This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
By Wm. Parry, Of Cinnaminson, N. J.
THE raspberry, coming next to the strawberry, is a fruit of great excellence, usually sells higher than strawberries, and is really worth more to the consumers. The fruit is heavier, richer, and will go further as a dessert. There is no waste of time and labor in preparing them for use, as the hulls are left on the bushes when picking the berries.
Our markets have not generally been well supplied with raspberries, owing to the difficulty in getting hardy varieties that would stand our changing climate; most of those that succeeded well in more northern latitudes, and were highly recommended for general cultivation, would not carry their foliage through our warm summers; and the canes would be injured before the approach of winter; and whether protected or not, they were of but little worth in the spring.
An erroneous impression has to some extent prevailed, that raspberries which are called tender at the North, may do well at the South, without protection. But raspberries do better in a cool climate, and many that succeed at the North are of no value at the South.
Although some few native kinds, distinguished by their color as Red, White and Black, have been grown time out of mind, it is but recently that much attention has been given to growing improved varieties.