The latest fruit research and information...

image of researchers working on low tunnel strawberries

Vineyard cover crops, part 1: An overview

August 3, 2020
clover growing as an undervine cover crop

In this 4-part series, we evaluate common cover crop species for use under the vines in Minnesota vineyards.

by Jayden Corliss

Tropical flavors and a polar vortex: How kiwiberry buds survive frigid temperatures

July 15, 2020
kiwiberry bud

Take a closer look at the cellular structures of kiwiberry buds to discover how they survive the sub-freezing temperatures of Minnesota winters.

by Molly Bergum

New research evaluating cider apple cultivars

April 6, 2020
red apple hanging on tree

Which old world hard cider apple varieties will survive in Minnesota? Do our common Minnesota-hardy apple varieties have characteristics well-suited for making hard cider? Our research and extension team aims to find out.

by Emily Tepe

Exploring the invasiveness potential of kiwiberry

February 12, 2020
kiwiberries growing on vine

Kiwiberry is an exciting new fruit crop for Minnesota. Our researchers are working on the many aspects of growing kiwiberry, which includes evaluating the plant for invasive potential.

by Emily Tepe

The Minnesota berry variety scene

January 14, 2020
jim luby standing in blueberry variety trial field

Get a glimpse into the newest berry varieties being tested at the University of Minnesota.

by Jim Luby

Get to know the kiwiberry

December 16, 2019
kiwiberries in open plastic clamshell package

Our research on kiwiberry has been getting a lot of press. Find out what they're saying, and check out our video, Meet the Kiwiberry.

by Emily Tepe

Battling weeds in strawberry fields with living mulch - what we've learned

November 25, 2019
test plot with flat of harvested cabrillo strawberries

We experimented with living mulches for weed control and soil building between rows of annual strawberries. Here’s what we found out.

by Nathan Dalman, Emily Tepe

Living mulch and annual strawberries - about our research

November 5, 2019
strawberries harvested from research plots

Living mulches may give strawberry growers a new tool for weed control and soil-building.

by Emily Tepe

Historic apples of Minnesota: Looking back to move forward

October 21, 2019
Row of apple trees with fruit

The 19th century was an era of horticultural discovery and experimentation in Minnesota, and it still guides apple breeders today.

by Emily Tepe

A spy, a botanist, and a strawberry

June 11, 2019
strawberry illustration from 1848

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

About us

We are faculty, researchers, and students in the Department of Horticultural Science fruit research program. We partner with Extension educators, community organizations, and farmer-cooperators to solve problems faced by fruit growers across Minnesota.

Get our ebook

image of growing fruit in the northern garden ebook link to ebook

Get the eBook
Get a PDF

Get answers

Master gardeners will answer your questions or direct you to the people and resources that can help.