Checkered raspberries?

by Kelly
(Cincinnati, Ohio US)

A neighbor gave me some young raspberry plants last season. This is their second season in my raised garden. Plants look great and are producing many berries, but by the time they ripen the berries have many white spots... which doesn't look very appealing to be honest. Is this a pest? Maybe a sucking pest? Okay to eat these berries? THANKS!

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Jul 09, 2009
White spots on raspberries
by: Megan

Sometimes raspberries get a condition called White drupelet disorder. It happens with high temperatures and full sun. A raspberry is made up of drupes, so a bunch of drupes make a berry. Some drupes when ripening don't develop pigment and go white in the hot sun.

They're perfectly edible. Growers sometimes use shade cloth if they need to send good looking berries to market. ~ Megan

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