Pick of the Patch
Deciding which raspberry to grow can be daunting, but you can't go wrong with these tried-and-true varieties. Check with your local extension service or nursery to find out which ones work best in your area.
Red--Taylor produces lots of large, firm, bright red berries with very good flavor.
Yellow--Honey Queen boasts heavy crops of sweet medium to large fruits. Black--Bristol has large glossy fruits with excellent flavor. They're good fresh, canned, or frozen.
Purple--Royalty, a newer hybrid, produces sweet, soft, extra-large berries. They're best eaten fresh, but can be frozen or used in jams and jellies.
Red--Heritage is a sturdy variety resistant to many pests and diseases. Fruits have excellent flavor and freeze well. Dorman Red tolerates heat and humidity and can be grown as far south as Mississippi and Alabama.
Yellow--Fallgold produces soft golden fruits with a blush of pink. Berries have good flavor, but must be eaten fresh; they're not suitable for freezing or canning.
Make the Most Of Your Crop
After pruning your raspberries, save the dry canes. They make excellent kindling for your outdoor fire pit, fireplace, or woodstove.
For a mild-flavored tea, steep raspberry leaves in hot water. Be sure to use plants that haven't been treated with chemicals.
What do you get when you cross a raspberry with a blackberry? That's what James H. Logan did in 1881, producing the eponymous loganberry. Other hybrids include the tayberry (named for the River Tay in Scotland) and the boysenberry (developed by Rudolph Boysen and made famous by Knott's Berry Farm).