At first glance, these topics seem like child's play. Breeding brings new varieties, so it is per se a contribution to diversity, which everyone loves anyway. All's well that ends well; everyone's happy. On closer inspection, however, the situation is quite different: breeding means selection and reduction, so strictly speaking it is pretty much the opposite of diversity. This is reinforced by the mechanisms of agro-industrial production and the market (more of the same is better...Read more
Frederik Vollert, Moritz Köhle and Maja Pfund from Lubera’s breeder team are currently taking over the Lubera kitchen at the end of April – to cook and taste rhubarb. This is a rather unusual picture: dozens of rhubarb bowls on the table, men and one woman standing around the rhubarb table discussing the finer points of rhubarb flavour. What is going on? The Lubera editorial team wanted to know more and asked the acid-minded rhubarb enthusiasts and rhubarb chef Frederik Vollert...Read more
Along with the introduction of the vegetable young plant group "EverVeg®", we have also expanded our assortment of artichoke young plants. Besides the well-known green artichokes, we are happy to now be able to offer you artichoke young plants of varieties that form reddish flower heads. With our new artichoke young plants assortment, we are making our contribution to distribute this delicious Mediterranean vegetable further in Central Europe and at the same time delighting...Read more
The artichoke (Cynara cardunculus subsp. scolymus; syn.: Cynara scolymus) is a popular vegetable, especially in Mediterranean countries. And it is not only the Francophiles and Italophiles among us who regularly eat this special vegetable. In our region, it is usually on the menu as a pizza topping. But the artichoke is much more. Not only for culinary reasons but also due to its gardening possibilities, the artichoke belongs in the home garden. Even when it is not harvested, this plant species...Read more
Gooseberries are one of the classics of the berry garden. Actually, they would have tremendous potential as fruits: they still represent the bush berry fruits that have the largest fruits – more bite, more juice, more flavour is not possible. But the historical and far too mildew-prone varieties, the mildew itself, the thorns as well as the antiquated image still hinder this fruit species. Here in the Gardener’s Radio podcast we would like to highlight the most important aspects of...Read more
In loose succession, we also want to talk about our production in this Gardener's Radio podcast. How exactly are finished plants produced from Lubera Edibles young plants? What are the sizes? What are the problems and what do you have to watch out for? So that we don't get lost in the shuffle, we'll be joined by Robert Maierhofer, the plant and production manager at Lubera, which has two production nurseries in Switzerland and Germany. Nevertheless, we cannot, of course, provide the...Read more
Lubera Edibles Podcast #07: The new raspberry families: salmon raspberries, Chef® raspberries and Schlaraffia® raspberries
Raspberries are booming. This is true for the fruit market, where consumption is currently doubling every 4-6 years. It's also true for the home garden market. But do we really need the 30 varieties that Lubera Edibles has in its range? And is there a need for new raspberry varieties at all? Is there any progress to be made? With these questions in mind, Frederik Vollert and Markus Kobelt highlight the importance and place of the new raspberry families: salmon raspberries, Chef® raspberries and...Read more
With the Chef® raspberries we can offer you two exceptional raspberry varieties, which are not yet available in this quality in the home garden sector. With these varieties, the Lubera® breeding team has finally succeeded in doing away with the old wives' tale that large raspberry fruits do not taste good. The ideally complementary raspberry varieties 'Summer Chef®' and 'Autumn Chef®' offer an extraordinary taste experience that is second to none.
The advantages of the Chef® raspberries
The breeding of...Read more
Schlaraffia® raspberries are simple autumn raspberries that offer a large harvest. Schlaraffia® is synonymous with the land where milk and honey flow and these raspberries grow directly into the mouth of the connoisseur. With the Schlaraffia® raspberry varieties, the gardener no longer works for his/her plants, no, the raspberries do (almost) all of the work themselves – the perfect varieties for the lazy but intelligent gardener...
What are Schlaraffia® raspberries?
In the past 10 years, two...Read more
The horticultural or breeding vision of combining blackcurrants with gooseberries has existed since the end of the 19th century. The aim of these first crossing attempts was to combine the fruitiness and fruit size of gooseberries with the aroma of blackcurrants. In addition, this new fruit variety was also to have tolerance to American gooseberry powdery mildew. However, these first attempts were not successful...
The Lubera® breeders were by no means the first to work on jostaberries. In...Read more