People and History

There are a lot of interesting, talented people - past and present - involved in fruit research at the University of Minnesota. Here you'll find the stories of some of these people, and you'll discover the work they've done to make fruit a more prominent part of the Minnesota landscape. And over here, you can find every fruit variety that has been introduced by the University of Minnesota. 

October 21, 2019
The 19th century was an era of horticultural discovery and experimentation in Minnesota, and it still guides apple breeders today.
by Emily Tepe
June 11, 2019
A Frenchman on a covert mission in Chile encounters a strawberry and takes it back to Europe. Botanists get involved and eventually develop the strawberry we know today.
by Emily Tepe
June 6, 2018
Ever grown a ‘Latham’ raspberry? Or wondered where our cold hardy apples came from? W.G. Brierley is your guy!
by Jared Rubinstein
May 15, 2018
Settlers arriving in Minnesota during the 1800s looked to plums to satisfy their need for fresh fruit. And there's quite a story there.
by Emily Tepe


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