Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Blue Sausage Fruit Tree

James Wong has got a lot to answer for in our house at the moment. After reading his book I've been doing my research to try and buy a few things from it, so we've got a few things to eat that aren't "run of the mill".
 The Blue Sausage Fruit or Dead Mans Fingers seemed to fit the bill perfectly. They have edible fruit in the autumn that looks like a blue broad bean pod filled with edible flesh. I found a small plant on eBay quite cheap and order it.
It came from Jurassic Plants and was really well packaged with good instructions and even some plant food for the first six months. If I'd ordered it straight from their web site I would have gotten a free tree as well but never mind - there's always next time!
I potted the plant on into a much bigger pot to give it room to grow, the tree isn't huge but buying it small like this saves me some money as I'll just grow it on until it's big enough to be planted in the ground and not need too much attention. 
Only time will tell whether this tree is worth growing or not but I'm intrigued to say the least. If the fruit isn't tasty it still has attractive foliage and might make a nice tree in the garden.
Anyone else got any interesting and usual fruits I can look at growing over here in our climate (we get quite heavy frosts in the winter)?

9 comments:

  1. I am now going to have a look at the blue sausage tree, I must not buy anything during the next week :(
    I shall be intrested to see how it goes.

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    1. It just made me curious! Hopefully it will put on enough growth to be planted in it's proper place next year (If I can decide where that is!)

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  2. Oh no! Another fantastic site for plants/shrubs etc.
    I've just ordered a Blue sausage fruit shrub from them!
    I spied a citrus fruit that is hardy in the UK, next on my shopping list, plus, a Japanese all spice shrub that has scented leaves and edible fruit!
    You should have warned us that the site has very reasonable prices too Kevin! LOL!

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    1. I was impressed with the firm and now I've seen the hardy citrus as well - I'll have to do some research into that one!

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  3. Had to double check it wasn't April the first with a post named Blue sausage fruit tree.

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    1. I know it's a bit odd isn't it! I'll try anything if someone tells me it's edible!

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  4. Ok you got me on this one, I have no idea what this tree is or what it produces! First I have ever heard of it. Going to have to look this one up! :O)

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    1. I'd never heard of it before I read the bok. Once I hear of a new fruit that will grow in my climate I just have to have it and try it!

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  5. I ordered one of the blue sausage fruit shrubs and 2 came this morning with a free gift of a Dawn redwood seedling, would have preferred something more native and not so huge growing! I might donate it to the village school or the village society so that it can be planted where it can grow to it's full height and not have to be chopped down because it's towering over someone's house or view! You could have it if you lived nearer to me lol!

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