One of the fruits in my garden that is prolific is the Raspberry!
I began growing these back in 2008. I started with 2 red raspberry plants given to me by a friend, and then I added 3 golden raspberries a year later. If you are considering growing this lovely fruit, let me warn you: They are invasive! The plant sends root runners underground at a depth of about a foot. I now have about 50 plants and will be digging up the roots in the fall to help contain them. So if you want free plants just let me know!
Let’s take a look at the developing raspberries, shall we? The plant puts out lovely tiny flowers that can be easy to miss.
Once the petals fall, the fruit starts to develop.
Fruit starts to develop
About midway through the fruiting process the cone shape really starts to develop.
Then the color starts to come up in the berry.
The color starts to come in
Rather quickly the berries are ready to pick.
Ready for picking
When it comes to picking the raspberry, you gently grab the fruit and pull slightly. It should pop right off the crown. If it does not give, then the berry is not ripe enough. Here is what is left on the plant when you pull off a berry.
What remains after a berry is picked
Here is my second harvest of berries…there are quite a few, and I will be picking berries daily!
After harvesting, refrigerate them, or freeze them. Do not wash the berries until you are ready to use them as the water will break down the berry. The best time to pick the berries, as with any fruit, is in the morning. The reason is that the fruit is highest in sugar in the early morning hours. As the day progresses the sugars turn starchy and will not be as sweet.
The raspberry actually has 1.5 grams of protein and are high in Maganese. They also contain a bit of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and copper. They also contain Omega-3. A one cup serving contains about 120 calories.
Well, I hope that you enjoyed this visit with the raspberries! I am now heading off to go pick more! Have a great Tuesday and thank you for visiting today!
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