Harvest summer raspberries
Squished into jam, nestled alongside a poached peach or scattered across the summit of a pavlova, these easy-to-grow cane fruits are a must. While autumn varieties like ‘Polka’ and ‘Fallgold’ won’t be colouring up for another month, summer raspberries such as ‘Glen Ample’ and ‘Malling Minerva’ have been ripening on my patch since mid-June.
I try to pick over the plants daily, but avoid harvesting fruits when weather conditions are wet because damp fruits don’t store well. Colour is the best indicator for ripeness, and so is a gentle tug – the raspberry should come away easily in your hand. If there’s resistance, it’s not quite ripe. Patience is your pathway to perfectly ripe raspberries.
Ripened raspberries will come away easily with a gentle tug