I feel like making a case for the apple. It can be sort of like the potato in the veg world - you sort of take that one for granted but you can chip (US would be French fry I'm not sure about NZ terms) it in hot oil, you can boil it and knock it to bits with a masher, maybe you'd like them boiled and cubed with some mayonaise as a potato salad. Now to come on to that apple, as well as raw, you can have apple juice, apple crumple, apple pie, maybe bake them in the oven with sultanas, or maybe apple Charlotte is more to your taste...
One I'd like to be able to grow here is the apricot. It can thrive in parts of the UK where I live but conditions need to be right - a sunny south facing wall that doesn't get a lot of wind is ideal and we can't make that. My mother tells me of reaching out of her bedroom window and picking fruits that had been warmed by the days sun where she lived as a child though.
Have you ever heard of a billberry? I was born in Shropshire and the Stiper Stone area is supposed to be on place for them growing wild (I'm not sure they are cultivated much) . Similar to the blueberry but someone like my mother who is native Shropshire would probably say the billberry has the better taste (not that blueberries are bad)/
Apparently blueberries like peaty soil. They grow on moorlands and like it acidic and damp. Dont put them in pots as they like it cool. Also, plant differnt varieties for cross pollination, thats why I have three. They nice plants, with good autumn colours.
Yep, some things like it that way. OT but I have a Venus fly trap growing on the windowsill. They are supposed to hate lime so I only give it rainwater...
Autumn colours may be a different subject to me again and I do wonder what New England may be like in their fall.
Got me thinking of other trees now... I think our own best to look at for much of the year is a silver birch. Then there was an old tree somewhere I lived before - a walnut big enough to house a big tree house - squirrels always beat to the nuts though. And I can waffle on, can't I...
Citrus like orange and lemon usually fail in the UK,
Peach, similar to the apricot.
Olive I'm not sure I've even thought of whether it might be possible.
Here tree wise, there are a few apple trees. 2 planted last year pear trees. Of the plums, a Victoria, a damson, a greengage and another gage. Bushes mostly black currant but we have grown the red ones. Raspberries too. Some years we've had gooseberries. Up the field growing wild later in the year, there will be blackberries. Also up there, not that I'd advise eating them raw - they are very bitter and dry your mouth out -are sloes. Elderberry is common here - although my mother prefers to make an elderflower coridial to the wine some make with the berries.
I heard of damson and only had it once.
No greengages, although a lady did give me a cape gooseberry plant which, I probably planted in the wrong place.
Chinese gooseberries have become our biggest export crop - kiwifruits. But none are growing in my garden...they do require lots of sun and lots of room.
my climate is temperate, we get frosts but no snow.