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Fuchsia Fruit

Suzanne has been an online writer for over seven years. Her articles often focus on skin care and gardening.

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Can You Eat Fuchsia Fruit?

Did you know that all the fuchsia plants produce berries?

Not only that, they are all edible fruits. Wow, it was certainly news to me, and fuchsia have been one of my must-have plants for years.

I have planted many different types in containers and in flower beds, growing the upright bush varieties along with the trailing fuchsias. For the life of me, I do not remember reading or being told that the fuchsia produced fruit.

It means that I have been growing my own berries, suitable for many different mouth-watering delights, without ever knowing!

Now I know that the black mess on my patio at the end of a flowering season was the fruit, and I could have picked them for eating!

Fuchsia Fruit

History of the Fuchsia

In the early 18th century, the fuchsia was first discovered on the island of Hispaniola (now known as Dominican Republic and Haiti) in the Caribbean by the French monk and botanist, Charles Plumier.

He subsequently named the new discovery after the acclaimed 16th century German botanist Leonhart Fuchs.

Today, there are more than 100 different species of Fuchsia growing throughout the world. The vast majority of fuchsia are native to Central and South America, with a small number found in New Zealand, Tahiti and on Hispaniola.

The garden fuchsia varieties we enjoy will have originated in one of these locations.

Edible Flowers

Fuchsia Flowers

The fuchsia flower, thanks to many hybrids or types, now comes in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes but will fall into one of three categories:

  • Single Petal—will have 4 petals
  • Semi Double Petal—will consist of 5, 6 or 7 petals
  • Double Petal—will have 8 or 9 petals

The petals of the fuchsia are also one of the edible flowers and can look stunning as a feature in dishes such as cakes, cheesecakes, pavlova or even a garnish in a summer salad, a stew or an iced drink!

Variety of Fuchsia Colours

Colour

The colours of these striking flowers vary considerably. Many will know the reddish-purplish colour that went on to become associated with the fuchsia colour in fashion terms.

The striking two-tone colourings in many varieties come in a wide palette of shades, including white, peach, orange, yellow, pink, pinkish-purple, bluish-purple and red.

There is something for everyone in their soft or vibrant tones. With so many hybrids available in fuchsias, the colour arrays are both eye-catching and plentiful.

Shape

For me, the shape is one of the most outstanding features. The long “teardrop” shape sways like a pendulum in a light breeze, and the unique lines and curves are there to admire. Really look at a flower close up, and you will see what I mean.

Size

The majority of fuchsias are shrubs and will generally grow between 0.2 and 4 m (8 in and 13 ft) in height. The one exception grows in New Zealand and is a tree, growing between 12 and 15 metres (39 ft and 49 ft) in height.

Season

The flowers are in bloom from early summer all the way through to autumn. In tropical places, they will bloom all year.The berries are formed as soon as the flower petals start falling off and are best harvested towards the end of summer into early autumn or fall, when the berries are soft. Harvesting the berries will also help to encourage renewed growth and a profusion of colour.

Fuchsia Procumbens

Fruit Info

  • The first thing to remember is that all fuchsia varieties produce fruit and, I reiterate, all are edible, just some taste better than others!
  • The spectrum of taste can range from tasteless, insipid, bitter, like pomegranate or grape, peppery, lemony to very sweet. One of the sweetest varieties is Fuchsia Procumbens (a ground covering variety).
  • Some say, "The blacker the fruit, the sweeter the taste."
  • The berries will be either round or oval in appearance and can be 0.5–1 inch in length.
  • The biggest fruit-producing fuchsias are the single petal varieties.
  • When testing the berries, treat them like you would lilies or beetroot in that they stain and can be a nightmare to get out of skin and clothing.
  • If you harvest your fruit and are happy with their ripeness and taste, use them quickly as they do not last long. You may freeze them if you wish, like other berries, for a later date.
  • Dogs and ducks have been noted fans of the fruit!

Fuchsia in Bloom

How to Use Fuchsia Fruit

Here are some ideas of dishes to help you think of ways to use your fuchsia fruit.

Do bear in mind, if you need large quantities for certain dishes, you will need a good source of berries!

You can substitute fuchsia fruit in any recipes using berries such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, gooseberries, elderberries and mulberries. For example:

Tea, Sauces, Ice Creams, Jelly, Tarts, Pies, Cheesecakes, Pavlovas, Terrines and Cakes.

Buns, Cookies, Trifles and Fruit Cake (instead of currants).

Bon appetite!

Fun Fuchsia Poll

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Fuchsia Fruit Comments

Michael B Stewart on April 14, 2018:

I suspected as much re: Fuchsias are edible... wonder why has been such a secret?! Have not had much luck with berry production...

