After the success of my first batch of jam ever (Shuksan strawberry), my interest in preserving (well, jamming at least) was piqued. Looking at what fruits were in season and local u-pick farms, we decided to go pick a flat of raspberries.
The berries we found at Biringer Farm were the largest raspberries I have ever seen. Never having picked raspberries before, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the bushes do not have spines, and stand very tall, resulting in a super easy and fast pick with no crouching or hunching over involved. The ripe raspberries pull off with no effort, making it easy to pick only the best berries. I later found out from the ridiculously knowledgeable Jon Rowley that these were the Tulameen variety. He was able to determine the variety from just a quick and dirty description!
The jam that resulted from these raspberries rivals the Shuksan strawberry jam in deliciousness. The jam was made from only berries and sugar, with no pectin, so the flavor is pure raspberry. Perhaps more stunning is the color of the jam, an amazing jewel-tone red in the sun. I can already tell that this batch of jam is going to be in the pantry a long, long time because it will be a very sad day when we finish the last jar.