Ceylon Raspberry (Rubus niveus)

R. lasiocarpus. Smith.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Ceylon Raspberry
Rubus niveus

A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit[168].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked in pies, preserves etc[145, 158, 183]. The small fruit is up to 12mm in diameter[266], it is juicy with a sweet rich black-raspberry flavour[146, 183]. Of excellent desert quality, the fruit is very soft and needs to be consumed within 24 hours of being picked otherwise it will start to decay[194]. Average annual yields from a bush covering 2.5m_ in the Himalayas are 657g[194]. The fruit contains about 7.8% sugars, 0.13% protein, 0.77% ash[194].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – requires stratification and is best sown in early autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires one month stratification at about 3¡c and is best sown as early as possible in the year. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow on in a cold frame. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200]. Tip layering in July. Plant out in autumn. Division in early spring or just before leaf-fall in the autumn[200].
Easily grown in a good well-drained loamy soil in sun or semi-shade[1, 11, 200]. Not very hardy outdoors in Britain, but selected provenances should succeed outdoors in the mildest areas of the country[200]. Occasionally cultivated for its edible fruit in Asia, there is at least one named variety. ‘Mysore’ is a form suitable for sub-tropical areas, it has mild but nice flavoured fruit with small seeds[183]. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].
E. Asia – Himalayas from Afghanistan to China, south to Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand.

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