It’s a hardy, disease resistant plant that yields large, dark purple berries. Thank you from Nottingham, England. Spoon into 3 x 400g sterilised jars (see Know-how), adding a fresh piece of cinnamon stick to each one. Frost can be an issue as their flowers can be damaged by a late frost which will result in lower yield. Your email address will not be published. I had a jostaberry bush when we lived on Mechanic Street and the year we moved it had A BERRY. You have to love a glut. Jostaberry is a thornless blackcurrant x gooseberry hybrid. From sweet blackberry and apple jam or classic strawberry to a spicy cherry tomato and chilli jam, there’s plenty to choose from. The mixture will quickly turn magenta, deepen and start to form large glossy bubbles. Jostaberries, you say? You may process these in a boiling water bath for ten minutes to keep them on the shelf. Cassis and groseilles. But sugar is the preserving agent here. Put me on the list for a jar or jostaberry jam. This post was written six years ago. Put the topped and tailed berries in a pot with 1/4 cup of water. And that reminds me. A couple of years ago, my mother had four jostaberry plants sent to me for my birthday. The Jostaberry enjoys full sun in afternoons, though partial shade in the morning which it is written, does them little harm. 1 lime; 6 apples; A 225g punnet of jostaberries; A handful of mint; Step by step this way. Read about jostaberries, a tasty cross between black currants and gooseberries, and make this easy recipe for jostaberry jam. Simmer for 20-30 minutes until the cranberries have softened and formed a rich, thick jam. Cross the two and you get jostas. The jostaberries are high in pectin, so it won’t take too long to convert the delicious glut. 24 August 2011 at 16:58 What is a jostaberry, you ask? It is a great addition to mixed fruit dishes as in summer puddings and also has excellent potential to incorporate into pies, cakes, ice cream or preserved as jam or jellies. Why haven’t you seen more jostaberries around? So with blackcurrants and gooseberries as the parents German plant breeders have created a monster. Remove from the heat, cool slightly, and put through a jelly bag. I squeeze over the lemon juice. Cook gently 3 minutes. I need to put another batch in the second freezer I had to turn on just to accommodate the volume of fruit. Required fields are marked *. 3:33 pm, Groseilles are redcurrants……Jostas are from Johannesbeere and Stachelbeere. In my humble opinion, using pectin just dilutes the flavor and the sweetness and I just don't use it anymore. Place over high heat and stir until mixture comes to full boil. I’m excited to experiment with this fruit, as it seems that they will do well in both sweet and savory applications (I’m thinking pickled jostaberries), but my predilections always run to jam first. Pests & Problems. One lemon, squeezed.  That’s it.  I tend to pick over the jostaberries late morning, lob them in my preserving pan, add the sugar. Also called heterosis; the increased size, strength, etc, of a hybrid as compared to either of its parents.) Ingredients you'll need. If you know me, you’ll know that a fruit plant is always a wise gift to give me! via spectacularlydelicious.com. They are, however, still vulnerable to the same insect pest, sawfly, that gooseberries are. Halfway between its parents in sweetness,it has tons of pectin so no added pectin is required. They are rich in vitamin C and good for jam making. Put the fruit into a preserving pan or large boiling pot with the water. I have heard you can leave them in, but the stems and dried flowers are rough and scratchy, so I prefer them off. One kilogramme of fruit, one kilogramme of sugar. Jam does not have to ever be complicated. Add the sugar, and return to a boil. On one end is the stem, and on the other end is the spent flower–take them both off. It’s got the tartness of the gooseberry and some of the complexity of a black currant. Your email address will not be published. Haskap and Jostaberry Jam. I am glad someone has use for this–my plants bore no fruit this year! And once you’ve made a batch, why not use in our jam tarts or jam doughnuts? Boy they are vigorous plants. (Yes, been there.) It takes more cooking usually, but the peachness is incredible! The most delicious monster there is.  My freezer is groaning with the fruit. Why waste all that delicious product?  If you are really fussed about it.  Add a small teaspoon of butter at the end, stir well and the froth will disappear.  