The harvest window for my Tulameen raspberries is all too brief, so brief in fact that my sister plans her visits based on picking time. (And I’m sure she comes to see me as well.) Since one month won’t sate my appetite for raspberries, I’ve planted two late season raspberry varieties to extend the harvest: Fall Gold and Caroline.
Though both raspberries are called everbearing, they produce the largest crop on the current season’s growth. Most growers recommend cutting everbearing raspberries to the ground in March or April–new growth means a new crop. This is not the case with earlier summer-bearing raspberries. Because Tulameen raspberries produce fruit from last season’s growth, only lightly prune the canes, if at all. In the photo above, Caroline boasts a bounty of large, juicy, tart red berries.
Richly flavored and perfumed, Fall Gold is my favorite gold raspberry. The berries are firm, sweet and beautifully colored.
My only complaint with late season berries is that fall harvest coincides with fall rains. Should you have several days of wet weather, the berries will become moldy and unpalatable, but then again so will I.
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