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Raspberries (rubus idaeus)
When available to pick: June – September
Our summer fruiting raspberries are usually available for picking a week or two after our first crop of Strawberries ripens. Once established, our autumn crop provides fruit that can be picked well into September.
In order to ensure a continuous supply of ripe fruit over the picking season we grow both summer and autumn ripening raspberries in different patches across the farm. On arrival, please check with our staff which field we are picking from, this is likely to have changed since your last visit.
Unlike Strawberries which grow at ground level, Raspberries are a climbing vine fruit grown on parallel wires trained between wooden stakes. Our raspberries are all grown outdoors on the farm without the use polytunnels for a fuller flavour.
Raspberries are actually from the same botanical family as the rose and are believed to have originated mainly in eastern Asia.
Raspberries are really good for you. They contain more vitamin C than oranges and are also rich in antioxidants and fibre.
There are over 200 known varieties of raspberry and not all of them are red. Gold, purple, yellow and black raspberries also exist.
In Victorian England 'Raspberry tart' was rhyming slang for fart!
If you're a jam making novice, Raspberry jam is a great place to start. It is one of the quickest and easiest jams to make. Once you get comfortable with the basics, it's fun to mess around with different flavours . Raspberry and vanilla is a good place to start and seedless raspberry jam makes an exceptional doughnut filling!