At his point I’ve had about 5 or so BP1 and quite like them. They remind me of a juicier, not-as-jumbo version of Lauren, which I decided to replace. Lauren was tasty, mostly sweet, but wasn’t very juicy so these are much better.
Like Lauren, the BP1 are also a little lighter in color than Prelude, which is what I have the most of right now. I’ve also planted Josephine and have high hopes for that. It seems the Josephine run a bit later than the BP1, so that may be a negative for Josephine for the spring/summer crop when my SWD starts setting in. Lauren and Prelude had always been early enough to escape the arrival of SWD for me. I’ll be curious to see what BP1 does for the primocane crop.
For overall flavor, I would say the BP1 are as good as any store bought or farmers maket raspberries I’ve had. I’ve only previously had Prelude and Lauren from my garden and for fresh eating BP1 is much better than either of those as well. Prelude is okay for fresh eating if you let them hang, but they are certainly more tart than sweet, so probably better for processing as Drew says, vs. for fresh eating. Having said that, Prelude doesn’t get huge and is still super productive and early, so great in everything but fresh eating.
The only negative I can see with my small sample of BP1 are that the few I’ve picked so far have been a bit more crumbly than the other rasps I’ve grown. They still eat just fine, but I would have to be super careful if I was hoping for perfect berries to garnish a tart, etc. I’m not sure if that has anything to do with location, water, etc. or is just one of BP1’s traits.
Have you gotten anymore and what are your thoughts?
By the way, I also planted 2 Jewel black rasps this Spring and I might live to regret it. They are huge and throwing out laterals in every direction! That better equal a bucket load of berries next year or I’ll be quick to yank them since I just don’t have a lot of room.
From the garden this morning…