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Where do our fruits come from?

Click through and find out where our variety of fruits come from and what other interesting information there is to discover about them.

rose hip

Rose hips are undemanding, grow almost anywhere and are very robust.

With a deep red skin and soft pulp, they are perfect.

Rose hip shrubs reach a size of up to five meters.

It is rose hip season September to December.

Our rose hip comes from 100% Romania.

It is only picked by hand.

The Schwartau rose hip has a deep red, bright skin, soft, juicy flesh and has a fruity-sour taste.

In pile-dwelling settlements from the Bronze Age, archaeologists found rose hip kernels as grave goods.

The luminosity of the rose hips gave the musician Hoffmann von Fallersleben the idea of ​​the "little man in the forest". The nursery rhyme does not refer to a toadstool, but actually to the rose hip.

The small, inedible nuts have fine, barbed hairs that are popular with children as an itch powder.

Even if the kernels or nuts with their barbs are a little common, the oil they contain is used in skin creams.

blackberry

The blackberry belongs to the rose family and originally comes from the forests of Eurasia.

Fresh blackberries contain hardly any fat, few calories, but a lot of vitamin C, vitamin E and a good portion of pro-vitamin A.

 

Strictly speaking, blackberries are not berries at all. They belong to the group of stone fruits

Blackberry seasonal b is from July to September.

Our blackberries come from 100% Serbia and are exclusively handpicked.

We use frozen blackberries, which are frozen immediately after harvesting and thus retain their full aroma.

Blackberries on the bush are first green, then red and finally blue-black.

The Schwartau blackberry is deep purple to black and shiny. It is full and evenly colored, juicy and with a tart, fruity aroma.

According to the old German term “Brame” (“thorn bush”), blackberries were called “Bramberi” in Old High German, “Bramber” in Middle High German, and blackberries and bilberries in the vernacular.

The blackberry is one of the oldest medicinal plants in the world. Already in ancient times people swore by the strength and taste of fruits and blackberries are often mentioned in medieval herbal books.

Thanks to the anthocyanins of the blackberry, the fruit is not only used in the kitchen. The blackberry dye is mainly used as a coloring agent.

The well-known smartphone "Blackberry" (English for blackberry) got its name because its small, closely spaced buttons remind the manufacturer of the many individual stone fruits of a blackberry.

vanilla

The vanilla flowers only very briefly. Therefore, in professional cultivation, the strongly fragrant flowers are hand-pollinated with a cactus or bamboo spike.

It consists of sugar, some fat, water, fiber and numerous flavors. The naturally contained vanillin is the most important flavoring substance.

The spice is the only edible orchid plant. The botanical name is "vanilla planifolia".

Vanilla can all year round be harvested.

We only use real Bourbon vanilla from the so-called Vanilla Islands (Madagascar, Réunion, Mauritius, the Seychelles or the Comoros).

Growing, harvesting and processing the "Queen of Spices" is very complex.

The Schwartau Vanille has shiny, elastic, black pods, isolated white vanillin crystals and an intense and harmonious aroma.

The Austrian "Vanillerostbraten" is simply fried roast beef with lots of garlic. When vanilla was only available to the wealthy, garlic was given the name "poor man's vanilla".

In 1874, the chemists Wilhelm Haarmann and Ferdinand Tiemann in Holzminden succeeded in artificially producing the flavoring substance vanillin.

The first known supporter was the Aztec ruler Montezuma, who is said to have drunk up to 50 cups of vanilla cocoa a day to soften the bitter taste of the cocoa bean.

Spain was the vanilla monopoly for over 300 years - illegal exports were long punishable by death.

pear

Pears are picked when they are not ripe, otherwise bruises would arise.

They belong to the rose family and, along with the apple, are among the big stars of the pome fruits.

 

Pears are a real remedy: they strengthen the nervous system, help against anemia and have just 52-55 kcal per 100g.

Pear season is from August to October.

Our pears come out 100% Italy.

