Raintree Nursery

The finest fruit cultivars from around the world

  1. Q-1-8 Salish Summer Peach: sweet and flavorful

    Q-1-8 Salish Summer Peach: sweet and flavorful
    The Q-1-8 Peach is a leaf curl resistant peach. It was tested for years at the Washington State University Mt. Vernon Station. Dr. Bob Norton and Carol Norton have recently named it Salish summer. It is self fertile and has white flesh and very good flavor.  The Q-18 is one of several leaf curl resistant peaches offered by Raintree Nursery. In...
  2. Methley Plum

    Methley Plum
    Here is a message from me, Sam Benowitz, founder of Raintree Nursery. On a regular basis, I will share my thoughts. After 40 years of growing and tasting many fruits, it always puzzles me why some that I know are really the easiest to grow are not selected by more people. I think people are asking the wrong question. The...
  3. Irrigation practices during July heat

    Furrow irrigation system using siphon tubes (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Adjust water rates as necessary to keep up with plant demand without keeping the soil constantly saturated. Always check the soil 4-6” deep, rather than on the surface, before irrigating. A finger poked into the ground does not sense wet or dry well, but does sense temperature. If the soil...
  4. Choosing between fall and spring shipping

    Choosing between fall and spring shipping
    You have a choice, fall or spring shipment, but which is best? Even though many potted plants are available for fall shipping, these same plants are also available for shipment in the spring and you can order them now for either spring or fall shipment. Planting Trees and Shrubs Planting trees and shrubs can begin once the heat of summer...
  5. Getting Started on your Fruit Garden

    Getting Started on your Fruit Garden
    Come join us at Raintree Nursery for our annual Beginners Home Berry Garden Patch Class on Saturday, April 7th! A great class for the inexperienced gardener if you're putting in a new home orchard and berry patch and aren't sure about varieties, rootstocks, pollination, spacing, soils, siting, method of planting, irrigation, staking; come visit with our experienced horticulturist and get...
  6. Highbush Cranberry Ketchup

    Highbush Cranberry Ketchup
    Here are two recipes generously shared with me at the nursery, both originate in Alaska. Recipe #1 Ingredients: 11/2  C chopped onions                               4 C water 8C high bush cranberries, fresh or frozen 1 C cider vinegar                                          11/4 C packed brown sugar 1 C light corn syrup                                       11/2  tsp salt 11/2 tsp cinnamon                                        11/2 tsp ground allspice 1 tsp ginger                                                    1/4...
  7. Cooked Down Jelly

    Cooked Down Jelly
    If the juice you are working with is high in pectin, such as apple and quince, use equal portions of sugar and juice. If there is less pectin you can reduce the sugar to as little as ½ cup per cup of juice, unless the fruit is very tart. Use the alcohol test to more accurately determine how much sugar...
  8. Aronia Jelly

    Aronia Jelly
    Recipe #1 This aronia recipe was adapted from a chokecherry recipe by a friend, her mother pronounced the results fantastic, even better than chokecherry. Ingredients: 31/2 cups berry juice                                    ½ cup lemon juice 1 package pectin                                          6 cups sugar Directions: Wash fruit and cover with water, simmer 15 minutes. Strain the juice. Pour measured amount into a 6-8 quart non-reactive...
  9. Winter Cranberry and Pear Upside-Down Cake

    Winter Cranberry and Pear Upside-Down Cake
    Recipe from the book Northwest Berry Cookbook by Raintree customer Kathleen Desmond Stang. Makes 8 servings Ruby-red cranberries sparkle among the pear slices on top of the cake. Use firm ripe pears. They are ready when the stem end yields when gently pressed. 4 tbsp(1/2 stick) plus 2 tbsp butter, softened 1/3c packed brown sugar 2 small to medium firm...
  10. About the Founder

    About the Founder
    Message from Sam, Raintree's founder The Fruits Your Mother Cooked With! The United States is a country of many cultures and our cultures are expressed and enjoyed at our dinner tables. Whether our parents and grandparents are Native Americans or from Japan, Russia, England, Sweden, the middle East, the American Mid-West, South or elsewhere, we grew up with a love...

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