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07-02-2015, 06:29 AM
As the title says Im looking for Plant species to cultivate in northern climates that are suitable for eating and mead production.
Can anybody list some?
Thanks bluestone:)

07-02-2015, 08:57 AM
Like how north? Apples are good for eating, pollen and honey and making a cyser. Blackberries and raspberries, blueberries, you have to plant a lot to make honey, a few trees in your back yard isnt going to give you an excees they can make honey from. WVMJ

07-02-2015, 07:20 PM
Sorry. I wasn't thinking about plants for honey production(Im not there yet), but plants for ingredients in melomels etc.
Im in scandinavia(Northern europe). I think I can grow about the same species as Canada.

What should be some really good choices of species to plant(mostly trees and big bushes, but also smaller if good). For example:
sour cherry (Prunus cerasus), choke cherry(Prunus virginiana), elderberry(Sambucus nigra), certain apples, Aronia melanocarpa, red currant(Ribes rubrum), black currant, ?...?

07-02-2015, 09:00 PM
Elders, black and red currants, gooseberries, you guys have more berries for the cold than we do in the USA, check out raintree nursery, they collect plants from all over the hemisphere. Mostly all your berries will make a good melomel, its mostly about balancing the acids with the honey. WVMJ

Chevette Girl
07-03-2015, 01:02 AM
Oh, I totally second the currants, red and black :) And elderberries too!

In southern Ontario we can grow peaches, moving north to where I am, apples, crabapples and pears do pretty well, I can't remember where cherries will grow, and up north in Sudbury, raspberries and blueberries and choke cherries grow just fine.

I'd stay away from gooseberries if you can't find a non-spiny version, their thorns are downright vicious.

07-03-2015, 01:26 AM
Blackberries, blueberries, elderberries, apples, potatoes (ahem...for ahem...eating)

07-07-2015, 09:15 PM
I planted a chokeberry (aronia) last year and it's already producing a decent crop of berries. Astringent but if you have a food mill or other means of separating the skins & seeds, the pulp is quite delicious and has a great color. Last year we mixed the aronia & elderberry fruit and made a syrup (with added sugar)--super delicious.

Cherries grow well here (upstate NY, USDA Zone 5), and of course apples. The cherries seem to be making fruit a lot sooner than the apples, in case you're in a hurry. 3rd year now and I got a few handfuls of cherries off the sweet trees, but just a couple sour cherries. Only crabs so far on the apple side, but probably next year I can expect some fruit.

I've also got a saskatoon (serviceberry), but no fruit yet. Supposed to be a pretty productive shrub though, and similar flavor to blueberries.

07-08-2015, 05:34 AM
You might check this thread as well...


Kansas Mead
07-08-2015, 11:10 AM
In the United States there hardness zones. For example I live in zone 6a. I googled "scandinavia hardness zones " and found this website http://www.plantmaps.com/interactive-norway-plant-hardiness-zone-map.php .Once you know the hardness zone finding plant will be easier.

07-08-2015, 02:41 PM
I've also got a saskatoon (serviceberry), but no fruit yet. Supposed to be a pretty productive shrub though, and similar flavor to blueberries.

Saskatoon is the first thing that came to mind for me. I grew up in Manitoba and we had them everywhere. What a fantastic berry.

07-09-2015, 08:44 PM
Introduce yourself to the concept of Permaculture and plant for a changing climate.

07-09-2015, 08:50 PM
An excellent free resource on plant guilds from Midwest Permaculture:

Thank You Brice Ruddock

I heard him speak. He lives in Milwaukee and knows the microclimates on his property so well he is growing an orange tree that survives the winters.