WHITE RASPBERRY
(Rubus erytrocaldus)
 

  

Developing fruits of white raspberry

 

Family: Rosaceae

Synonym: Rubus erythrocladus

Other names: Capinuriba, green raspberry, amora branca, amora verde.

White raspberry is a native of Brazil.  It is found there in the gallery forests or edges of humid forests of higher elevation of the states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and the entire region south of Brazil.

            This fruit is not culrivated and grows in the wild only.

Description:

A perennial shrub vine, climber and branched to form clumps with branches from 2 to 4 m long, pilose (covered by long) and with recurved thorns close to perennial shrub, climbing and much branched forming tussocks with branches from 2 to 4 m in length, hair and prickly recurved next to internodes; apical tuft (tip) has the shape of a square and is grooved.

            Leaves compound, mostly trifoliate, occasionally with five leaflets; 5 to 9 cm long with 2 stipules 0, 8 to 1.2 cm in length; young leaves and new growth red, tomentose.

            Flowers born on terminal in 15-30 cm long panicles each containing 30-90 flowers; flowers white, 1.2 cm wide.
 

White raspberry flowers

 

            Fruits green, very tasty.

Utilization:

The fruits are very tasty. They are sweet, perfumed and virtually with no acidity.
 

Ripe fruits of white raspberry
 

           The fruit are eaten fresh.  These can be used to make jellies, yoghurts, juices and sorbets.

Cultivation:

White raspberry is not a very heavy yielder but keep bearing continuously nearly through out the year.

            It is basically a subtropical plant.  It can withstand cold uptro - 3 C.   It can grow on all type of soils that are rich in organic and good natural moisture. Pode ser cultivada em pleno sol em ambiente sombreado. It can be grown in full sun as well as in the shaded environment.

            The seedlings start bearing fruits in the second year of planting. The plants would require a spacing of 3X3 metres.

            The plants should be be given annual dose of fertilizer for good bearing.  The irrigation, if possible, would increase the productivity.

            These would also require annual pruning at the end of winter.

            The annual pruning will consist of removing all pointers that fruited last year and cleaning, removing branches dry, sick or poorly located.

 

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