Berries For Tennessee
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Berries Perfect For Tennessee
Tennessee grows some pretty amazing berries, with plenty of different varieties that can be grown in the state. However, some berries do better than others, as some may require specific weather conditions or climates to grow well. This blog post will look at some of the best berries for Tennessee and where they are commonly grown in the state.
Native to North America and one of our continent’s favorite fruits, blackberries grow on thorny shrubs; They’re a healthy source of fiber, vitamins C and K, manganese, and copper. Blackberries are hardy in USDA zones 3 to 10. You can start with purchased plants or plant seeds (cheaper). Purchase several different varieties that ripen at other times; doing so will extend your harvest season from summer into fall.
3. Black Raspberry
Black raspberry is the top native berry in terms of taste and abundance
It grows across our state from May until September and is an excellent source of antioxidants. It has a pleasant tart flavor to enjoy fresh or additive to cakes, muffins, and pastries.
4. Pokeweed Plant
This common weed can be used in a wide variety of ways, though. You can use it to make tea or eaten as a cooked vegetable. While they are rarely grown commercially in Tennessee, they are often found in home gardens as ornamentals and prized for their dark purple color when cut. Pokeweeds produce clusters of tiny white flowers followed by green fruit filled with little red seeds.
Each of these plants produces a fruit indigenous to some part of Tennessee. Most are commonly consumed in their raw form or used as a natural flavor enhancer or garnish in many foods and drinks. You can start eating healthy by replacing store-bought snacks with fresh produce picked right from your garden.