The pear originally comes from Anatolia, Transcaucasia and the Caucasus and was only brought to Europe in the Middle Ages.

The well-known dessert "Pear Helene" from France was so named because it was created especially for the premiere of Jacques Offenbach's operetta, "Die Schöne Helene", in 1864.

In Chinese culture, the pear is a symbol of immortality. But at the same time the pear stands for unhappiness in friendships or couples who share one pear.

In Greek mythology, the pear was a sacred symbol for the gods Hera and Aphrodite.

Blueberry

The blueberry is also known as blueberry, blackberry, mollberry, wildberry, wildberry, bickberry, tickberry, cranberry or hayberry.

The blueberry belongs to the heather family. Compared to cultivated blueberries, the aromatic wild blueberries are blue and not white on the inside.

In America, blueberries are the most popular fruit, after strawberries. The per capita consumption of fresh blueberries by Germans is around 100 g per year, the per capita consumption in the USA is even 370 to 570 g.

Blueberry season is from July to September.

33% of our blueberries come from the Ukraine, 33% off Belarus, 19% off Canada, and 15% off Germany.

Since they are very sensitive and grow wild, they are only picked by hand in Europe.

The Schwartau blueberry is dark blue to deep black, has plump, firm flesh and is juicy with a sweet aroma.

The Indians of North America revered blueberries. They believed that the "great spirit" created blueberries to protect them from famine. Therefore, they reverently called them "starberry" and a gift from the "great spirit."

In some US states such as Maine or New Jersey, the blueberry is so popular that it is even honored as an official "state fruit".

Singer Fats Domino made the berries world famous with his evergreen "Blueberry Hill". The song is about a love story that began on a mountain named after the berries. Funnily enough, the song was initially rejected by a music publisher because blueberries were not on hills to grow.

Other big fans are Mark Twain, who named his famous protagonist "Huckleberry Finn" after the little balls. In the USA, blueberries are also called "Huckleberries".

ginger

Ginger is originally from South Asia. As early as 2700 BC The then emperor of China, Sheng Fu, declared ginger a royal plant. Allegedly, it can promote life force.

 

 

Ginger grows in a perennial, the main shoot is the underground rhizome. The rhizome is the medicinal and spice used.

Our ginger comes from 100% China.

Ginger is an ideal travel companion. If you feel sick, chewing on a fresh slice of ginger helps.

The essential oils in ginger promote blood circulation and help to stimulate digestion and to warm the body from within.

Queen Elizabeth I invented the famous English 'gingerbread'. ('Ginger' means ginger)

In the 13th and 14th centuries, a pound of ginger was worth as much as a sheep.

 

raspberry

Like a puzzle, raspberries are made up of many small fruits.

Fresh raspberries also shine with a variety of valuable ingredients. With just 34 calories per 100 g of pulp, they provide carefree enjoyment.

 

From a botanical point of view, raspberries belong to the rose family, so they are not berries but dummy fruits - strictly speaking, even collective drupes.

Raspberry season is from June to October.

Our raspberries do 61% Serbia and 39% off Poland.

It takes a lot of experience and knowledge to grow raspberries because they are very delicate.

Harvesting should be done early in the morning as the berries become too soft when exposed to strong sunlight.

The Schwartau raspberry has a bright, deep red color and fully ripe, firm flesh with a juicy, very sweet aroma.

The German name raspberry, Old High German Hintperi, comes from the Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon word "Hind". It means hind. Since the red deer had a particular fondness for raspberry leaves.

In the 1970s, the Hoffmann & Hoffmann brothers had a hit with the song "Raspberry Ice Cream for Breakfast". In 1985, the American pop star Prince composed his classic "Raspberry Beret".

The "Golden Raspberry Award" has been presented in America since 1981. The "Golden Raspberry" is considered the award for the worst film of the year.

Raspberries and strawberries are in a noble competition for the title of queen of fruits. Many poets and singers praise the good taste of the fine berries.

