Raspberries

There is no fruit that symbolizes summer like the lovely Raspberry.

What do you like best about the Raspberry? The dark rich red colour? The velvety texture or the sweet and tangy taste that bursts into your mouth from  the 100 plus delicate drupelets? Well for me it's all the above. The raspberry fruit is close to perfection for my pallet! 

When I was a kid growing up on our farm, my mother had many favourite wild raspberry picking spots, plus she had a sizeable raspberry planting. 

One of my favourite childhood memories was raiding my Mom's Raspberry Patch. I would sneak into her patch, walk from plant to plant, and  "taste test" the largest and juiciest raspberries.  I have to admit there was the odd beer bug that I ate along the way. Maybe that was my punishment for secretly eating Mom's raspberries. I'm pretty sure Mom knew all of our family raided the berry patch, but she never complained! 

 



 

 

 

 



So when we purchased our farm and began to raise our family we made sure we kept a raspberry patch for our kids to raid. Of course we also get to enjoy fresh, nutritious raspberries for dessert;  making raspberry jam and raspberry pies,  and many other desserts!

Three years ago we decided to expand our raspberry planting so we could offer this dynamic fruit to our customers. We have planted three varieties including one ever bearing variety called Heritage. Collectively we have a harvest season from early July to Fall Frost. What a fantastic, long season! 

The only thing that can be better than a raspberry is the paring of my two favourite berries... Blueberries and Raspberries.  


A bowl of blueberries and raspberries is a powerful antioxidant, fibre filled and vitamin rich dessert which also is packed with flavour! Try paring these two fruits together for your next dessert or bedtime snack!  

Here are 5 fun facts about Raspberries you may not know:  

  1. 1) 
    Raspberries belong the the Rose Family. There are two main categories of raspberries: Red Raspberry (Rubus Idaeus) and Black Raspberries.
    (Rubus Occidentalis)   

    200 plus varieties of raspberries have been cultivated since the late 1700's. The varying colour of fruit is one of the main distinguishing characteristics.  You can find raspberries plants with red, purple, yellow and black fruit.  

  2. 2) 
    Some varieties of raspberries are summer fruiting which bear fruit in July, Some varieties are known as ever bearing which  means they bear fruit twice in one year. 1st harvest in July, 2nd harvest in the fall.

    3) 
    The root system of a raspberry plant is a perennial which lives for many years. The shoots or (canes) are actually biennial (lasts for 2 years). The vegetative cane will grow the first year and become the fruiting cane the 2nd year. The canes should be cut down after the 2nd year, leaving room for new canes to grow each year.   

    4) 
    Raspberries are historically important and have been part of the human diet with Archeological evidence showing Paleolithic Cave Dwellers eating raspberries and strawberries. European settlers brought plants in the 1700's and cross bred with native raspberry species. Raspberry leaves are historically important, being used medicinally for centuries. Scientific evidence shows tea leaves are good to reduce Menstrual cramps.

    5) 
    The raspberry is not a single fruit but rather an aggregate of tiny fruit (drupelets) which grow around a core. Since there is no core to cut out of a raspberry this makes food preparation and preserving easy. 

There are many uses for Raspberries including:  

  • Raspberries can be eaten fresh, frozen for up to 1 year
  • Preserved in jams and jellies
  • Raspberries are one of our main ingredient in our fruit smoothies.
    Click here for the Recipe
  • Double crust Raspberry pie. You can easily substitute Raspberries for blueberries in our pie recipe. Click here for the Recipe

Nutrition Facts

  • Raspberries are packed with nutritional value.
  • Raspberries are low in calories and carbohydrates but they score big points with their high fibre content and helps with weight maintenance.
  • Raspberries make the top 10 list of fruits with the highest antioxidants.Their dark red skin colour contains anthocyanins.

    Raspberries Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1 cup (123 g)
    Per Serving % Daily Value*
    Calories 64  
    Calories from Fat 7  
    Total Fat 0.8g 1%
    Saturated Fat 0g 0%
    Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g  
    Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g  
    Cholesterol 0mg 0%
    Sodium 1mg 0%
    Potassium 185.73mg 5%
    Carbohydrates 14.7g 5%
    Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
    Sugars 5.4g  
    Protein 1.5g  
    Vitamin A 1% · Vitamin C 54%
    Calcium 3% · Iron 5%
    *Based on a 2,000 calorie diet
    Updated December 18, 2017, VeryWellFit Website


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