Lee Reich provides a valuable guide to uncommon fruits and berries, which add an adventurous flavor to any garden. Though names like jujube, juneberry, maypop, and shipova may seem exotic at first glance, these fruits offer ample rewards to the gardener willing to go only slightly off the beaten path at local nurseries. Reliable even in the toughest garden situations, cold-hardy, and pest- and disease-resistant, they are as enticing to the beginner as to the advanced gardener. This expanded sequel to the author's celebrated Uncommon Fruits Worthy of Attention offers new fruits, new varieties, and new photos and illustrations to entice the reader into an exciting world of garden pleasure.
Please note, the first edition of this book was published in 1991 under the title Uncommon Fruits Worthy of Attention: A Gardener's Guide.
Lee Reich is an avid gardener who, after more than a decade in research with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Cornell University, has turned to writing, lecturing, and consulting. He is a frequent speaker at many events, including garden symposia and clubs, grower conferences, and Master Gardener workshops. He is the author of several books and writes regularly for such publications as Fine Gardening, Horticulture, and The New York Times. His gardening column for Associated Press appears weekly in newspapers across the country. While he was with the USDA and Cornell University in fruit research, Lee began to realize just how few fruits dominate our markets and how difficult they are to grow, mostly in terms of pest control. He started researching some uncommon fruits, fruits that have been grown in various parts of the world at various times but that are now not generally known or grown. Most important was to find plants that were cold hardy with fruits that were truly tasty without being "doctored up" in the kitchen. It turns out that the plants he came up with are also relatively pest resistant, and many of them are quite ornamental. In Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden, the criteria for inclusion in the roster are absolute: the plants must be able to tolerate winter cold and be uncommon, and – most important – the fruit must be good for eating fresh. Lee invites us to join him in the garden in the months and years ahead, savoring the medley of flavors that these uncommon fruits offer. When not in the garden, Lee Reich can be found actively involved in one of his other passions, which include cross-country skiing, woodworking, and music.
"[The author] is quite serious about the 'for every garden' part of the title. This goes far beyond basic botanical descriptions and hints on growing and utilization: Reich provides abundant details on propagation, planting, fruit harvest and storage, as well as annotated lists of cultivars."
– HortIdeas 2004-06-01
"Jujube, juneberry, maypop, and shopova may sound strange but Reich has the lowdown on why and how you may want to consider adding them to your garden."
– Santa Cruz Sentinel 2004-04-22
"Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden brings forth visions of tempting fruits, enticing aromas and tastes. What gardener can resist such thoughts?"
– Joanne S. Carpender, National Gardener 2004-06-21
"For those gardeners who, like me, are always searching for something a bit out of the ordinary for both their gardens and their tummies, this book is a gem."
– Rita Pelczar, American Gardener 2004-07-30
"Reich has an infectious, generous spirit about his field and loads of practical advice for home gardeners."
– Bill Cary, Westchester Journal News 2004-08-12
"Details two dozen unusual bush, tree and vine fruits."
– Avant Gardener 2004-06-01
"Eye-catching [...] more fruits to love."
– Lee Reich, California Rare Fruit Growers 2004-09-16
"Well-written and easy to read."
– Marge Howard-Jones, California Garden 2004-11-04
"There is a wealth of gardening and botanical information packed into this compact book."
– Steven Carroll, Plant Science Bulletin 2004-01-27
"Some gardening books inspire, others entertain, and some educate. Lee Reich's Uncommon Fruits does all three and then some."
– Dan Clost, Greenscapes 2005-01-24
"Although this book is a useful how-to, it also provides great armchair reading, for both the clarity of the prose and the intriguing background provided for the selections. [...] [Reich] provides us with a fascinating opportunity to bridge the gap between the ordinary and the exotic, with the garden at the conjunction. [...] [A] great addition to the gardening bookshelf."
– Allison Tsu, Bloomsbury Review 2005-05-01
"Reich proves that plants slightly off the beaten path are flavorful solutions to tough landscape problems."
– Doreen Howard, Easy-Care Landscaping 2006-10-01
"A superb book to read on this subject."
– George Weigel, Harrisburg Patriot-News 2008-03-13
"I learned plenty of new things. [...] Everything a reader needs to know to choose the best cultivar and to grow these intriguing but uncommon fruits."
– Judy Lowe, Christian Science Monitor 2008-07-29
"Ideal for teaching and discussion. I can find no weaknesses in it."
– Mark Hubbard, North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal 2008-11-01