Prospects for the English raspberry crop are already very promising although the cold wet spring has meant that the season got under way 10 days later than last year, according to National Summer Fruit, the industry's mouthpiece. Consumer interest, says NSF, has been heightened by early spring arrivals of quality fruit from Spain which dovetails into the first English pickings in April grown under glass. According to trade sources, there will be heavy volumes of summer fruit over the next three years with quality continuing to be very good, weather permitting. Varieties such as Glen Moy are already being followed by Glen Prossen and Leo, while picking of the two dominant varieties Glen Ample and Turnaleen ­ the latter with improved shelf life ­ are due to start. New cultivating methods covering crops will allow the season to continue through until the autumn providing Autumn Bliss, Joan Squire and Joan Jay until the first frosts. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}