Planting trees at Novice restaurant

Planting trees at Novice restaurant
April 5, 2024

On Good Friday, March 29, 2024 several trees were planted at restaurant. Two local fruit growers came and planted these trees with us. We would like to tell you more about which fruits we will be proud to grow ourselves in our restaurant's vegetable garden!


The varieties of apples we will grow are: Gravensteiner, James Grieve, Ingrid Marie and Elstar. With this selection of different apple trees, this allows us to make use of a variety of apples. The Gravensteiner has a sour taste and is widely used as a cooking apple, especially for applesauce and apple cider. The James Grieve is a juicy apple with a mildly sour taste. The Ingrid Marie is a very good hand apple with a soft sour aromatic taste. And the Elstar has a characteristic aroma taste and is creamy white and juicy.


The Beurré Hardy and Doyenne du comice are the pear varieties we will be growing in our vegetable garden. The'Beurré Hardy' is a sturdy and well-growing tree with large, sweet pears. The fruit of the Beurré Hardy is quite large and cone-shaped. The Doyenne du Comice is a fairly thick hand pear and is deliciously sweet. Depending on picking time, the pear has a nice bite or is deliciously juicy. The skin is mainly green. Doyenne du Comice is a hand pear, but because of its firm texture, the pear is also often used in desserts. 


In addition, we also have two varieties of cherry trees that will be planted: the Merton Premier and Kordia. The 'Merton Premier' is a cherry tree with a sweet and juicy cherry. The cherries can be picked from the fruit tree in late July. The cherries are dark red. The Kordia is a well-known large dark red cherry. In the Betuwe region, the Kordia has become one of the most popular varieties. This is because it is one of the largest cherries. The very good taste completes the cherry perfectly. Cherry tree Kordia gives a lot of fruit. 


Also planted is a quince tree, the Provence quince fruit tree. Originally, the quince comes from the countries around the Caspian Sea. Now they are grown mostly in Southern Europe and Japan, but the quince is also on the rise in the Netherlands. The quince is available from October to February.

Stew pears

The two stewing pears we will be growing are the Gieser Wildeman and the Kleipeer. The Gieser Wildeman was grown by Mr. Wildeman of Gorinchem and marketed around 1850. In commercial fruit growing, Gieser Wild eman is the most widely grown stewing pear variety in the Netherlands. A Kleipeer, also called Winterjan, is a pear variety that is very suitable as a stewing pear. The tree remains quite small and is self-pollinating.

Kiwi Berries

As a Kiwi berry, we are going to grow the Actinidia arguta 'Issai' . The Actinidia arg uta 'Issai' is a Mini Kiwi and is edible with skin. It is a self-pollinating plant with both male and female flowers. The fruits are beautiful green on both the inside and outside. The garden plant blooms in June with fragrant, white flowers that attract butterflies and bees.


The Prunus Persica 'Double Zwolsche' peach tree produces blooms of beautiful with pink flowers in March/April. Around July/August you can pick the peaches from the branches. The peaches are dark red in color and have white flesh. These fruits are juicy and taste deliciously sweet.


Also, we are also getting a kiwi plant: the Actinidia chinensis 'Solissimo'. This Actinidia chinensis 'Sol issimo' is a new species of self-pollinating kiwi. This species gets medium-sized fruits and an abundant harvest. In May, the plant develops white flowers.

Japanese wineberry

Rubus phoenicolasius - is our Japanese wineberry shrub. The Japanese wine berry is a delicious fresh sour berry that ripens before summer with beautiful bright red fruits. Each year the berry blooms on the previous year's wood and each year it makes new shoots where the fruits come the following year.


The blue honeyberry, or Lonicera caerulea kamtschatica, is native to Asia, but also does well in the Netherlands. It is a very hardy, ornamental, fruit-bearing shrub that can grow up to 1.5 meters tall. The fruits are very healthy, somewhat similar to blueberries, contain lots of vitamin C and are very juicy.


The plum tree 'Reine Claude' is a plum variety that dates back to the 16th century. The plum is available in red and green varieties. They are offered fresh but are also applied as a base for lemonade syrup (green lemonade syrup).

Mystery Race

We are also getting a mystery variety tree. The grower no longer knows what classic variety this is, so we are giving this tree another chance by growing it!