Raspberries

ABz5bJuly 9, 2012

Looking for new everbearing variety to replace my 10 Caroline. Find them a little generic tasting. Ive seen reports that both Polka and Autumn Britten have a good raspberry flavor. My Annes are great, Heritage is good. Have a 10-15 foot space that needs something new lol.

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mrsg47(7)

Oh Dear! I just planted a row of eight Caroline raspberries. After reading the raves in this forum I thought it would be a great idea. I have 'Red' growing which are 'nice' and tangy and huge. They are great for fresh eating or baking.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 12:53PM
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ABz5b

Yeah there is nothing wrong with the Carolines other than the Generic berry taste. They are disease resistant, resistant to root rot and very vigorous. I just like a little more tarter raspberry flavor. Course I could be spoiled after eating the Boysenberries lol. My heritage are about to start producing so I might reevaluate after that.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 1:52PM
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tedgrowsit(6b PA)

I really enjoy my Prelude berries. Ted

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 2:02PM
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myk1(5 IL)

"Oh Dear! I just planted a row of eight Caroline raspberries. After reading the raves in this forum I thought it would be a great idea."

I also planted them on the rave reviews of the forum. Those reviews obviously ignored what I asked for, a berry with no tart and tons of raspberry flavor.
I also think they are a generic tart berry taste with very little raspberry flavor. They're not bad but when I make them into wine the yeast is going to strip out the natural sugars and leave me with nothing but a lot of tart.

They do produce a lot of nice berries.
The only place I see where you messed up was planting 8. They spread much better than my Heritage do. I could've turned my 3 into 8 the first season.

For the OP,
I can't speak from experience but I was recommended to try Himbo Top for a lot of raspberry and little to no tart. I just built a new bed and won't get them planted until fall or spring.
I'm keeping the Caroline for jelly where there's enough sugar to balance the tart.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 4:42PM
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northernmn(3/4)

I currently have a 52 ft row of Autumn Britten (one of your potential choices)and I'm not very impressed with it. It is a large berry, and productive, but doesn't have a very intense raspberry flavor. They pull off the plant kind of hard, even when full ripe, and some of the berries have an "off" flavor. As a side note, double berries are fairly common with this variety. They spread very easily so you don't need to buy a lot of them.

My other 52 ft row is Boyne, a floricane, that has a much better flavor. Berries are smaller than the AB though.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 7:19PM
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ABz5b

Let's try another tac. Please list your favorite variety of raspberry that you currently grow or have a close knowledge of. Looking for something with a real red raspberry taste to it. Caroline although good just didn't have that.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 11:06AM
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