Facts About Raspberries

Raspberries aren't just another pretty berry. They are tasty, health-giving, nutritious and actually quite delicate, as the facts about raspberries below demonstrate:

Some cultures consider the raspberry as a love-inducing fruit.

Raspberry is used during pregnancy in tea or other vehicles for combating the nausea and vomiting that accompany morning sickness.

Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubs idaeus)is used by women in the last weeks of pregnancy to tone the uterus, improve contractions and decrease constipation.

Raspberry Nutrition There are over 200 species of raspberries. Fruits are red, yellow, orange, purple or black.

Raspberry Recipes

Raspberries have been cultivated and hybridized since the 1700's.

Raspberry History

Raspberries can be grown from the Arctic to the equator.

60-70 pints of fruits can be harvested from 100 feet row.

Raspberries can be harvested from early summer through fall.

To pick, do so gently since raspberries are the most fragile of all berries.

If you plan to buy raspberries in your local grocery store, choose those without cores. The reason is that when you find raspberries with the core, you know they were picked prior to being ripened, which means they will have a tart flavor.

Look for raspberries that are dry and firm. If the fruit is moist, it will be soft and possibly contain levels of mildew. As soon as the fruit is home, refrigerate or freeze unless you plan to eat the fruit immediately. Do not wash it until the fruit will be eaten or used, again to avoid damage.

The raspberry is actually a member of the rose family.

When the fruit is ripe and ready to be harvested, the fruit should only be picked in the early morning hours. At this time of the day, raspberries are cool and firm. Because this fruit is fragile, you want to use both hands to pull gently on the raspberry from beneath the leaf, making sure to keep the stem and hulls attached to the plant.

From the minute you pull the fruit from the plant or as soon as it is harvested commercially, the fruit will stop ripening.

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