British raspberries going from strength to strength, say growers

As the British raspberry season reaches its peak, British growers have predicted that up to 14,000 tonnes of the fruit will be harvested this season, a 31 per cent increase on the 11,000 tonnes produced in 2014.

Image: Liz West
Image: Liz West

The figure also marks the second fastest year-on-year growth for British raspberries, and indicates faster growth than for British strawberries, according to industry body British Summer Fruits (BSF) whose members produce 98 per cent of berries sold in supermarkets.

Due to rising demand, BSF anticipates further plantings above the current 890 hectares dedicated to raspberry cultivation in the UK.

Its chairman Laurence Olins said: "The rising popularity of British raspberries is due to the high quality of varieties that are being produced. The varieties available are now stronger than they were five years ago and consumers are confident in the quality of the product."

This year's colder April nights providing the optimal temperatures for early raspberry growth, while high levels of sunlight this month have accelerated the rate of photosynthesis, increasing the fruits' natural sugar levels.


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