WHAT IS A RASPBERRY?
First created in the 1600s in Europe, these “berries” are actually edible fruits. They’re in the same family as bananas, avocados and cucumbers. The raspberry is technically not a berry but rather a cluster of drupes a.k.a. stone fruits. This ingredient’s name applies to both the fruit and the plant itself. Available in black and red colors, these woody stemmed perennials have a rough outer or raspy appearance. Also known as brambles, their extreme perishability also makes them more expensive then most. And much like strawberries they can have over 100 seeds on the outside of their flesh. As with many other fruits, they stop ripening once picked. Many other hybrids like loganberries use raspberry as its rootstock.
WHY ARE RASPBERRIES GOOD FOR YOU?
Eaten raw they’re a great source of antioxidants and fiber while being low in calories! In terms of minerals this fruit is rich in potassium and manganese but lower in sugar. And it’s a reliable source of vitamin C.
WHEN ARE RASPBERRIES IN SEASON?
They’re traditionally planted as dormant cuts, however the plants are actually more biennial fruiting every other year. Different varietals have been bred that fruit early, mid and even late summer. One plant can have a lifespan of up to 10 years.
HOW SHOULD RASPBERRIES BE STORED?
Keep them dry and refrigerate for several days. To keep them longer, separate the berries with a layer of paper towels in between. Or you can freeze them for up to 18 months.
WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF BLOWING A RASPBERRY ?
This is a rude sound one makes with their mouth to indicate disapproval. Also known as a “Bronx cheer“, it is from an old Cockney rhyme where raspberry tart was a slang for a fart. This rhyming scheme in general was once used by British comedians to refer to words or phrases that were unacceptable to say directly to their audience.