Blood orange

The more intense coloring of the blood orange is created by the pigment anthocyanins, which is often found in red berries, and by extreme temperature fluctuations during the day and night.

The blood orange is a natural mutation from different types of oranges. The first blood oranges were grown in Sicily in the middle of the 20th century.

Blood orange season extends from winter to late spring, even into early summer.

Our blood oranges get by 100% Italy.

Blood oranges have a very high vitamin C content. In Sicily they say that you can live 100 years if you eat a blood orange every day.

 

mango

Mango is a stone fruit that is said to originally come from the southern slopes of the Himalayas.

Mangoes belong to the sumac or kidney family. Cashew fruits and pistachios are surprisingly related to them.

Despite the worldwide cultivation areas, India still has the most and best fruits.

Mango season is all year round.

Our mango comes from 100% India.

Depending on the variety, mangoes are oval, heart or kidney-shaped.

The Schwartau Mango has a bright orange pulp and a smooth, leathery skin. When pressed, it should give way slightly and smell sweet.

"Big Mango" is the nickname of the Thai capital Bangkok.

In Asia, a basket of mangoes is a sign of friendship. The single fruit and even the flowers are considered a symbol of love.

Mangoes have been considered divine fruits by Hindus for around 1,200 years. Even today, believers bring fresh mangoes as an offering to their gods.

Buddha used to rest under the shady canopy of a mango tree. He also praised the tree for its longevity, strength and beauty.

The first box of ripe mangoes is auctioned for good causes in Australia at the beginning of the harvest.

banana

It is believed that the origin of the banana is in West Africa. However, this has not been proven.

The curvature of the banana is caused by the fact that the banana tree becomes so heavy over time that it sinks towards the ground. However, the bananas continue to grow towards the sun, which creates the curvature.

Bananas can all year round be harvested.

Our bananas do 100% Ecuador

Bananas actually belong to the berry genus. In professional circles they also say banana berries.

Bananas are rich in vitamin C. One banana provides 15% of a person's daily vitamin C requirement.

Bananas help other fruits ripen. The ethylene contained in bananas is a hormone that promotes the ripening process of fruits.

The flesh of the banana is said to help relieve itching and burning by rubbing it on the affected area.

orange

Fresh oranges are made up of 85 percent water. In addition, they contain many organic substances such as B and C vitamins.

Oranges originally come from southern China. The botanical name "citrus x sinensis" means "apple from China".

Oranges are divided into four broad groups: navel oranges, common oranges, blood oranges, and acid-free oranges. Your trees can grow up to 10 meters tall.

This is orange season all year.

Our oranges are 100% sourced Spain.

The high season for oranges is between October and April.

The orange is the result of a cross between mandarin and grapefruit.

The Schwartau Orange has an orange to red, glowing skin, is juicy and sweet and sour in taste and, depending on the variety, has orange, yellow or red flesh.

In the north you can buy oranges in the markets and in the south oranges. The name "orange" is being forgotten more and more.

In the film trilogy "The Godfather" the life-affirming fruits are harbingers of death. After mafia boss Don Corleone is shot buying oranges, he later suffers a fatal heart attack in his own garden while enjoying an orange wedge.

In the 15th century, the Portuguese brought the orange from India to Europe, where it quickly conquered the Mediterranean. Christopher Columbus then brought the sweet fruit back to the American coast.

 

peach

Fresh peaches are low in calories and high in iron. There are also calcium, potassium and provitamin A, vitamins B and C.

The fruit trees belonging to the rose family are between one and eight meters tall.

Frost during the flowering period can lead to a total loss of the harvest.

Peach season is from July to September.

Our peach comes out 100% Spain.

The peaches are picked when they are fully ripe and processed further in order to preserve their aroma and quality.

Germans consume around 3.5 kilograms per person annually - in a wide variety of ways.

The Schwartau peach has an intense, fruity scent. The flesh gives way to light pressure and is orange-red in color.

In China, the peach is a symbol of immortality.

It is believed that the peach eventually came to Germany through the Romans.

