Red raspberries are delicious little snacks that are crammed full of flavour. They’re also easy to grow in South Africa. They don’t last for long unless they’re cooled immediately. So, if you can’t enjoy your fruit straight away, be sure to pop them straight in the fridge. They’re delicious fresh off the bush, warmed by the sun, sprinkled on salads and desserts, or preserved as jams and jellies.

What Makes Red Raspberries so Healthy?

These berries are low in calories and contain generous amounts of antioxidants, fibre, manganese, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and copper. In addition, they contain vitamins B, C, E and K.

They help to fight cancer, get rid of free radicals, boost your immune system, promote good digestion, produce more red blood cells, fight dementia, and improve concentration and mood. They promote heart health, regulate blood pressure and cholesterol, and keep the skin and joints healthy.

How to Use Red Raspberries

These berries are so versatile and can be used for sweet and savoury dishes. In addition to dropping fresh berries into salads, yoghurts and smoothies, try these delicious dishes:

  • Raspberry pie.
  • Custard tarts topped with a drizzle of reduced red raspberries and honey.
  • A sparkling drink with fresh or frozen raspberries, cucumber, ginger and sparkling water or tonic water. Add gin or vodka for an extra zing.
  • Battered chicken with a raspberry sauce.
  • A salad of couscous, raspberries, mint, chickpeas, feta and cucumber.
  • Homemade muesli (roast oats, nuts, seeds and raspberries in the oven until the nuts are golden and the raspberries soft and gooey).
  • Raspberry sauce – ideal when drizzled over waffles, pancakes and cheesecake.

How to Grow Red Raspberries

This plant thrives in full sun, but tolerates partial shade and very cold temperatures, when necessary. Plant yours in a spot that is as protected from the wind as possible. It grows well on a trellis or a fence, since it’s a bramble. Plant it at least 90 metres away from a wild blackberry bush. It grows to a height of between 90 and 150 centimetres, and stretches 60 to 90 centimetres in width.

Plant your red raspberry bramble in slightly acidic soil with a pH of between 5.8 and 6.8. Your soil needs to be fertile and drain well, but still retain enough moisture for your plant to thrive. Organic mulch keeps moisture in the soil and weeds away too.

This bramble needs plenty of water, especially during hot weather. In general, you can water your plants twice a week. If the weather is particularly hot and dry, water them daily. Try to avoid wetting the stems and leaves too much to prevent them from rotting. Use a slow-release fertiliser twice a year – once in spring and once in summer.

Pluck your juicy berries when they’ve achieved their full red colour. Simply pick them off the bramble gently by hand.

Contact Just Berry Plants Today

Call us on 074 144 5536 or 082 307 8241 or email us on info@justberryplants.co.za to order your red raspberry plants and to find out how best to care for them.