Raspberry History

Red raspberry history mentions them as coming from Asia in Roman records dating back to 4 AD. The Romans were probably responsible for spreading raspberries throughout Europe.

The English cultivated, hybridized and improved them throughout the middle ages.

Raspberry recipes first started to appear in cookbooks in the 1700s. These early recipes included vingars, wines, sauces and desserts.

The British brought the raspberry with them to New York State in North America in the late 1700s.

The black raspberry is one of three berries, along with blueberries and cranberries, uniquely native to North America.

The black raspberry was not cultivated until the 1800s because the imported red raspberry was considered a luxury item, and therefore more 'desireable'.

Scotland became famous for its red raspberry growing, and in the late fifties raspberries were taken from Scotland to Covent Garden on a steam train known as the Raspberry Special.

Today raspberries are one of the most popular garden berries, because they are so easy to grow.

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