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Best Flavor Raspberries ?

Posted by konrad___far_north 3..just outside of E (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 17, 13 at 18:06

I've been testing some and so far I came up with Chief being the nicest in flavor, very fruity and lovely to eat out of hand.

Heaving said this, I'm not so sure if I got Chief as the right name cultivar from Baughen, another from them is Latham,...according to other websites this should be a later ripening variety, actually it ripened earlier with tiny fruits of the size of wild raspberries.

I swear, not getting anything from them no more, ..been heaving other mix ups and nothing they would do about, actually, they were saying that I haven't bought from them until I sent the receipt,..they would just ignore it.

The biggest disappointment was the purple Royalty, not heaving much flavor,..kind of blah.

Souris is another one which I have for over 20 years,...found out when planting new one's, still pleased with this one.

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RE: Best Flavor Raspberries ?

If in fact your Chief is exactly that, it sounds like it is a variety that is worth trying in the Far North. It is very frustrating when you can't trust the labeling of a nursery.

The only variety that I have found to be good in our area so far, is Boyne. It puts out a very good tasting, medium sized berries. It does suffer some winter die back though. The majority of my primocanes get to about 5 or 6 foot. A lot of these get winter killed back to about 4 ft tall. The laterals in the spring are then in the 2ft to 4ft range which makes for a lot of low picking.

I agree with you Konrad, about late varieties. Too many years where you get nothing because of early freezes. I'm going to gamble and give Chief a try, but it won't be because I'm unhappy with Boyne.

RE: Best Flavor Raspberries ?

You have a nice set up!
It put one Boyne in and lost it, think the fall planting did it,..have tasted the berry from elswhere and liked it.
So many joices, I find most red one's taste similar, some milder then others but this, called Chief got my attention, perhaps it has to do with some special growing contition this year, one needs to avaluate of several years and see, I'll keep and eye on this one.

Purple Roalty desapointements,..guess I'm not the only one.

Here is a link that might be useful: Purple Raspberry Varieties

RE: Best Flavor Raspberries ?

Hope to see more chime in here. I am waiting for the fall sale to get raspberries. I had never given it much thought till this post LOL

RE: Best Flavor Raspberries ?

Konrad, I was given an unnamed dwarf selection developed in Alberta, these I have found to have very good flavor and you are welcome to try them.

Did the 'Viking' turn out okay for you? Some folks have a bit of trouble with winterkill of this variety and others, it is a good idea to have a patch situated where it will not receive full winter sun, this really helps to avoid cane desiccation. This year's crop of 'Viking' is outstanding and I think also very tasty :)


RE: Best Flavor Raspberries ?

Thank you all!
Reading more on raspberries and flavor I almost have to agree that lots of rain,..which we had, makes some berries to go bland,..especially the more milder one's, like purple royalty. I could swear, last year it had more flavor but then I only had a handful to pick.
Terry, that also includes Viking. I had my wife in the patch today and she doesn't know what I grow.
First try was Purple Royalty,..she say's no taste!
Second was the little Latham berries, taste!
Third, taste!
I'm pretty sure Viking had better taste last year.
Think some canes died down so has hardly any berries this year. On the good note,..they have grown tremendous amount of new shoots this year, hopefully they survive the winter.

We voted second place for Nova, even matched would be Souris.
I have also Killarney,.. but need to find fruit and tag.
Also have the black, not sure the name since it was given to me,'s got a unique flavor, I like it, my wife didn't.

Have bought a couple of plants from a Montreal Nursery, supposed to taste like wild ones but the size of a regular one.
Only got one plant growing, the rest never grew, hopefully next year it will produce.

Thank you Terry with the offer,..not sure if I like dwarf, I'm getting older and bending down gets harder with age LOL

RE: Best Flavor Raspberries ?

Yes, too much rain washes out the flavor of raspberries ... though, this year, my region has received near perfect timely rains and missing many of the storms that have hit parts of Edmonton. We enjoy lots of visitors to our home who have commented on how delicious and productive the raspberries are.

It is funny about the flavor aspect, my sister and I had both grown 'Nova' and removed them because of the lack of flavor ... but, maybe, we had not received the real 'Nova', there are often variety mix ups coming from the nurseries.

Konrad, I understand about the bending down part, I would not want a long row of dwarf raspberries, just enough to enjoy a few of these plants.

RE: Best Flavor Raspberries ?

Red Bounty that I planted 2 years ago came into full production. The berries were large 1 inch by 1 inch and plentiful .I found them pleasant to eat and not overly tart.

RE: Best Flavor Raspberries ?

Thank you goldenheights!
Never heard of these.

Here is a picture from the tasty Chief, [top].
Bottom is the little wild raspberry size Latham, ..just to compare.

RE: Best Flavor Raspberries ?

We've been heaving good heat with the right amount of moisture,
pushing berries a little ahead, was eating some Latham yesterday.

RE: Best Flavor Raspberries ?

Terry,...the thornless Viking from you has done well over winter with little die back, ...will be picking at some nice hight,..up to 6 foot!

RE: Best Flavor Raspberries ?

Konrad, it looks like we'll have another very heavy crop of 'Viking'. I like this variety, but boy does it ever grow TALL! Yesterday, we had been busy staking them up after that storm, it looked like a hurricane had gone through the patch!

That 'Chief' looks good!

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