The kernels of the related nectarines can be processed into persipan, a variant of marzipan.

 

plum

The plum can be recognized by its oval shape and its characteristic belly seam.

The plum has a white wax layer, also known as a "scent film", which primarily serves to protect the fruit and prevent it from drying out. Therefore, plums should only be washed immediately before consumption.

The plum is a tree or shrub that grows up to 6 meters high and prefers a humus-rich, moist soil as well as a sunny and sheltered location.

Plum season is from August to September.

Our plums get along 43% of the time Germany, 32% off Bulgariaand 25% off Poland.

In common parlance, plums and plums are often used synonymously. The plum is a subspecies of the plum.

The Schwartau plum is plump, juicy and shiny, with an intensely fruity fragrance and taste and gives way slightly when pressed.

 

Since the plum retains its shape when baked and loses less juice than the plum, it is ideal for cakes. And the bottom stays so nice and crispy.

Plums and plums are not only popular in culinary terms. Plum and plum wood is in great demand because of its reddish brown color and its special hardness and is mainly used for exquisite furniture.

The famous early plum was discovered in Bühl around 1840. For almost a hundred years it maintained its pioneering position. The Bühl Plum Festival, which is celebrated every year in downtown Bühl, was named after her. Since 1927 there has also been a plum queen there, who represents the sweet blue fruit in the city and the surrounding area.

cranberry

The berries are inedible raw. It only reveals its bitter, slightly acidic aroma when it is briefly heated.

The lingonberry is quite insensitive to frost. Frost damage does not occur until the lowest winter temperatures of -22 ° C. In Finland, the wild lingonberries have spread all over the country.

Fresh cranberries contain many important vitamins such as C, B1 and B2 as well as minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium.

The lingonberry season is in September.

We source our cranberries 100% Sweden.

The best cranberries grow in Scandinavia and Russia.

 

It belongs to the heather family.

The Schwartau cranberry is bright and shiny red, has a slightly tart, sweet and sour aroma and is 5-8 mm in size.

The American cranberries look like large lingonberries, but they have little in common with the red berries.

 

The lingonberry is also known as "Cranberry", "Cranberry" or "Reef Berry" and is also quite idiosyncratic.

Apricots

Sweet apricot kernels are similar to almonds and have a slight smell of marzipan. But there are also bitter kernels that contain poisonous hydrogen cyanide.

Apricots belong to the rose family and are stone fruits.

Fresh apricots contain valuable minerals such as potassium and iron, fiber, vitamins and secondary plant substances such as beta-carotene in particular.

Apricot season is from May to August.

Our apricots get along 62% Spain, 16% off Bulgaria, 15% off Greece, 6% off Serbia and 1% off Hungary.

The apricot hardly ripens after the harvest, so it is picked when it is fully ripe.

The harvest is carried out with special machines and, above all, by hand.

It loves dry and warm regions and is very susceptible to frost.

We do not know whether Confucius ate apricots on his way to enlightenment. It is said, however, that the Chinese scholar liked to meditate sitting under an apricot tree.

The word apricot comes from the Latin "praecoquium". It means "precocious". Because for Mediterranean conditions, flowering and harvesting take place relatively early in the year.

The fruits came to Europe via Alexander the Great.

Apricots have long been considered an aphrodisiac. Therefore, in William Shakespeare's famous play "A Midsummer Night's Dream", the elf queen Titania instructs her subordinates to feed the object of their desire with apricots.

Even the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh could not escape the magic of the apricots and set a monument to them in his painting "Blossoming Apricot Trees".

quince

Quinces from our latitudes cannot simply be eaten raw due to their high tannin content. Their pulp tastes very woody, hard and bitter.

A special characteristic of the quince is its white-gray felty down on the skin, which is very bitter. This fluff must be wiped off briefly before processing.

 

Outwardly, the quince looks very similar to apples or pears, depending on the variety. Therefore, it is differentiated into the somewhat more elongated pear quince and the more rounded apple quince.

