Smulgubbe – a cross between strawberries and wild strawberries

Photo from last year.

Spring is slowly approaching and I can’t wait for all garden plants to wake up after the winter. My favourite berry, smulgubbe (Fragaria × vescana), is a cross between strawberries (Fragaria ×ananassa) and wild/woodland strawberries (Fragaria vesca). The Swedish name for strawberry is jordgubbe and the name for wild strawberry is smultron, hence the name smulgubbe. The flavour, imagine eating a strawberry and a wild strawberry at the same time, is absolutely fantastic and I can’t imagine a summer without them. The variety that I have, Rebecka, produce berries through out the whole summer season. I grow them in containers hanging on the trellis so that I can easily access them everytime I go out on my deck. During winter I half bury the whole containers so they’ll survive the cold. The plants produce a few runners, but not as many as strawberry plants usually do, so you’ll eventually get more plants. If you live in Stockholm, you can find Rebecka plants during late spring at the garden center Zetas and probably also the one called Slottsträdgården Ulriksdal, two of my favourite places in Stockholm.

5 Responses to “Smulgubbe – a cross between strawberries and wild strawberries”

  1. Cecilia
    March 11th, 2012 09:56

    The ones we grow look like giant wild strawberries, elongated, sort of silly but superyummy nonetheless. My favourite too, along with homegrown raspberries.

  2. Bea
    March 11th, 2012 23:42

    Z tego co piszesz, to odmiana ta jest bardzo podobna do francuskiej Mara des Bois, tez wlasnie skrzyzowanej truskawki z poziomka; uwielbiam! :)

    Pozdrawiam serdecznie Dagmaro!

  3. Fröken Dill
    March 13th, 2012 11:37

    Rebecka är min favorit också. Jag brukar odla den i en smart ampel, typ “påsmodell”. Min arbetskompis L har också Rebecka om han tokskördade långt in i oktober i höstas. Häftigt!

  4. Pernilla
    March 16th, 2012 20:19

    Hi, nice blogg you have. I will for sure try to find some of these plants. Our daugther asked me the other day if we colud plant some strawberries instead of potatoes this year. This will perfect!

  5. Kinger
    March 17th, 2012 18:16

    Thanks for the valuable links to the Zetas and Slottsträdgården Ulriksdal :)

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