We Are a Raspberry-Loving Family
I remember many years ago my husband and I lived in a town with a pick-your-own raspberry patch. My husband would ride his bike an hour across town to this patch to exercise every single day, and we would pick the berries when they were in season when we were in college. That summer he spent over $200 on raspberries at that farm, and he was so happy eating his heart's content. Raspberries have always been his favorite food, and eating them fresh off the plant was pure luxury.
If you've ever bought raspberries at a grocery store, you know they come in very small packs with quite a high price at times. They aren't always as juicy and tender as they are freshly picked. When my husband and I graduated, we moved across the country to buy our own home out in the countryside. We knew a raspberry patch of our own was part of our future. That first year on our homestead we planted 30 raspberry plants of different varieties. We never knew so many different varieties of raspberries existed. We planted as many different types as we could to see which kinds were the best so we could plant more of them.
I'd never heard of yellow raspberries before I started researching different raspberry plants you could buy as bare roots to put in your own garden. There are red, black, and yellow raspberries. I was very intrigued by the yellow color. Out of the yellow raspberry varieties I really liked the name "Anne," so I bought one to put in a container garden.
It arrived as a bare roots plant. It basically looked like a dead stick with roots. I planted it in a small pot of Miracle Grow dirt and put it in the window in the kitchen where it was warm. I watered it every few days. After a while, I noticed green leaves had begun to grow. Eventually, when the leaves were big enough I transplanted the plant into a large, plastic tote container I got at Dollar General. I drilled holes in the bottom for drainage. Then, I filled it with a mix of chicken fertilizer, good soil, and peat moss. The raspberry plant took a little while to get used to its new home—and then it took off!
My Anne yellow raspberry turned out to be a wonderful container plant with shoots branching off that grew almost as tall as I am. I was surprised I got yellow raspberries that first year of planting, but I was extremely happy to finally get my first taste of a yellow raspberry.
Anne Yellow Raspberries as a Container Plant
My husband and I have his and hers raspberry patches. I have feet problems and can't be out in sections of the mountainous terrain that make up our yard often. My husband wanted to plant a raspberry patch on top of a high hill in our backyard where there is plenty of space. Since getting up there to pick berries wasn't something I wanted to do, I opted for a container raspberry patch.
I was extremely surprised at how well all of my raspberries did in containers. That first year, I planted five varieties in containers and all grew wonderfully. By year two, I had expanded to 10 pots with raspberries in them because they grew so well in containers.
My Anne yellow raspberry plant was planted in a 30-gallon plastic storage tote. I put it at the end of my patio where it could lean on the railing once it got tall and started to flop over. The soil was a mixture of dirt, fertilizer, and peat moss. On year one I got berries for the first time in the fall even though all the tutorials and guides I read about raspberries said I wouldn't get berries that first year. On year two and three I got berries in both the spring and fall.
My husband had planted an Anne raspberry plant out in the yard, but unfortunately, it died that first winter. Figuring out the perfect soil for raspberries can be tricky when planting out in the yard. It's also harder to control the weather. I think the heat of summer, possibly the soil quality, and a very rainy winter all contributed to quite a few raspberries struggling to survive and then fizzling out once winter hit. So far we haven't had luck getting yellow raspberries to make it out in the yard but the red and black raspberries we have planted have done well with only a few casualties here and there.
How Do Anne Raspberries Taste?
The Anne was different in taste in ways compared to red raspberries the first year they grew. I think the taste of berries from a very young raspberry plant are definitely different but in my experience, by year two berries of all colors taste very similar.
The first fall I tried Anne raspberries I did enjoy their taste but because the plant was young, the berries were a bit more tart than I would have liked. My husband thought they were too tart but in year two, he said they were sweeter. Because the berries were freshly picked they were extremely delicate feeling inside my mouth and biting into it the skin was very soft. It was tart but extremely flavorful. The berry was pretty big and was a pale golden color. The berries I got in year two, three, and now in year four from my Anne plant were way less tart and much more sweet. Overall, it is a very delicious berry and extremely pretty to look at.
Try It for Yourself
If you are reading this article, you might be in the same boat I was in when I wanted to grow raspberries and was doing research on which varieties to grow. I tried my best to find recommendations and forums where people talked about which kinds of raspberries tasted best. I honestly almost refused to buy an Anne yellow raspberry plant just because a few people in a forum said they didn't enjoy the taste. Fall Gold yellow raspberries were far more popular according to the various, anonymous faces on the internet I was reading.
That's why you really have to try each variety of raspberry yourself to see which you enjoy best. I really enjoy my Anne yellow raspberries. I think they taste incredibly good, especially as a plant gets older and more mature. I also think they are incredibly beautiful with their pale yellow coloring. I definitely enjoy having an Anne in my garden and if I expand my container garden I'll add a second plant.
You Can't Go Wrong With Fresh Raspberries of Any Color
Fresh raspberries are way better than the ones in the store. The thing I've learned about fresh raspberries is they don't have a long shelf life. The ones in the store must have preservatives on them because they don't seem to age as quickly as fresh ones. Freshly picked raspberries start to age by the end of the day they are picked. My husband is really picky and after a day or so they get really soft as they age and he doesn't enjoy them as much. At that point, I have to cook them into something to use them up. For eating berries it's best to eat them the day you pick them.
Growing our own raspberries was one of the best decisions my husband and I made because we love them so much. It's neat having different varieties with slightly different flavors to snack on fresh when we are out in the garden. Red, yellow, or black—raspberries are wonderful berries to grow and eat.
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