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 02, 2015:

Dear PAUL J. HINTERSTEINER ,

Apologies for delay in responding to you. I would be delighted for my article to be included and if further confirmation is needed please contact me.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 02, 2014:

Thanks Abbey, lovely to see you stop by. Even dogs are known to like the fruit. Trying to save enough of Fuchsia fruit has been my problem as I want to try it in some recipes!

Abbey on August 24, 2014:

I only found out just now they are edible, because my little sister started eating one! In a panic I wanted to see what it said about it on the internet and whether I needed immediate hospital attention... What a relief!

Dennis Hoyman from Southwestern, Pennsylvania on April 08, 2014:

Hi Suzie

I enjoyed your hub on edible fuchsia fruit. As a gardener I didn't know that they were edible. Thank You for all the information and keep up the great work. Gardener Den

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 29, 2013:

Hi Marion,

Appreciate the interest! Not sure about chickens but believe dogs are quite partial to the fruit! Cheers for comment :-)

marion langley from The Study on June 29, 2013:

We just attained new chickens...I wonder what they would think of fuchsia fruit. :-) Thanks for writing. I'm a big fan of all things pretty and edible.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 28, 2013:

Hi Rose,

Lovely to see you enjoyed this, one of my favorite flowers. I was amazed when I found this out as I have loved growing Fuchsia for many years. Appreciate you reading and giving me the thumbs up vote, always a pleasure to see you!

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 28, 2013:

I love fuchsia plants, but I had no clue that the berries were edible. This is another great article filled with lots of information and tips. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 18, 2013:

Hi precy,

I was the same a fuchsia fan, always growing different ones and never knew about the fruit! Glad I was able to impart this interesting extra to you on the fruit! Thanks so much for votes and shares!

precy anza from USA on June 18, 2013:

Wow! I've been having fuchsia's in hanging baskets for the past 2 years and wasting all the berries! I really hadn't thought that they could be edible. Now I know. :) Thanks to your hub Suzie! Up and shared this awesome hub!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 17, 2013:

Hi Bonny B,

Thanks for dropping by. I don't know but what I would suggest is mashing some through a fine sieve to get the juice. You may need quite a few berries. Try an off cut of cotton fabric, or a sample piece first and see what you think! Thanks for the question, good luck!!

Bonny B on May 17, 2013:

do you know if you can use these as dye on cotton?

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 13, 2013:

Hi Bonny B,

I have heard dogs love them too so it is interesting to hear your cat is a fan of these with no obvious side-effects. Hope you have a bountiful season and your varieties are the tasty ones! Cheers for the comment!

Bonny B on May 12, 2013:

for years my fuchsia grew berries then last year I watched my cats jump up grab a berries and eat it, well if they like them so well Im going to try them,wow, sweet .sour and,juicy .can't wait for them to start this year

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 08, 2013:

Hi Kathryn,

I love Fuchsia and have always grown a variety of species in containers, never knowing about the fruit! Looking forward to the summer now to try them here in the countryside (I moved to my partner's pad 6 months ago from Dublin). Thanks for having a read and glad you found interesting.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on March 08, 2013:

I think my grandma used to have a hanging fuchsia plant. I never knew fruit grew on it, though! It would be interesting to try it.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on December 08, 2012:

Hi Letitlalicious,

Thanks so much for commenting here, appreciate your enthusiasm for Fuchsia! South of France sounds great for fuchsia and the fruit so do enjoy when you get there!!

Letitialicious from Paris via San Diego on December 08, 2012:

This is wonderful news. I'm very excited about it. Though I live in an apartment in Paris, I'm hoping to have a house in the South of France before too long and have been looking into edible plants. How fortunate that fuschias, which I love, are among them!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 18, 2012:

Hi Alun,

Great to have stop by. A favourite of mine, I never knew Fuchsia were edible never mind their fruit! Will be looking forward to next season and picking them myself. Appreciate your comments and votes Alun as always!

Greensleeves Hubs from Essex, UK on November 18, 2012:

One of the most distinctive of all flowering shrubs Suzie. I've certainly seen the fruits on fuchsias and know how messy they can be when trodden on! - But I never knew they or the flowers were edible. Next season I'll have to sample one or two and see how they vary in taste.

Nice photos, and nice information. Voted up. Alun.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 05, 2012:

Hi Eddy,

Me too, I love Fuchsia. Hope you enjoyed reading, I thank you for stopping by to check it out! Thanks for the votes and shares, great to receive Eddy! :-)

Eiddwen from Wales on November 05, 2012:

One of my fsavourite flowers and thank you so much for sharing.

I share and vote up here.

Here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

Eddy.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 08, 2012:

Hi unknown spy!

Good to hear you enjoyed and learnt something new (like me!!) about Fuchsia - Enjoy!!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on October 08, 2012:

THIS IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! I never seen nor heard of this Fuschia Fruit before. glad to know this super beautiful fruit.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 07, 2012:

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan!