You can only get quinces in October pick.

We only source our quinces Hungary.

Quinces are close relatives of apples and pears and come from the rose family.

At 4,000 years old, the quince is said to be one of the oldest types of fruit in the world.

The Schwartau quince has a bright yellow and firm skin, an intense sweet and sour aroma and a lemon-like fragrance.

The quince lends its name to today's jam - and has done so for a very long time: as early as the 16th century, boiled fruit puree was first referred to as jam. At that time the Greeks cooked quince together with honey and called the resulting juice "melimelon" - "honey apple". From this the Portuguese derived the term "marmelo", as a name for the quince or today's jam.

When producing perfumes, quince essential oil is used for different fragrance compositions. A big plus point: The quince oil is particularly kind to the skin and provides the skin with plenty of moisture.

The golden apple of Aphrodite - the quince owes this enchanting name to Greek mythology. It says that thanks to the quince you can reap happiness, love and fertility. The quince is therefore often served at weddings and its beguiling scent should enchant Roman women.

pineapple

Every German consumes an average of 1.4 kilos of pineapple a year.

Despite its thick leather-like skin, the pineapple is very sensitive and cannot tolerate pressure or cold.

The pineapple belongs to the bromeliad family.

The pineapple season runs through it all year.

Our pineapples make up 69% Kenya and 31% off Thailand.

Important criteria when checking the quality are: appearance, aroma and texture.

The pineapple loves a tropical warm climate.

The Schwartau pineapple has fresh green leaves and a yellow-orange, bright skin. It is evenly colored inside and out and has a sweet and sour taste.

Christopher Columbus encountered the fruit in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean as early as 1493 and took it with him to Portugal.

By the end of the 16th century, the fruit was already growing wherever the climate was tropical.

When the first canned fruits came to Europe, dishes such as "Pizza Hawaii" or the famous "Toast Hawaii" were created. But the dishes have absolutely nothing to do with the Pacific archipelago.

The majority of pineapples are actually pineapples - that's what the Duden dictionary says.

rhubarb

Rhubarb belongs to the knotweed family and is, strictly speaking, a vegetable - fruit vegetable, to be precise.

It comes in the variants green or red. The green rhubarb contains a little more fruit acid and therefore tastes a bit bitter.

About 30 different varieties grow in Germany and around 100 varieties throughout Europe.

Fresh rhubarb consists of 90 percent water and is therefore very low in calories. The high potassium content is remarkable.

Rhubarb season is vpn April to June.

 

We source our rhubarb too 100% from Poland.

The rhubarb stalks are harvested by hand using special machines.

The Schwartau rhubarb is crisp, firm and shiny, has a sour, tart-sweet aroma and a smooth skin without grooves.

For a long time, rhubarb was grown solely for medicinal purposes.

The English comedian group Monty Python immortalized their great love for rhubarb in the "Rhubarb Tart Song".

Since the middle of the 18th century, rhubarb has been grown, refined and refined on a large scale in Great Britain. There, the green, thin-stemmed "Timperley Early" is ready to be harvested by Christmas.

strawberry

Strawberries belong to the rose family and are not berries but dummy fruits. The red pulp is formed from the thickened flower axis. The actual fruits or seeds are the tiny green-yellow nuts that sit in the depressions on the red skin, which is why the strawberry is, strictly speaking, one of the nut fruits.

Every German citizen enjoys around 3.5 kilograms a year - quite a lot for the short season.

Strawberries combine over 300 aromas in their pulp. There are about a dozen odorous substances that have a decisive influence on the taste of strawberries - the aroma substance "furaneol" plays the main role.

Their high vitamin C content (60 mg / 100 g) makes fresh strawberries a serious competitor for lemons and oranges - these only provide about half as much of the vitamin.

Worldwide strawberry season is from March to July - in Germany from June to July.

50% of our strawberries come from Poland, 36% off Germany, 5% off Serbia, 5% off Spain and 1% off each Bulgaria, Greece, Egyptand Morocco.

