple fruit closely resembling the highly poisonous nightshade. The ripe fruits don’t taste like much, but when cooked with sugar, have a pleasant berry flavor that is usually used as a flavoring for pies and desserts.
Seeds are now available at our seed store.
Very small shrub, usually growing to only 12-24″. The wonderberry can fruit at just 3-4″ high.
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.
By seed. May fruit in just 2-3 months.
Cooked and used as a flavoring for various desserts. The unripe (green) berries are poisonous.
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.
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Wonderberry seeds Small, dark purple fruit closely resembling the highly poisonous nightshade. The ripe fruits don’t taste like much, but when cooked with sugar, have a pleasant berry flavor that