Continuing on with the fruit posts, this week I’m talking about the Raspberries. I have a variety do them both in my yard, and out at my parents house.
In my yard I have a more heritage variety that I rescued from a yard that my fiancé was working on a few years ago, and I’ve had a few harvests from them. In fact, last year, none of the berries made it into the house, I ate them all before they even got near the door.
If they survived this winter, I also have some Souris in my yard, and some Fall-Gold (which I’ll talk about below).
At my parents house, we planted some Double Delight and Fall Gold. The birds have done a well good job of propagating the wild raspberries out there as well.
There is a possibility that I will be able to make my own raspberry jam from my own raspberries at some point in the near future.
Double delight is a “promocane” variety. Which means it produces its fruit on the new first year. It has large, sometimes double fruit and ripens in late August-September. Said to be great for both freezing, and fresh eating. Like many other Prairie fruit varieties, it was developed at the Morden Research Station in Manitoba.
Latin Name: Rubus idaeus ‘Double Delight’
Fall Gold is an Everbearing Raspberry. It will produce a crop in June, and a larger crop from late August until Frost. Since it is a fall-bearing Variety, the canes should be pruned to the ground in Spring. (However, I’m tempted to leave them all this year and see how they grow, and then start the proper pruning protocol next year)
The fruit of the Fall Gold is yellow with a slight pinkish hue to it. It’s soft, very sweet and one of the best raspberries I have ever tasted.
Latin name: Rubus idaeus ‘Fall Gold’
I don’t have info on the random one I have in my yard, but they are delicious. Same with the wild raspberries at my parents place. They started as a few small patches in the ditches along the road, but are now all around the open areas in the trees. I never get home in time to get the fruit of these before the birds, but one day!
Like the Haskaps last week, I was going to attempt to get photos of the raspberries while I was back home visiting, but they were deep under the snow. But, as you can see above, I was able to grab some of the labels they came with.