In Germany we are currently working with 15 contract farmers who only deliver fresh strawberries.

Our goal is to get even more strawberries from the region in the long term.

All strawberries are hand picked.

The Schwartau strawberry is red, ripe, plump, juicy and intensely fragrant. It is evenly colored inside and out and has a sweet and sour taste.

In New York's Central Park, Yoko Ono had the "Strawberry Fields" laid out in memory of her husband John Lennon. The model is the Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever".

The French poet Francois Villon confirmed her reputation as a seductress and symbol of erotic sensual pleasures with his poem "I am so wild for your strawberry mouth" as early as the 15th century.

The large-fruited strawberries known today were created around 250 years ago. Previously only the small, aromatic wild strawberries were known.

Even hairdressers indirectly set a kind of monument to the fruit. Blonde women, whose hair shimmers reddish, are called strawberry blondes.

Red currant

The vitamin C content of fresh red currants is impressive: with approx. 30 mg per 100 grams of fruit, it is in no way inferior to lemons or oranges.

The fresh berries also contain plenty of calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium and a large number of phytochemicals such as phenolic acids and flavonoids.

The small berries are available in red, white, pink and black. The tart pulp is full of more edible seeds.

Season is from July to August.

78% of our currants get along Germany, 13% offDenmark and to 9% offPoland.

Currants do not have high demands on soil and weather, which is why they also thrive in our regions.

The Schwartau currant is plump, juicy and shiny with a tart, sour aroma and bright red color.

The more sun the fruits get, the sweeter and stronger they are in taste.

Currants have many names. They are called "Träuble" in Swabia, "Meertrübeli" by the Swiss and "Ribisel" in Austria.

John the Baptist gave the little berries his name. The starting signal for the harvest is traditionally given on its name day, June 24th.

It is said that if you dream of boiling the berries, it promises love and happiness in real life. If one drinks currant juice in the dream, it should indicate that the dreaming is looking for variety and adventure.

sour cherry

The cherry is a stone fruit and belongs to the rose family.

There are dozens of types of sour cherries, which are divided into two large groups, amarelles and sour cherries. The pulp of the amarella is lighter, its juice almost colorless, sour cherries are dark red.

Fresh sour cherries are particularly low in calories because they mainly consist of water.

Sour cherry season is from June to July.

84% of our sour cherries get alongGermany, and 16% offPoland.

Ripe sour cherries reach a size between 15 and 20 millimeters.

Sour cherries are mainly made up of water.

The Schwartau sour cherry is plump and has a firmly attached stem. It has a glossy, dark to black-red flesh with a sweet and sour aroma.

The kernels of the cherry can do us good in the form of cherry pit pillows and are actually much too good to spit on the cherry pit.

Thanks to its long history, it is hardly surprising that there are some famous proverbs surrounding the cherry. "It's not good to eat cherries with him!" Is probably the best known.

 

It is not true that you shouldn't drink water with cherries. This advice is long out of date and dates back to times when the water could be contaminated with yeast.

At the cherry blossom festival, Japanese people everywhere celebrate with friends and family at picnics right under the blossoming trees.

Mirabelle

Mirabelle plums are one of the more than 2,000 different types of plums around the world and are sometimes referred to as yellow plums.

It originally comes from Asia Minor and was cultivated 2,500 years ago.

In Lorraine, France, around 18,000 tons of mirabelle plums are harvested annually, which makes up around 80 percent of world production.

Season is from August to September.

We take out mirabelle plums 100% Germany.

The mirabelle is a stone fruit and belongs to the rose family.

It needs a lot of sun and a dry location.

The Schwartau Mirabelle is round, golden-yellow, red-yellow to red in color, has plump, firm flesh and tastes wonderfully juicy, intensely sweet, delicately spicy and very aromatic like plums.

Due to their intensely sweet taste and their high sugar content, mirabelle plums are often processed into jam, plum brandy or plum liqueur.

