Unexpected raspberries

The other day, I was disappointed. Whilst picking raspberries, I managed to pull not only the one I wanted off the plant but in doing so, off came the branch with two which were not as yet ripe.

Thinking that I’d wasted these unripe fruit, I tossed the into a corner on the ground. At least all would not be lost: perhaps they would create new shoots next year or if that failed, they would feed the soil.

I was somewhat surprised therefore when I took a break from work this morning and found not only ripened raspberries on the canes but two little yellow ones on the ground.

I’m not sure what the black on some of the raspberries is. Mould maybe? In any case, I’ve been picking out the affected parts and overall it hasn’t dinted the number of fruit collected.

They are a little tart, although I wonder if it is the colour influencing my palate. I saw an experiment where people thought strawberries, for example, tasted different if they weren’t red, but when the people were blindfolded they thought they tasted normal.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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5 Responses to Unexpected raspberries

  1. I too have summer raspberries which are fruiting again. And I saw that a strawberry plant in one of the greenhouses has fruit on it half red. I doubt if they will ripen fully and as they are behind a tomato I probably won’t be able to pick them if they do. It has been a very strange summer in the garden!

    • Helen says:

      My raspberry cane is actually an autumn fruiting variety, so when I cut it down this winter it should only fruit once next year. Rachel at Old Sleningford Farm recommended me not to encourage double fruiting as it may weaken the plant. If yours is a summer fruiting variety, though, I don’t know what the options are.

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