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 First Seaberries 
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Post First Seaberries
One of my seaberries has berries on it for the first time. I have never eaten an actual seaberry before. How do I know when they are ripe?


Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:12 am
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Location: Portland, OR
Post Re: First Seaberries
Hi Dave,
I think they should be ripe now. They do require a bit more tug than most berries. You can taste one. Some people don't like the taste. I like it. They have a powerful flavor. You kind of need to like tart. I could tell that mmine were starting to fall off/dry up, so I ate them. They won't dry up in the weather we have right now!
John S
PDX OR


Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:15 am
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Location: SW Washington
Post Re: First Seaberries
http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/fruit/msg081805012132.html

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...Ripe berries will give when squeezed, rubbery but not soft; try eating one--it should be juicy and lemon-tart. If there is no sign of shriveling you can wait on them to change color...


larry_gene lives in Portland and grew seaberries for years and made tasty and nutritious juice from them. I think he is a member of this forum as well and is very friendly and helpful with advice.


Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:55 pm
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Post Re: First Seaberries
Jeg can ikke snakke Finsk.

I talked to those pretty French girls harvesting the berries in the video and I think they said they cut them out of the bush with scissors. I decided to marry one of those pretty gardener French girls. I have not only cut them out with scissors, sometimes I just bite them out of the tree. Don't tell my French wife because I might get in trouble. If you try to grab them with your hands, they squirt and get messy. I'm talking about the berrries here, people!:)
John S
PDX OR


Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:57 pm
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Location: Springfield, OH Zone 6a
Post Re: First Seaberries
Dave, how long have you been growing your seaberries? I ask because I just planted a female (botanica) and a male this spring and I'm wondering about how long they take before they fruit. Some sites say 2-3 years, but I've also heard of a local arboretum that hasn't gotten any berries in 5 years. I imagine that could be due to pollination issues, since you need a male and since they need to be wind pollinated as well. Actually, on the subject of pollination, has anyone ever tried hand pollination of seaberries?


Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:28 am
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Post Re: First Seaberries
I haven't ever needed to, they pollinate themselves via the wind, as long as you have male and female.

Mine didn't fruit this year because I put them into pots and almost killed them due to lack of water in our long hot summer.
JohN S
PDX OR


Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:09 am
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Location: Camas, Washington
Post Re: First Seaberries
I bought them as 1-gallon plants 2 years ago (male & female). I only had about 12 berries so I just squished them into a glass of fruit juice - delicious!

They grow pretty fast, the largest one is about 5 feet tall x 4 feet wide.


Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:11 am
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