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Best Fruit Trees

Posted on August 02 2017

Best Fruit Trees

Our top 6 fruit trees will promise a lifetime of delicious treats. If you’re stuck for choice then take a look below to find out when our beautiful fruit trees will flower and produce mouth watering fruits! Remember…the best kind of gift is one that keeps giving, year after year!

This fabulous range of fruit tree gifts are perfect to grow in a small space and will flourish for years in an outdoor flower pot on a terrace or balcony too!

 

Rowan 

Flowers blossom in April

Fruits ripen in August and September

Rowan berries are delicious when cooked into sauces and an incredible source of vitamin C! They are maybe not one of the most well-known fruiting trees, but jars of home-made rowan jelly make delightful gifts for loved ones at Christmas! But be careful - raw rowan berries can upset your tummy - so make sure you cook them before having a nibble! See our Rowan Jelly recipe here.

    Shop for your freshly delivered Rowan tree gift here.

    Hazel

    Flowers blossom in March

    Fruits ripen from August to October

    Savoury or sweet, hazelnuts are a treat! As the nuts ripen, they drop from the tree over approximately six weeks. Once harvested hazelnuts can be grated, chopped or roasted to give flavour and texture to many dishes. Why not try our favourite - roast your hazelnuts with cinnamon sugar, crush them up and sprinkle them, still warm, over ice-cream, drizzled with delicious honey! Or you can read our Nutella recipe here.

    Shop for your freshly delivered Hazel tree gift here.

    Elder

    Flowers in June

    Fruits ripen in September

    We love the beautiful Elder tree with its delicate, white blossoms which can be harvested in early summer. The flowers are used to create a sweet Elderflower cordial which can be added to sparkling (or tonic!) water. Its dark, sweet berries are a fantastic ingredient in traditional puddings too. You will know if the elderberries are ripe, as they will be a rich colour and soft to touch. View our Elderflower cordial recipe here.

    Shop for your Elder tree gift here.

    Myrtle

    Flowers blossom in May

    Fruits ripen in August

    The glorious Myrtle tree has aromatic leaves all year which can be used to infuse marinades and soups with flavour. In spring its white flowers are full of the sweetest scent! Traditionally the spicy-sweet Myrtle berries are used to create the delicious Mediterranean liqueur, Mirto. This sweet ‘digestivo’ has been a local tradition for centuries and you can make your own using our Mirto recipe here. 

    Shop for your Myrtle tree gift here.

    Olive

    Flowers blossom in June

    Fruits ripen in November

    There’s something special about the ancient Olive tree and its soft, silvery-green foliage. The tiny fruits can be seen in late june and it’s a marvel to watch them flourish and ripen over summer and autumn. You can harvest olives in late autumn when they are green or wait until they have fully ripened into a shiny black fruit. Either way you can view our Olive curing recipe here. 

    Shop for your Olive tree gift here.

    Grapevine

    Flowers in June

    Fruits ripen in September

    Celebrate a special date in autumn with a lush Grapevine gift. You can remember your special day when the sweet, blushing grapes ripen, year after year! There’s nothing better than the refreshing sweetness of a full bunch of your own grapes. It takes about three months from the appearance of tiny grapes to the day when they are finally ripe enough to harvest - so be patient! To make your own wine from your Grapevine click here. 

    Shop for your Grapevine gift here.

     Top tip when harvesting fruit trees!

    Always remember to leave some fruit on the tree for our wildlife. Wild birds and small creatures depend on these fruits to provide them with vital food all winter.

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