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New white blackberry Polarberry

New blackberry Polarberry. Picture; Lubera
New blackberry Polarberry. Picture; Lubera

Lubera unveils exclusive novelty fruit

For those of you who love something different, here is a cut above the unusual – a white blackberry!

Polarberry’s not just unusual because of its colour (or lack of it) – the flavour changes without the usual anthocyanins present in ordinary blackberries and becomes sweeter.

The fruit doesn’t suffer from sunburn (red parts on the otherwise black fruit – if there are too many, the fruit will be bitter).

Even better, white blackberries aren’t attacked as much by birds or spotted wing drosophila.

New blackberry Polarberry. Picture; Lubera
New blackberry Polarberry. Picture; Lubera

Polarberry’s benefits

  • Fruits: Small to medium fruits, white-beige fruit colour; closer in size to wild blackberries than the large, modern blackberry varieties.
  • Maturity/harvest: Like conventional blackberries, the twigs on the side shoots bloom in the second year; the ripeness of the fruit begins at the end of July and lasts until September.
  • Flavour: Sweet fruit, less acidity than conventional black blackberries, otherwise typical blackberry taste.
  • Use: Eat fresh!
  • Price: Plant in a 3-litre container. £18.40, visit www.lubera.co.uk.
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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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