Monday, July 17, 2006
Raspberries probably originated in Eastern Asia and they were used as a cure for sore eyes and throats and to cleanse the teeth.
Part of the Rose Family
Raspberries are the most fragile berry
This berry comes in many colors
The two main colors are Black (aka black cap) and Red
Golden- this is a type of Mutant red raspberry
Purple - a cross between the black and red raspberries
How to choose
Raspberries, unlike strawberries, should not have a core (or hull) in them. If your raspberry has a core, it was picked too early and is likely to be very tart.
Black and Purple Raspberries are available July into August.
Raspberries can be grown from the Arctic to the equator. (source)
Half to one pound of raspberry fruit per day can provide twenty to thirty grams of fiber which is adequate for an adult daily nutrition requirement. (source)