Raspberry purple became known to Russian gardeners relatively recently and very often called Korean or Chinese raspberries, as well as Japanese blackberries. This rather rare kind of raspberry belongs to perennial weaving type of vines.
Japanese purple raspberry is a perennial plant from the family Pink. The birthplace of Rubus phoenicolasius is considered to be North China, Korea and Japan. Over the course of one season, their length can be at least 1 and no more than 3 m. Leaves of purple-fruited raspberry feathery type, compound.
All flowers are collected in inflorescences, which are located on studded pedicels. The average diameter of the flower is 7-9 mm. The flowers have five red or bright pink petals with a spiny cup. Berries are represented by an edible, multi-shoot, oblong-elongated shape. The average length of the berry is not more than 1 cm. At the stage of complete ripening, the berries acquire a dark purple, almost black color.
The plant propagates by sowing seed material or layering. The optimal plot for growing should be represented by moist and fertile soil. In recent years, raspberries of this species are quite often cultivated in Europe and North America as a highly decorative berry plant.
Useful properties and nutritional value
100 g of berry products contains 62 Kcal, as well as 0.7 g of protein, 0.2 g of fat and 8 g of carbohydrates. When eating, it should be remembered that the berries have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, hemostatic and appetite-increasing properties, and also have diaphoretic and antipyretic effects. Rhizome tincture is used in the treatment of diarrhea, and the leaves are considered an effective remedy for acne, psoriasis or lichen. Fully ripened berries are an excellent raw material for jam, compotes, jams and jellies. Wine can be made from berries.
Japanese raspberry shoots have a very beautiful dark red color. Rarely spikes are located along the entire length of the shoot, which have a continuous pubescence of a red color. Such a shrub looks especially impressive in well-lit and sunny areas. Recently, Japanese raspberries are increasingly used as an ornamental plant to create hedges or as a dominant in modern landscape design.
A close relative of garden raspberries, unfortunately, did not receive wide distribution in home gardening, so the reviews of gardeners are not too numerous. According to gardeners, the purple raspberry berry is slightly harder in consistency and slightly sharper in taste.
Fully ripened berries have a very high taste and are characterized not only by a pronounced aroma, but also by sweet flesh. Excellent taste, pronounced aroma and all useful properties are preserved by berries, even with prolonged heat treatment.
During cultivation, attention should be paid to the rather high aggressiveness of this species from the large family Pink. The plant forms a significant amount of overgrowth, which complicates its cultivation in the infield. Raspberries of this species belong to the category of drought-resistant, but photophilous plants, which are most preferably grown on light soils.
Raspberry purple: features of the variety
Gardeners characterize the plant as winter-hardy, but when growing in areas with significant decreases in temperature in the winter, it is recommended to shelter the root system. At this time, the shoots die off, however, with the onset of spring heat, an active growth of new ones is observed.