Or like me, you can just stir and stir once you have cooked the jam and are letting it rest five minutes before you pour it into jars. Remove the worst of the twiggy bits from the Jostaberries and rinC/se the fruit. Young and foolish and ignorant back then! The berries are shiny black and the size of small gooseberries. Haskap is a member of the honeysuckle family and not dissimilar to a blueberry in texture and flavour. 3rd July 2020 @ All the creative parts of my life: The Day Job where I research and develop film scripts. The late frosts of last year, were most likely the principal cause of our rather poor yield. Full sun to partial shade. 10th July 2020 @ Also called heterosis; the increased size, strength, etc, of a hybrid as compared to either of its parents.) Of course you can Clive. Haskap and Jostaberry Jam. This year I’ve taken a few pounds already, and there are more hanging on the bush. (I had to check. I’m going to be daring here and not give you an explicit, detailed recipe.  By July in my jam producing season I can make this stuff with barely a glance at my notes or books or recipes. Jul 19, 2018 - You many remember those large gooseberry bushes on our allotment that we covered rather haphazardly in green netting a couple of weeks ago. I also make peach jam the same way. Claire on November 5, 2015 at 5.12 pm . Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Or been a bit over-ambitious at the Pick Your Own? Gwen Evans on October 19, 2015 at 3.42 pm . I have a jostaberry bush in my back garden and have never known what to do with the excess fruits. Or croseilles in French. So go for it. What exactly does top and tail mean? Well, I’ve found out first hand: they are hard to pick even though they do not have thorns like gooseberries do. Jostabery Jam.pdf Adobe Acrobat document [20.1 KB] 1 1/2 lbs. Stir and forget. My first batch was a real treat: deep garnet in hue, sweet and tart with a chewiness I appreciate. Jostaberry bushes begin to crop well after two years, and up to 4-5kg fruit per bush is possible. Katrine also makes a semi-sweet jostaberry and thyme relish that goes beautifully with the locally producedl L’Artisan triple cream brie as well as any game or poultry dish. You can snip them with sharp scissors, but using your fingers seems just as quick. First, you must top and tail the fruit. Add lemon juice, thyme and sugar. Jostaberries are not grown commercially but are favored by home gardeners particularly in England and the United States. Add sugar and stir. Very confusing. Jostaberry & Apple Juice. Jostaberry Jam. By the afternoon things will have magically combined. Cooks up quick too. They're from Martin Soble’s gorgeous Whitethorn Farm in Herefordshire. And the geneticist in the family reminded me that this was typical of hybrid vigour. ripe Jostaberries 1/2 c. water 12 oz. The Fun Job of being a peasant in training in rural France; and my previous incarnation as a food and travel writer in Russia, The heavenly gooseberry and a blackcurrant jam combination, The pool garden bank – steep garden planting. I use the spoon technique, and watch for two drips. I started by washing the Jostaberries and draining in a colander and adding to a large heavy bottomed pan with a small amount of water and set them to … spectacularlydelicious.com. (I had to check. It’s sort of a pain, but find the zen spot of it. The reason it’s a it’s all about jostaberries is because the parentage of that fruit is gooseberry and blackcurrant. Boil gently for ten minutes to soften the berries. Thanks for the feedback, Heather! Just 2 ingredients is all you ever need for fresh organic jam! It will take about ten minutes to reach the gel stage. Jostaberry Jam. Jam recipes. Jostaberries are a great low maintenance, disease free, edible landscape bush perfect for the backyard berry grower. Oh how wonderful Lynne! Josta moment now. Pruning can be carried out when the fruit is being harvested or in the winter. 12:39 pm. Nice to see your wonderful posting about jostaberry jam. You shouldn’t have any jostaberry bushes in your soft fruit orchard if you aren’t willing to spend Hours Each Day picking fruit. I pick them and freeze them on a tray lined with freezer paper. It is a hybrid cross between a black currant and gooseberry. I never skim the jam as it’s cooking. I can’t wait until we get a decent crop in a few years. Seal and keep chilled for up to 3 months. I totally disagree, and jostaberry is a good example. The bushes are vigorous and resistant to mildew but susceptible to spring frosts. Zest the lime and juice it. I should have written groseille à maquereau for the gooseberry. And then once the jars, ladle, funnel and lids are sterilizing I will make a batch. I had one at the farm