The Hippo


Jul 15, 2019








Black raspberries are red first and turn black when they’re ready to be picked. Photo courtesy of Brookdale Fruit Farm.

Months of raspberries 

Right now at Sunnycrest Farm you’ll find red raspberries that will last through August, with the fall red raspberry varieties carrying through October. Their fall variety golden raspberries will be ready toward the end of August. Brookdale Fruit Farm currently has plenty of red and golden raspberries that will continue through the summer and fall, with the black raspberries wrapping up by the end of July.
Keep raspberries fresher longer
One of the biggest mistakes people make after picking fresh raspberries is washing them right away. “What’s best is to not wash until ready to eat,” Byers-Hardy said. That makes them less prone to mold, as does storing them in the refrigerator without a lid. “The best thing is to keep them in an open container and they last a bit longer,” she said. “Raspberries do not have an extremely long shelf life compared to other berries but if you refrigerate them and wash when you need that’s the best advice you can give.”

Different colored raspberries
Branch out and pick red, golden or black this year

By Allie Ginwala

Pick-your-own enthusiasts can add another berry to their list of fresh summer fruits to enjoy, as many New Hampshire farms now have raspberries ripe for picking.
“We all grew up picking red raspberries from somewhere,” Dan Hicks, owner of Sunnycrest Farm in Londonderry, said in a phone interview. “Red raspberries are also a wild raspberry around here so you can go on your treeline and find red raspberries, so I think we’re all traditionally used to [them].”
However, in recent years some farmers have introduced raspberries of a different color. 
Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis has red, golden and black raspberry varieties.
“We’ve extended different varieties of raspberries just to expand … because people once they come and pick red they want to have other choices,” Leigh Byers-Hardy, pick-your-own manager, said in a phone interview. “We were able and have the land available to do several different varieties of raspberries and it just keeps bringing people back.”
More common than the golden raspberries but less so than the traditional red are black raspberries, which Byers-Hardy said are not the same as blackberries and have a few features to keep in mind when picking.
“The one thing people don’t know with black raspberries is they turn red before black,” she said. “We label all our rows so they are aware of what row is what. And black raspberries do not ripen after you pick them, so pick them [when] they’re black.”
Sunnycrest Farm has red as well as golden raspberries, which Hicks said are “really picking up,” once people try the somewhat oddly colored berry. While there are many varieties of each kind of raspberry, Hicks said their golden variety, “goldies,” tend to have a firmer texture than most red raspberries. 
“The golden ones hold their form better,” he said, noting that they also have a good, sweet flavor. “But it’s getting people to get used to the gold color that we have the most problem with because it’s not the traditional.”
Byers-Hardy said Brookdale’s golden raspberries start out white and take on an orange-yellow tinge once they ripen, a stark contrast to the rich red color many are accustomed to.
Both Hicks and Byers-Hardy said that they encourage people to taste and decide before picking a bucketful to take home.
“When we’re out in the pick-your-own beds and they see the red and golden we tell them, ‘You’ve got to try them. Don’t be afraid,’” Hicks said. “I have a lot of people coming back [that] will mix the red and golden in their box for more of a different flavor.”
“Best thing to do is taste it before you pick it,” Byers-Hardy said. “If they’ve never tried, taste one before they pick a whole thing.”
As seen in the July 23, 2015 issue of the Hippo.

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