Best Fruity Weed Strains
Everyone has different preferences for their weed, but one of the top things people think about is the flavor. One of the most popular flavors of weed is fruity -- whether that means berries, citrus flavors, or other fruits, fruity weed strains are some of the world’s favorite strains. That’s why many of these flavorful strains are top award winners. Some of the best fruity weed strains are common staples in Amsterdam coffeeshops and on dispensary shelves.
In this article, we have handpicked some of the top fruity weed strains so you can find your favorite. We also discuss how growers can use certain grow techniques to maximize the flavor of their plants’ buds, making naturally fruity strains that much more flavorful.
Of course, flavor is not the only thing people are looking for when selecting marijuana strains to smoke or seeds to grow. You might be wondering, what with their delicious flavor and all: Are fruity weed strains potent? There is a reputation that these strains are not as strong as other strains that have a more skunky or pungent flavor. We’ll cover that question and much more below.
Are Fruity Cannabis Strains Less Potent?
As briefly touched on above, you might be wondering whether fruity strains are any less (or more) potent than other types of marijuana. The short answer is: not necessarily. Let’s look at some information that helps explain potency, flavor, and smell in fruity weed strains.
Potency and flavor are different things
Fruity weed strains might have the reputation of being less potent than other strains, but it’s important to remember that potency and flavor are two different, separate things. You can have a mellow flavor with an intense high, and vise versa. In other words, you could end up with a weaker fruity strain, but that’s not because it is fruity. It’s just because it happens to be a weak strain.
So, are fruity weed strains potent? Again, not necessarily. It all depends on the individual strain’s genetics and the grow methods used to cultivate that plant. Some other factors also affect the potency of the bud, such as terpenes.
Terpenes impact potency
One of the main things impacting potency is something called “terpenes.” Terpenes, or “terps” for short (even sometimes called “terpenoids”), make a big difference in the smell and flavor of marijuana buds. In the most recent studies, terpenes have been shown to not only make a difference in potency of flavor but also in how the weed affects the body when someone smokes it.
Terpenes are known for their impacts on the taste and smell of cannabis. This is nothing new. Terps are found in the resin held in marijuana buds, allowing it to affect the perception of the person smelling it. Different types of terpenes are associated with different scents. While limonene is citrus or orange-smelling, terpinolene provides a sweet citrus flavor. Many, many different terpenes exist in different quantities in marijuana buds.
Getting the Most Flavor out of Fruity Weed Strains
What causes marijuana’s flavor?
So how do marijuana buds get their distinct flavors? Generations of careful breeding and fine-tuning have allowed the most desired scents and flavors to come out in full force in certain marijuana strains. While most people talk about THC and CBD levels these days, the smell and taste are just as important. After all, if you can’t enjoy what you’re smoking, what’s even the point?
Sometimes marijuana can be artificially flavored. For the flavor experts, this simply doesn’t cut it. While it might work okay for those who are not used to the best flavors, it won’t have the rich, natural depth of flavor that bringing out the flavors with natural means will.
As mentioned already, terpenes have a lot to do with that. The type and amount of terpenes are determined by the genes of your plants and the grow environment. They are also affected by how (and how well) you dry and cure your buds after harvesting. In fact, this is one of the most essential parts of the process if you are concerned about making the flavor of your weed as strong and delicious as possible.
How do you get more flavor?
Most grow articles will tell you to focus on maximizing your yield or how to get the most potent buds, THC-wise, or even CBD-wise. However, many of these articles neglect to remind you how to get your buds to reach their flavor potential!
Flavor potential happens during the growth process of your plants (their vegetation and flowering phases) and after you have harvested (the drying and curing processes). If you do both things well, you could end up with some super strong, super sweet buds. In terms of the later stages of your plants’ lives, the harvest is crucially important.
You need to know how to time the harvest to maximize the flavor and potency of the buds. Too early, and you could be missing out. Too late, and that strength could have already started to deteriorate. We recommend studying hard before your harvest to know the ins and outs of timing it right.
The best way to maximize terpenes is to cause your plants a little bit of stress. This is not recommended for beginner growers because stressing out your plants too much could easily end in disaster. Start during the end of the flowering phase, just a couple of weeks before you plan to harvest. Methods of causing a bit of stress (“low-stress training”) include bending some stems a little bit, super cropping, or strategic pruning.
Expert Tips for High Flavor
- Practice low-stress training
- Restrict nutrient use
- Lower the temperature
You can also restrict the number of nutrients that you normally feed your plants. Simply reduce the quantity about two weeks before harvest time.
Terpenes can be damaged by higher temperatures. If you are growing indoors, you can lower the temperature to under 80 degrees Fahrenheit when your plants are in their later flowering phase. Make this change about six weeks after the flowering stage has begun. Also, make sure you maintain a temperature difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures (even if those are arbitrary times).
Top Fruity Weed Strains at ILGM
If you are a fan of fruity flavors and weed, then growing a fruity strain of weed is likely the right choice for you. Below are four of our favorite fruity strains, so you can glance through their different characteristics and decide which one might be for you.
Blueberry comes in three varieties: Blueberry Feminized, Blueberry Autoflower, and Blueberry CBD. True to its name, Blueberry weed has a taste and aroma reminiscent of berries, earth, fruits, pine, and just general sweetness.
This Cannabis Cup winner is an indica-dominant (80%) hybrid with THC levels of up to 16%. It grows best indoors or in a Steppe or Mediterranean environment, and it flowers in 9 weeks. When you smoke it (enjoying the sweet taste of berries while you do), you’ll start to feel relaxed, euphoric, happy, and eventually sleepy (like any good indica).
Strawberry Kush is another indica-dominant hybrid (75% to 25% sativa), with THC levels of up to 18%. It grows best indoors or in a continental environment. These small plants flower in just 8 weeks, making them easy to grow in various settings.
The parent strains of Strawberry Kush are OG Kush and Strawberry Cough. The latter is where it gets its strawberry flavor, but it also has some surprising citrus notes, as well as spice and earthiness. Strawberry Kush makes you feel relaxed and euphoric quickly and easily.
Super Lemon Haze
Super Lemon Haze is a Sativa-dominant strain high in THC (22%). It isn’t the easiest plant to grow, but it is doable for those who have tried growing a few times before. They grow best indoors or in a Mediterranean environment and are quite resistant to mold and pests.
Their flowering time is about 9 weeks, even though these plants get quite tall. The flavors include citrus (as the name implies), sweetness, and herbal. Its sativa genes really shine when you smoke it; it will make you feel social, happy, and energized -- an excellent daytime smoke.
The fruity mixpack is for growers seeking plenty of flavor in their marijuana garden. Blackberry Kush, Mango Kush, and Banana Kush make up this delightful mix pack. Blackberry Kush relaxes the body after enjoying its rich, berry, sweet flavors. Its THC levels are up to 20%, and it is an 80% indica hybrid. The plants flower quickly (8 weeks) and are compact in size. They are moderately difficult to grow.
Mango Kush and Banana Kush, on the other hand, will delightfully energize you. Banana Kush is an indica-dominant hybrid (60% indica) with super high THC levels: up to 27%! It tastes and smells like bananas and creamy fruits. Like Blackberry Kush, these seeds aren’t the easiest to grow, but the flowering phase is quick: 8 weeks.
Mango Kush is a bit more mellow, with THC levels of 16% and indica-dominant genes (65% indica). Its flavors of mango, pine, citrus, and earth will make you feel like you’re on a fun, tropical vacation. It takes 8 weeks to flower and is small in size and easy to grow.