The seductive fruit made a special appearance in the bestseller "Parfum", in which Jean-Baptiste Grenouille fell in love with the scent of a beautiful mirabelle saleswoman as a young man. When he accidentally kills her, he realizes that smells are fleeting and therefore learns at the perfumer Baldini, how to preserve fragrances.

Because of its special beauty, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe dedicated his poem "A box of mirabelles" to the yellow summer queen.

If you mix the Mirabelle liqueur with sparkling wine, you get the well-known "Kir Lorraine", which is mainly drunk as an aperitif.

elder

The black elder is also known as "Hollerbusch" or "Holder". Here in northern Germany we call it lilac berries.

Vitamin C and vitamin B are found in high concentrations in fresh elderberries.

The black elder is so robust that you can even find specimens in the Alps at an altitude of 1500 meters.

Elderberry season is from June to October.

Our elderberries come from 100% Hungary.

Elderberries can be used in many ways - but they must first be boiled before consumption.

An elderberry needs just under three months to reach full maturity.

The Schwartau elderberries have a blue-black sheen and bright red juice. The elder has tart, aromatic berries and large, fully ripe umbels.

Ladies of the Roman nobility are said to have dyed their hair red to purple with elderberry juice. The natural dye is still used in industry today.

The Teutons believed that the patron goddess Holda lived in the elderberry bush. An elderberry planted in front of the house should keep away evil spirits and black magic.

Even up to modern times, some farm workers are said to have refused to fell or ruthlessly prune elderberry trees for fear of disaster.

The Brothers Grimm resurrected the Germanic goddess Holda in the figure of "Frau Holle".

Blackcurrant

The dark berries have been cultivated since the 16th century.

Fresh black currants have more vitamin C than lemons. On 100g there are 53 mg against 189mg of the vitamin. This means that black currants outperform citrus fruits almost four times.

The vitamin C of currants is considered to be particularly resistant, so that it remains largely in the syrup or jam.

In addition to vitamin C, the berries also contain a lot of potassium, calcium and pectin.

Season is from June to September.

We source 92% of our black currants Poland,and 8% offGermany.

It owes its name to John the Baptist, who celebrates his name day on June 24th at the start of the harvest.

 

Poland has the largest acreage for currants in Europe.

The Schwartau black currant is deep black, plump and juicy with a diameter of 8-12mm and has a high quality and spicy taste.

The black currant has also received less flattering names in the vernacular, such as B. Stinkstruck, bug berry or goat berry.

Black currants are a symbol of health and a long life in many cultures.

The extract from the bud of the currant was already extracted by perfumers from the early Middle Ages.

Apple

The apple is not a local fruit, but originally comes from Central and West Asia. Around 10,000 BC, the first apples grew in what is now Kazakhstan, giving the capital of that time - "Almaty" or "Alma-Ata" means "city of apples" - its name.

The apple is now at home all over the world, especially where there is a moderate climate such as in Europe, Africa, America, Australia and New Zealand. In Germany, apples make up around 44 percent of all German fruit cultivation. In 2013, almost 800,000 tons of apples were produced in Germany.

Apple trees can reach heights of up to 15 meters and above all prefer a lime and nutrient-rich soil that should not be too wet or too compact. They are real sun worshipers, need a lot of sun, but not blazing heat.

Apple season is from September to October.

Our apples get along 100% Italy.

The apple belongs to the rose family and is actually not a fruit at all, but a so-called dummy fruit. The actual fruit of the apple tree is the parchment-like core of the apple.

In Germany alone we know about 2,000 different varieties. There are even more than 30,000 worldwide.

Every German eats almost 25 kilos a year, making the apple one of the Germans' most popular fruits.

The Schwartau apple has a smooth and firm skin, crisp, fresh and firm flesh with an intense sweet and sour aroma.

The Borsdorf apple is the oldest apple variety. It was mentioned as early as the High Middle Ages around 1100 in the writings of the Cistercians of Pforta Abbey.

