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Fruits and Nuts

Prepared by Dr. Jules Janick, Dr. Bruce Bordelon, and Dr. Peter Hirst, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University, © 1998. This is a list of fruits and nuts that are either currently grown, are recommended alternate crops, are experimental crops, or are not recommended for Indiana.

Traditional
Recommended
Experimental
Not Recommended

Traditional
Apple Well adapted to entire state, crops reliably.
Pear Well adapted but fireblight can be a problem.
Peach and Nectarine Sensitive to winter freeze and spring frosts—site selection critical.
Plum, European Well adapted but requires market development to be successful.
Cherry, sweet Sensitive to winter freeze and spring frosts—site selection critical.
Cherry, tart Sensitive to winter freeze and spring frosts—site selection critical. Less risky than sweet cherry.
Strawberry Adapted statewide
Blueberry Statewide although most commercial production in north
Recommended
Asian pear Well adapted but fireblight can be a problem. Requires market development to be successful. Well known by Asian community.
Quince Well adapted but fireblight can be a problem. Currently limited to processing. Fruit now relatively unknown to consumers so market development is needed. Probably only limited market potential.
Native persimmon Although a native fruit beloved in Indiana, there is only a small demand. Market development is needed. Processor in French Lick?
Blackberry Adapted to zone 6, south of US 70. Eastern thornless are recommended.
Raspberry (red, black, purple) Adapted statewide
Grape (table, juice, wine) Adapted statewide
Experimental
Apricot Very early flowering and extremely frost susceptible but new cultivars could make them suitable for selected sites.
Chestnut Chinese chestnuts may be an opportunity. High demand in Asian community.
Black walnut Planted for veneer wood. Limited market for nuts. Most nuts are collected from the wild.
Plum, Japanese Very early flowering and extremely frost susceptible.
Pawpaw Although a native in Indiana very difficult to market because of short shelf life. Unknown to most consumers.
Gooseberry Adapted statewide, small market.
Currant (red, black, white) Adapted statewide, small market now but market could expand for black currant juice
Elderberry Adapted statewide, small market.
Lingonberry Adapted statewide, limited market.
Cranberry Adapted statewide can be grown nonflooded
Hardy kiwifruit
(Actinidia arguta)
Adapted statewide but currently small market. Market development is needed.
Not Recommended
Kiwifruit
(Actinidia deliciosa)
Not hardy in Indiana.
The Fruit and Nut listing was compiled and written by Dr. Jules Janick jjanick@hort.purdue.edu, Dr. Bruce Bordelon bordelon@hort.purdue.edu, and Dr. Peter Hirst hirst@hort.purdue.edu, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University, © 1998.