Double Gold should be named "double pink," it's not remotely a golden colored berry. For me, shades of pink are difficult ...... thus difficult to tell what is ripe and what is not ripe. They are sweet berries for sure, but have a short period in which they ripe and taste nice. I waste a lot of berries because they are over ripe. Berries go from ripe to mush quickly. They are a soft berry to start with, so you can't handle them as all.Jeff
In zone 5 (Chicago suburbs) this berry was ready to start picking Sept 24 or a little later. That's way late imho. Of the three varieties I have (Joan J, Heritage, Double Gold) this was the last to ripen.
Production is half compared to Joan J, mushy berry, late ripening, narrow index of ripening, rather small too.
Over all, very disappointed with this variety, I would not plant this berry again and don't recommend it to others.
This is a great tasting raspberry. It has done better than my red raspberries. Small yield in summer (plus competition from the birds) and then so much more in the fall ( less competition from the birds). We had the first dip below freezing and they are still growing fruit.Marianne
If I were to rate the Double Gold berry on flavor only, it would get 5 berries. If I were to rate it on how prolific it is, I'd have to give it 2 berries. The flavor alone is enough to make me keep this berry on my little farm.David S