This fruit bush of a deep black coloring has a wide range of uses.
The jostaberry grows heavy on its bush through the end of the summer, as long as the birds don’t get to it first! Birds love this tasty berry.
The jostaberry is commonly eaten both cooked and raw. This fruit is too labor-intensive to harvest large amounts easily, even though its stems aren’t thorny, which keeps it out of large commercial stores around the world. However, it does freeze well, making it a good fresh food choice to have in situations that require food to last long-term. The bushes may reach as high as two meters.
How Does It Taste?
The taste of the jostaberry has been described as a cross between a blackcurrant and a gooseberry. When eaten raw and unripe, the flavor leans closer to the gooseberry side, but when fully ripened, the blackcurrant flavor is stronger. It is a great choice for cordials, beverages, wines, jellies and jams, pies, and preserves. When the berries are allowed to fully ripen, they make for an incredible jam. But this fruit is not just limited to sweet dishes! It has a savory use and does very well in chicken dishes, salads, chutneys, or relishes.
A Place in Pop Culture
The jostaberry is pronounced yust-a-berry and is popular across Europe for syrups and juices. The beauty of the jostaberry bush also gives it a high ornamental value and appreciation in landscaping.
There is some evidence to show that the high vitamin C quality found in the jostaberry can help prevent cardiovascular disease. Do you suffer from cold hands and feet? The jostaberry can help with that by improving your circulation.