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June 24, 2013

I posted earlier than we have our first harvest of raspberries this month on last year’s canes (type = Heritage).

I like to leave these raspberries on the bush as long as possible in order to harvest @ max sweetness. This is all fine as long as you pick twice a day, a thorough one in the morning and a second “clean up” pick in the evening. This works if the schedule is kept diligently, especially when riding the crest of the harvest wave when everything seems to be ripening at the same time.

Saturday, I didn’t pick twice; the evening pick just didn’t happen for some reason. Honestly I don’t recall for sure that much of a morning pick took place. (Too distracted trying to finish the last of the storm damage repairs).

Wow, what a mistake…

This morning I paid for it as I pulled lots of very juicy berries off of the brambles; a large portion were perfect, many were a little too ripe but still OK if used immediately, but some were just plain nasty. The bad ones had peaked and not fallen, and nature was consuming them quickly. By nature I mean gnats, ants, earwigs and even some general rot, the type that grows gray-blackish fuzz (barf). (No pictures, you’re welcome.)

So yesterday I did a thorough “clean up and recovery” harvest, where anything edible was picked and the rankest ones were removed and disposed of as much as possible. My plan was to freeze the harvest immediately but I wasn’t certain I had avoided all the bad ones, so I dumped the juicy pile out on wax paper and sorted them accordingly; there were a couple dozen that I had missed that had the potential of ruining the whole lot if not removed.

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Instead of freezing, I decided to plunge right in and make some jam with these and by dinner we had a few little jars of some spectacularly delicious jam processed. (Did you know fresh jam is good on ice cream and also on brownies? I have this on the authority of none other than Mrs cohutt.)

I have to be more diligent as the harvest wanes; it was NOT pleasant to toss all those wasted and rotting berries.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Clay permalink
    June 28, 2013 2:48 pm

    I think it was Bob Dylan that said “Don’t pick twick, it’s alright.”

    • June 28, 2013 4:31 pm

      Twicks are for kids. Dude

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