Question about Raspberries

thirsty_dirt_77(3a)August 7, 2013

Last year we were unable to harvest many raspberries because the entire patch was vibrating with hornets and wasps.

This year there are still bug issues but no hornets or wasps.

As the patch is vibrating with grasshoppers this year, I'm pointing the finger mainly at them along I realize there are other pests at work. I have seen a few lygus bugs around and they are supposed to be bad this year too so it might be them as well.

Anyway, this is my question. Most of the damaged fruit look like something has be nibbling or sucking the juice out of a few sections of each berry. Would you consider it safe to still harvest these berries?

There are many "perfect" berries still that I plan on freezing whole, I would only use the damaged berries for preserves or jams so they would be cooked.

Any thoughts?

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this is what I mean...

    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 8:24PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Sure,...harvest and process these, looks like you're in a dry spill, this brings on the grasshoppers, ...if you could water them it would improve allot.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 11:49PM
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Thanks Konrad, I probably would have went ahead and used them but feel better knowing others would too! ... although I may need to sneak them in the jam when my husband isn't looking :)

We've actually just received a lot of rain over the past 12hrs and more is on the way. I ate a pile of untouched berries tonight right after it rained... oh so yummy

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 12:14AM
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Well, there you go Thirsty.

The rain washed all the grasshopper/ant/wasp saliva off and you're good to go :)

I'd use them too.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 12:37AM
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I often eat insect-sucked berries like that fresh off-the-cane, and I'm still alive and posting. So if you are going to use them for preserves, I'd say no worries whatsoever.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 2:45AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Yeah..we always make the worst out the critters but most are very clean and harmless.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 9:36PM
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