Bringing Back the Fruit – Juicy Cannabis Strains

An Illustration of Fruity and Juicy Strains

The explosion in popularity of OG Kush, Sour Diesel and Chem Dog with their strong notes of fuel has led many breeders to abandon the fruity end of the flavor spectrum and concentrate on the “gas” instead. There are certainly strong citrus notes present in many of these new crosses but the fuel notes are what most people notice.

OG Kush and its progeny have dominated the cannabis breeding and dispensary world for almost a decade, while classics like DJ Short’s Blueberry, Strawberry Cough, Blackberry Kush and the grapey purples virtually disappear from the marketplace. Purples are a notable exception, but the variety has been reduced to Grand Daddy Purple and Purple Erkle. Strains which pale by comparison to Lavender, Mendo Purps or Purple Princess.

With the popularity of the Cookies, Cherry Pie Kush has come back into vogue as breeding stock – a good sign for those who enjoy fruit influences.

Mango used to be another staple. With it’s short, six week flowering time and dense rocky nuggets, it was good on its own and even better as a cross. The aroma was reminiscent of ripe mangoes and the smoke was that classic rich, skunky fruit. DJ’s Blueberry – a favorite of many connoisseurs  – was lost when Canadian authorities seized his last mothers. DJ tried bringing it back from seed and partially succeeded, but anyone who knows the original plant – with its bluish-grey calyxes and distinctive blueberry aroma – can’t be fooled.

Certainly all is not lost in the realm of fruit. Cherry Chem and Strawberry OG – both great sun grown varieties – are good examples. The Chem has a distinct nose of cherries and the flavor is a delightful balance of lemon and cherries. Blueberry and strawberry have also popped up in Cookies crosses in the Bay Area. An all-time favorite, Pineapple, is still a staple of the sun grown scene in Northern Cali. And Blackberry, usually crossed into something, still pops up now and then.

Much of the demand for fuely strains comes from the East coast and Midwestern markets that consume much of Northern California’s bounty. As the markets mature in those areas and consumers work their way through all of the gassy strains, people will certainly want to expand their smoking palates. Both new and established breeders looking for unique strains would be well served by looking to the past for inspiration and start incorporating the wide range of fruit flavors.

The range of flavors expressed by cannabis is immense –  from the grassy and herbaceous Hazes to the delicate berries, through citrus and fuel, this one plant provides us with a cornucopia of sensory pleasures.

Originally published in issue 16 of Cannabis Now. LEARN MORE

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Rick Pfrommer started as an intern for NORML in 1987 at the tender age of 19. He met Jack Herer soon after and helped co-found Cannabis Action Network (CAN) with Debby Goldsberry. The two of them ran Hemp Tour for over five years. After CAN he moved to Hawaii and learned to cultivate cannabis. Returning in 1997, he worked for several years selling organic nutrients and cultivating cannabis. In 2004 he moved to the Bay Area and was General Manager of the Berkeley Patients Group for two years before helping to found Harborside Health Center in 2006. From Purchasing Manager, General Manager and now Director of Education, he has helped Harborside grow and become the world class institution that it is today. Pfrommer is a regular contributor to Cannabis Now Magazine.

2 Comments

  1. DrillerKiller

    June 23, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    This title threw me for a loop! We want more skunky strains. Theres plenty of fruity OG crosses. Ogs are the last of the holdouts in some regards.. I do miss the strains you listed.

    Ill tell you why “elite” strains gain the popularity:

    When I lived in the midwest and cali, everything we got was PURE FUNK. It didnt matter the strain, a unique nose for miles. But dealers rarely told their customers strain names.

    When I moved to a MMJ state, I found the only smokable strains from the dispensaries that grow their own were popular “elite” indicas (cookies, ogs, gg). Everything else was like they didnt even try, premature, fake smell, leafes: they were buying popular strains from cali and the rest, attempting to grow themselves.

    The mid south smokes the best herb on Earth. Better than anything you can get in Cali to be honest,because smell is everything to those rednecks, they cure it to perfection before letting it loose. All for a couple hundred extra per lb, just to say they got the best.

    Summary: OGs/Diesels are popular in the east because medical states smoking commercially grown cannabis say those are the stinkiest strains, because of shoddy commercial grow practices.

    And it snowballs into ‘only og is good weed’

  2. Pharmer Phil

    February 29, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Lemon, tangerine/citrus/Mandarin, mango, berry, Cherry, coffee, and chocolate terps those are all in my staple.

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