and Nancy had other ideas for the space and I junked it. jams, soft fruit, summer 4 Comments. Liz Hennel And the geneticist in the family reminded me that this was typical of hybrid vigour. sugar Wash the berries and pick over. Unlike gooseberries, they have no thorns. Jostaberries are utterly forgiving. Recommended Varieties. The Jostaberry should be pruned rather like a blackcurrant, removing some of the older wood each year. I was hoping to see a recipe for Gooseberry and blackcurrant Jam/Jelly, as the title suggests, yet the whole thing is about jostaberries. But cover with a lid. There is no need to add lemon, as the berries are very tart. Like currants and gooseberries, jostaberries make good bushes for garden boundaries. I cook for about twenty minutes. I haven’t gotten one myself! I believe I am taking them well before they are ready–about a third are dark purple which is the ripe stage, a third are maroon with tinges of green, and a third are green because they just came off. I’m going to let the rest of them get really dark and see what happens. A Josta berry is a cross between a blackcurrant and a gooseberry. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I do so hate seeing jam go mouldy quickly.  Use my method and the jam will be perfectly preserved. This recipe is a: See this week's box. Bring it slowly to a simmer, and continue simmering for around 45 minutes, until the fruit is cooked and mushy. Bet they’d make an awesome jam cake , So glad I found this recipe! Mom, there’s a jar all ready to head your way! If you boil it too long, you may end up with a very firm jam, which might be fine with you depending on your preferences. No waste there. Shaped like a gooseberry, dark like a currant, the Jostaberry is a hybrid of the two. Jostaberry Jam Yields two 8 ounce jars, plus a bit for the fridge 1 pound of jostaberries (about a quart), topped and tailed 1/2 pound of sugar (1 cup) Reply. Jostaberry Jam. Yields two 8 ounce jars, plus a bit for the fridge, 1 pound of jostaberries (about a quart), topped and tailed. 1. We have a tiny tree in the backyard and have only had about 15 fruit so far this year but my son just loves them. Recipes 7.50. The levels of pectin are higher in unripe fruit, and therefore your “set” (or how firm a jam is) will be easier to reach. It’s very unscientific, but I’ve found it’s the best indicator of a when jam is done, even more so than the cold plates method, which I find very fussy. Then it’s a perfect time to try one of our jam recipes. Got a glut of seasonal fruit? I do have friends who reduce the quantity of sugar to their fruit.  And that’s not a bad thing. What is a jostaberry? Meanwhile heat the sugar in a 200° oven — this will hasten the cooking when the sugar is added. They are appreciated for their rich, berry taste. From Balsam Farms, East Hampton . This is the first year that I’ve had a significant harvest, considering last year’s was all of four berries. The berries ripen over time to a deep purple and unlike gooseberries are spineless. Now I’ve tried this there’s no going back! Never heard of these! But I love both currant and gooseberry so I can imagine the excitement. https://www.saga.co.uk/.../food/recipes/preserves-sauces/strawberry-jam You shouldn’t have any jostaberry bushes in your soft fruit orchard if you aren’t willing to spend Hours Each Day picking fruit. Lindy So right! Eight years ago, John received a gift, a Jostaberry bush, a hybrid plant from a gooseberry crossed with blackcurrant which produces delightful soft fruit. Jostaberry Jam. But it can take thirty. I’m surprised it is said that birds will get them quickly, because the berries don’t seem to want to come off the stem. Love the jam recipe, this weekend will be jam making. There are a few seeds in the berry which I don’t mind, but some may wish to pass it through a sieve. The Jostaberry, first made available to the public in 1977, is the result of such experiments. Also I have to remember to get some elderberry bushes. https://www.greatbritishchefs.com/recipes/blueberry-jam-recipe It remains to be seen, if frost can also impact fruit quality and/or taste. MANURING In mid-March, or after planting, whichever is latest, broadcast in a circle 45cm (18in) round each bush: 30g (1oz) Nitro-Chalk (calcium ammonium nitrate) and 10g (1⁄4oz) sulphate of potash.35 FIG. The Jostaberry’s thornless bushes reach 1 1/2 metres (5 feet) in their second year, and can grow beyond that up to 2 1/2 metres (8 feet) tall. For now these are the basics of this jam, if you see it at a market I hope you try it! 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