I know, these little pearls of wisdom one finds! I can't wait until next year now! Thanks so much for your VU and Sharing :-)

Claudia Mitchell on October 07, 2012:

This is fascinating! I had no idea fushcia had berries and was edible. Great hub! Sharing and voted up.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 06, 2012:

Great! Look forward to hearing how it goes next year!

Samantha Harris from New York on October 06, 2012:

Thanks! I'll give it a try!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 06, 2012:

Fuchsia are better outdoors but give it a try if your windows are large and get lots of light! You can start them as tiny starter plants in spring and wait for them to blossom for summer!

Samantha Harris from New York on October 06, 2012:

I'll definitely have to try then! We have great big windows so there's plenty of natural light...we definitely need some plant life in the house.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 06, 2012:

Hi Sam,

Even if you had space for a potted plant, you can grow fuchsia in a container which is what I love. Glad it was interesting and informative to you :-)

Thanks for visiting and commenting!

Samantha Harris from New York on October 06, 2012:

Wow I wish I had a garden to grow some in...*sigh* maybe someday! Gorgeous photos and what a lovely & interesting article! I enjoyed it very much.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 05, 2012:

Thanks Ajeet,

Appreciate your thoughtful comments and glad you enjoyed! Flowers have always been a passion of mine, inherited from my Artist mum! She loved photographing flowers and then painting them. Thanks again :-)

Ajeet from Mumbai, India on October 05, 2012:

The pictures in this hub are truly breathtaking. They actually inspire me to start photographing flowers :) Thanks for a pretty hub :)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 05, 2012:

Hi eugbug,

Thanks for stopping by. I never knew either and have loved growing fuchsia a long time! They are, as you rightly point out a hardy plant and one I will continue to enjoy. Thanks for the tip!

Eugene Brennan from Ireland on October 05, 2012:

I've never noticed the fruit, however fuchsias are extremely easy to grow from cuttings and the roots withstand winter temperatures down to at least 8 degrees F ( or -13 C) even though the top growth may be completely burned by frost and snow.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 05, 2012:

Hi livingsta!

Thanks very much for visiting and commenting so positively! I can just see us all picking these and giving them a try! Hopefully we have some of the sweet ones and not the insipid varieties! They are so colourful there are amazing pics out there and that was difficult to choose a few!! Cheers for all your votes and for sharing this!! :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 05, 2012:

Hi Rajan,

Good afternoon my friend, thank you so much for reading this! The fruit of the fuchsia was news to me and the fact that the petals are one of the edible flowers of the world. I would have thought it was growing in India as it likes hot climates, so it is interesting that you don't have it.

I have enjoyed this flower for years and its stunning colours really look spectacular in gardens and in the wild.

Thanks for your treasured comments, votes and shares - greatly appreciated!! :-)

livingsta from United Kingdom on October 05, 2012:

Wow. never never knew, Fuschias had fruits, that too edible ones!!! Thank you for this awesome information. The hub itself is beautiful, and the photos are stunning. Voted up, Interesting and sharing:)

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 04, 2012:

Very interesting information, Suzie. I've never heard that Fuschia bore fruit that could be eaten. It's not available here for sure. And what a stunning array of flower colors. It made the hub really stand out.

Thanks for sharing this information and adding to my knowledge.

Voted up, useful and interesting and shared.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 04, 2012:

Well Bill,

Glad I was able to give you a few new things for the day! Fuchsia Fruit was news to me as I said so I will be remembering to always have a bush or two growing from now on!! If you go to the link for homestead she has great line dividers, possibly 20 or more which are all great. I have 2 other names for you if you need just drop me a mail and I'l get the links for you.

Appreciate your interest and constant loyalty :-)

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on October 04, 2012:

I just learned my one new thing for the day. Had no idea. Great job Suzie.

I also just learned about using the dividers that you have in your Hub. Make that two things I learned today. I can't tell you how many times I would see dividers in other Hubs and wondered how and where did those come from?

Many thanks my friend.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 04, 2012:

Hi K9keystrokes,

Delighted you found it fascinating and interesting! It was challenging but really enjoyed the research about one of my favourites. I have visions of mass hubbers suddenly trying all their fuchsia berries a.s.a.p - just hope they are all the sweeter varieties! Appreciate all your lovely comments and tweet! :-)

India Arnold from Northern, California on October 04, 2012:

What a fascinating hub! It is as beautiful as it is educational. I can not wait to try edible fuchsia berries next season. Thank you for presenting such a well balance read. Totally tweetable!

Nice work, Cheers~

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 04, 2012:

Hi Mama Kim,

Ha! You do make me laugh - "most shocking hub" . . . . I nearly died!! You will be all set next year, I hope you have the nice tasting ones!! Then I will look forward to your Fuchsia Recipes!

