There is no fruit that symbolizes summer like the lovely Raspberry.
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!
1)Raspberries belong the the Rose Family. There are two main categories of raspberries: Red Raspberry (Rubus Idaeus) and Black Raspberries.
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)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.
- 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.
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- Double crust Raspberry pie. You can easily substitute Raspberries for blueberries in our pie recipe. Click here for the Recipe