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    Handspinner is offline Germinator
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    Default Black Raspberries

    As the title says
    Does anyone have them?

    I have just purchased Starlight from Chris Bowers and a Google search doesn't turn up anything about it at all. In the process I also discovered that Blackmoor have Jewel for sale so I took advantage of their special offer and bought Sugana and Gelb Sugana as well and we'll see how they compare with what we already have

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    WendyC is offline Early Fruiter
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    And the supposed advantages of black raspberries are...? Not many people seem overly keen on the yellow ones.

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    swaine is offline Rooter
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    I have a few blacks
    jewel, Cumberland, blackhawk, and a few others I managed to import from America at some cost a fair few years ago now,

    star light is a variety that seemed to disappear for a bit of time, I collect soft fruit and any fruit books I can lay my hands on new and ancient, and starlight is only mentioned once with 2 lines of information, quite rare, very interesting someone is now stocking it,

    I tended to find they suffered problems in winter outdoors so I grow them in my polytunnel for safety from the elements, I find taste of them interesting and really not to everyones taste at all, more negative than positive reviews, but I like them, some can have what as described as a burnt egg taste, strange ive heard a few people describe exactly the same, ive never tasted burnt eggs so not sure about that,

    advantages, hmmm, they do come semi true from seeds, ive experimented quite a lot with black raspberries, they tend to have similar colour berries to parents ranging from blue-purple -black so worth raising a few seedlings, cane growth and colour is variable, ive had some very pale green canes from purple cane parents, taste is ok if your into something bit different , nice colour canes quite showy

    disadvantages, the berries can and be more seedy than their red and yellow cousins, winter die back can be a problem, and have a different flavour not to everyone taste
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    swaine is offline Rooter
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    picture of a black raspberry I bred and raised myself

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