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Fruit Stripe Gum: The Growth of Grow West



multi colored bud of fruit striped gum by grow west


Some may complain about Grow West’s definition of “trimmed”; I, on the other hand, do not. Both 1/8ths that I purchased were comprised of what amounts to one big bud. That being said, several of the 1/8ths of the same batch seemed to be a bit more scraggly.
Perhaps it is the nature of FSG’s genetic complexity, or maybe Grow West didn’t make a concerted effort to spread the buds, so to speak.

FSG, like many other GW strains, has an arrestingly gorgeous landscape filled with a multihued tapestry of leaves and stigmas, accented by lush trichome coverage.

The overall first impression here is one of wonder as the eye travels over the motley-colored and dense buds.
Fruit Stripe Gum has girth and substance; a mostly rocky surface with crags and crevices that conceal droves of trichomes.

gorgeous bulbous crevaced bud of fruit stripe gum strain

Good For Bowls and Rolls:

Grind for best results. Somewhat dense buds but more spongy than hardened. It needs a little help to become spliff-worthy.


  • Spikey, almost an oily lemon-grapefruit(?)
  • Black pepper
  • Cheese/blunt and sour cheese
  • Skunk, more prevalent at a distance
  • Onion soup mix
  • Body odor—specifically under-arm BO, which is similar to onions to a degree
  • Rotten orange peel

detail image of bud of fruit striped gum by grow west

The impact of FSG’s aroma outshines any other aspect of its character. This bud is pungent. I don’t express this lightly as I encounter a lot of different and very aromatic flower. But FSG may bring some to question their purchase upon opening the dram. An immediate wave of cheese, onion, garlic, pepper, steak sauce, and soup mix floods the nose, propelled by an undercurrent of sour skunk that leaves its mark and then some as it lingers awhile in the soft palate after wreaking havoc in the nostrils.

detail photo of bud of fruit striped gum by grow west

From here on out, this will be an unmistakable sign that I am indeed smoking FSG or at least a close relative. I have little to no experience with its parent strains by themselves aside from Green Crack aka Green Cush and Bubblegum aka Indiana Bubblegum, incidentally one of my preferred strains except for a component of FSG’s skunkiness, which isn’t wholly unlike that exuded at times by Bubblegum.

However, neither of these aforementioned strains has an aroma similar to that of FSG. This leads me to believe that it must be the influence of Jaffa Cake and The Black, both of which remain somewhat of a mystery to me.

close up of fruit stripe gum strain by grow west cannabis

But here’s some background:

The Jaffa Cake strain is a cross of (Mandarina x Cookie).

A Jaffa Cake is a real thing, a pastry or baked good rather. Here’s what the webinet says:

“Jaffa Cakes are a cake introduced by McVitie and Price in the UK in 1927 and named after Jaffa oranges. The most common form of Jaffa cakes are circular, 2+1⁄8 inches in diameter and have three layers: a Genoise sponge base, a layer of orange-flavored jam, and a coating of chocolate. Each cake is 46 calories. Wikipedia

So, the abundance of orange aroma and flavor  in FSG’s profile may be attributed to this strain.

The Black is a somewhat infamous flower created by B.C. Bud Depot https://en.seedfinder.eu/strain-info/The_Black/BC_Bud_Depot/

And it is supposedly born from two Landrace strains: one Mexican and one Afghani.

This seems to account for FSG’s darker leaf and bud hues that verge on dark purple and violet. But it may also account for the weighty ocular pressure that seems to hover over your third eye right in the middle of the forehead and its somewhat lazy sedation.


  • Homemade strawberry/frozen strawberry ice cream(?)
  • Black peppercorn
  • Overripe or rotten orange peel, with an oily-type sensation on the back of the throat


  • Somewhat harsh, acrid burnt citrus
  • Trace amounts of herbaceous lemon
  • Hint of strawberries mixed with cleaning chemicals
  • Distorted/singed or burnt mint flavor


  • Sweet strawberry-like taste, especially when vaping (this counteracts any displeasing taste or harshness to a degree
  • Some mint or mint-green tea-type taste on exhale


1. How does Fruit Stripe Gum by Grow West look?

It has a gorgeous landscape filled with multi-hued leaves and trichome coverage, with dense and rocky buds.

2. What does Fruit Stripe Gum smell like?

Fruit Stripe Gum has a pungent aroma that includes notes of cheese, onion, garlic, pepper, and sour skunk.

3. What influences the aroma of Fruit Stripe Gum?

The aroma of Fruit Stripe Gum may be influenced by its parent strains, Jaffa Cake and The Black.

4. How does Fruit Stripe Gum taste?

It has a taste reminiscent of homemade strawberry ice cream, black peppercorn, and overripe orange peel.

5. What are the inhale and exhale flavors of Fruit Stripe Gum?

The inhale has hints of burnt citrus and herbaceous lemon, while the exhale offers a sweet strawberry-like taste with some mint or mint-green tea notes.

Dr. Jen Chalmers
Dr. Jen Chalmers
Dr. Jen Chalmers is an accomplished writer and cannabis enthusiast. With a Ph.D. in Botany and years of experience as a researcher, she brings a scientific perspective to her captivating articles on cannabis news, recipes, and the fascinating world of psychedelics.

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