A little bit tart, a little bit sweet, and a tad tangy, Jostaberries are a cross between a gooseberry and a black currant. We are the only commercial grower of Jostaberries in the Northeast.
In appearance, Jostaberries resemble a gooseberry, with the deep purple (almost black) coloring of the black currant.
Availability: Early July - Mid July
Jostaberries ripen at Lyman Orchards about mid-July. The season lasts only two weeks, so don't delay, or you'll miss this delicious treat!
Select berries that are dark purple, nearly black in color. They should be firm to the touch.
Gently wash freshly picked berries and drain. They can be kept up to one week in the refrigerator in a plastic container.
Jostaberries hold up well to freezing. Simply wash the berries, drain and pat dry. Place berries single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze. After they are frozen, berries can be placed in a plastic container or bag and returned to the freezer.
8 Cups Jostaberries
1/2 Cup Water
6 Cups Sugar
1 Tablespoon Butter