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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (August 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881929441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881929447
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For those gardeners who, like me, are always searching for something a bit out of the ordinary for both their gardens and their tummies, this book is a gem."
—Rita Pelczar, American Gardener, July/August 2004


“This book is ideal for teaching and discussion.  I can find no weaknesses in it.”



"If only I’d found Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden sooner!”

Book Description

Though names like jujube, juneberry, maypop, and shipova may seem exotic, these fruits offer ample rewards to the gardener willing to go only slightly off the beaten path at local nurseries. They are reliable even in the toughest garden situations, cold-hardy, and pest- and disease-resistant. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Lee Reich, PhD started out pursuing an academic career, a trajectory that came to an abrupt halt during his second year in graduate school while studying quantum chemistry. He dropped out, moved to Vermont to ponder his next move, and, after a year, immersed himself in the study and practice of agriculture: reading popular and academic works, returning to academia by entering graduate school in agriculture, and gardening like a madman.

Three graduate degrees, work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Cornell University, and much dirt under his fingernails later, he went off on his own as a freelance horticultural writer, consultant, and lecturer.

Out in the backyard, the garden developed and garnered awards ("Prettiest Vegetable Garden: from Organic Gardening magazine, "Best Vegetable Garden" from National Gardening magazine), and was featured in the New York Times and Martha Stewart Living. The garden also grew: Lee now considers himself a farmdener (more than a gardener, less than a farmer), tending his farmden in a small river valley in New York's beautiful Hudson River Valley. His farmden provides inspiration for his writing, a testing and observation ground for new plants, especially fruits, and, of course, plenty of delicious, healthful fruits and vegetables.

Customer Reviews

It is fun to read, very informative, nicely illustrated.
Andriy Palamarchuk
I found this book to be fascinating - I had never heard of more than half of these fruits and Mr. Reich's writing style made me want to order most of them.
Eric W. Fleegler
Lee Reich has complied a wonderful, detailed listing of "the fruits less planted".
Laurie J. Neverman

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81 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Richard Frost on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a very well written book. There are 23 chapters, each devoted to a single fruit or berry -- all of which are considered "lesser known" to at least the American gardening culture. The chapters all contain a lot of information on lore, characteristics, planting, culture, propogation, and harvest.

What is missing are: listings of particular cultivars that do well in certain regions of the country, certain microclimates, etc. Further, little attention is paid to climate in general with the exception of a few references to USDA zones.

Still, I recommend this book to you with the caution: find out (from a grower or a high-quality nursery in your area) which cultivars are known to work in your area. Consider a line drawn from Monterey CA to Jacksonville FL. For those living above this line, the only real concern is which varieties taste better. For those living below this line, you have the additional question of which varieties will bear fruit and actually survive.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Laurie J. Neverman on March 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Lee Reich has complied a wonderful, detailed listing of "the fruits less planted". His style is very readable and the photos and illustrations compliment the written material very well. Detailed information on plant descriptions, cultivation, propagation and recommended cultivars. His vivid plant descriptions are enough to make your mouth water, and he has purposely focused on fruits that are relatively low maintenance and disease free. Plants also vary in size, so there are options for those who use containers to those who have room for full grown trees. I enjoyed the book very much, and look forward to adding many of these plants to our homestead.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David R. Kent on May 21, 2011
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Overall, I thought this book was excellent and contains great information on the uncommon fruits. Specific pruning recommendations for each plant are great because this info is hard to find elsewhere. I'm not giving this book 5 stars because the start of each chapter does not list the zone and size of the described plants. If this information was included, it would be much faster for me to determine which plants I could use without having to scan the chapter or search online.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andriy Palamarchuk on May 29, 2009
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I got this book a few years ago. It is fun to read, very informative, nicely illustrated. Both my wife and me are still frequently use it and recommend it to other growers. We now have 16 of 23 fruits described in the book. Even for the fruits we knew about we learned a lot of interesting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Torgo-San on April 2, 2009
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Mr Reich's book is a great source of inspiration to those who want to do something different in the spaces that God has given them care over. Did you even want a hedge that you can bake a pie from? Would you like to grow a Chinese date in your side yard? Do you want to surprise your neighbors with fruits that they have never heard of? This is the book for you. Buy a copy of this book today and replace that Bradford Pear tree that blew down with a useful, beautiful fruit tree that will put a smile on everyone's face. You might also want to look into Lee's brand new book "Landscaping with Fruit"
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Rains on May 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've gleaned much useful information from this easily read item.

The how-to illustrations are clear and should be easily understood both by old-timers like myself and novices in the greatest hobby known to mankind, HOME GARDENING.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric W. Fleegler on June 29, 2009
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I found this book to be fascinating - I had never heard of more than half of these fruits and Mr. Reich's writing style made me want to order most of them. Since I am a new at-home gardener, my plans may be a bit delayed.

The book is both informative and very interesting to read - it drew me in just as any good piece of fiction might. I have already purchased copies for fellow adventurous gardeners who appeciate trying new things. I also own Mr. Reich's 'landscaping with fruit' which I recommend for an overall big picture approach to raising fruit.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Silea TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 6, 2011
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After reading Mr. Reich's other book (Landscaping With Fruit), i got pretty excited about trying to grow a few of the plants it discussed. However, the 2-3 page description of each was only enough to get me interested, and not enough to guide the actual selection and maintenance of the plants.

To address that problem, i got this book. It contains a subset of the fruits listed in the other book, ignoring the more common plants and instead focusing on the ones for which a gardener might be hard-pressed to find reliable information. (For example: even the edible plants expert at my local nursery had no idea juneberries were edible.)

Each chapter focuses on a specific plant, and provides a thorough overview. Everything from the history to the plant, its growing habits, cultivation techniques, soil and sun preferences, and so on are listed. For the more baffling fruits (pawpaw, medlar, etc) there are even tips on how to get to the edible parts of the fruit. A center section has 50-odd color pictures of the plants and the fruits.

What keeps the book from being perfect is that Mr. Reich has way too much information in some places, and way too little in others. In several of the chapters, there's a protracted discussion of how breeders might want to try to modify the plant to get better, hardier, or tastier fruits. I doubt many backyard gardeners have the sort of time, energy, space, money, and resources to engage in a selective breeding program. Likewise, i doubt anyone planning to engage in a selective breeding program needs a book as general as this. In other chapters, Mr. Reich wastes hundreds of words saying what a few sketches could have shown.
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