Raspberry Facts

Ten of the Top Raspberry Facts

Fruit in general is delicious but without doubt, the raspberry is one of everyone’s favorites so we wanted to provide some of the top raspberry facts so you can appreciate this delicious fruit even more.  The great thing about the raspberry is that it can be used for making smoothies, desserts, sauces, ice cream, and much more.  Of course, you can always grow your own raspberries but if you do not have the space or time, your local grocery store would have plenty in stock.

The following are the ten of the top raspberry facts, which we believe you will find interesting.

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

  2. One of the interesting raspberry facts is that this particular fruit is actually very delicate.  Therefore, you want to 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.

  3. Another of the interesting raspberry facts has to do with origin.  The red raspberry originated from Asia according to Roman records discovered dating back to the 4th century AD.  However, the black raspberry is grown only in North America where this fruit was not grown until the 19th century.

  4. Next, one of the raspberry facts that people love is that this fruit is healthy and low calorie.  In fact, a full cup only has 64 calories, 15 grams of carbohydrates, and only 1 gram of fat.  However, raspberries also contain 1 gram of protein and 8 grams of fiber.

  5. We also wanted to mention one of the more intriguing raspberry facts, which is that this particular fruit along with the strawberry is actually a member of the rose family.

  6. In all, approximately 200 different species of raspberries exist.  While most people are more educated about red and black raspberries, they also come in purple and yellow.

  7. We wanted to mention this as a top raspberry fact for people that want to grow this fruit.  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 prepare the fruit for transport back to the house, be careful not to stack raspberries in that they will become crushed and ruined.

  8. This is one of the important raspberry facts, helping you enjoy a sweet, delicious fruit while not wasting money.  This fruit will only last for two to three days in the refrigerator.  For this reason, if you want to keep raspberries on hand, freeze them and then allow the fruit to thaw at room temperature when ready to use.

  9. When freezing raspberries, you have two options.  First, you could freeze the fruit without sugar, which would allow the raspberries to keep for about three months.  However, if you were to add sugar and then freeze, raspberries will last in the freezer for a full year.

  10. The last of the raspberry facts is that 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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