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Rowan, plant and cultivation

Rowan, plant and cultivation

Rowan, plant and its cultivation: how to grow rowan. Where to buy the rowan plant and cultivation instructions.

With the termrowanit refers to the genus of plantsSorbus. That cultivated for the production of fruits (lerowanberries) is the speciesSorbus domestica or rowan. Therowanproduces fruits known by the names ofrowanberriesorsorbole.

An ancient proverb says: "with time and with straw the rowanberries ripen". In fact, the rowan is a slow growing plant and the sorboletake a long time to mature. The proverb, in fact, wants to remind us that patience and perseverance are needed to see results. Thesorbolein fact, they cannot be eaten as soon as they are picked and the ripening must take place in a dry place as we will see later.

Rowan or sorbola, fruit ripening

The fruits of therowan, thesorbele they cannot be eaten as soon as they are picked because in these circumstances they would have a bitter taste. There ripening of rowanberriestakes place in containers covered with straw and placed in a dark environment.

ThesorboleI'mancient fruitsnow almost forgotten. These fruits, in fact, were much more widespread in past centuries and many people completely ignore the existence of this fruit.

Rowan, plant

The rowan is a slow-growing deciduous tree, it can reach an average height of 12 meters and due to its rusticity it adapts well tocultivation on different types of terrain. For its few needs, the rowan is ideal from cultivate in a low maintenance garden or orchard.

The rowanit blooms in late spring (around May), its cluster inflorescences will give small fruits in the shape of pomes 2-3 cm in diameter, unripe green and then yellow-reddish when they are ready for harvest, let's talk about rowanberries, fruits with enchanting properties.

How to grow the rowan

Anyone who wants to grow fruit trees in the garden can start right from rowan. The rowan it is a tree with few needs, therefore also suitable for those who do not have much time to devote to the garden or orchard, just place it in full sun. It can cultivate the rowanin full shade? A shady location would not allow the plants to bear any fruit.

The rowan it can be grown on any type of soil as long as it is well drained, even if it prefers those which tend to be calcareous. It does not require any type of fertilization and is not very subject to parasitic attacks: it can give life to rowanberries of the "bio" type as it does not require any pesticide intervention.

Rowanberries, harvest

The rowanberries they are harvested between September and October, when they have a yellow-red color. Traditionally, the harvest often takes place after the spontaneous fall of the fruits, and the sorbola are collected from the ground or from special nets placed under the plants.

At harvest time, however, the rowanberries they are not edible because they are not yet fully ripe. There maturation it is subsequent to the harvest and is obtained by leaving the fruits, for a few days, in the kitchen or cellar.

The rowanberries they can be consumed when the peel has assumed a characteristic brown color and the pulp becomes sweet and soft.

Rowan or sorbola, fruit ripening

The fruits of therowan, thesorbele they cannot be eaten as soon as they are picked because in these circumstances they would have a bitter taste. There ripening of rowanberriestakes place in containers covered with straw and placed in a dark environment. In this context we speak of "farto halve the rowanberries“. 

With maturation in a dark environment, the rowan berries take on a dark color, become softer and sweeter, the sugar content reaches 20%.

How to use rowanberries

Among the properties of rowanberries, we see that they are excellent allies for intestinal health. With the rowanberries you can prepare cream puffs, purées, jams, pies, decoctions and they can also be "cooked in wine " just like you do with percoche.

The rowanberries they can also be dried in the sun and then eaten later, like prunes; it is possible to prepare natural sorbets, even sugar-free.

Grow the rowan starting from the seed

You have gods rowan seedsto sprout? It's possible.

Cultivation of the rowan can start from the seed: be careful though! Even if the plant takes a few years to become an adult, 15 years must pass before it can bear fruit! For this reason, it is possible to purchase already mature specimens.

Rowan plant, where to buy it

Where to buy a rowan plant?To buy a plant of rowan just contact your trusted nursery, a well-stocked agricultural consortium or take advantage of online sales.

On Amazon, for example, onerowan plantadult, taller than 250 cm, can be purchased at a price of 64 euros with shipping costs included in the price. For all information on thesaleof the rowan plant, I refer you to "this Amazon page" where you can find an adult specimen ofSorbus domesticaor rowan.


Video: A Year in the Life of a Rowan Tree. Woodland Trust (October 2021).