The apple has long been a star not only in Germany.Americans have been calling their vibrant city of New York the "Big Apple" since 1909. According to stories, the nickname came about because the rest of the United States believed that New York got an unbalanced share of the national juice, that is, money. "The Big Apple" has been the city's official nickname since 1970.

The sweet and sour fruits are actually known as a true fountain of youth. Apples can also accelerate the aging process - don't worry, not the human one! Apples give off the natural "ripening gas" ethene, which makes other fruits and vegetables ripen much faster. Therefore, apples should always be stored separately.

Due to its sweet and sour taste, the apple is clearly the star among the fruits, but the fruit is also famous in science and literature. A falling apple is said to have induced the mathematician, physicist and astronomer Isaac Newton to formulate his law of gravity.

Friedrich Schiller was a big fan of apples. But he didn't eat them, just let them rot. It is said that he was inspired to write by the smell of rotting apples.

Black cherry

Sweet cherries come from the bird cherry, which occurs wild in the Caucasus.

Fresh sweet cherries have 63 calories per 100 g of pulp and contain around 13 g of sugar.

You can tell by its fine flowers: the cherry belongs to the rose family.

Black cherry season is from July to September.

95% of our black cherries come from Germany, and 5% off Southern Europe.

The black cherry is a particularly dark variety of the sweet cherry.

 

The Schwartau black cherry is shiny, plump and crunchy, is juicy with an intensely sweet aroma and has a dark red, almost black pulp.

The Roman general and avowed gourmet Lucius Licinius Lucullus is said to have cherries in 74 BC. Brought back to Europe from a campaign in Asia Minor. A few years later, he is said to have committed suicide because his supply of cherries was running low.

In Latin the black cherry is called "Prunus avium". Translated casually, it means something like: "Fruits that birds also like to eat".

We are named after the Greek "kérasos" and the Latin "cerasus". The old high German term "kirsa" later developed into cherries.

Boysenberry

The fresh fruit has a high vitamin C content and is rich in fiber. It also contains folic acid, calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus.

The boysenberry is about three times larger than its parent variety, the blackberry.

Vigorous plants need a distance of three to four meters to their neighboring bushes.

Boysenberry season is in March.

Our boysenberries do 100% New Zealand.

The boysenberry is a cross between a blackberry and a loganberry.

The berry has been named after its Californian inventor Rudolph Boysen since 1935.

The Schwartau Boysenberry is 3-4 cm tall, has a dark, almost black color with a wine-sour and fresh aroma.

After a serious accident, the inventor Boysen had to give up his attempts at breeding berry bushes and had to sell his farm. He left the boysenberry behind.

 

The boysenberry does not contain any calories and is part of many recipes and nutrition tips.

Gooseberry

Gooseberries are closely related to currants. They belong to the saxifrage family and can be found around the world with over 1,000 different varieties.

Green-picked berries have a distinctive acidity. The mature red and golden yellow varieties taste wonderfully sweet.

Gooseberries can of June to August to be picked.

Fresh gooseberries are high in vitamins, minerals, and sugar. At around 8 percent, the sugar content is as high as that of grapes. They also contain immune-strengthening vitamin C and beta-carotene. The strong shell and the small, edible seeds provide plenty of fiber.

Our gooseberries are 63% sourced Polandand 37% off Denmark.

They grow on perennial, thorny, squat shrubs.

The Schwartau gooseberry is light green, red, golden yellow or brightly striped. The pulp is evenly colored pulp with a sweet and sour aroma.

The botanist and naturalist Jakob Dietrich mentioned the healthy berries in his herbal book as early as the 16th century. At that time they were still called "Klosterbeeren" or "Heckenbeeren".

Hobby gardeners established clubs and societies in honor of the gooseberry across England. By 1845 there were already around 170. By 1916, however, only eight remained.

 

Since around 1800, the Egton Bridge Old Gooseberry Society in North Yorkshire has put on a gooseberry show on the first Tuesday in August each year.

Gooseberries are particularly popular as a topping for tarts, crumble or compote.

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