Your very welcome with the links, they were fantastic recipes. Thanks for all the great comments votes shares and pin!! :-)

Sasha Kim on October 04, 2012:

I have to say this is the most shocking hub I've ever read! I have two fuchsias growing the the back yard right now!! But... I already trimmed them back.... I can't wait until next year!! I get to try a brand new berry ^_^ Thank you Suzie!!! Thank you for the links as well ^_^ You're so sweet! Voting, sharing and pinning... This hub is awesome!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 04, 2012:

Hi rcrumple!

The flowers are exquisite in the Fuchsia Varieties, I am sure you would have them in Kentucky. We have a hedge of them in my partners place, out in the countryside as shown in my pics as they can grow wild too. I hope you get to find them, they are a stunning and easy to look after flower. Appreciate your comments and enthusiastic votes!! :-)

Rich from Kentucky on October 04, 2012:

Suzie -

Have never heard of this prior to your hub. It produces beautiful flowers, and am curious to see taste it's fruit. Will have to investigate to see if it's even available over here. Very Interesting! Up & Interesting & Useful

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 04, 2012:

Hi hecate-horus,

Welcome and thanks for stopping by! I know that certain varieties attract the Hummingbirds, that must be lovely to see! Now you will have to see if your variety are nice and sweet! Appreciate your comments, thanks! :-)

hecate-horus from Rowland Woods on October 04, 2012:

WOW. I've had a fushia plant every year (to attract the hummingbirds) and never knew the berries were edible! Thanks for sharing!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 04, 2012:

Hi Natashalh,

One of my favourites too! Love the shapes and colours, they are so versatile and super for container planting.

Thanks for your support and comments! :-)

Natasha from Hawaii on October 04, 2012:

I love fuchsias. They have always been one of my favorite flowers and I had absolutely no idea they are edible! Wow - thank you!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 04, 2012:

Hi MJ,

Didn't think you'd be a flower head, just a petrol head - you learn something new every day!

Your a gem for those lovely comments, thank you most sincerely. Thank god it's not my kitchen that's full of V8's and engine oil - only olive oil allowed in mine and definitely no engines!! LOL

Appreciate all your enthusiastic votes,shares and I'l forgive you not pinning . . . for now!

Cheers my friend! :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 04, 2012:

Hi Lord,

You, me ,biiybuc and I'm guessing quite a few others will be finding this out for the first time. Glad you enjoyed and I do appreciate you commenting on the presentation and research!

Yep, the AP is under way so all systems ago!

Cheers and Ciao for now my friend! :-)

mjkearn on October 04, 2012:

Hi Suzie

WOW what a hub. What stunning colours, inviting layout and superbly written. Certainly HOTD material.

As you know I look at a kitchen as another place to build engines but thoroughly enjoyed reading this hub.

Awesome job. Voted up, ticked, faced, G+'d and shared. I'd have pinned this as well only I'm still reading the LC on how to.

Stunning start to your AP. You're a hard act to follow and such a great hubber and member of this wonderful community.

Thanks for writing.

MJ.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 04, 2012:

Hi vespa!

Ha! I thought you would have a good laugh at the poll! Had to be done! It's totally true on my part!

Glad you enjoyed and I did read on the ballerina variety. You are in the "home" of the fuchsia majority so no excuse to come up with my desert! LOL

You know I love all your recipes! Thanks for the advice on recipe accreditation. Look forward to your future edible flowers and berries recipes from Peru!! :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 04, 2012:

Hi Bill,

LOL . . . . yep I didn't have a clue either and have grown them for YEARS!! I don't even know if my greenfingers mum ever knew. Glad you enjoyed this Bill, it was interesting to find the info and it gave me a few chuckles I can tell you!!

I love fuchsias too which makes it more funny on my part! Love your wit and constant support Bill - you really do rock!! :-)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on October 04, 2012:

I had no idea the Fuschia produces edible fruit and flowers! We have a variety of Fuschia here that's called the "ballerina". I think it's a cute name when you look at the shape of the flower. You incorporated the "Fuschia Berry Jam" link quite attractively. When I read your Fuschia poll, I laughed out loud! Ha! Now I need to find some Fuschia berries for sure so I can name a new dessert in your honor, my friend. : ) Thanks so much!

Joseph De Cross from New York on October 04, 2012:

Totally flabbergasted! I didn't know fuchsia fruits were edible. Nice presentation and research Suzie! Congrats on your Alumnity election! C'est la vie! Echo! Madonna!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2012:

Are you kidding me? I had no idea! I have been growing these for decades and had no clue that you could eat them.

What a shock...I mean it, Suzie, I was clueless about this, and I'm sure Bev doesn't know it either. Sheez, what a great discovery, and all thanks to my friend Suzie.

Great information my dear friend. Thank you!

Oh, sharing....and I'm going to highlight your container planting ideas in my blog today.